Satisfy a fall craving while staying low carb by making these Keto Glazed Pecans! This recipe focuses on pecans glazed with butter and brown sugar. I chose to make this recipe as it is the simplest of the candied pecan preparations you see online.
What are Glazed Pecans?
Candied or Glazed Pecans are usually pecans coated in egg white and white sugar. My keto glazed pecans are the simplest version I’ve seen (as simple as Arman’s version posted in Big Man’s World blog), using just melted butter and a skillet to coat the pecans.
Are Pralines same as Glazed Pecans?
Pralines are usually pecans which are smothered in some soft caramel. Glazed Pecans, Candied Pecans and Pralines are all variations on toasted pecans which use a combination of sugar and spices with a binding agent.
FUN FACT: Pralines are pecans which are then smothered in a soft caramel.
How to make Keto Glazed Pecans on the stove?
- Use a large skillet (preferably 18inch diameter round skillet). For flipping the pecans, I suggest a silicon spatula.
- To avoid cleaning up the messy glazed/candied coating, I cool my pecans on a silicon mat placed on top of a baking sheet. You could cool them on aluminum foil or directly on a platter instead.
Using my sugar free granulated sweetener of choice – Swerve’s brown sweetener, this recipe for keto candied pecans is SO easy to make. Since the brown sugar was the only high glycemic part of this recipe, a simple swap for the sugar-free replacement is all it takes to ketofy a traditional candied pecan recipe. Per half cup of keto candied pecans, the net carbs drop from 12.7 g to 2.5g. If you don’t have Swerve brown sweetener, you can use regular Swerve or your other favorite granular sweetener.
- Toast about four cups of pecans (one 16oz bag) in the skillet for about 10 minutes.
- I personally like to chuck in half a stick of butter and let it melt, then evenly coat the pecans with the spices and sweetener.
- Finally, let the pecans cool. That’s all there is to this extremely easy recipe.
My recipe has a spicy kick to it. I thought my husband might like it, since he’s been craving Indian spices lately. I also like exposing my toddler to a variety of flavors – he will eagerly eat almost anything covered in sugar (I mean, who wouldn’t?). The spicy kick helps keep his palate sharp. Finally, I wanted to use these pecans in my spicy beet salad. While the salad includes beets roasted with cumin seeds and cumin seeds in the dressing, the pecans with a kick added extra zing as well.
First, these make a very tasty snack all by themselves. But if you like, you can also serve them with a variety of dishes – in a salad (like my sweet and spicy cumin beet salad), with potato chips or in cookies. We also had pecans as a snack with our keto pina colada cocktail.
What other spice combinations can you try?
But of course, there are basically infinite spice combinations you could try. Here are some ideas. For these suggestions, omit the cumin and cayenne and reduce the salt. I would still use the same amount of brown sugar (or sugar free sweetener replacement of your choice).
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
- Pumpkin spice
- Caramel flavoring
- Slap ya Mama Cajun seasoning
- Sage, oregano, and rosemary, then served on sweet potatoes
- Chunky sea salt
Frequently Asked Questions
Pecans in general have only 1.1g net carbs per serving which makes them ideal for someone on a keto diet. According to Natural Moreish, they improve digestion and boost the immunity system.
Pecans are very low in carbs and have monosaturated fats which is great for someone on a low carb-high fat diet. However, they can pack in a lot of calories which makes it necessary that one limit their daily intake to 10-15 nuts.
Add half tablespoon molasses to half cup granular sweetener to make a keto-friendly brown sugar. With this change, the net carbs to my recipe increase to 4.2 g per half cup serving. Not as favorable as the 2.5g with Swerve brown sweetener, but still quite acceptable as a snack in a reasonable proportion.
The largest contributor to calories in this keto glazed pecan recipe is fat from the pecans. You could swap for another nut like almonds or cashews. Swapping for almonds reduces the calories to 380 per serving from 444 per serving. But watch out: net carbs increase to 5.1 g per serving with this change.
Keto Glazed Pecans
- Skillet or Frying Pan, large size
- Baking Sheet/Tray
- 16 oz Pecans , preferably halved/sliced
- 6 tbsp Brown Sugar Sweetener , like Swerve
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp Cumin
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 4 tbsp Unsalted butter,
- Heat pecans in a large skillet over medium heat, turning frequently. Toast until the pecans are fragrant and slightly darkened. Avoid burning the pecans. Fully toasting the pecans takes about 5-10 minutes depending on your skillet surface area and composition.
- Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar sweetener (like Swerve) and spices in a bowl. Mix well with a fork, breaking apart any clumps which might have formed. Set aside.
- Once the pecans are toasted, add the butter. Stir until the butter is completely melted and pecans are evenly coated, about 2 minutes. They will turn a darker color.
- Add in the spices and stir for about one minute. Remove from heat. Spread the pecans in a single layer and let them cool before eating.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or longer in the refrigerator or freezer.