Healthy Glazed Candied Pecan Nuts With Coconut Sugar [VIDEO RECIPE]
Sugar glazed nuts are a great addition to foods such as salads, oatmeal, etc. They are perfect for adding an extra dimension to any dish... or just to snack on. However, most glazed nuts use refined sugar which has no nutritional value.
While Coconut Sugar is still... sugar and isn't necessarily healthy, it contains minerals such as Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits.
Coconut Sugar also contains Inulin, a fiber, believed to slow down glucose absorption and could explain why Coconut Sugar only has a GI (Glycemic Index) of 35 which is considered low compared to refined table sugar which is around 60.
Coconut Sugar Glazed Candied Nuts:
- 1 Cup Pecan Pieces (or choice of preferred nuts)
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Water
- Pinch Of Salt (To Taste)
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper to transfer your finished mixture into and allow it to cool in.
- Add Nuts, Coconut Sugar, and water to a flat pan
- Non-stick pans will work best for this recipe as they help prevent sugars from getting burned to the bottom of the pan and ruining the whole batch
- Turn burner onto Medium-Low heat.
- While it is much more time consuming, it is important to keep the heat low for this recipe as Coconut Sugar tends to burn a lot quicker than regular sugar. Our goal is to slowly evaporate the moisture out of our glazed nut mixture leaving each nut piece coated with sugar crystals.
- Stir your Coconut Sugar Nut mixture continuously while it is being heated using a flat utensil or something that is easy to scrap the sticky clumps off as your mixture cooks.
- You will notice steam coming off the mixture and the liquid in the pan will slowly reduce. Keep stirring so the sugars do not get a chance to burn and get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
- Once the majority of the liquid evaporates, the coconut sugar nut mixture will start to clump together and there will only be tiny beads of sugars on the pan. Keep stirring and if needed, lower the heat through this process, if the sugar is heated too high it will start to caramelize and harden and turn into brittle or even burn as you continue to cook (we speak from experience).
- As you keep stirring pass the clump phase, the bottom of the pan should dry out and you should start to see little sugar crystals form on the edges of the pan and on the nut pieces as more moisture evaporates. Once this happens, you are getting close to the finish line! Keep stirring though.
- As more sugar reverts back to their crystal form around the nut pieces, the nut pieces will start to separate again. You want to keep stirring until every single piece is separated and your Coconut Sugar Nut mixture is no longer glossy.
- This whole process will take around 20 minutes but it will pay off in the end
- Once your Coconut Sugar Glazed Candied Nuts are finished, transfer them into the parchment lined baking tray you prepared earlier and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Voilà! You're all done!
These Coconut Sugar Glazed Nuts are a healthier alternative to classic sugar glazed nuts but still just as delicious!
We hope you enjoyed this recipe! We absolutely love these Coconut Sugar Glazed Candied Pecan Nuts and hope you will too!
Please comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on how we could better this recipe!