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It’s been on my list for a while to come up with a recipe on how to make candied pecans in a slow cooker. I waited until the holiday season to do it, because I knew I’d want to incorporate them into holiday gifts. The part that came as a surprise, though, is that what started out as regular glazed nuts turned into a sugar-free candied pecans recipe.
I’ve always been a sucker for homemade presents. They are so much more personal than anything store bought! And, it totally takes me back to my childhood. As a kid, I spent a lot of time drawing, crafting, and generally creating, so anything that involves those activities again is the best kind of nostalgia ever. I love every aspect of it – from the idea generation phase, to the crafty creation of the gift itself, to the pretty wrapping. I don’t have time to do it every year, but it makes me so happy when I get the chance.
More recently, as my passion for food has grown, my ideas for homemade presents have likewise turned to (healthy) edible gifts. Their universality makes them a perfect option for any hard-to-shop-for friend, family member, or coworker on your list. And, they have a way of making the recipient feel so special, knowing you hand made something just for them.
When the idea of glazed nuts as gifts first came to me, I figured that I’d be making a regular sugar-filled version. That would have been fine, since I’d be giving them away. Still, I was tempted to experiment to see if I could make a healthier, low carb version. When my sugar-free candied pecans recipe worked out, I was beyond excited!
It started with my recent experiments with Sukrin Gold, which I’ve been trying out as a brown sugar substitute. It has a very similar taste and consistency, but it’s sugar-free, gluten-free, and low carb. It’s also a natural product, which is important to me when choosing a sugar replacement. I’m happy to report that it worked out perfectly in this sugar-free candied pecans recipe.
If you’re looking for another reason to make these low carb candied pecans in a Crockpot, they happen to be a healthy snack to have around at home. They are packed with protein, monounsaturated fat, and iron. Without the sugar, you can feel really good about eating them!
When an occasional late night craving strikes for something crunchy, just a small handful does the trick. They are also convenient to have ready in portion-controlled sandwich bags, to take with you on the go. Then there’s the obvious use case – holiday gifts or a place on the holiday dessert table.
I actually tripled this sugar-free candied pecans recipe on the final run. That way, I’d have two batches to give away as gifts and one to keep. We’ve already gone through most of our own, so it will be time to make more soon!
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Grease a 4 quart (4 L) slow cooker and place the pecans inside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and vanilla extract until it's foamy. Pour the mixture over the nuts and stir to coat all the nuts.
- In a medium bowl, combine the Sukrin Gold and cinnamon. Evenly pour the mixture over the pecans and stir to coat all the nuts again.
Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring at 20 minute intervals. In the last 20 minutes, stir in the water.
- When done cooking, arrange the nuts in a single layer on parchment paper to cool. If there are any clusters stuck together, you can break them apart after cooling. Store in an airtight container.
Optional step: To make the nuts extra crispy, plus add a toasted aroma and taste, place them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) for 4-7 minutes.
Serving size: 1/4 cup
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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