Sweet and spicy pecans are a copycat version of Trader Joe's sweet and spicy pecans recipe. It's an easy recipe to make with only six simple ingredients!
These pecans are an addicting spicy mix of flavors and are the perfect snack for when you want to eat something sweet with a hint of spice at the same time. You are going to want to make a second batch because they are absolutely delicious!
Thank you Millican Pecan for sending me product to make this recipe. As always all opinions are my own.
Nuts are our favorite snacks, we like to spice them up or coat them in dark chocolate, like these almond cashew clusters.
Why This Recipe Works
- It's a simple recipe to make that's filled with healthy fats and perfect for a snack.
- The flavor combination will satify your craving for spicy and will even tame your sweet tooth!
Here is What You Will Need
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down to see ingredient notes and substitutions as well as a printable recipe card with exact measurements and complete cooking instructions.
Raw pecan halves
Here's How to Make Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Prepare: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 1. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Step 2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the maple syrup, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and cinnamon. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes and turn the heat off and stir in the pecan halves.
Step 3. Stir the mixture until the salt dissolves and the syrup is mixed in, and the mixture is smooth.
Step 4. Stir in the pecans making sure they are evenly coated with the syrup mixture.
Step 3. Arrange the coated pecans on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, and place them in the oven to bake for 10 to 15 minutes. They will turn from light brown to a rich brown color.
Tip! The roasted nuts might be a little syrupy when they are first out of the oven, they will dry out as they cool off and become crisp.
Step 4. Remove the pecans from the oven and let them sit for about 20 minutes which will allow them to crisp up.
Total Estimated Time to Make this Recipe: 30 Minutes
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Pecan Halves. Even though we like pecans the best in this recipe, they can be substituted with walnut halves, cashews, or almonds.
Maple Syrup. Liquid sweeteners melt better than granulated or brown sugar, so any natural liquid sweetener such as brown rice syrup, tapioca syrup, honey, agave nectar can be equally swapped with maple syrup.
Cayenne Pepper. This is what adds spice to this recipe. If you don't like heat it can be left out or cut back on the amount of pepper.
Sea Salt. If you don't have sea salt, it can be swapped one for one with kosher salt.
Coconut oil. You can substitute coconut oil one for one with melted butter. or even olive oil.
How to Store Them
Store your sweet and spicy pecans at room temperature in a glass container, Mason Jars are perfect for this!
Note: Storing sweet and spicy pecans in a plastic container or bag is not recommended, as they might become soggy.
Sweet Chili Pecans Instead of cayenne pepper add 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons of chili powder.
Sweet Bourbon Pecans Add 1 ½ tablespoons of bourbon and leave out the cayenne pepper.
Sweet & Spicy Chocolate Pecans Add 1 ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder.
These spicy pecans are also a great recipe for the holiday season, you can serve them to guests or give them out as Christmas gifts in mason jars wrapped in a pretty ribbon.
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- Prepare: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Measure the ingredients.
- Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Once the oil has melted, reduce the heat to low and stir in the maple syrup, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and cinnamon. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes and turn the heat off and add the pecans.
- Arrange the coated pecan halves on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Place the sheet of pecans into the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.\
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let them sit fo about 20 minutes which will allow them to crisp up.
The nuts may be a little syrupy when you take them out of the oven. They will dry out as they cool off.
Pecans can be substituted with walnuts, cashews, or almonds.
Maple Syrup can be substituted with any natural liquid sweetener such as brown rice syrup, tapioca syrup, honey, agave nectar.
Cayenne Pepper start with a half teaspoon and add more if you like more heat.
Cayenne pepper can also be left out if you don't like the heat or just add a pinch.
Sea Salt can be substituted with kosher salt.
Coconut oil. Substitute one for one with butter, pecan oil or avocado oil.
Sweet chili pecans - replace cayenne pepper with 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
Sweet Bourbon Pecans - Add 1 ½ tablespoons of bourbon and leave out the cayenne pepper.
Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Pecans Add 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder - adjust the sweetener to your taste.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is provided by an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only. Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.
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