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Candied Pecans Two Ways –Vegan and Delicious

Candied Pecans are a personal favorite – sweet, delectable, a great snack and a fabulous home-made edible gift for the holiday season. Toss them in salads, garnish pies, add to oatmeal or sprinkle on a charcuterie board.

The first way to make them is my REALLY quick version when I just don’t want to wait to nosh on them — In just 15 minutes, and using only 3 ingredients, this vegan delight is fool proof and a fabulous snack. I use high quality Maple syrup like Runamok and using some of their flavored varieties adds extra deliciousness.


These are perfectly delicious, but I decided to try another approach for a slightly stickier version that only takes marginally longer. These are especially wonderful on salads, granola, oatmeal or just grab a handful, but don’t forget a paper towel!!


BE BRAVE and try some unique flavors by using Runamok Sugar Makers Cut Maple Syrup with a sprinkle of anything from Za’atar, smoked paprika, curry powder, five spice seasoning and more. The options are endless!


These glorious bite-sized treats are fun and oh by the way, try these recipes with other nuts too, like walnuts, cashews or almonds!


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Maple Candied Pecans – Two Ways


3 Ingredient Candied Pecans



(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)


1 cup pecans and pecan halves

2 tablespoons Runamok Maple syrup (or Runamok Holiday Spice syrup)

¼ teaspoon salt

Couple of grinds of pepper (optional)





Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.


Toss the pecans in a bowl with the maple syrup, salt and pepper, and place on the parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.


Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove, stir well and return to the oven for an additional 3-7 minutes (keeping a close eye on it if you go past the additional 4-minute mark because they can burn very easily) to get the pecans toasted and the maple syrup caramelized.


Remove from oven, toss and let cool completely. Then break apart and serve, or store in an airtight jar.


Serves 4

Active time 2 minutes Total Time: 16 minutes


Sticky Candied Pecans



(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)


2 cups pecans and pecan halves

½ cup Runamok Maple Syrup (or Runamok Holiday Spice Maple Syrup) *

1 tablespoon O&V Melipone vanilla *

1 tablespoon O&V Unflavored EVOO *

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Flaky O&V Fleur de sel *




Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.


Heat the EVOO in a pan over medium heat. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and bring to a simmer (should be frothy).


Add the nuts and stir to coat well. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce is syrupy and bubbling (about 2-3 minutes)


Pour into prepared baking sheet and spread into single layer. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until nuts are caramelized.


Remove from oven, sprinkle generously with fleur de sel, and stir well. Let stand until cool and hardened (about 30-45 minutes). Break into pieces if stuck together. Store in an airtight container.


Serves 8

Active time 6 minutes Total Time: 18 minutes plus time to cool and harden





* I personally love the quality and flavor of Runamok Maple syrups and their flavored syrups add amazing taste to the nuts. The Unflavored EVOO adds nice savory notes and health benefits and the Melipone Vanilla especially intensifies the aroma of these nuts. The Fleur de Sel is a beautifully soft and flavorful salt, you can use another high-quality finishing salt. Many Runamok syrups are available at Oil & Vinegar stores







Categories: Appetizer, Dessert, Snacks & Sides, Soups & Salads, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Plant Based, Candied Nuts, Candied Pecans, Home Made Holiday Gift, Charcuterie Board,






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