Made with 4 wholesome ingredients, these maple roasted pecans are delightfully sweet, salty, and crunchy. They are a welcome pop of flavor no matter how you serve them!
While roasted pecans may seem fancy, they’re wildly easy (and quick) to make at home! Our roasted pecans recipe features wholesome ingredients and is refined sugar free. Instead of traditional granulated sugar or brown sugar, we use pure maple syrup for cozy warmth and sweetness.
The pecans are coated in a mixture of maple syrup and cinnamon, sprinkled with sea salt, and roast in the oven for just 10 minutes. If you’re not a fan of pecans or don’t have them around, use your favorite raw nut. We tested this recipe with walnuts and almonds and the result was just as delicious (cashews would work, too).
Instantly elevate any salad, charcuterie board, or appetizer spread with the addition of these roasted pecans!
“These are amazing and completely addicting! I can’t stop making them. Love using in a salad with balsamic and goat cheese. Yum!” – Liz
What You Need for Maple Roasted Pecans
These roasted pecans come together with just FOUR ingredients. You need:
- Raw pecan halves
- Pure maple syrup
- Ground cinnamon
- Sea salt
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Substitutions for Roasted Pecans
Just like our candied walnuts, there are so many great ways to mix up these nuts. Here are just a few ideas:
- Instead of pecans, use the same amount of raw walnuts, cashews, or almonds.
- Use honey instead of maple syrup.
- Sprinkle in additional cozy spices like pumpkin pie spice or chai spice mix.
- Add some heat with a pinch of cayenne pepper!
Can you use honey instead of maple syrup?
Definitely. Simply replace the maple syrup with honey for honey roasted pecans. Note that if using honey, these roasted nuts are no longer vegan.
Can you make a double batch of roasted pecans?
Absolutely! Make sure your baking sheet is large enough to hold 8 cups of nuts in a single layer. If not, use 2 baking sheets and rotate the pans halfway through baking.
How do you know when the nuts are done?
Keep an eye on the pecans while they roast in the oven. Every oven varies, so begin checking them around 6-7 minutes. They should smell sweet and fragrant and begin to caramelize.
Let these roasted pecans cool completely to room temperature. Once cool, transfer them to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 week.
Freezing Roasted Pecans
Make a batch (or 2 or 3!) of roasted pecans and store them in the freezer to enjoy all season long. Let the pecans cool to room temperature, transfer to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, use them right from the freezer – they thaw quickly.
The uses are endless for these maple roasted pecans! Serve them as part of a holiday appetizer spread or on game day, grab a handful on your way out the door, add a sprinkle of them to your favorite salad, or fill a small bowl with them for a homemade addition to a charcuterie board. A few other ideas:
- Sprinkle roasted pecans on top of our apple cinnamon overnight oats (or really any of our overnight oats recipes)
- Toss them into a delicious buddha bowl like our vegetarian harvest bowl
- Top any of our pancakes or waffles with these pecans for an extra crunch
Homemade Gift: Make a batch of these sweet and salty maple roasted pecans for a homemade holiday, housewarming, new baby, or “just because” gift. Let the pecans cool completely, transfer to an airtight container, and add a bow for a homemade gift ready in under 30 minutes!
Maple Roasted Pecans
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place the pecans, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well. Make sure the nuts are fully coated.
- Spread the nuts in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the nuts begin to caramelize.
- Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing the pecans from the pan. Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight container.
Tips & Notes
- Storage: Transfer completely cooled roasted pecans to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 week.
- Freezing Instructions: Let the pecans cool to room temperature, transfer to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Nuts: Instead of pecans, use the same amount of whole, raw walnuts, cashews, or almonds.