Looking for a sweet treat for topping on salads, desserts or just as a snack? Try this Paleo Maple Cinnamon Candied Pecans Recipe! This post is sponsored by NOW Foods. I love filling my pantry with their affordable, awesome goodies!
I think I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. (Bet you didn’t those words would come out of a healthy food blogger’s mouth.) If it were up to me I would eat sugar all day every day. Sweet things are just TOO good. Whether it’s a cookie, candy, a cupcake… I love all sweet things. But unfortunately, they don’t always love me back. (You probably feel the same way)
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When I started eating better, giving up sweets was basically a 100% a no go. Eat a giant salad for lunch and dinner? Sure. Eat a piece of grilled chicken for a snack? No problem. Try to take away my sweets? NO WAY. I mean, this is something I still completely believe in. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of the things we love. If ice cream is your favorite thing to eat, then you 100% should have it. Do you need to eat it every single night? No, probably not. But can you enjoy it from time to time? Of course!
Anyways, before I started eating better in college I was eating a lot of sweets… and really for no reason. My snacks were packed with sugar, I was always ready for dessert, and it quickly caught up to me. I felt terrible. When I started taking the junk out of my meals/snacks – I felt like a new person. One of the meals I relied on when at school (an still do today) were salads. They’re easy to take on the go, and packed with veggies – so they’re the perfect meal! (Side note: If you need salad inspo, you have to try this Healthy Summer Peach Arugula Salad, you can swap the peaches for apples for the perfect fall lunch!) But after a few months of eating salad for lunch and dinner they got a little boring. Tyler knew how burnt out I was getting, and also knew that I still had a major sweet tooth – so he starting making me candied walnuts & pecans and sending them to me to put with my lunch (I know.. you’re probably reading this and thinking how nauseating we are. I swear we aren’t that sappy).
I probably haven’t had homemade candied pecans or walnuts since we were in college a few years ago… And honestly forgot how good they are. When I got my order from NOW Foods the other day the maple syrup and pecans were next to each other. I got the maple syrup for paleo baking (ahem, these Paleo Pumpkin Snickerdoodles), and the pecans to have for my favorite Whole 30 Key Lime Pie Bites, but when I saw them next to each other in the box – I had the bright idea to make these Paleo Maple Cinnamon Candied Pecans. I pretty much think it was a spark of genius.
Tyler and I were all but salivating over these as they cooked on the stove (for a whopping 4 minutes – that’s all the time you need to make them). Then we were eating them straight off of the cookie sheet and burning our hands because they hadn’t cooled down. That’s how good they were!! If you’re going to make them – I definitely recommend heading over to NOW Food’s site. This is a 32 oz bottle of maple syrup and priced at only $25! Maple syrup can be sooo expensive to buy in the store, and it can be not the best quality. Theirs is affordable, and I know that they only use the best ingredients (because I had the privilege of going to where they make everything! You can read about that here.)
- 1.5 cups whole pecans
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- Line a dish or baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat pan (pan must be hot before adding in ingredients.
- Add in nuts and toss for 1 minute until they start to brown.
- Add in maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spices (mixture will be very runny)
- Stir consistently over medium high heat for 2-4 minutes until pecans are thoroughly coated and maple syrup liquid starts to absorb
- Spread nuts out on parchment paper and allow to cool for at least an hour before storing in an airtight container
Things we used for this recipe: pecans, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cookie sheet, parchment paper
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The best part about these pecans is that they’re made with real, wholesome ingredients. When you buy candied pecans in the store or enjoy them at a restaurant, they’re traditionally made with refined sugar, and really just don’t taste as good. These are made with organic, pure maple syrup and have so much flavor from the cinnamon and ginger. They’re delicious! I’m already looking forward to baking my Clean Eating Banana Bread and topping them with these..Any other ideas on how to use them? I’m thinking I need a fall harvest salad recipe up here..
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