I recently visited the farmer’s market in Charleston, South Carolina and there was a lady selling these amazing spiced nuts and I was inspired to try to re-create them myself. They are amazing and taste fantastic in salads, oatmeal, mixed in with yogurt and Fresh Berry Sauce or just on their own as a snack.
Since I am lazy and wanted some roasted pecans to add to my yogurt s.t.a.t., I decided to make them on the stove instead of in the oven. The other benefit of making them on the stove is that you only need to use one pan, which makes washing up a breeze. The only tricky part is making sure you stir them constantly so that they don’t burn.Here is what they should look like when they come off of the pan.
You will also want to make sure to empty the pecans onto a piece of parchment paper immediately or else they will get stuck to the pan. If you have ever worked with caramelized maple syrup before, you know it is like crazy glue! Make sure to wash your pan immediately as well. I usually just add hot water once it has cooled a bit and put it back on the heat for a few minutes. This trick loosens all the sticky stuff beautifully.
I know your mouth must be watering by now, and you might be swearing at me because you are worried about eating these because pecans are ‘so fatty’. While it’s true that they have the highest fat content of any nut, keep in mind that fat is satiating and has no effect on blood sugar levels. Plus, pecans, like walnuts, are known to protect the heart and mind, support weight loss, and promote weight management, so go ahead and indulge a little.
Spiced Maple PecansPrint This
- 2 cups pecans
- 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 dash each of ground nutmeg, ground cloves and sea salt
- Preheat a dry skillet over a medium-high heat.
- Add the pecans, maple syrup, spices, and salt.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until syrup is caramelized and nuts are toasted, about 5-6 minutes.
- Empty onto a piece of parchment paper and let cool.