These keto candied pecans are sweet and salty with a smooth buttery flavor. They are the perfect keto snack, topping, or sweet treat. And all you need is 10 minutes and only 3 ingredients to make this low carb keto candied pecans recipe.
THE BEST KETO CANDIED PECANS
Candied pecans are one of my favorite snacks to pick at.
The sweet and salty balance is just so satisfying and incredibly addictive. So, it's a good thing these sugar-free candied pecans only have 1 NET CARB per serving!
They are crispy and crunchy, covered in a smooth sweet sauce that is perfectly sweetened, and finished off with a hint of cinnamon.
And this recipe is reminiscent of the candied pecans you'd get at a fair - and have that authentic taste - without all the carbs and sugar! Plus, it's just so easy to make them.
I guess you could say I'm nuts about this candied pecans recipe, and I think you will be too.
INGREDIENTS FOR SUGAR FREE CANDIED PECANS
As I mentioned earlier, you will need just 3 main ingredients for this recipe! It's crazy how such few ingredients can create such a wonderful flavor.
Here is what you'll need:
- 2 cups whole pecans
- Heaping ½ cup granular swerve
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
So, the cinnamon and salt are optional to add in, but I think they are what ties all the flavors together.
And make sure you pick up extra pecans - you can use them to make these keto pecan pralines and this butter pecan keto ice cream next!
Oh, and if you don't like pecans, you can use any nuts in place of them for this recipe! And if you're wondering which nuts have the lowest amount of carbs, I put together this post to take all the guesswork out of it for you.
SWEETENING THESE KETO CANDIED PECANS
Ok, so to make sugar-free and low carb candied pecans, we will be using a keto-friendly sweetener.
And I used Granular Swerve - it is a 0 calorie and sugar-free sweetener with the same amount of sweetness as sugar, giving these pecans their iconic sweet flavor.
For another option, you can also use Lakanto's Monkfruit Sweetener. It is essentially the same thing as Swerve and will sweeten these pecans up without adding any sugar.
And, finally, you can use allulose to sweeten up your pecans as well. I suggest finding an allulose blend that's as sweet as sugar if you do though since by itself it's not as sweet as Swerve/Lakanto.
HOW TO MAKE KETO CANDIED PECANS
If you've never made candied pecans before, it is actually super simple. And the entire process will take you about 10 minutes!
Before we begin, keep in mind that you can use this technique we are about to do to make any candied nuts! So feel free to swap out the pecans, and use any keto-friendly nut in their place!
Ok, now let's get to it!
STEP 1: COOKING
First, get out a large pan, and heat it on low over a flat top burner.
Once the pan is heated, add in your pecans and continually stir them around until they become fragrant. And this should only take a few minutes, so make sure you don't overcook them.
Then, transfer your pecans back to the bowl from earlier and set them aside.
Next, add your cubed butter to the pan and stir it around until it has completely melted.
After the butter has melted, pour your swerve into the pan, and stir it to incorporate it into the butter. And make sure you continually stir the butter and swerve together the entire time so the swerve doesn't burn.
Then once the swerve carmelizes and dissolves into the butter, you can add your pecans back into the pan. Work your pecans around the pan and fully coat them in the candy sauce.
STEP 2: COOLING
By now, your pecans should be covered in the sauce. If you would like, you can add a pinch of cinnamon and salt for a little extra flavor.
And if you do this, stir the pecans around some more to work these ingredients into the pecans.
Then, transfer your pecans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread them out evenly on the tray to give them some room to cool so they don't stick together.
Your candied pecans will take around 5 minutes to cool. Then you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy!
STORING YOUR KETO CANDIED PECANS
This recipe will make 8 servings of candied pecans.
But since they are so addicting, you might want some more. So feel free to double or even triple this recipe! And you can store any leftovers you have in an airtight jar or container for up 2 weeks.
One of the best parts about this recipe is that each serving has just 1 NET CARB.
And the rest of the macros for 1 serving are ideal for the keto diet.
Here is the full nutritional breakdown:
- 260 Calories
- 28g Fat
- 4g Carbs
- 3g Fiber
- 1g NET CARB
- 3g Protein
How great is that?
Sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth - these keto candied pecans are everything.
They are a treat to have any time of the year, but especially during the holidays.
Put out a bowl of these candied pecans at your next party, and everyone will rave over them.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this keto candied pecans recipe as much as I do! Leave a comment below if you make them, and let me know what you think - I'd love to hear.
MORE NUTTY KETO RECIPES
If you like nuts and liked this recipe, I have a few more nutty recipes on the blog I think you'll enjoy.
Check these out:
- Keto Magic Cookies
- Keto Candy Bars
- Keto Granola
- Keto Pralines
- Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream Made In a Mason Jar
- 5 Minute Keto Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Also, if you love nuts, I just put together a comprehensive guide on the best nuts to eat for weight loss. So be sure to give that a look if you’re a big fan of nuts like I am.Print
Keto Candied Pecans | The Best Sugar Free Candied Pecans
These keto candied pecans are sweet and salty with a smooth buttery flavor. They are the perfect keto snack, topping, or sweet treat. And all you need is 10 minutes and only 3 ingredients to make this keto candied pecans recipe.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Keto Low Carb
2 cups (240g) whole pecans
Heaping ½ cup (120g) Granular Swerve (or Lakanto's Sweetener)
4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Pinch of salt (optional)
- Add pecans to a medium sized bowl, add swerve to another bowl, and cube up butter and add to a small dish. Set these aside.
- Get out a large pan and heat a flat top burner on low
- Add pecans to pan and stir and work pecans around the pan until they become fragrant (this should only take a few minutes). Transfer pecans back to bowl from earlier and set aside.
- Add cubed butter to your pan. Stir it around until it is completely melted.
- Pour swerve into the pan and and stir it around to incorporate it into the butter. Make sure you continue stirring the entire time.
- Once the swerve caramelizes and dissolves into the butter, you can add the pecans back into the pan. Work your pecans around the pan and coat them in the candy sauce.
- Add a pinch of salt and cinnamon for a little extra flavor. Then stir the pecans around some more to work these ingredients into the pecans.
- Transfer your pecans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread them out evenly in the tray to give them some room to cool so they don’t stick together (It will take around 5 minutes for them to cool).
The scale up function does not change the gram measurements.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 260
- Fat: 28
- Carbohydrates: 4
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 3
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Tammy P. says
Omg these are addicting!!
Luv them! Thank you so much.
What would you say 1 serving size would be in grams or ounces?
The Diet Chef says
It's based off of 28 grams
Do yourself a favor and make these ASAP!
So so good.
So easy & good.
Thersia Ray says
Made them the first time for part of my son’s Christmas. I’ve made homemade fiddle faddle for him since he was 3. Diabetes runs in the family and it’s now his turn. I sampled the Keto pecans and they are really good. It’s a healthy snack and won’t raise blood sugar. Us borderline and full fledged diabetics can now have Keto sweet treats, in moderation, and not feel so deprived. Great recipe!
Oh man, this recipe has made me so happy. It brought me back to my childhood. My parents would often make several stops at the welcome center and gas stations in Georgia whenever we went on family vacations, just for candied pecans. It was the only time I'd ever have them. I always wished I had a keto version. I picked up a large bag of pecans today and thought I'd see if Joe had a recipe. And what luck! These were PERFECT! I'm just blown away by how delicious these are!
A little side note for anyone that makes these in a darker pan: if you think the color hasn't changed or changed enough, it likely has. I honestly thought I messed the recipe up, but after adding the pecans to the pan, it all went together just fine.
Can you use salted butter in your candied nuts recipe ? If not can you suggest a substitution
The Diet Chef says
Scrumptious! The best part of a sticky bun without all the guilt! Thank you for another great, easy recipe with excellent results.
Melissa T. says
Everyone in the family loved these! In fact, we took them to multiple family events over the holidays and not one single person guessed that they were keto. On the flip side, they were so delicious that we didn't bring a single crumb home.