Naturally Sweetened Candied Pecans Recipe

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Kenzi Published: December 18, 2020 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Naturally Sweetened Candied Pecans

Munch on these candied pecans sweetened with maple syrup for a sweet snack! It’s seasoned with a dash of cinnamon and bits of cayenne for a tastier treat.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • ¼cupmaple syrup
  • 1tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • tspkosher salt
  • 2tspvanilla extract,or 1 tbsp bourbon
  • ¼tspground cinnamon,or 1 tbsp pumpkin spice blend
  • ¼tspcayenne pepper,optional, for some heat
  • 3cupspecan halves,raw


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the maple syrup, melted butter, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne, then whisk until blended. Add the pecans, then stir to coat.

  3. Dump the contents of the bowl onto the prepared baking sheet, then spread out in a single layer.

  4. Bake for 23 to 26 minutes, stirring after the first 10 minutes and then every 5 minutes until almost no maple syrup remains on the parchment paper and the nuts are deeply golden.

  5. Remove from the oven, then stir the pecans one more time, spreading them into an even layer across the pan.

  6. Let it cool down for about 10 minutes, then, while the nuts are still warm, carefully separate any large clumps. Allow the pecans cool completely on the pan.

  7. Serve as is or top over oatmeal, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Candied pecans will keep for up to 2 months in a sealed bag at room temperature.


  • Calories: 795.35kcal
  • Fat: 75.14g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.56g
  • Trans Fat: 0.16g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 41.40g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 21.56g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.94g
  • Fiber: 9.66g
  • Sugar: 20.18g
  • Protein: 9.16g
  • Cholesterol: 10.18mg
  • Sodium: 309.64mg
  • Calcium: 100.10mg
  • Potassium: 470.85mg
  • Iron: 2.57mg
  • Vitamin A: 38.50µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.21mg
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