Keto Peppered Maple Pecan Bacon

One of the best things about being keto is no longer having to feel guilty for giving in to my bacon cravings. I love bacon because, well, it’s delicious, but also because it’s a tasty, easy, way to add some extra fat and protein to pretty much any any meal. I usually add bacon to other foods to make them better, but it turns out that you can improve bacon itself with just a few additions too!

This recipe combines bacon with pecans, another awesome keto food, and uses black pepper and sugar free maple syrup to add a bit of sweet and heat. The resulting deliciousness goes great with a couple of keto waffles for breakfast, although I’ll admit that I’ve snuck some in with lunch or dinner too.

Keto Peppered Bacon

It’s easy to make since it only takes a handful of ingredients, and cooking the bacon in the oven means that there’s a lot less clean up than frying it on the stovetop. I find that the baking crisps quicker when using a wire rack, and if you line your pan with foil or parchment paper too, there’s no greasy mess after.

As far as ingredients go, opt for a high quality, thicker cut of bacon. Any plain or lightly salted pecans will work, but I’m a huge fan of Front Porch Pecans if you need a recommendation. Finally, the sugar free syrup selection will largely depend on your taste and which sweeteners you prefer. Two options you might consider are Lakanto Sugar Free Maple Flavored Syrup (sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol) and Know Better Syrup (sweetened with allulose).

Keto Maple Pecan Bacon

Keto Peppered Maple Pecan Bacon

From the smokiness of the bacon, to the sweetness of the maple, to the kick of heat from the black pepper, this recipe is keto friendly while also packing a ton of delicious flavor. Per 2 slices: 175 calories, 15g fat, 7g protein, 3g total carbs – 2g fiber = 1 net carb.

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 25m
  • Serves: 3
  • Yield: 6 slices


  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 3/4 ounce (about 21g) pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare a baking sheet by topping with parchment paper or a nonstick wire rack.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chopped pecans and black pepper.
  3. Arrange bacon on prepared baking sheet, being careful not to overlap slices. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until bacon just begins to brown.
  4. Carefully remove pan from oven. While bacon is still hot, brush with syrup and then sprinkle with the pecan/pepper mixture.
  5. Return to oven for an additional 5-8 minutes, or until bacon reaches desired doneness.
  6. Transfer to paper towels to absorb any excess fat before serving. Best eaten fresh, but can be stored and reheated.

Keto Maple Pecan Bacon

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