Roasted Spicy Maple Pecans

5 from 1 vote

A wonderfully healthy, on-the-go snack!

A sweet and spicy flavor combo that is out of this world!

I always have an overabundance of pecans around my house. We are lucky enough to have planted pecan trees years ago. Now that they are mature, they produce copious amounts of pecans every year. Since we have so many, I enjoy experimenting with different pecan recipes in the kitchen! While they’re great to eat raw or as part of a trail mix blend, I prefer them to be well-seasoned and toasted. That’s how I came up with this delightful recipe for Roasted Spicy Maple Pecans!

Easy to Make, Hard to Resist

Roast these buttery pecans until they are warm, fragrant, and slightly toasty

Recipes don’t get much easier than this! All you need to do is take the large, buttery pecans and place them in a large mixing bowl. Toss them with just enough olive oil to keep them from sticking. Add the sweet maple syrup, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and cloves. If you like a little more heat, feel free to increase the cayenne pepper (just keep in mind that a little goes a long way).

Roast the pecans until they’re warm, fragrant, and slightly toasty. Remember to check them frequently while they’re roasting, as pecans tend to burn quite easily. When you take them out of the oven, try to resist eating them immediately, because they will be very hot!

Alternative Flavors

These yummy walnuts contain sweet maple syrup, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves

While Roasted Spicy Maple Pecans are a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors, you may prefer a more savory snack instead. If that’s the case, try one of these tasty flavor combinations:

  • Pick your favorite herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or parsley. Combine these spices with salt and olive oil and roast the pecans according to the recipe.
  • Experiment with more exotic spices, such as smoked paprika, turmeric, curry powder, chili powder, cumin, or Chinese five spice.
  • Use a simple seasoning, such as a cracked black pepper and salt blend or a lemon pepper seasoning.
5 from 1 vote

Roasted Spicy Maple Pecans

The perfect snack for when you need something healthy, on-the-go!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 8
Serving Size 0.25 cup
Course Snack
Author Chef Sallie

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups pecan halves shelled
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Toss the pecans together with remaining ingredients on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Spread into a single layer.
  • Roast for 15-20 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to be sure the pecans do not burn.
  • Remove the pecans from the oven and place them on wax paper in a single layer to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Plant-Based

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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