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Who doesn’t love the aroma of cinnamon and maple? Even if you’re trying to eat healthier, you can still enjoy the taste of candied nuts with these lightened up Paleo Maple Glazed Pecans.
Have you ever walked through the mall and smelled something cinnamony and sweet and just had to have it? We live near a small mall. At the holidays, they sell candied pecans. They roast these pecans in the sugary syrup right in the mall and that aroma fills every.part. of the whole mall. If there was hope for having willpower against getting a paper cone loaded with sugared pecans, all hope is lost with one little sniff.
Candied pecans and almonds are truly one of my favorite snacks. I knew I had to try to make them a bit healthier by using some pure maple syrup to sweeten them. They’re not as sweet as those mall treats, but they make me happy because I know they’re healthier for me.
These pictures show a mixture of almonds and pecans. Our favorite nuts to use in this recipe are pecans, but when we’re in the mood for a nutty snack, we use whatever nuts happen to be in the house. Pecans…almonds…walnuts…you name it and we’ve tried it.
The trick to getting the candied nuts perfect is making sure you froth the egg whites. I recommend doing this with a stand mixer or handheld mixer. If I had to whisk the eggs until they were frothy with just arm-power, I’d totally give up. I’m a whimp like that. With the mixer, it takes just two minutes to get the eggs white and bubbly.
You’ll then add the vanilla, cinnamon and salt. If the nuts are salted, you may not want to add any extra salt. I normally have unsalted nuts on hand for baking, so we use unsalted and add a touch of salt.
Next you’ll add in the maple syrup. You want 100% pure maple syrup in order for these to be paleo. As much as I love Aunt Jemima drizzled over my stack of buttermilk pancakes, she just doesn’t make the cut when it comes to eating paleo.
I generally use two tablespoons of maple syrup for this recipe. For us, two tablespoons just gives the little bit of sweetness that I need in a snack. Add in a little bit more if you’d like them sweeter.
Mix about 5 cups of nuts into the egg white mixture and spread them on a lined or sprayed baking sheet. Do you own a Silpat baking mat yet? If not, join the club and get one. I don’t know what I’d do without them. They’ve made a difference in our cookie making and are great for baking these nuts, too.
The coated pecans will go in a 250 degree oven for 45 minutes. Stir the nuts every 15 minutes to make sure that they egg mixture is baking evenly.
And there you go. A healthy version of a classic. Just for you! 🙂
The egg white taste is too strong
I eat a lot of nuts, and I always soak and dry my nuts in a dehydrator. Almond, cashews, walnuts, pecans, plus pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds — I always buy these in bulk, soak them overnight and dry them in the dehydrator to make them easier to digest. Some people call them “prepared” nuts. My question — could I use my prepared pecans for this recipe? They’ll be twice-cooked, so to speak — once in my dehydrator (150 degrees for 24 hours), and again in oven for 45 mins at 250 degrees. Do you have any experience with dehydrated… Read more »
that pecan recipe was the wost thing ive ever eaten
try adding sugar to i it!!!!
THANKS FOR MAKING ME WASTE $7 ON A POUND OF PECANS!
Do you use raw nuts for this recipe?
How do your nuts look so light with all that cinnamon? I found I could not taste the maple syrup at all…
When do you add the maple syrup? I was planning on trying to make this today but wasn’t sure if I should add the maple syrup to the eggs before or after when you add the salt.
Mmmm – pecans are my favorite and I know I would love these!
Would parch,net paper make a big difference?
Would parch,net paper make a difference?
I could seriously devour all of this! I LOVE pecans!
I can almost smell them already! I bet it’s heavenly. And I definitely need to join the club and get a Silpat Baking Mat. It’s on my list of things to do 🙂
I always get sugared almonds at the fair, why haven’t I made them at home before?! Gorgeous!
Love pecan. These look delicious.
I love these glazed pecans and I really love that they are paleo friendly…delicious!
I’d be nibbling on these all day, love that crunchy sweet combo!