Snacks

Vegan Candied Pecans 

These are the best Vegan Candied Pecans that come together with just 6 simple ingredients and are ready in 10 minutes time. These sweet and crunchy nuts are the perfect holiday treat to snack on, or throw them into a mason jar and gift them to someone you love!

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a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper and filled with candied pecans with some greenery from a Christmas tree in the top left corner.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Vegan Candied Pecans are simple, delicious, and ready in 10 minutes.
  • They are made on the stovetop so you don’t even have to turn on your oven!
  • These pecans are glazed, crunchy, sweet and delicious.
  • Have a caramelized exterior of candy coating.
  • Similar taste to brittle but filled with crisp pecans.
  • As written, this recipe is vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, grain-free and gluten free!
  • PERFECT for the holiday season!
  • Throw them in a mason jar and gift them to someone you love!
  • These candied pecans are have an almost toffee-like texture. They are sweet, subtly salty, and have notes of vanilla and caramelized sugar.
  • If you love pecans, check out my vegan pecan pie bars or vegan pecan brownies.

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Vegan Candied Pecans. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Use halved unsalted and unsweetened raw Pecans. Raw pecans will still have a nice crunch to them, but if you want them to be really crunchy I recommend using unsalted roasted pecans since these are made on the stovetop and not in the oven.

For this recipe I used white sugar, but brown sugar or coconut sugar will also work.

A touch of vegan butter is going add a subtly buttery flavor which I love, but this can also be omitted.

Water helps the sugar crystalize and have a caramel like texture which gives the candied nuts that crunch texture.

A touch of vanilla extract makes any recipe that much better.

And a pinch of salt helps balance out all the flavors.

Cinnamon is optional but gives a lovely warm spice.

all the ingredients that you need to make this vegan candied pecan recipe in individual bowls.

How To Make

ONE: Heat a saucepan over medium heat and then add in the sugar, water, vegan butter, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon. Mix with a spatula for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally until the sugar has fully dissolved. The mixture will simmer, bubble and have a fluffy texture.

TWO: Add in the pecans and mix well until each piece is well coated. Let the nut sit there for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally. But watch it carefully so the caramel doesn’t burn.

the pecans after being coated in the sugar mixture inside the skillet.

THREE: Remove from heat and add the pecans to a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly, allowing space between each pecan and allow it to sit on the counter to bring it to room temperature.

the candied pecans laid out evenly on a baking sheet thats lined with parchment paper.

FOUR: Once fully cooled, use your hands to break apart each piece. Store in a cool dark place and enjoy up to 1.5-2 weeks.

a close up shot of the cooled candied pecans.

Tips And Tricks

It takes about 3-5 minutes for the sugar to crystalize around the pecans, so be patient and watch it carefully, stirring occasionally.

If your sugar mixture isn’t sticking to the pecans, remove them from the heat, allow them to cool for 2 minutes and then re-dip them in the sugar mixture.

Feel free to switch up your spices by adding in some hot honey, chili flakes or other spices like nutmeg or cloves.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Vegan Candied Pecans on their own as a snack, throw them on top of salads, cookies or enjoy them inside a warm and cozy oatmeal bowl.

Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place and enjoy up to two weeks. You can also refrigerate to extend the life.

a hand holding a small mason jar that is filled with candied pecans.

Taste And Texture

These candied pecans are crispy, crunchy, and with an almost caramel- brittle like texture. They are sweet, a subtly salty, and have notes of vanilla throughout. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these with a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit?

I haven’t tested it myself, so I can’t say for sure, however, i’d recommend monk fruit sweetener and would stay away from stevia or any other sugar substitute.

Can I bake these in the oven instead of cooking on the stovetop?

Yes totally! Whisk all the ingredients together, before adding in the pecans. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper and bake at 350F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Can I use maple syrup instead of sugar?

Yes, totally! I’d recommend half the amount of maple syrup is swapping for the sugar, and be sure to watch them very carefully as they will burn rather quickly!

Other Recipes You May Like

If you make these Vegan Candied Pecans, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Vegan Candied Pecans

These are the best Vegan Candied Pecans that come together with just 6 simple ingredients and are ready in 10 minutes time. These sweet and crunchy nuts are the perfect holiday treat to snack on, or throw them into a mason jar and gift them to someone you love!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
5 minutes
COOK TIME:
5 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
10 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 2 cups halved unsalted pecans
  • 3/4 cup white sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • Pinch of salt

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

4-6 servings

Directions

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and then add in the sugar, water, vegan butter, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon. Mix with a spatula for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally until the sugar has fully dissolved. The mixture will simmer, bubble and have a fluffy texture.
  2. Add in the pecans next and mix well until each piece is well coated. Let the nuts sit there for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally. But watch it carefully so the caramel doesn't burn.
  3. Remove from heat and add the pecans to a baking sheet that's lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly, allowing space between each pecan and allow it to sit on the counter to bring it to room temperature.
  4. Once fully cooled, use your hands to break apart each piece. Store in a cool dark place and enjoy up to 1.5-2 weeks.

Notes

  • It takes about 3-5 minutes for the sugar to crystalize around the pecans, so be patient and watch it carefully, stirring occasionally.
  • If your sugar mixture isn’t sticking to the pecans, remove them from the heat, allow them to cool for 2 minutes and then re-dip them in the sugar mixture.
  • Feel free to switch up your spices by adding in some hot honey, chili flakes or other spices like nutmeg or cloves.

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