Keto candied pecans make for a great low carb snack and they can be used in all kinds of recipes. These sugar free nuts can also be packaged in a cute container and make a nice gift for those watching their sugar or carbs this holiday season. Best of all they only take 15 minutes to make and have only 2g net carbs per serving.
You might also like this low carb maple bacon roasted nuts recipe.
My father loved nuts. He would keep them in the refrigerator and grab a handful while walking out the door. Back then I didn’t particularly like them but as an adult I love them. And nuts are good for you in moderation. So for the holidays I decided to make a big batch of these keto candied pecans.
This candied pecan recipe uses only 3 ingredients, takes 15 minutes and has 2g net carbs per serving.
They are slightly addicting when eaten as a snack but they also taste great on salads or with anything pumpkin. More about that later in the post.
Why I love pecans on a low carb diet
Over the years I have come to love pecans for keto or low carb dieting. They are high in antioxidants, low in carbs and taste great in recipes. Here is a great article on the 10 health benefits of pecans if you are interested. Just 1 cup of raw pecans have 190 calories and 1g net carbs. When toasted or roasted they make a great substitute for pretzels.
I’ve used pecans for the pretzel crust in my strawberry jello dessert and even made honey mustard roasted pecans that taste a lot like pretzels. So when you are craving pretzels, play around with pecans as a low carb substitute.
only 3 ingredients to make keto candied pecans!
I made these pecans sugar free but if you don’t care about carbs you can just use regular brown sugar. But the 3 low carb ingredients are raw whole pecans, butter and Swerve brown sugar.
Make sure to use raw pecan not roasted and whole ones if you can. Actually they are pecan halves but you know what I mean.
How to make sugar free candied pecans in 15 minutes
You can make these roasted pecans in the oven but they are much easier on the stove. You start with a large non stick skillet. Add the butter and Swerve brown sugar and whisk until it’s well mixed like the photo below.
Then add in the pecans and mix to coat the nuts as best you can. You nuts will look nice and glossy. Keep cooking them over a medium low temperature while mixing until they start to brown and you can smell them roasting. All in all this whole process should only take 15 minutes.
When they are done, spread them out on a wax papered cookie sheet to dry. Let them completely dry before eating. Store in a sealed container or baggie.
They make a delicious low carb or keto gift
These would make an easy gift to give this holiday season. Just place them in a decorative bag or jar. Or bag a handful of nuts and place in a nice holiday candy dish. These are great for people on a low carb diet or those who watch their sugar intake.
Ways you can use candied nuts
I’ve been eating these candied pecans for a sweet snack or even for dessert but along the way I’ve found other uses. I have a Christmas salad coming up that used these nuts and a slow cooker pumpkin dessert that also had these on top.
So in general these nuts would be great in a fall salad with any kind of cheese. It’s good atop pumpkin desserts like pumpkin pie, pumpkin pudding or pumpkin bread. And lastly try them in any kind of pudding, yogurt or ice cream. Of course you would want low carb versions of all of these.
Other low carb nut recipes to try
- maple bacon nut mix
- Thai curry nut mix in the slow cooker
- honey mustard roasted pecans
- chocolate covered peanut butter filled pecans
Well I hope you give these keto candied pecans a try next time you want a low carb sweet treat or if you need a holiday gift to give. The nutritional information for 1 serving is:
236 cals / 24g fat / 4g carbs / 2g fiber / 3g protein = 2g net carbs
- 2 cups raw pecans halves
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup Swerve brown sugar
- Add butter and Swerve brown sugar to a large non stick skillet. Let the ingredinet melt and whisk to combine.
- Once the sauce comes together and the sugar is melted, add the pecans and mix to coat all of the nuts.
- Cook over medium low heat until the nuts start to brown and you can smell the nuts roasting. You should contine to mix them every few minutes to make sure they don't burn. The whole process should only take 15 minutes.
- Cover a cookei sheet with wax paper and spread out the nuts to air dry.
- When nuts are fully dried, store in a sealed container or jar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 236 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236 Total Fat: 24gg Carbohydrates: 4gg Net Carbohydrates: 2gg Fiber: 2gg Protein: 3gg