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Low-Carb Keto Candied Pecans (Keto-Friendly Snacks)

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 12/10/2023

Are you looking for a keto candied pecans recipe you can take anywhere? Check out my recipe so you can start making this and enjoy its keto benefits!  

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In this article:

  1. Ingredients

  2. Directions

  3. What’s Unique About These Keto Candied Pecans?

Keto Candied Pecans Recipe for a Sweet Snack


  • 1 egg white 

  • 1 pound pecan halves

  • ½ cup sugar substitute (we use Just Like Sugar)

  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg white until frothy but not stiff. Add the pecans into the bowl and mix well so all the nuts are covered with egg whites. 

  2. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Sprinkle the sugar mixture onto the nuts and mix bit by bit until all the mixture has been added. Mix well to coat thoroughly. 

  3. Pour candied nuts onto a parchment or silicone mat-lined baking pan and spread them out as evenly as you can. 

  4. Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes, stirring about halfway through. It is vital not to overcook. Let it cool. Break nuts apart a bit with hands. Store in a ziplock bag or airtight container. 

What’s Unique About These Keto Candied Pecans?

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If you have seen many of my recipe videos, you know I love to discuss the ingredients, and why pecans are a keto-friendly food and beneficial for your overall health. So, what’s unique about this easy low-carb recipe? You’ve guessed it - it’s the ingredients! Let me talk about them, so you know why I recommend this recipe for candied pecans.

1. Egg White

Eggs, in general, are acceptable on a keto diet because they are low in carbs. One egg only has 1 g of net carbs from its total calories. What's good about eggs is you can both enjoy the egg white and the yolk in your keto recipes. Eggs are also loaded with nutrients, such as the following: 

  • Magnesium

  • Cobalamin

  • Protein

  • Potassium

  • Sodium  

Protein, for example, is an essential component of your cells. Your body uses this nutrient to help create and repair tissues and make hormones, enzymes, and other body chemicals. It is an important building block of your blood, skin, cartilage, muscles, and bones. Lack of protein supply in the body can negatively affect these body parts.

Also known as Vitamin B12, cobalamin aids your body in creating red blood cells. If you are deficient in this vitamin, your red blood cells become larger, making it difficult for them to move from your bone marrow into your bloodstream. Consuming foods rich in cobalamin can be helpful for people with anemia because their red blood cells are not enough to transport oxygen to their organs.

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2. Pecans

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Pecans are our main ingredient in this keto candied pecans recipe. They are tree nuts high in fat, which is perfect for your keto diet plan. You can use pecans in your meals and snacks in many ways, such as this ketogenic diet recipe. These nuts are also packed with the following nutrients:

  • Iron

  • Calcium

  • Dietary fiber

  • Potassium

  • Healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) 

Monounsaturated fat, for example, is a type of healthy fat that may help lower levels of bad cholesterol in your blood, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. Your body can also get several nutrients, like Vitamin E, from this fat to aid in maintaining and developing healthy cells. 

Polyunsaturated fat is rich in omega-3 fatty acids beneficial for fighting inflammation levels in the body. This fatty acid can lower the molecule and substance production linked to inflammation. This makes omega-3 fatty acids, and eventually polyunsaturated fat, vital for people with chronic inflammation.   

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the favorite keto-friendly ingredients in many recipes, such as pumpkin pie and pecan pie. It has the potential to lower blood sugar levels, which is helpful for people struggling with high glucose levels and for keto dieters. High blood glucose levels are linked to Fat Storing Hormone resistance and weight gain, and managing sugar levels prevents this. Aside from that, cinnamon spice also has nutrients you can take advantage of, such as the following:

  • Magnesium

  • Vitamin B6

  • Iron

  • Vitamin C

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin A

  • Protein

  • Dietary fiber

  • Potassium 

Magnesium, for example, plays a crucial role in boosting your performance during exercise. The nutrient helps transport blood sugar into your muscles and removes lactic acid that builds up in the muscle tissues during workouts, which can cause pain. 

Iron is also another important nutrient in the body as all body cells contain it. Managing iron levels in the body can help remove fatigue because it helps eliminate the feelings of exhaustion. Iron also plays a role in boosting hemoglobin, treating anemia, and enhancing the immune function. 

4. Salt

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Consuming salt is also essential for your health, even when you’re on a ketogenic diet. The clearance of ketones makes your body lose more sodium, which can reach a point where it's very low, and you may be deficient of it. When you’re on the keto diet, you prepare most of your meals from scratch, and this allows you to have more control over your nutritional intake, including sodium. To add, salt also has iron and calcium, which are both vital for your overall health and well-being. 

Sodium, for example, is a mineral that aids in regulating body fluids. Its channels and gateways are what helps pump water into your cells and regulate extracellular fluid in your body. Low levels of sodium can interfere with this fluid activity, which can lead to dehydration. 

Calcium is popular for being a mineral for the growth and development of your bones as it is mostly present in your teeth and bones. Calcium problems occur when you age because its levels naturally decrease, making your teeth and bones weak and increasing your chances of developing bone-related diseases like arthritis. This is the reason why older adults need to increase their calcium supply.

5. Sugar

For your sugar alternative, you can try coconut sugar. It may be brown, but it’s very nutritious as it contains antioxidants, zinc, potassium, and many other nutrients. It’s also keto-friendly because it has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.

Glycemic Index Definition: A value determining how slowly or quickly foods cause an increase in a person's blood sugar levels.

Zinc, for example, is a trace mineral vital for your immune system as it helps attack cancerous and infected cells and control and regulate immune responses. Potassium is an electrolyte countering the effects of sodium, which helps maintain steady blood pressure. It is also essential in keeping a good balance of bases and acids in the body.  

With this delicious keto candied pecans recipe, you have another healthy addition to your keto snacks. This simple recipe is loaded with healthy fats and many other essential nutrients beneficial for your overall health. Make these easy candied pecans now, and enjoy bringing them with you wherever you go!

Have you tried making your own keto candied pecans recipe? How was your experience? Share it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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