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October 25, 2015

by Alyssa Rimmer

Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans + Quinoa

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A healthy spin on a traditional sweet treat, these coconut sugar candied pecans are simple, easy and delicious. And with the addition of quinoa for crunch!

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WOAH! Coconut sugar. caramelized. poured over nuts. with quinoa. turned into candy.

Yep, I'm pretty much in heaven right about now.

This is a total first for me. Making candy. I've never even attempted it. I mean just the idea of making candy kind of terrifies me. I'd so much rather eat a plate of fresh-baked cookies. Way safer.

BUT as it turns out, this whole caramel thing isn't hard at all! And so here we have it, my first candy recipe: coconut sugar candied pecans and quinoa.

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Pecans might just be one of my favorite nuts. I love how the bridge the gap between sweet and savory. They've got that wonderful caramel-like flavor, they're soft and almost buttery. Homemade pecan butter has actually been a staple in my house for months now – it's like eating a spoonful of pie!

So candied pecans. Of course, anything coated in a thick layer of caramel is going to be delicious, but traditional caramel ingredients? Not my cup of tea if you know what I mean.

Sugar. sugar. and more sugar.

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Coconut sugar on the other hand. Much more my speed.

As I'm sure you've noticed, coconut sugar is the sugar I turn to whenever I need to use granulated sugar. I love the flavor, I love the caramel undertones and I love that it's a low-glycemic sweetener. That means less blood sugar spikes, which means metabolism stays more on track and you don't fall into that dreaded sugar coma.

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This recipe actually started off as just a garnish to a recipe that I'm sharing on Tuesday, but since there is a lot to tell you about these wonderful little morsels of joy, I wanted to give them their own time in the spotlight.

I mean they are candied pecans with quinoa after all.

And I have to say, I think this might be the first time anyone has actually candied quinoa before. Which might mean I'm the crazy one, but oh well. Thanks for accepting me anyway and for understanding my ridiculous obsession with quinoa 🙂

So onto these coconut sugar candied pecans…

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If you've never made candied nuts before, and I certainly had NOT, it starts by making the caramel. The caramel is usually just sugar and water boiled down to form candy. Then it's poured over the nuts and left to harden. Almost like making brittle but without the corn syrup.

But I wanted these candied nuts to use coconut sugar. Is that even possible?

Coconut sugar is different than cane sugar though, and I honestly had no idea if it could be caramelized. I did a little searching and thankfully landed on a trustworthy blog (that I've loved for a long time) that talks all about making caramel with coconut sugar! It seemed fairly straightforward so I gave it a whirl and guys, it TOTALLY worked!!

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHere's a healthy treat! Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans + Quinoa - made with only a few simple ingredients!

Sweet, crunchy, dark and ultra decadent. These delectable little bites are also good for you! That's right. Now we can have healthy candied nuts (with quinoa if you so choose) to sprinkle over salads, enjoy as a late-night treat or to have around for the holidays!

If you were afraid of making candy at home, don't be. It's way easier than it sounds. If I can do it and not burn myself, you can do it. That's a promise 🙂

Ready to get your candy on? Let's do this!

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WOAH! Coconut sugar. caramelized. poured over nuts. with quinoa. turned into candy.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Cup
Calories 723kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the coconut sugar, water and salt to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then add the pecans.
  • Stir the mixture constantly until the liquid evaporates and the nuts becomes sticky. Add the quinoa and continue to stir until cobwebs (stringy pieces of sugar) begin to form.
  • Remove from the heat and pour nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Cool at room temp (or in the fridge) until they've hardened.

Notes

adapted from Lexie's Kitchen
As Lexie points out in her post, coconut sugar has a low burn point so it's important to watch it carefully so it doesn't burn.
I found these kept best in the fridge!
 
Nutritional value based on 1 cup

Nutrition

Calories: 723kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

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