Vegan Candied Pecans

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Let’s talk about the most amazing Vegan Candied Pecans you’ll ever taste! With just six simple ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you can whip up these sweet and crunchy treats that are perfect for any occasion, especially the holidays.

Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Vegan Candied Pecans are not only delicious but also super easy to make, ready in just 10 minutes.
  • No need to heat up the oven; these pecans are made right on your stovetop!
  • They’re glazed, crunchy, sweet, and utterly delightful.
  • Picture a caramelized exterior with a candy coating—pure bliss!
  • These pecans have a texture almost like toffee, sweet with a hint of saltiness, and flavors of vanilla and caramelized sugar.
  • Plus, they’re vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, grain-free, and gluten-free—perfect for everyone!

Here are some handy tips and tricks:

  • Be patient while cooking; it takes about 3-5 minutes for the sugar to crystalize around the pecans.
  • If the sugar mixture isn’t sticking well, let the pecans cool for a couple of minutes before dipping them again.
  • Feel free to get creative with your spices; try adding hot honey, chili flakes, nutmeg, or cloves for an extra kick.

Now, let’s answer some common questions:

  • Can you use sugar substitutes like stevia or monk fruit? Monk fruit sweetener works best, but avoid stevia or other substitutes.
  • Can you bake these instead of cooking them on the stovetop? Absolutely! Mix all the ingredients, then bake at 350F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Can you use maple syrup instead of sugar? Yes, just halve the amount and watch them carefully as they may burn quickly.

Vegan Candied Pecans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 6


  • 2 cups halved unsalted pecans
  • 3/4 cup white sugar brown sugar, or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water, vegan butter, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon. Stir for 3-5 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the mixture bubbles.
  • Add pecans and coat well. Let them sit for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and spread the pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, break apart the pecans and store them in a cool, dark place for up to 2 weeks.

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