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Healthy Green Kitchen Sweet and Spicy Pecans - Healthy Green Kitchen
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I was putting together a “rub” to slather on ribs and it occurred to me that a similar combination would be delicious tossed with roasted pecans and a bit of butter. It turns out my hunch was correct…these sweet and spicy pecans are delicious.

These are very addicting, so be careful you don’t go overboard and eat them all at once. And make sure to share ;) They make a great snack on their own…I also like them tossed into salads.

If you don’t want to use sugar, you could probably mix up the spices on their own, and add along with two tablespoons of pure maple syrup when you add the butter.

These sweet and spicy roasted pecans are my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging #251. This week’s host is Anna of Anna’s Cool Finds. WHB was founded by Kalyn and is now managed by Haalo. I am hosting next week…please see this post for more information about this fun weekly blogging event.

Recipe for Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pecans


*4 cups raw pecans (for optimal digestion, it is best to soak the nuts for 2-6 hours before proceeding with the rest of the recipe...soak them in a bowl full of water along with 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt)
*2 tablespoons organic sugar
*1 teaspoon organic cocoa powder
*1/2-1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder (I used 1/2 teaspoon because I was afraid they'd otherwise be too spicy for my kids...I think I'll add more next time)
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
*2 tablespoons organic butter, melted

*coarse sea salt- to taste


1. If you soaked the nuts, go ahead and drain them and pat dry. If not, just proceed with the rest of the recipe.

2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Mix sugar through smoked paprika in a small bowl.

3. Spread the pecans out onto a sheet pan. Roast in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, until they start to get crunchy and aromatic. Remove from the oven, and carefully transfer the pecans to a large bowl.

4. Pour the melted butter over the pecans. Mix well. Add the spiced sugar mixture and mix again, so that all of the pecans are coated.

5. Pour the coated pecans back onto the sheet pan and roast for another 3-5 minutes. Watch that they do not burn. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt to taste before serving.



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    RavieNomNoms — September 19, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Look so good!

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm


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    Joshua Burgin - New Day, New Way — September 19, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    Yum, these sound delicious! Great entry!

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    The Waspy Redhead — September 19, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Yum. I love spiced nuts in the fall!

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

      Me too!

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    carla — September 19, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    These look great. I’m going to make them and try your sugarless idea. IF maple syrup doesn’t work I’ll try a good sugar substitute that I like.

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

      Let me know how they turn out ;)

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — September 19, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    Those look incredibly tasty! YUM! I love pecans and especially love the sweet/spicy combo. :)

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

      I am totally addicted to the sweet/spicy combo, too!

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    Barbara @ moderncomfortfood — September 19, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    These sound wonderful, Winnie. Pecan love is a way of life for me since my grandparents grew them and my own family always seemed to have a bottomless 50 pound bag of them needing shelling when I was a child. I make spiced pecans that are similar, but with chipotles, brown sugar, and cumin. I’m really intrigued by the innovative ginger, cocoa, and cinnamon flavors you’ve used here. Must try!

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks Barbara…and I must try your chocolate bourbon pie!!!

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    Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan — September 19, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    LOVE spicy and sweet together! Nice and simple recipe :)

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks…and you could sub. coconut oil (or whatever your favorite is) for the butter to keep these vegan…

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    Anna Haight — September 19, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

    This looks really delicious. Thanks for participating in Weekend Herb Blogging!

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

      Glad I got my entry in on time!

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    Monet — September 19, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    Girl! I would have a hard time not eating the whole bowl. I love pecans on their own, so I can only imagine how much I would love this sweet and spicy rub. Thanks for sharing with me, and I hope you have a great Monday!

    • Winnie replied: — September 19th, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

      I ate WAY to many of them…and a great Monday to you, too, my friend.

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    Fight the Fat Foodie — September 19, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Sweet and spicy is my absolute favorite flavor combination!

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    Winnie — September 20, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    Thank you triple F!

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    Suzanne Collier — September 20, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    GREAT idea! Why didn’t I think of that? Probably too obvious for me. But I’m so glad you thought of it! I’m afraid I will become an addict. I’ll try and pace myself!

    • Winnie replied: — September 20th, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

      I think you’ll love them Suzanne!

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    May Ling Wu — September 20, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    These look great. They look like they would be a good snack to bring to class. Yum!

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    Megan — September 20, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    I love nuts in my salads and these look like a perfect combo of sweet and spice!

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    The Teacher Cooks — September 28, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    What a great snack and would definitely be an add on to a salad!

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    Alta — October 7, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    I love these! Yours have cocoa powder – what a great addition. Definitely saving this for the holidays.

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    News Amsterdam — September 8, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    You should definitely schedule your following holiday to Amsterdam, really it is advisable. Do you understand the illustrations or photos? Did you hear whatever they formed there several months ago? Many thanks. Any person actually contemplating just why the perfect place on this planet is Amsterdam, then look into this.

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    Katrina — September 21, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Serious yum here. Must make these.

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