Chocolate covered pecans are such a fun, bite sized snack or dessert. Easy to make they are crunchy, a little salty and a little sweet. You only need 5 ingredients to make these pecans and they come together in just a few minutes.
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Why you will love this recipe:
- These sweet pecans have such a delicious flavour! They're a little salty, and a little sweet, with just the right amount of crunch.
- Even though they are made from scratch these homemade chocolate pecans are quick and easy to make and don't require any fancy, or hard to find ingredients. You can get everything at your local grocery store.
- You only need 5 simple ingredients to make these chocolate-covered pecans.
- This delicious treat stores really well in the fridge and makes the perfect snack or dessert.
- I have included dairy free, paleo and vegan options for this pecan recipe.
- These healthy sweet pecans make such a great homemade gift for any pecan lover or chocolate lover. These chocolate nuts are a great gift to give during the holiday season, especially for those friends and family members with a sweet tooth.
- This is the perfect treat to make when you want to have a recipe that lasts a long time because these chocolate nuts store well for months.
- This is a great recipe to make with kids because they don't take long to make.
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Taste and texture:
These pecans have the perfect mix of flavors. They are nice and crunchy, with the flavours of delicious fresh pecans and rich dark chocolate. They are finished with a hint of salt and are sweet, but not too sweet.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
For the exact measurements for these ingredients please refer to the recipe card.
- Raw pecans - the star of this recipe! Pecans are a delicious nut that is full of crunch. I recommend using raw pecans rather than toasted pecans or roasted pecans to make this sweet treat. You could substitute pecans for any other type of nut that you like such as macadamia nuts, almonds or cashews.
- Coconut oil - this is added to the nuts to help the sugar coating stick to it. You could also use unsalted butter, or ghee, or vegan butter.
- Brown sugar or coconut sugar - to coat the pecans and give them a deliciously sweet taste. I prefer to use coconut sugar to keep this sweet treat nut refined sugar free, but either of these granulated sweeteners will work.
- Sea salt - just a little is all you need. Salt and chocolate compliment each other perfectly.
- Dark chocolate - I love dark chocolate but you could swap this for milk chocolate to make milk chocolate pecans if you prefer. You can use either melted dark chocolate bars or melted chocolate chips to coat these pecans.
How to make this recipe:
First, combine the nuts, oil, sugar and salt in a bowl.
Next, transfer the nuts to a pan lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper. Bake the nuts for 18-20 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, melt the chocolate in a microwave by heating it in a microwave-safe bowl on high in short increments (approximately 30 second intervals) until the chocolate is melted.
Last, place the pecans in the bowl with the melted chocolate and coat the pecans in the chocolate. Then place them back on the baking sheet. I recommend using a slotted spoon to transfer the chocolate coated pecans back to the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes, until the chocolate hardens. Then enjoy!
Tips and variations:
- If you want them to be saltier, sprinkle a little extra salt on the chocolate once you have coated the pecans.
- For a different flavour add a bit of ground cinnamon when you mix the nuts.
- If you prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate use that instead. You could even use melted white chocolate if you like.
- Feel free to double or triple this recipe to make a really large batch of this nut recipe. This is the easiest way to make this recipe if you are planning to use it for gifts.
- Instead of melted chocolate bars you could use melted chocolate chips instead.
- To make these chocolate nuts vegan: use coconut oil or vegan butter and vegan chocolate.
- To make these nuts paleo: use coconut sugar and dairy and soy free chocolate.
- If you prefer having individual chocolate pecans rather than small clusters of chocolate pecans, be sure to place the chocolate coated pecans in a single layer with space between each pecan when you transfer them back to the baking sheet.
- If you want to make the perfect gift for someone on a keto diet you can use keto chocolate and a keto granulated sweetener to make these nuts instead.
- If you prefer to make chocolate dipped pecans, instead of coating the whole pecan in chocolate, simple dips half of each pecan into the melted chocolate and then transfer it to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
How to use:
- You can use these pecans as an easy gift idea. If you want to use them as a great holiday gift I recommend lining a decorative tin in parchment paper and then placing the pecans on top.
- They are delicious eaten as they are.
- They can be used to top cakes, cupcakes or ice cream.
- Another way to gift this simple treat is to put the nuts in mason jars with a pretty, handwritten label. This is an easy way to impress friends and family during the holiday season.
- Grab a handful of pecans when you are craving something crunchy or looking for a quick burst of energy.
- Serve then on a dessert table or snack table.
- Add them to a charcuterie board.
How to store:
The best way to store these nuts is in the fridge in an airtight container or mason jar so the chocolate doesn't melt. They will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 months. You can also store them at room temperature, but just don't let them get too warm or the chocolate will start to melt.
Frequently asked questions:
I recommend storing these chocolate covered nuts in the fridge to give them the longest shelf life. However they also keep well at room temperature which makes them perfect for gifting.
As written this recipe is not low carb or keto, but you can make it keto by using keto chocolate and a keto granulated sweetener.
Other recipes you will love:
- Roasted Honey Dijon Pecans
- Sweet curry cashews
- Walnut Dressing
- Chocolate Orange Fudge
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse
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Chocolate Covered Pecans
- 3 cups raw pecans (300 grams)
- 3 tablespoon melted coconut oil or butter
- 3 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
- pinch sea salt
- 6 oz dark chocolate (2 dark chocolate bars)
- Preheat your oven to 300F.
- Add the pecans, melted coconut oil or butter, sugar and salt to a bowl and stir well until the pecanss are coated evenly.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and spread the pecans out evenly. Bake for 18-20 minutes until just toasted (you don't want them to taste burnt) and allow the pecans to cool while you melt the chocolate.
- In a microwave safe dish, microwave the chocolate on high for 30 second intervals, until the chocolate is melted.
- In batches, add the pecans to the melted chocolate, and coat the pecans evenly. Using a slotted spoon, place the pecans back on the baking sheet and place the tray in the freezer for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Then enjoy!
- Store these pecans in the fridge so the chocolate doesn't melt.
- If you are dairy free be sure to use dairy free chocolate.
- If you are vegan use vegan chocolate.