Pumpkin Pie Spice Candied Pecans

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Some of my favorite parts of fall are…Pumpkin & pumpkin pie spice-flavored EVERYTHING!  They’re definitely my must-haves in this beautiful season, so I’ve decided to do a segment of pumpkin-inspired recipes! Halloween is notorious for sugary candies and sweet treats, but I believe these goodies can be detrimental to our bodies. I love these candied pecans because they satisfy cravings for something sweet, yet are refined sugar-free since they are sweetened with organic natural maple syrup. Also, the pecans get their delectable taste from the pumpkin pie spice, which is a lovely, aromatic blend of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom!

All you need to make these pumpkin pie spice candied pecans is…

  •  1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • a pinch of sea salt
  •  2 Tbsp organic natural maple syrup.

Directions:  Put the olive oil and pecans in a saucepan and toast on low-medium heat for about 4 minutes.  Make sure to stir them around so the nuts don’t burn.  Now add the maple syrup, pumpkin spice, and sea salt.  Mix everything in the pan together by continuously stirring until the maple syrup caramelizes on the pecans.  Remove them from the pan and allow the nuts to cool. I love enjoying these pecans in salads, in a handful as a snack, or as toppings for some of the recipes I’ll share later with you in this segment! Fun Foodie Fact: Cinnamon, a main ingredient in pumpkin pie spice, and pecans themselves both reduce the amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the body.

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