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Healthier Candied Pecans or Walnuts Recipe

Updated on May 8, 2017
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Margaret has a passion for cooking, baking and creating recipes to satisfy her cravings for delicious, indulgent and sometimes healthy food.

Sweet, Crunchy, Candied Nuts Made with Less Fat and Sugar

Candied walnuts and pecans are extraordinarily delicious and seriously addictive! They're perfect as a snack or as cocktail nibbles. My favorite way to eat them is as a delicious, sweet, crunchy element that adds a gourmet touch — as well as protein, fiber and heart healthy fat — to a lunch or dinner salad. These candied nuts are often served in fancy salads at high end restaurants, but it's easy to do the same thing at home.

My Healthier Candied Pecans or Healthier Candied Walnuts Recipe is super simple, quick and easy and uses just two ingredients — nut halves and raw unrefined organic coconut sugar— plus a touch of coconut oil or nonstick spray to keep the sugared nuts from sticking to the silicone spatula as you stir them. It takes only 5 minutes to make them on a gas stove top and 10 minutes on an electric stove or glass stove top.

A Healthier Recipe for This Gourmet Favorite

I've made both candied pecans and candied walnuts for many years, but unfortunately most recipes call for frying the nuts in oil and adding a lot of refined white cane sugar and salt. So recently I developed my own healthier candied pecans or candied walnuts recipe made with just pecans or walnuts and raw / unrefined organic coconut sugar, plus a little coconut oil (or nonstick spray, if you prefer) to keep the nuts from sticking to the spatula.

I significantly reduced the amount of sugar and substituted more nutritious unrefined organic coconut sugar, which also has a lower glycemic index. I also eliminated the added salt and oil and use pan toasting rather than pan frying. The best news is that these candied walnuts or pecans are sweet, crunchy, satisfying, and just as addictive as the ones I used to fry in oil with refined white sugar and salt, and much more healthy! In fact, if you've been cutting down on added sugar and fat, you probably will like them even more than regular candied walnuts or pecans.

I've been making these at least once a week to garnish our lunch or dinner salads and to snack on (in small quantities, given how addictive they are). I've decided to share my recipe so you and your family can enjoy them, too!

Non-GMO, Unrefined, USDA Certified Organic Coconut Sugar

Unrefined organic coconut sugar is a key ingredient in this recipe. Raw or unrefined coconut sugar, also called coconut palm sugar, is less processed than brown or white cane sugar, has a lower glycemic index, is rich source of important nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins, and is sustainably grown. It also has a lovely caramel-like flavor.

I prefer to use unrefined organic coconut sugar that is USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO.

My Quick and Easy Recipe for Reduced Fat, Low Sugar Candied Pecans or Candied Walnuts

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4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Healthier Candied Pecans or Candied Walnuts Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. raw unrefined cold pressed coconut oil, or canola, olive or coconut oil nonstick spray
  • 1 cup pecan halves or walnut halves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. raw / unrefined organic coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Use the coconut oil (or nonstick spray) to lightly grease a heat-resistant silicone spatula and either a sheet of parchment paper or a nonstick baking sheet.
  2. Place the pecan or walnut halves in a single layer in a nonstick skillet / frying pan. Turn the heat to medium on a gas stove or medium high on an electric stove or glass stove top and sprinkle the raw / unrefined coconut sugar evenly over the nuts.
  3. As soon as the pan gets hot, wait for one minute and then stir the nuts with the greased nonstick spatula and spread them out again in a single layer. Continue to toast the nuts, stirring and spreading them out again at least once per minute, until they start to smell fragrant and the sugar begins to clump a bit. Note: If the melting sugar starts to stick to the edge of the spatula, scrape it back into the pan and re-grease the spatula.
  4. At this point WATCH THE PAN CLOSELY! Even a few seconds can mean the difference between delicious candied nuts and inedible burned nuts. Stir and spread out the nuts in a single layer again every 15 seconds until the sugar melts. As soon as the sugar melts, immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir the contents thoroughly to make sure every pecan or walnut half is lightly coated with the melted sugar.
  5. Scrape the nuts onto the greased parchment paper or baking sheet and use the greased silicone spatula to spread them into a single layer, separating them as much as possible. Allow them to cool for a minute or two, break apart any that are stuck together, and they're ready to munch or to add crunch to your salads!
  6. Variations: You can mix a bit of cayenne pepper, cinnamon or both into the coconut sugar before sprinkling it over the nuts in Step 2 and/or sprinkle the hot nuts very lightly with salt in Step 4, if you wish.

Rich in Heart-Healthy Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Essential Cooking Equipment for This Recipe

A Heat-Resistant, Silicone Spatula and a Good Nonstick Skillet

The coconut sugar caramelizes as it melts, just as cane sugar does, and will stick like glue to a regular spatula or cooking spoon when you stir the nuts. Many rubber spatulas also aren't heat resistant enough to prevent melting at high heat, and the rubber hardens and cracks over time. That's why a silicone spatula is definitely a necessity for making these candied walnuts or pecans.

A one-piece seamless silicone spatula is much easier to clean than a silicone spatula with a removable handle, and the seamless construction means that food particles can't hide in the crack of the seam like they can in seamed or two-piece spatulas. I own a set of three seamless, heat-resistant silicone spatulas in different sizes and shapes, and I use at least one of them for cooking or baking just about every day.

You'll also need a good nonstick skillet to make this recipe. The problem, of course, is that most nonstick coatings aren't all that durable, and as soon as you see a scratch or chip in the coating the entire pan needs to be replaced. If your nonstick pan is old or has a scratched or chipped Teflon coating, for your own health and safety it's wise to replace it.

The T-fal #93808 Professional Total Nonstick 12" Fry Pan with Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator nonstick fry pan offers excellent performance, good design features, a durable nonstick coating and a price tag low enough so that you can replace it every few years without breaking the bank. It was top-rated in Cook's Illustrated magazine's review, beating out much higher priced nonstick pans in rigorous tests by the experts at America's Test Kitchen.

I love the heat indicator, a patterned red circle in the center of the pan that turns solid red when the skillet is preheated to the right temperature for cooking. I've had mine for several years and it's still going strong. It's supposed to be dishwasher safe, although I hand wash mine (clean up is a cinch) to prolong the life of the nonstick coating. The bottom of this pan is nice and flat, too, so I can cook with it on my glass stove top.

© 2014 Margaret Schindel

What do you think of my healthier candied pecans or candied walnuts recipe? Do you think you might try it?

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      Margaret Schindel 18 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Peachpurple! I hope you enjoy making this recipe. :)

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      peachy 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow you have such a long list of comments! Congrats! I love home roast peanuts, now I know how to make candied type

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @OhMe, thanks and please let me know how you like these when you do get a chance to try making them! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have Pecans in the freezer so might just try your recipe. Sounds delicious.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Lorelei, yes, they are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      My husband has high cholesterol and we try to eat walnuts on a regular basis. They are supposed to balance out the good and bad fats.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Sylvestermouse, thank you so much for including it in your wonderful Review This! article on Thanksgiving side dish recipes! These are definitely addictive, but also high in protein and healthy plant fats and relatively low in sugar, so they're a guilt-free holiday treat. Enjoy!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      Sounds delicious and looks so easy! This could very well become my favorite holiday treat. Thank you for submitting this recipe article for the Thanksgiving side dish recipes on Review This!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Nancy, thanks so much for the wonderful compliment! This recipe is one of our favorites.:)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This always makes me hungry for pecans (my favorite) and I think this looks fabulous as a Hub, Margaret!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Shinichi, what a great idea! I'll bet they'd be good broken into small chunks and sprinkled into the pancake batter. Hmmm....I'm thinking banana walnut pancakes, maybe with bits of dark chocolate or chopped up cacao nibs! ;)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, Paula! My husband and I make these nearly every week to toss into salads, break into bits and sprinkle over ice cream, or as a high-protein snack with a touch of sweetness. I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      These sound amazing on a batch of pancakes.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Margaret, this recipe sounds delicious and one my family would love. Going to put this on my list for Thanksgiving.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Corrinna! Candied almonds sound divine, especially with your idea of mixing them with dried cranberries and dark chocolate. You're my kind of lady! :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

      Sure sounds yummy! I love candied nuts and will have to try your healthier version, though I would use almonds instead because I am allergic to walnuts and pecans. They would be delicious tossed with some dried cranberries and a piece of dark chocolate!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Barbara! We make it all the time. These are so good on salads, chopped or broken and sprinkled over ice cream, or as a high protein snack! I'm so glad you like the recipe.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Recipe looks good here on Hubpages too, love this recipe

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Valerie, ooooh, that sounds delicious, too! :)

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 2 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      It sounds delicious! I usually toast my pecans in a toaster oven, sometimes with honey.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @delia-delia: Thanks so much! :)

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I just gained 5 lbs reading this...very Yummy!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks, Angela! If you're making them for guests you may want to add a bit more of the coconut sugar as well as some cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The spices make them more festive and the added coconut sugar may be more appealing to guests who aren't used to eating healthier sweet treats. ;) Enjoy!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @sybil watson: Thanks very much, Sybil dear! I really hope you get a chance to try this healthier version of candied pecans. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tfsherman lm: Thanks so much for letting me know how you liked them! Yes, if you're used to much sweeter candied nuts you may want to start with a bit more coconut sugar and then perhaps taper down the amount once you get used to eating them a bit less sweet than what you had been accustomed to previously, if you like. And they're wonderful with a bit of cinnamon and cayenne pepper! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Johanna Eisler: Joie, you're very welcome! These will be less sweet than what you're used to, so you may want to start with a bit more coconut sugar and then gradually lessen the amount as you get used to enjoying them with less added sugar. Please do let me know how you like them!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SteveKaye: Thanks very much, Steve! We think they're yummy. Hope you do, too! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Thanks very much! I hope you love these as much as we do. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tfsherman lm: Great! Let me know how you like them. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @jky27: You're very welcome! I hope you enjoy them.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Thanks very much! It was a wonderful honor.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @topclimb lm: My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Shades-of-truth: Wonderful! I hope you enjoy making and eating these yummy nuts. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @LouisaDembul: I hope you do! If you have trouble locating coconut sugar locally (try your health food store) you can order it on Amazon, if you like. I've shared a link to my favorite brand on the recipe page.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Quazzo: Thanks! We love them and I hope you do, too.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Definitely might give it a try. Usually make candied nuts for the Holidays and this sounds like it would be a great alternative.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Congratulations Margaret! I love candied nuts, and pecans are my favorite.

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      Well, I've eaten my first batch. I did need to add a bit more sugar, like 2 1/2 teaspoons, and I can see how you could throw in any spice too. Incredibly easy and delicious.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      They look wonderful! It puts me in mind of what we used to make when I was a teenager called 'Sugared Walnuts.' But yours look much healthier than our were! I'm really looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      This looks really good - easy plus delicious. Yum!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      We tried something similar at home some time ago, but your recipe looks better! I gotta find out if it tastes better too :) Congratulations on the LOTD!

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      I live for nuts, and I just found the coconut sugar at my regular grocery store's organic section, so I'm all ready to go! Thanks!

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      jky27 3 years ago

      These look amazing for a great snack! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      Love the recipe. I absolutely would try it... Thanks for the lens.

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      I love pecans, and happen to have organic coconut sugar and organic coconut oil at home, AND pecans! Think I'll have to try this!

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      LouisaDembul 3 years ago

      This sounds really wonderful! Will see if I can get hold of coconut sugar, must try it out!

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      Quazzo 3 years ago

      They sound delicious!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Ibidii: Thanks! I hope you love them. :)

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      Nom Nom! Will get some coconut sugar and try this awesome recipe!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @WedgeAntilles: Thanks so much, ColonelAntilles! Yes, I often add other spices (see the suggested variations in Step 7). :) I may have thrown out my "full fat/sugar" recipe now that I've switched to making this healthier version, but I'll look for it and share it if I can find it. Thanks again!

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      Wedge Antilles 3 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

      I love nuts of all kinds - some of my best friends are nuts LOL ;) - if possible, I would like to see your 'full fat/sugar recipe. Also, have you ever tried substituting some spices like chili powder, cayenne, paprika, etc. just for a change up? If you have I think that that might also make a good lens. Congratulations on LOTD - wonderful.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @astevn816 lm: Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try it. :)

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      thank you for the recipe, it looks yummy

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks so much, Barbara! I really appreciate your kind words and congratulations, dear friend. :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Margaret, congratulations on LOTD, very much deserved, a fantastic page!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @favored: Thank you, Fay! I definitely agree about these being great party snacks. I used to make traditional candied nuts for parties often (both mine and other people's). Now I'll be making this healthier version instead. :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      These would also be good at a party. Congratulations on LotD.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @AlleyCatLane: Thanks, Carolyn! That's exactly why I decided to come up with a healthier way to enjoy candied nuts. I hope you enjoy them as much as my husband and I do! :)

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      I'll have to try this. I love candied nuts as a snack and on salads, but I do need to eat healthier. This sounds like it will satisfy me and my diet.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @kimbesa2: My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks so much, Diana! The nice thing is that you can make a quick batch in about 5 minutes if you have a gas stovetop (or about 10 minutes with an electric glass stovetop) whenever the craving hits you. Like right this nanosecond. ;) Thanks again, my friend!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @writerkath: Thanks very much, Kathy! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Craftymarie: Thanks, Marie! They really are quite addictive, so I usually make them in small batches so I don't have a large container of them to tempt me. They take practically no time to make, so I can toast up just what I want/need whenever I want or need them. But I also sometimes make a bigger batch and freeze them, taking out just what I want/need and putting back the rest. They thaw out very fast, and it helps with portion control, too. :)

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      kimbesa 3 years ago from USA

      Excellent! Thanks so much for this simple and innovative recipe!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Scott A McCray: Thanks VERY much, Scott! Considering that jewelry making is my Contributor niche I'm surprised at how many healthy recipe lenses I've been making lately. ;) So glad you will be trying these soon!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Faye Rutledge: My pleasure, Nancy! I hope you enjoy my healthier version. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Ruthi: Thanks, Ruthi! They do make a wonderful and nutritious treat. :D

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @AcornOakForest: Thank you so much for your kind congratulations and for voting for my recipe lens in the May Food Club Quest! :)

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I'm thinking I seriously _need_ some of these candied pecans imminently. Like right this nanosecond. Congrats on your win and LotD! Deliciously done, my friend.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @esmonaco: Thanks so much, Sam! I'm thrilled. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks, Stephen! I discovered organic coconut sugar last year and really like it. Sugar is still sugar, but this is a minimally processed sweetener that also tastes great, so I've been cutting way back on sugar and using coconut sugar when I do treat myself to it.

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      Yummy! Congratulations on LotD! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @sirteacup: You're very welcome! I've always loved them, too, and didn't want to have to give them up when I decided to make a major change to my approach to food. Enjoy!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @takkhisa: Thanks very much! I'm very excited about it. :)

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      Marie 3 years ago

      Yes, I like things that are quick to make so this is definitely a recipe I would try and they do look like a snack that I would want to keep on eating too!

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      Scott A McCray 3 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD! Seems as if you have found your Squidoo niche/calling! Looks yummy and *will* be made at my house very soon!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these in salads or for a snack, but never made them using the coconut sugar. Thanks for this great recipe. :)

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Your candied nuts recipe sounds much healthier than most. I munch on nuts all day but just eat them raw but this might be a nice treat on occasion.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Congratulations on your LotD! Well-earned. I know I voted for your lens.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Just back to say Congratulations On LOTD!!!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have never tried coconut sugar, but love the nuts as they are so this sounds like a good option for those with a sweet tooth. Well done on the LOTD.

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      sirteacup 3 years ago

      Yum! I've always loved these so I'm very grateful for a guilt-free version. Thanks for the awesome lens!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Wow it sounds delicious! Congrats on LotD.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @MariaMontgomery: My pleasure! Thanks for the pin. :)

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I love these. Thanks for the info on making them healthier. I have pinned this so I can find it again.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @David3142: You're right - which is why it's a good thing they're so quick and easy to make so I can make them in small batches if I want to. But often I'll make a larger batch and freeze them. That way I can pour out just the quantity I want (for portion control) and put the rest back in the freezer container right away. The frozen nuts defrost quickly. :)

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      David3142 3 years ago

      This sounds like one of those snacks where you can't stop until they're all gone. Delicious but dangerous! Thanks for sharing.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @smine27: Me, too, Shinichi! ;)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I could much on these all day!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tcaldy: Thanks! I hope you enjoy my healthier version of this tasty treat. :)

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      These sound really great! Always looking for healthier alternatives to the foods we like. I'll have to try this one.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @BarbaraCasey: My pleasure, Barbara! I've been making oil- and sugar-laden candied nuts for years, but since they no longer fit into our healthier lifestyle and we didn't want to give up this wonderful treat I knew I had to come up with an alternative. I hope you enjoy this version!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @VioletteRose LM: You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Jo-Jackson: Great! I hope you enjoy these crunchy treats.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      I must try this. My Swedish Nuts recipe calls for oodles of butter and sugar. Tastes great, but not nearly as healthy-sounding as yours. Thank you!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Sounds delicious, thanks for sharing :)

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      Jo-Jackson 3 years ago

      I'm a nut fan so will try making candied walnuts using your recipe.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @GrammieOlivia: Thanks! I'm so glad you plan to try this yummy recipe. :)

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Easy for me to do and I love things that are easy........especially in the kitchen! Thanks for this recipe, I'm about to go a little nutty I think!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks so much, Rose! We love being able to enjoy these again in a healthier way. :)

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      What a clever idea - and it sounds delicious.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Lady Lorelei: That's so cool! Thanks so much for letting me know and congratulations. I'm also delighted that I could introduce you to my healthier candied walnuts recipe and to coconut sugar. Thanks so much for your visit! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      You were the 8000th pollster on my lenses or so my little monster buddy says. Thank you so much for stopping by my food article. It also got me here to discover how to make candied walnuts and I hate no idea that there was such a thing as coconut sugar. Definitely something for me to look into.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @astevn816 lm: Great! I hope you love them. :)

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      this sound yummy, I'll make it for treats

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @RhondaAlbom: Wonderful! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. :)

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Sounds great, simple and healthy. What more could I look for in a snack. I will be giving these a try.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @esmonaco: Thanks so much for sharing this healthier candied pecans recipe on your Pinterest recipe board! I know you've love making - and eating - these yummy nuts. :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Oh yes I'll be trying these, as nuts are one of my favorite snacks. Pinned to my recipe board. Thanks :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @ecogranny: Thank you so much, Graceonline! I am delighted to have been able to provide you with the healthier candied pecans or walnuts recipe you've been looking for, and I'm honored and grateful that you have chosen to feature it as the recipe of the day on your Cooking with Whole Grains and Whole Foods FB page. Thanks again - I'm smiling from ear to ear! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @OhMe: Thanks, Nancy! I hope you love these as much as my husband and I do. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I have been looking for a healthier alternative to candied walnuts and pecans for quite a while. Usually, I just toast them naked in a cast iron pan and let their natural sugars be enough, but sometimes I want a true candied nut. Your recipe looks like exactly what I need. Thank you so much! This is going on the Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods Facebook page as the recipe of the day.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will certainly try your recipe. We love pecans.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Merrci: Thank you, Merry! I'm so glad you like the recipe. I'm sure you'll enjoy them! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @David Stone1: Dave, thanks SO much for that wonderful compliment! You just put a huge smile on my face as well as (even more) gratitude in my heart.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan! I'm munching on a few right now and they're SOOOOO good. :D

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      These sounds delicious! I can taste them in salad already. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      This is just so great, a step up and beyond that has no competition in a creative approach that helps make something we all love available and more healthful.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, yeh. Definitely want to try it. :D

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @AcornOakForest: Great! Most of the recipes for candied nuts add lots of extra oil, white sugar and salt, but my new healthier recipe means we can enjoy them on our salads as often as we want to. :)

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I've been on the lookout for a good recipe for candied nuts. I will have to give this one a shot! I love them on salad too.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks so much, Barbara! Your very kind words and your pin are both greatly appreciated, my friend. <3

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Margaret this sounds incredible; my boys would love this; of course it has to be pinned to my food board :) - by the way, what a thorough page you've put together here! Your work is always so professional :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks so much, Nancy dear! I love good pecans and walnuts in just about any form, too. ;) I hope you get a chance to make these - just a few tossed onto your serving of salad elevates it to gourmet status - especially if you also include a few fresh raspberries (or diced fresh pear or apple) and a bit of freshly grated hard cheese (or bits of goat cheese or brie, if you really want to get fancy). Thanks again for checking out my latest recipe and for your lovely feedback, my friend!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sounds yummy to me! Sure I'll give it a try. I love good pecans and walnuts just about any way they're used. This sure sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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