Keto Candied Pecans
Sugar free and keto candied pecans make a quick and easy snack, crunchy topping for salads, or even served as part of your holiday dessert table.
You won’t believe you can whip up a batch of low carb candied pecans in only 5 minutes! While you can actually make candied pecans either on the stovetop or in the oven, our favorite way to cook a quick small batch to use as a recipe garnish or as an easy snack is on the stovetop.
This has been my husband’s late night quick snack, since not many snacks can beat a tasty low carb sweet treat like warm, sweet, and salty nuts. While he usually prefers pecans, you can make keto candied nuts with almost any low carb nut variety.
For me personally, I just love adding them to salads like a roasted chicken, with low carb berries and avocado salad. These also taste fantastic sprinkled on beet salad with feta.
Its’s possible instead of candied pecans you’ve heard these called keto pralines. You can use the terms interchangeably and they’re both quick cooked pecans in a caramel sauce made from butter, sweetener and salt. Pralines are a common way to refer to caramelized pecans in the south, so maybe in Atlanta these are keto pralines but where I’m at in the Pacific Northwest, people would be more likely to call them keto candied pecans or even keto glazed pecans.
Ingredients You’ll Need
keto friendly “brown sugar” sweetener ( we used this brand)
Your friends and family will never know the sugar free candied pecans don’t have refined sugar! The brown sugar keto friendly substitute we use tastes just like the real deal.
There’s actually two different keto friendly sweeteners we use in cooking, which one I use often depends on price at the time. My personal favorite is the Lakanta Monfruit, but Swerve Erythritol seems to be more popular (maybe it costs a little less or is easier to find?)
Carbs in Pecans
Pecans are considered one of the lowest carb nuts, being that they only have 1 net carb per 1 ounce serving. A one ounce serving is about 20 pecans, with 4 total carbs and 3 grams of fiber, 1 oz of pecans makes for a fantastic low carb nut.
Other low carb nuts you could use in this recipe for keto glazed nuts could be almonds, macadamia nuts, or hazelnuts.
Supplies You’ll Need
You don’t need much to make sugar free glazed nuts, but this is what we used:
You can also use a non-stick pan for this recipe if you prefer, just this particular batch I made was in an aluminum fry pan. Both types of pans work great!
What Kind of Pecans to Use?
For this exact batch of keto candied pecans, we used roasted and salted pecan halves. We were using the nuts as a salad topper so we didn’t mind if some of the nuts were halves or small little bits.
If you’re planning to cook these as a snack or to put on a holiday dessert table, using whole pecans would look more uniform in size.
While our pecans were also salted and roasted, you can definitely use unsalted or raw nuts too! Just make sure to check the seasoning and you might need to add a little more salt to the finished batch.
How to Make Keto Candied Pecans
Preheat a medium sized skillet over medium-low heat.
Add the butter until melted.
Add the pecans, monkfruit sweetener, and pinch of salt to the pan.
Stir the sugar free glazed pecans until the monkfruit is melted and the nuts are toasted. This will take about 4-5 minutes.
Make sure to constantly stir the keto candied pecans so that the butter mixture doesn’t melt.
The carmelized butter/”sugar” sauce will be runny at first, but as you let it sit it hardens very quickly.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Be sure to repin for later so you can easily find this recipe again!! 🙂
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- 1 cup pecan halves
- 2 Tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit Golden or Swerve Brown (erythritol)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- pinch of salt
Heat a medium sized skillet on medium-low.
Add the butter and melt.
Add the pecans, Lakanto monkfruit (or brown erythritol), and a pinch of salt to taste.
Make sure to stir constantly so the butter/monkfruit mixture doesn't burn. Stir until the sauce is melted and the pecans are toasted.
The carmelized butter/"sugar" sauce will be runny at first, but as you let it sit it hardens very quickly.
Eat warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
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