I’m Jackie, a stay at home vegan mommy of one amazing little girl. My daughter, Zoey, is three years old, a huge Disney aficionado and Minnie Mouse super fan. She’s also the most amazing little helper in the kitchen that a mother could ask for, and so she is… my Minnie Chef.

candied pecans

candied pecans

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you know that iconic smell of the candied nut cart when you walk into a fair or amusement park?  that's what my whole house smells like when i make these!

hot candied pecans are one of my all time favorite snacks to get when i see them... or smell them... because it's that smell that i just can't resist.. but they are usually loaded with a ton of refined sugar. this version tastes IDENTICAL to those you'd get at the parks, only they're made with maple syrup and maple sugar and don't contain any refined sugar--making them just a bit healthier for you!!

these are also so great to make as a little gift for friends and family--during the holidays, or for a housewarming party, or even just a simple show of appreciation for your loved ones.  Make em, pack em into a cute little glass jar, and tie it up with a ribbon or some hemp and voila!

oh, and did i mention these only take 5 minutes to make?! seriously, does it get any easier than that?? well, what are you waiting for?! go make some!

Servings Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
1 1 min. 4 mins. 5 mins.


  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon maple sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

*i used Parker's chile infused maple syrup for just a bit of a kick, but regular maple syrup will work just perfectly as well!


  1. heat coconut oil and maple syrup in a small cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until it comes to a simmer. 
  2. turn heat down to low and add pecans.
  3. stir continuously for about 1 minute
  4. add maple sugar and cinnamon and stir to coat pecans, cooking until the liquid has reduced into a thick, sticky coating. 
  5. remove from heat and let sit until cool.
  6. enjoy! store leftovers in an airtight container.

Toddler Tip:

these make a great snack or sweet treat for the whole fam!

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