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Overhead view of a speckled bowl of naturally sweetened maple candied pecans on a white background

Maple Candied Pecans

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


 These naturally sweetened candied pecans are PERFECT for snacking, holiday gifting, or topping your favorite salad. You’ll love them as much as we do! (Paleo + Vegan) 


  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecans (roughly chopped, if desired)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt + more, to taste
  • (optional: 1/2 tsp. cinnamon*)


  1. Place pecans and syrup in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, continue cooking the pecans and syrup while the syrup thickens and the water cooks out, about 5-7 minutes. When the water is nearly all evaporated, sprinkle the salt over the pecans.
  2. When the water is evaporated, and the pecans are getting caramelized, spread the mixture out onto parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Sprinkle with additional salt, as desired. Allow to cool completely (the syrup will continue to harden as they cool).
  3. Eat plain, or mix into your favorite salad, trail mix, or popcorn.


*If you’re adding cinnamon, add it along with the maple syrup and proceed as written with the rest of the directions. It’s delicious!

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: maple candied pecans, naturally sweetened candied pecans, healthy candied pecans, paleo candied pecans, vegan candied pecans