Maple Syrup Spiced Pecans

These sweet and spicy maple syrup nuts are perfect to make around the holidays. They are great for snacking, as an appetizer, or on a salad. They are seriously addictive and also Paleo friendly!  This recipe is sweetened with pure maple syrup, which has some health benefits, especially in contrast to processed sugar. Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, so it impacts your insulin and blood sugar less. It also contains numerous minerals and antioxidants, including zinc, manganese, calcium and magnesium. (1) Zinc improves immunity, while manganese plays an important role in carbohydrate digestion. In order to get all these benefits you need to be careful to check the label when you buy maple syrup. Look for “pure maple syrup” as the only ingredient. Many syrups on the market are maple “flavoured” and contain corn syrup and many other unhealthy ingredients.  Pecans, like other nuts are a great source of healthy fats, and with the exception of macadamia nuts they have the highest fat content per 100g (2). 

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Ingredients

4 Cups pecan halves

½ tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

½ tablespoon chili powder

½ tablespoon sea salt

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add pecans to a large bowl. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder, and sea salt. Drizzle with olive oil a little more of the syrup. Stir well to combine and make sure nuts are all well coated.
  3. Spread nuts in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Return to the oven for a few more minutes, if needed, to achieve a deep golden brown color. Allow nuts to cool on the pan and store in an airtight container.