How to Make Low Carb Cayenne Candied Pecans

How to Make Low Carb Cayenne Candied Pecans

Hey guys! I’ve loved working with my new dehydrator and making some delicious Zucchini Squash Chips and some hearty Beef Jerky Made 3 Ways, but I decided to switch gears for this next post and go for making some delicious little sweet and spicy pecans!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love honey roasted peanuts, candied nuts, and all their different variants. Peanuts, pecans, almonds, and everything in between, I think nuts are great. I even enjoy the ones that are spicy too. Unfortunately, honey and sugar aren’t low carb or low calorie. However, stevia is, and that’s what I used here.

In my previous post of Starting Out On A Low Carb Diet  I noted how nuts are an excellent low carb snack. I also noted just how low carb pecans could be (at about 4 grams of carbs for a handful of them). I also know how much I love candied pecans, and so I thought I would give it a go and make some candied ones. If you wanted to really eat a ton of them, you could eat an entire POUND of pecans and it would have about 18 net effective carbs! I wouldn’t really recommend it, since there are a good amount of calories, but with how delicious these treats are it could be a very distinct possibility.

I’m all about making delicious food easily, and this is no exception. I pretty much toss a bunch of ingredients in my blender, pour the mixture over the pecans and mix them up, and then bake them stirring once about 15 minutes in through. That’s it! A really easy and delicious sweet and spicy low carb treat. To give credit where credit is due, I was inspired this recipe I found on Two Peas and their Pod.


First preheat your oven to 300 degrees F, and get your raw pecans and put them in a large bowl.



Separate out one egg white.


I used my Ninja Blender cups to mix together egg whites, stevia, water, vanilla extract and some cayenne powder.


Pour the mixture over the pecans and mix everything together until well coated.


Get a baking sheet and line it with some aluminum foil or parchment paper. (I would’ve used parchment but I was out but aluminum worked fine). Then spray the foil with some cooking spray and put the pecans on as a single layer and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes stirring them at about 15 minutes in.


Once the pecans have baked and the mixture solidified, take out of the oven and let cool.

Cayenne Candied Pecans


Now these did have a little bit of a kick to them, which I liked, but you can of course take the cayenne down to a teaspoon or completely omit it altogether if you’d rather just have a sweet treat.

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1 lb (16oz) Raw Pecans

1 Cup Stevia

1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne

1 Egg White

1 Tablespoon Water

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract


  1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F, and get your raw pecans and put them in a large bowl.
  2. Mix together eggs whites, stevia, water, vanilla extract, and cayenne powder in food processor or blender (I used my Ninja)
  3. Pour the mixture over the pecans and mix everything together until well coated.
  4. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  5. Lay pecans on a single layer on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes and stir around halfway through.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Eat!

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32 thoughts on “How to Make Low Carb Cayenne Candied Pecans

  1. This recipe sounds delicious! I like simple recipes and this is one that I will have to try. I use cayenne pepper in a lot of recipes, but I would never have thought to add it to candied pecans. I think this would be great for peanuts also. Thanks for posting this recipe!

    1. You’re very welcome. I put cayenne in a lot of my recipes as well, and I had heard about something like these before but never tried them. I’m very glad I did since they turned out great.

    1. I think almonds would work great. You could also use something like cinnamon or pumpkin spice with almonds and I think that would be good as well. I just used pecans because they are one of the lowest carb nuts around, but most nuts are pretty low carb in comparison to other snack foods. Let me know how the almonds turn out if you end up making them, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is probably my favorite recipe of yours so far, Pete. I love pecans, whether roasted, salted, or any other variation. Pecan pie is my favorite, but it’s once in a while, of course! Your candied pecans look very promising. The addition of cayenne is something I’ll have to taste for myself.

    I admit that I have never heard of Stevia before this post. I’ll have to try out your recipe. I am genuinely interested in this. While I might only have it once in a while, it’s surely another quality low-carb recipe from you. Keep it up Pete!

    1. Thanks Makki. Pecan pie is one of my favorites as well and i’ll probably try and make a low carb variation of it sometimes in the future. Stevia is a great natural sweetener that has zero carbs and calories. I’ll probably do a post on that as well some time. The cayenne definitely adds some interesting and delicious spice to these nuts. I highly recommend them.

  3. Thank you for sharing. Nuts are great for energy, but honey roasted nuts not so great, lol. I liked your post and will have to try this some time.

    1. Nut really are great for energy and protein, but normally the candied or roasted ones have way more calories and carbs than is really good for you. These however are low in carbs and relatively low in calories if eaten in moderation.

  4. This looks great! I’m working on lowering my carb intake and this recipe looks like a good way to avoid boredom. Could it be made without the stevia?

    1. Well you could do this recipe with actual sugar as well, but that would hurt the carb count on it pretty badly. There are also other sweeteners out there that work but I recommend staying away from artificial ones just because they are artificial. I’m also not too positive on how well they would work to make the coating that makes these candied.

  5. Dear Pete,

    Those pecans look absolutely delicious. i am a huge fan of nuts and I’ve been looking for nut recipes that add some sugar and spice, of course in a healthy way. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe! I will try it out! 🙂 Cheers

    1. I’m so glad you like the recipe. These nuts turned out to be a great sweet and crunchy treat with a little bit of a kick to them.

  6. This is a really great easy recipe and I like the fact that it is low in carbs. I like to eat a lot and eating this will be great because that means I can eat a lot but not get as many carbs as other things I eat. Thank you for sharing and giving a step-by-step tutorial, it was really helpful. I’m going to give it a try and I’ll let you know how it goes.

    1. These really are great in that they are pretty low carb. I mean eating an entire pound of them has under 20 grams of carbs. I think these are a smart treat that can satisfy a sweet tooth with a little taste of heat to compliment them. Thanks for coming by!

  7. I have been trying to lose weight by cutting down my carb intake. I think that this is a perfect snack for me. It looks delicious and simple enough for me to try.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  8. I really love this recipe. First off because it’s easy. Secondly, I absolutely adore pecans! My favourite flavour at my favourite ice cream spot in my town is Butter Pecan. Don’t tell anyone though.

    Maybe you should start making videos. Just putting it out there 🙂

    1. I actually do do videos but I’ve been on time constraints lately so I haven’t been able to. I will definitely be starting to make more though when I am no longer on the road. Be sure to check them out!

  9. I like this recipe! I eat a lot of nuts because I have to watch my carbs.
    I haven’t had pecan that is sweet and spicy and I think this is great and I will give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. You’re welcome! These turned out great and everyone I had try them thought they were yummy as well. I hope you try them out and let me know how they turn out!

  10. Hi, Pete. Thank you for your sharing!
    I like reading your blog because your food looks very delicious. This one and last one about chicken breasts don’t only look great but also healthy. It seems that you love cooking very much! I think I will try this too because it is much healthier my snack like chips and chocolate.

    1. I try and make sure that my recipes are delicious as well as nutritious and easy on the waist line. I’m glad you liked the recipes, and I hope you come back for more!

  11. I agree with you. Honey is not low carb but I like honey very much but use it with care. I use a lot of stevia in my diet but haven’t learned how to use it in all my baking yet. I think stevia is my best discovery this year.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I like nuts and the fact that you used stevia in this recipe. That’s awesome.


    1. You’re very welcome Tove. Stevia is really quite easy to use in baking recipes as the sugar/stevia ratio is 1 to 1 so for the amount of sugar you would normally use just use the exact same amount of Stevia. I also like Stevia because it doesn’t have that artificial flavor to it like some other sweeteners do.

  12. Oh wow, You made me hungrier than I already am. Very good information and even though I don’t care for pecans, my husband loves them. I may make this for him. Good luck with your site with WA. I think it looks great.

    1. You can always use this kind of recipe for other nuts as well, although the cooking times may vary a little bit. I will probably make some other variants of these nuts sometime soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Hi Pete

    Another delicious easy recipe! I loved spices to my food, also I like my food spicy. If I add some chilli powder, you think it will work? Thanks for sharing!


    1. I think chili powder would work out great. I’ve actually had chili peanuts or even corn nuts (I think that’s what they’re called) and they were delicious with chili powder. I don’t know how the sweet and chili would taste, but I’m sure it’d be just fine.

  14. I have never tried stevia before but have heard a lot about it recently. And I do have a sweet tooth so these look delicious. I will have to certainly give them a try. What other items are good to use stevia instead of sugar?

    1. I used stevia in every recipe that calls for sugar in it. I also use it just in my coffee in the morning. It works the same as sugar and the sweetness is a 1 to 1 ratio with sugar so it is very easy to use in recipes. I love it because it is made from an actual plant and not made up in a lab.

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