Spicy Candied Pecan Recipe

If you have a huge sweet tooth like me than I know you’re absolutely going to love this spicy candied pecan recipe. These sweet little gems are the perfect companions to all your upcoming summer dishes. These pecans will “spice” up any salad combination and just make eating a big bowl of greens that much more enjoyable.

spicy candied pecans

I personally love adding spicy candied pecans to fruity spinach salads filled with berries, tangerines, and sometimes even a little soft goat cheese sprinkled on top. Not a fan of salads? Well first off you must not be making the right kind of salads and secondly no worries,  you can totally add these pecans as a side to your next cheese plate or mixed in a yogurt parfait. The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding these to different dishes.

candied pecansNow that I’ve hopefully convinced you on how deliciously amazing these are and that you should make yourself a batch asap. Lets get into the best part… the fact that they’re the easiest things to cook up. They seriously take me less than 5 minutes to make. Not to mention they only contain a handful of ingredients, five to be exact.



Spicy Candied Pecans

Spicy and sweet candied pecans.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes


  • 1 cup whole raw pecans
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt optional
serves: 4
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  • In a non stick sauce pan on medium heat, add your coconut oil until melted.
  • Next, add pecans and lightly toast for 1 minute.
  • Add cayenne, vanilla, sea salt and lastly the maple syrup, lower the heat and stir constantly.
  • Allow maple syrup to bubble up for about 30-45 sec on low heat.
  • Remove from heat and transfer over to a parchment lined cookie sheet to cool.
  • Once cooled you can enjoy them right away or store them in an airtight jar for a few weeks.


You can also freeze these if you're not going to use them all right away, but I highly doubt they will last that long 😉

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Happy healthy snacking.


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  1. Bloody delicious. Good on salad the hardest part is not eating them before you get them on your salad lol