Let’s Eat: Salty Sweet Pecans

I feel like I’m on an endless journey of finding the perfect snack to settle my sweet tooth. I’m also trying to choose better snacks to handle my midday cravings. I know nuts are full of healthy fats, fiber and protein, but they also need to be eaten in moderation. A handful of nuts can pack many nutritional benefits, but also tons of calories! Plain nuts aren’t very sweet and I don’t often feel like buying the fancy individually packaged flavored kinds (they can get super pricey!), so I figured I would make up something of my own. They smell and taste pretty darn good, but I’ll let you be the judge of that should you try them on your own by following the recipe below:

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 TBSP Honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP butter
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP water
Dash of salt
3/4 c pecans (or sub walnuts, almonds, etc)
pinch of brown sugar
pinch of salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In small saucepan, heat all ingredients EXCEPT the pinch of salt and pinch of brown sugar over medium heat.
  3. Once all ingredients are melted and combined, add 3/4 cup of pecans (or any nut of your choice)
  4. Fold pecans into mixture to make sure they’re covered in sweet goodness
  5. Lay candied pecans onto baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a pinch of brown sugar
  6. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until the pecans are browned, but not burned.
  7. Let cool and enjoy

 

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