Spiced Keto Candied Pecans with Bacon

Keto or not, certain flavor combinations just work well together. Sweet and salty. Cinnamon and spice. This keto candied pecans recipe combines them all for the best of both worlds. Pecans are already a great low carb snack, and especially convenient when you’re on the go. If you have a little time though, preparing them with some crispy bacon pieces, keto sweetener, and flavorful spices really takes them to the next level. Best of all, they aren’t too much hassle to make!

These keto candied pecans are made on the stove rather than in the oven, which helps cut down on the time required. First, dice up some bacon and get it crisping in a skillet. When it’s almost done, add in the pecans and toss to coat. The bacon fat adds flavor and also helps the seasoning to coat the pecans in the next step. The spice blend is a mix of sweet (from Lakanto Golden), warm (from cinnamon and nutmeg), spicy (from cayenne and black pepper) and salty.

Enjoy these keto candied pecans and bacon alone as a snack, or use them to top your favorite keto breakfasts and/or desserts. They are great on keto pancakes or waffles with sugar free syrup. You can also use them to top low carb ice cream or cupcakes. Depending on how you plan to use them and the ingredients you have, it’s easy to change the flavor balance too. Taste the pecans just before cooling, and adjust as desired with more cayenne, cinnamon, and/or salt.

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Spiced Keto Candied Pecans with Bacon

This keto candied pecan recipe is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, and savory. The addition of bacon makes for an extra satisfying snack.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword One Pan, quick
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 250kcal

Equipment

  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces bacon diced
  • 8 ounces pecans
  • 1/4 cup Lakanto Golden or other keto sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 dash allspice optional
  • 1/4 tsp maple or vanilla extract optional

Instructions

  • Prep a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
  • Combine sweetener and spices (salt, pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, and allspice).
  • Add diced bacon to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until nearly crisp, 10-12 minutes.
  • Add pecans to skillet and toss to coat. Toast, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add about half of the spice mixture to the pecans, and toss again, cooking for another minute or so.
  • Add maple extract and remaining spice mixture. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, continuing to stir, until pecans and bacon are thoroughly coated.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet and allow to cool/set before eating.
  • Storage: Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

Notes

  • The amount of bacon listed is based on uncooked weight. It should work out to be about six slices.
  • You can skip the salt if your pecans are already salted, or if your bacon is particularly salty.
  • For extra maple flavor, add a quick drizzle of sugar free maple syrup in addition to (or instead of) the maple extract.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5oz | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g

 

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