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Sugar Free Candied Pecans Recipe (on the stovetop)

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These Sugar Free Candied Pecans are the perfect keto friendly snack for those of us with a sweet tooth but trying to cut down on the sugar!

These Sugar Free Candied Pecans are the perfect keto friendly snack for those of us with a sweet tooth but trying to cut down on the sugar!

Easy Low Carb Sweet Treats

I try to keep my net carb count and sugar levels below a certain amount each day. (My goal is net carbs of 45, fyi.) I eat lots of veggies and I do like my fruit/protein smoothies on occasion.

While these items are super healthy, they do have carbs and natural sugars, so that means I don’t have a lot of room for added sugars.  (I do occasionally indulge, but I try to keep that to a minimum, lol.)

To stay on track when everyone else is enjoying their carb-loaded desserts and treats, I reach for my stash of sugar-free goodies or I might whip up a batch of sugar-free ice cream.  (That ice cream <and this ice cream maker> is a lifesaver, lol.  At some point, I’ll share my sugar-free ice cream version with you. The recipe needs to be fine-tuned just a bit. It’s made with eggs, lite coconut milk, almond milk, and a few other ingredients.  Sometimes it turns out perfectly, other times it’s kind of icy- probably because I just eyeball my ingredients instead of precise measurements, lol).

Sugar-Free Candied Pecans

Today, I want to share one of my favorite treats with you.  I love nuts and always have them on hand for snacking, but these candied pecans are amazing as a special sugar-free sweet treat.

I’ve been making them quite often and hubby and I just can’t get enough!  (Tomorrow, I’m sharing a non-sugar-free version of these in a buttered pecan ice cream recipe. Be sure to check back for that recipe- it’s unbelievably good and your non-sugar-free family and friends will love it!!)

Sugar Free Candied Pecans

To make these candied pecans sugar free, I use Swerve.  (Swerve is a sugar substitute that is a mix of erythritol and oligosaccharides.  This combination works well in baking and will also caramelize.)  I don’t know if other sugar substitutes will caramelize, as Swerve is the only one I’ve tried in this recipe.

Ingredients in this Sugar-Free Candied Pecans Recipe

Want to give these Sugar Free Candied Pecans a shot? Here are the ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup whole unroasted/natural pecans
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 4 tbsp Swerve Sweetener
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: Cinnamon

Yes, that is all it is!

How to Make Sugar Free Candied Pecans

(Scroll down to find the Printable recipe card at the bottom of the post) 

  1. Melt butter in large pan over med-high heat.
  2. Add swerve and a pinch of salt, stir with a spatula until completely dissolved.
  3. Add pecans, reduce heat to medium and gently stir/toss pecans until toasted and butter/sugar mixture thickens just a bit.  (about 5 minutes.)Sugar Free Candied Pecans
  4. If you like cinnamon, try adding a dash of cinnamon.
  5. Watch pecans closely they go from being done to burned, very fast.
  6. Transfer pecans to a plate or parchment paper and let cool.
  7. Break up pecans and store in an airtight container in the fridge

easy keto candied pecans

Want a few more tried and true low carb recipes?  See all the low carb recipes I have shared here: Low Carb Recipes

I know everyone has their own opinion on sugar substitutes, but what do you think- is this something you would try?  
(FYI, by reducing our sugar/carb intake- I lost 35 lbs and hubby lost 50+ 2 years ago and have managed to keep it off by staying on a mostly low carb way of eating.)

 

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Sugar Free Candied Pecans

Sugar Free Candied Pecans

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 6 to 7
  • Total Time: 10 minute
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

These Sugar-Free Candied Pecans are the perfect keto-friendly snack for those of us with a sweet tooth but trying to cut down on the sugar!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Melt butter in large pan over med-high heat.
  2. Add swerve and stir with spatula until dissolved.
  3. Add pecans, reduce heat to medium and gently stir/toss pecans until toasted.  (about 5 minutes.)
  4. Watch pecans closely they go from being done to burned, very fast.
  5. Transfer pecans to a plate and let cool.
  6. Break up pecans and store in an airtight container in the fridge

Enjoy!


Notes

For a yummy alternative, try adding 1/4 tsp of cinnamon or a smidge of vanilla!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe
  • Calories: 266
  • Fat: 29
  • Carbohydrates: 4
  • Fiber: 3

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69 Comments

  1. Could I use ghee instead of butter? I am dairy-sensitive, I can only tolerate ghee, can’t have coconut oil either…

    1. I’ve not tried that, but I don’t see why not. If you do, let us know how it works out.

  2. Excellent!

  3. Just oh my scrumptious little snack. Recipe is perfect.

  4. These were absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Have made these so many times!! So good, Also made with walnuts and sliced almonds! So tasty!!!!!

  6. I just made these and added cinnamon. They were AMAZING!!
    Just warning you, they’re addictive and be prepared for them not to last. My family couldn’t stop eating them.

  7. I made these and they were so good. The next batch I made I added a tbsp of 100% cacao powder and made chocolate pecans. Gonna try this on almonds next for a great sweet keto treat. Thank you!

  8. Wonderful…I just made them and can’t stop eating them. Boyfriend, who hates everything Keto I make, loves them.

  9. Added 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and made with vegan butter. It’s delicious

  10. I wanted to make these in advance for Christmas present so ,how long do you think they will last?

  11. Really tasty. I used walnuts, added a bit of cinnamon and salt to the Swerve. Really hit the spot. Having a few with some sharp white cheddar and a nip of red wine.

  12. Is it 3 tablespoons butter?

  13. Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy.com says:

    These sugar free candied pecans look delicious, I just want to devour it off the screen! Thanks for sharing, jamie!