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One of the things I am doing this year is to go back to things I used to do many many years ago.
I loved to make gift baskets for people with tons of homemade goodies in them. I know I really love a handmade gift, and due to not being able to drive, I decided that it would be a great idea to tap into my cooking side and whip up tasty treats for the people I love.
Who wouldn’t want a big basket of that kind of stuff? I am like sign me up and I will take it all!
But, on a serious note, the past couple of years have brought a LOT of stress and issues into my life. I have my health issues due to contracting Covid in 2020, I almost lose my son, ongoing legal issues with my ex, and on and on.
I decided that I wanted to go back to a simpler time. Where I focused on the people I love and putting smiles on their faces. Where I just enjoyed spending time with them and didn’t worry about how much I was getting for them.
I want to end 2021 with smiles and hugs and usher in 2022 full of happiness and love.
How can you go wrong with that?
Anywho, sorry I rambled there didn’t I?
Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE KETO CANDIED PECANS
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
HOW TO MAKE KETO CANDIED PECANS
Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the sugars, ground cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined.
In another small bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla together.
In a large mixing bowl, add the pecans and egg white mixture and gently toss until the pecans are coated well.
Sprinkle in the sugar mixture and gently toss until the pecans are evenly coated.
Spread the pecans out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, then remove the nuts and give them a brief stir.
Bake for 20 minutes more or until the pecans are fragrant and the sugar coating is cooked. (please note that the coating will continue to harden once the pecans are out of the oven and cool.)
Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack, separate the pecans as much as possible, and let the pecans cool to room temperature. Serve and enjoy immediately, or transfer the pecans to a sealed container to store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
FAQS ABOUT KETO CANDIED PECANS
Are candied pecans really OK on the keto diet? Not if you are talking about the traditional candied pecans. They are full of tons of sugar, and carbs. The sugar substitute that you use for this recipe does not have any impact on your glycemic index, has zero calories, and zero net carbs.
My candied pecans stuck together, what did I do wrong? When you take the nuts out of the oven to cool make sure to separate them as much as possible. Once you have some space between the nuts, even if they stick together you can easily break them apart. It is no big deal really, they just look nicer if you are giving them as gifts. If not you can just break them apart however you want.
How do I store these keto candied pecans? Place the cooled nuts in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 2 to 3 weeks if sealed properly. In a refrigerator between eight to ten months and, if frozen, candied pecans will keep anywhere from 18 months to 2 years
Last thoughts about Keto Candied Pecans
Nuts are one of my fave snacks in my low carb lifestyle. I don’t care what kind of nut, just gimme alllll the nuts!
This recipe is being used for pecans since it is Christmas, but I love walnuts candied this way as well. They both are great for munching, really low carb, go great in salad, or on top of other dishes for a little bit of crunch, the list goes on and on.
So whether you are making this recipe for a gift, or just to have when those late-night munchies hit you, this is a recipe you really need to make!
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