Sweet, crunchy, creamy, and delicious all at the same time. If any snack deserves to have the word 'moreish' used to describe it, it should be these oven-roasted maple glazed pecans. With a simple combination of pecans, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, this is one snack recipe you need to have up your sleeve for a fuss-free appetizer or a crunchy addition to elevate any salad from ok to wow.
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Oven Roasted Maple Glazed Pecans
As you all know, I am a huge fan of dishes that can be thrown together really quickly, i.e. in the two seconds that kids can play independently.
I am also a huge fan of dishes that are super versatile so that you can re-use them throughout the week in various ways, and seem like a domestic goddess.
What can I say, I like compliments!
For this maple roasted pecans recipe you are going to need 3 simple ingredients:
- Maple Syrup
- Pure vanilla extract
How To Roast Pecans
Oven roasted pecans are a super easy snack to make.
Simply combine the ingredients, spread onto a silicone baking sheet or some parchment paper and roast in the oven at 180 for 7 minutes, flip and then roast for another 7 minutes.
A word of warning though, these can burn quickly.
If your oven tends to run a bit hotter then you will want to only roast for 6 minutes before flipping and roasting for another 6 minutes.
If you aren't too sure then err on the side of caution and pull out the glazed pecans, you can always pop them back in for another minute or two if needs be.
A Note On Ingredients
As always, be sure to check the ingredients to make sure there are no hidden nasties.
You want pure maple syrup, not a maple flavoured syrup.
One is actual maple syrup and the other is basically thick brown sugar water.
You should be looking for vanilla extract.
It is less processed and should contain a bare minimum of ingredients.
Vanilla essence on the other hand will contain artificial flavors and colors (google it if you are prepared to be grossed out).
Tips For Super Crunchy Roasted Pecans
Once the glazed pecans have been removed from the oven, allow them to cool completely before using.
When they first come out of the oven they may still feel sticky, but on cooling they will crisp up.
If they do not become crispy after they have cooled, simply pop them back into the oven for another 2 minutes or so.
Once cooled, store in a glass jar with a lid.
They can be stored on the bench or in the fridge and should last about 1 week.
How To Serve Maple Glazed Pecans
I have been making these maple-covered pecans for a long time now, and they are hugely popular in our house.
They can be used in so many ways, such as:
- chop and mix with some granola like this Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola
- chop and mix with some popcorn (like this homemade popcorn from Cook It Real Good)
- throw them in the blender with frozen bananas for candied pecan nice cream
- eat straight from the jar for a sweet hit
- throw some into a salad for a bit of crunch and sweetness (blue cheese is a must here too)
- add to a cheese plate
- chop and add to your next loaf of banana bread for some crunchy sweetness
But of course, as always, you do you. Use your imagination and come up with something great. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Maple Candied Pecans
- 2 cups raw unsalted pecans
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375F(F) (190C)
- In a large bowl, mix the pecans with the maple syrup and vanilla extract until the pecans are well coated.
- Transfer the pecans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread out into one single layer.
- Pop the baking tray with the pecans into the oven and bake for 7 mins, remove from the oven and shake the pecans around (or flip with a spatula). Return to the oven for another 6 minutes
- Once ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before using.
- To store: store in a glass jar with a lid. They should last for about a week.