Maple Glazed Pecans (only 3 ingredients!)

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Learn how to make Maple Glazed Pecans from scratch using just 3 simple ingredients! Add these sweet roasted pecans to your favorite salads, desserts like pecan pie, breakfast recipes, or holiday charcuterie boards for a sweet, nutty crunch.

This maple glazed pecan recipe is one of my favorite seasonal recipes. They’re as simple to make as your own bourbon cranberry sauce or a 3-ingredient pie crust, but as versatile as a roasted garlic recipe, meaning you’ll have no trouble figuring out how to use them .

Additionally, these homemade nuts are:

  • Made without refined sugar. These Glazed Pecans replace traditional brown or brown sugar with pure maple syrup for a similar, but more natural twist!
  • Without eggs! Traditional candied pecan recipes usually call for egg whites to add moisture and bind the sugar to the pecans. This version is made with liquid sweetener and is naturally egg-free, gluten-free and vegan!
  • Versatile. Sprinkle maple pecans on your favorite salads, oatmeal, pies, ice cream, or Thanksgiving side dishes like sweet potato casserole. You can even add it to your favorite trail mix, a homemade charcuterie board for a sweet crunch!
  • Budget-friendly Christmas gifts. Most people love edible Christmas gifts and these Glazed Pecans are the perfect treat! Package them in a mason jar, add a pretty gift tag and ribbon, and give them as a hostess, neighbor, or teacher gift!

This is simply one of those easy recipes that you will be so happy to have in your back pocket!

Notes on ingredients

Pecans, maple syrup and salt measured into individual glass bowls.
  • Pecan nuts: For this recipe, you will need raw pecans (no added oils or flavors). If you plan to use them in salads, chopped pecans are best. If you plan to offer or snack on them as is, keep the pecans whole.
  • Maple syrup: Real maple syrup will give the best flavor. When shopping, look for maple syrups that are made with just one ingredient: pure maple syrup. If it has added colors or artificial flavors, the flavor won’t be as good.
  • Salt: A small pinch of kosher salt or sea salt balances the sweetness of the maple syrup and adds a nice depth of flavor.

Replacements

  • Maple Syrup Substitutions: If you don’t have enough maple syrup, another liquid sweetener can be substituted. Try raw honey, agave syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup. Don’t use fake sweeteners or pancake syrup – they won’t harden the same way in the oven.

How to Make Maple Glazed Pecans

Pecans in a mixing bowl.
  1. Coat the pecans. Place raw pecans in a mixing bowl and drizzle with maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Using a spatula, mix until the pecans are well coated and the maple syrup is evenly distributed.
  2. Spread on a baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread out on a baking sheet so that the Easy Maple Pecans are in a single layer. The more space there is between the nuts, the crunchier they will be.
  3. Cook. Transfer the baking sheet to the middle rack of the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until shiny and golden brown. The pecans will be a little sticky, but after cooking, the majority of the maple syrup should have dried down to the pecans and be easy to handle.
  4. Serve or store. Let the glazed pecans cool completely to room temperature, then serve immediately or store them in an airtight jar until ready to use.
Pecans on a baking sheet.
Chopped pecans on a baking sheet.

Presentation suggestions

My favorite way to enjoy these candied pecans is toss them into fall and winter salads, including this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad. This is one of my favorite holiday recipes to bring to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But these nuts are also delicious in many other recipes. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Close-up texture of pecans.

Storage Instructions

Cooled pecans will keep for up to 2 weeks. For best results, store it in a cool, dry place at room temperature and transfer it to an airtight container such as glass Mason jars or Tupperware.

For a longer shelf life, these pecans can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

How to make this recipe cheaper

  • Buy raw pecan pieces. Pecan pieces are always less expensive than whole pecans because they are the leftover pecans that are broken up during processing. Nuts can be expensive, so when possible, I always recommend looking for broken pieces or picking up a bulk bag from Costco.
  • Buy maple syrup from stores in bulk. ​The price of pure maple syrup varies WIDELY depending on the grocery store. I’ve found that the cheapest place to buy it is at bulk stores like Costco. Their Kirkland brand is about $4-5 cheaper than my local Walmart.
  • Make one big batch at a time. ​While I’m primarily focusing on the cost of ingredients, the cost of electricity is another factor to consider. If you like to snack on these pecans, or if you prepare them regularly, double or triple the quantity and freeze the excess. This will not only consume less electricity, but also less time.
Handful of glazed pecans.

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Maple Glazed Pecans Recipe

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Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time ten minutes

Total time 15 minutes

Cost: $3.89 per recipe / $0.97 per serving

Learn how to make Maple Glazed Pecans from scratch using just 3 simple ingredients! Add these sweet roasted pecans to your favorite salads, desserts like pecan pie, breakfast recipes, and holiday charcuterie boards for a sweet, nutty crunch.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine raw pecans, maple syrup and salt.

  • Spread the glazed pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until glossy and fragrant.

  • Remove from oven and let pecans cool completely to room temperature directly on a baking sheet.

  • Enjoy it immediately as is or store it in an airtight glass jar.

  • Maple Syrup Substitutions: If you don’t have enough maple syrup, another liquid sweetener can be substituted. Try raw honey, agave syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup. Don’t use fake sweeteners or pancake syrup – they won’t harden the same way in the oven.

  • Storage Instructions: Cooled, maple-glazed pecans will keep for up to 2 weeks. For best results, store in a cool, dry place at room temperature.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided for this recipe is an estimate only. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.

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