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Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans are a healthy snack that is simple, easy, and delicious to make. The perfect snack or topping on a salad. Sweet and delicious, the perfect treat!
If you have never had a candied pecan, then I am here to tell you that you are missing out!
They are sweet with a sugary outer glaze but the classic pecan nut flavor on the inside. Imagine everything that you love about pecans and them add a layer of sweetness over the top and that is exactly what you get with candied pecans.
Typically you would use a simple mixture of sugar and water, but lately, I have fallen in love with coconut sugar and so I will use that to make this recipe.
What is coconut sugar?
Coconut sugar is also known as coconut palm sugar, is a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap. It is caramel in color and less processed than granulated white sugar. It serves as a great alternative to refined sugar in baking and cooking. Personally I find that it to be rich in flavor and requires me to use less of it than I would granulated sugar. It reminds me of brown sugar but is not as sweet.
Are candied pecans the same as praline pecans?
No candied pecans are not the same as praline pecans. Candied pecans are coated in a simple sugar mixture that creates a sticky glaze over the pecan. Praline pecans are covered in a mixture of sugar, butter, and cream. Praline pecans also have a much different texture than candied pecans. Candied pecans are sticky and smooth while praline pecans have a rough dry sugary texture.
What ingredients do you need for candied pecans?
- Coconut sugar
How to make these candied nuts:
In a medium skillet, combine the coconut sugar, water, and salt over medium-low heat.
Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add in the pecans.
While stirring the sugar mixture constantly, cook until all liquid evaporates. The pecans become sticky as you stir. Remove from the pecans from the heat and spread them out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow the pecans to cool and harden.
Serve these coconut sugar candied pecans over ice cream, salads, or your favorite sweet treat.
How long are candied pecans good for?
This recipe for candied pecans can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container up to 5 days. If stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, they can last up to 2 weeks.
Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans
- 6 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 6 tablespoons water
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup raw pecans
- In a medium skillet, combine the 6 tablespoons coconut sugar, 6 tablespoons of water, and pinch of sea salt over medium-low heat.
- Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add in the pecans.
- While stirring the sugar mixture constantly, cook until all liquid evaporates. The pecans will become sticky as you stir.
- Remove from the pecans from the heat and spread them out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow the pecans to cool and harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperture up to 5 days.
- Serve these coconut sugar candied pecans over ice cream, salads, or your favorite sweet treat.
*All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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