As the snow falls around me, and the internet is packed to the brim with comforting holiday recipes, I’m transported to thoughts of holiday celebrations. The food and drinks surrounding the holidays make them extra special. Once a year delicacies are baked up and brought out; there is holiday liquor, holiday wine, holiday candies. From peppermint to chocolate to eggnog and cream – the food screams warmth. Just thinking of your family favorites feels like cozying up in a warm blanket.
Pecans make their way into so many dishes during the holidays. Fun fact: they are the only nut native to North America. The ultimate American tradition. The name is of Native American origin meaning, “requiring a stone to crack”. Ha- except apparently, they called walnuts and hickory nuts paacan as well. Interesting. I’m going to guess that pecans have taken many different forms throughout the years, but this versatile nut shines through in any capacity.
My family loves nuts. We are non-discriminating nut lovers. I am positive that bringing these cinnamon candied pecans to a family gathering would bring celebration. They are creamy and rich, and when roasted with sugar and spices they become crunchy goodness that explodes in your mouth. Positively addicting.
I was inspired to make cinnamon candied pecans when watching Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network. Just like I remember from the county fair- her pecans are sweet, buttery, and clustered, with cinnamon spice to top it all off.
These nuts are nothing like hers (sorry).
Since I don’t generally cook with a stick of butter or a cup of sugar (not that anything is wrong with that — they are delicious, and simple and good for the soul ingredients) — I added my own Karl twist to the recipe. Veganized- because vegan baking is FUN and creative. And no refined sugar because there are so many fun alternatives around these days.
Feel free to swap in butter or brown sugar to make it your own – or refer back to Trisha’s recipe. Whatever route you take, you can’t go wrong. xx Karlie
- 2 cups raw pecans
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted- or substitute butter
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar- or substitute brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and spread out on baking sheet.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes, being careful because they burn easily.
- Let cool 10 minutes to harden and cluster slightly.
Psst these would make a great gift!