Sugar Free Candied Pecans Recipe (on the stovetop)

Sugar Free Candied Pecans Recipe (on the stovetop)

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!

asy 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!!)

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.)
  1. If you like cinnamon, try adding a dash of cinnamon.
  2. Watch pecans closely they go from being done to burned, very fast.
  3. Transfer pecans to a plate or parchment paper and let cool.
  4. Break up pecans and store in an airtight container in the fridge

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.)

Sugar Free Candied Pecans

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

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!


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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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