I’ve mentioned many times on this blog that I love nuts. They are not only one of the healthiest foods one can eat. They are also super delicious. Despite wanting to eat healthy most of the time, I like pretty much everyone else, have a sweet tooth and want to have sweet treats from time to time. Over the years, I’ve learned to make treat the are better for you by using simple recipes and natural ingredients.
Candied nuts are definitely one of my favorite things to make. They are poppable, both crunchy and chewy, sweet, and still quite nutritious. The only downside is that nuts are calorie-dense and once you add sugar it can become extremely easy to find yourself on the sofa chowing down on 1000 calories in 30 seconds flat. LOL
To combat this, I’ve learned to make my candied nuts in small batches. Portion control is a great way to enjoy the foods we love without overdoing it and it’s my approach to eating pretty much all the time, and definitely when snacking.
One of my favorite candied nut recipes for fall is my Salted Maple Pecans recipe. Pecans typically start to fall from the trees around October, so right now is the best time to share this recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it.
Our Saturday night treat was Salted Maple Pecans! 😋
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I’m from NC and I prefer to use fresh pecans that I get from my cousin but I know everyone can’t do that so I’m including my favorite store brand in this list.
This perfect small-batch is just right for two.
Roast on 350 for 8 minutes, tossing halfway through. It’s best to use parchment paper.
The trick to eating healthy food is always to keep it simple and make it yourself. This takes so little time and has no extra additives. 1/2 cup each is plenty. You get your sweet fix, along with a good amount of protein and fiber. Plus, pecans have copper, thiamine, zinc, and are a good source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats.
Also, “pure maple syrup is not only high in antioxidants, but every spoonful offers nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.” (Food Network Magazine)
Since it’s only a small portion made, there’s no chance of overeating.