Candied Pecans

Eating candied pecans is like eating little crunchy bites of sweet and salty heaven. Easy to make and delicious, candied pecans are one of our healthy vegan basics.

Peach Cobbler

I have a sweet tooth! Oh yes! I have a major sweet tooth. AND, I love nuts, so combining the two (nuts and sugar) in this quick and easy candied pecan recipe is literally one of my favorites from BFJ’s healthy vegan basics. Pecans have a sweet, nutty, buttery flavor, and are eaten fresh, roasted, and used in all varieties of recipes, particularly desserts.

A little bit about pecans. First, what exactly are pecans and where do they come from? Pecans are a nut produced by a certain species of hickory tree native to North America. Most of the U.S. pecan crop comes from New Mexico, Texas, and Georgia. Wild pecans were a major food source for Indigenous peoples in what is now known as North America. Pecans have been cultivated commercially since the 1880s.

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Peach Cobbler

Candied Pecans Ingredients

This recipe is so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it soon.

      • 3 cups raw pecans
      • 1/4 cup maple syrup
      • 1 pinch pink salt
Peach Cobbler

How to Make Candied Pecans

Quick and easy! Need I say more?

      • Preheat the oven to 350°. 
      • Spread nuts on a rimmed bake sheet lined with parchment paper.
      • Toast in the oven until fragrant, about 5 minutes. 
      • Allow nuts to cool
      • Combine nuts with the remaining ingredients
      • Spread the mixture evenly over lined baking sheets
      • Bake at the lowest oven temperature (170°) for 3 hours OR bake at 350° for 15 minutes. 

Reasons You’ll LOVE This Candied Pecan Recipe

Here are just a few of my favorites.

    • Candied pecans are loved universally. I can’t think of one person I’ve ever served them to who didn’t come back for more!
    • Candied pecans are quick and easy to make. The baking time is only 15 minutes and the aroma in the kitchen is wonderful.
    • Candied pecans are complement so many desserts as you can see in my Vegan Greek Yogurt desserts.

You can also serve them alone at a holiday dinner party!

Ways to Use Your Candied Pecans

Candied pecans are a natural for desserts, but you can serve them just about anytime, anywhere.

    • Vegan Greek Yogurt Dessert  I use candied pecans are a wonderful addition to my vegan greek yogurt dessert. They add crunch and sweetness to the dessert.
    • Vegan Greek Yogurt Parfait Candied pecans are also a natural topping for my vegan greek yogurt parfait. Crunchy and sweet, they are a wonderful addition.
    • On Yogurt – Candied pecans are great on a simple, plain bowl of my thick, vegan Greek yogurt adding crunch and sweetness. Give it a try!
    • Stand alone – Candied pecans are great served alone at dinner parties or holiday bashes. Give it a try and see how well-loved they are by everyone!
Peach Cobbler

If you give this simple recipe a try feel free to leave me a message in the comment section.

Candied Pecans

Best Candied Pecans

Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
Eating candied pecans is like eating little crunchy bites of sweet and salty heaven. Easy to make and delicious, candied pecans are one of our healthy vegan basics.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack


  • 3 cups whole pecans, unsalted and unsweetedned
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • pinch pink salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Spread nuts on a rimmed banking sheet and toast inthe preheated over until fragrant
  • Allow nuts to cool and combine with remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Spread mixture evenly over baking sheets and place in 155° oven for one hour OR heat oven to 350° for 15 mintues
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