Healthy Salty, Sweet & Spicy Holiday Pecans


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  • Prep Time:
    5 Hrs
  • Cook Time:
    15 Hrs
  • Total Prep + Cook Time:
    20 Hrs
  • Level:
Healthy Salty, Sweet & Spicy Holiday Pecans

Makes: 4 cups

Description: This recipe is sure to go fast, so cook an extra batch or two! It's the perfect seasonal treat to snack on whether you are on the go or relaxing at home. Pecans are among the top foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity, meaning pecans may decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer?s. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals!

4 tbsp  agave nectar (or honey)
1 tsp  chili powder
1 tsp  cayanne pepper
1 tsp  smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
4 cups  pecan halves
3 tbsp  brown sugar
1 tsp  sea salt
3/4 tsp  cinnamon
1  parchment paper

Instructions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In medium bowl, mix agave nectar, chili powder, cayanne pepper, paprika and ground cinnamon. Microwave for 60seconds. Remove from microwave and stir honey mix into nuts. Stir well to coat.

On parchment paper-lined baking sheet (no spray needed), spread nuts in a single layer. Bake at 325 until toasted and fragrant 15 minutes. Watch closely as in newer ovens, they can burn quickly.

Remove from oven and allow to cool SLIGHTLY for 1min - you need them hot. In a clean bowl, combine nuts, sugar and salt. Toss well. I say go all in and use yours hands!

Spread nuts on clean piece of parchment paper to air dry. Its best if they dont touch each other because they will stick together. Once cooled you can store them in a ziplock bag. They keep well for at least a week.

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Author image by ladybug309 | Enterprise, AL    
May 28, 2015

They sound really good to me, I would make them.

Author image by Joianya | Millington, TN    
Feb 28, 2012

We have a pecan tree that put out over twenty pounds of pecans this year, so I have them coming ot of my ears! I'm definately going to try this recipe! Thanks!

Author image by alacriti_tester | EDGEWATER, NJ    
Oct 18, 2011


Author image by jdburkhead | New York, NY    
Oct 12, 2011

Wow these pack a punch! Really love that they aren't too sweet. I can't stop munching on them. They go great with a dark beer or cider!

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