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Vegan Candied Pecans

Vegan Candied Pecans

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Start With Fresh Pecans

Are Candied Pecans Vegan?

Generally speaking-No.But that doesn’t mean your favorite past-time candied pecans cannot become vegan! 

Candied pecans are Usually created with butter, eggs, dairy, or other types of animal products. 

These candied pecans however are 100% vegan and delicious!

brown sugar, pecans and coconut oil
3-Ingredient Vegan Candied Pecans

What Do I need for Vegan Candied Pecans?

For these candies you will need only three ingredients! They include:

  1. Pecans
  2. Brown Sugar
  3. Coconut Oil

That’s it!  And you have a delicious vegan snack for any hour of the day. 

Pastries on a plate
Candied Pecans Can Be Used For Many Treats

Are Praline Pecans The Same as Candied Pecans?

Praline pecan and candied pecans are generally not the same. 

Although if you want to get technical, I would argue that they both are candies, which contain pecans. 

Praline pecans are clustered candies which include both pecans and various sugar combinations. There is generally an animal based product in praline pecans such as whipping cream. 

These vegan candied pecans are generally broken up into their own unique sugar coated nut, which makes them different than a praline pecan which forms more of a cluster. 

However, I do think it would be easy enough to create vegan praline pecan clusters simply by switching out the dairy in the pecan clusters for  coconut cream. 

candied nuts and spatula
Break Apart Candied Nuts With Spatula While Still Hot

How Long Will Candied Pecans Keep?

In Airtight Container: 

Stored in A cool dry place in an airtight container, vegan candied pecans last about 2 weeks. 

In Fridge: 

These candied pecans can be stored in the fridge for up to one month. 

In Freezer 

These will freeze for up to two months! Talk about some easy advanced meal and snack prep. 

When you choose to thaw your pecans, do so in the refrigerator.  

Ways To Use Vegan Candied Pecans

How Can I Use Candied Pecans?

There are just soooo many scrumptious ways to use candied pecans! A few of my favorite are: 

  • On nice cream 
  • In vegan brownies 
  • On pies
  • Combined with vegan yogurt
  • On waffles
  • In oatmeal
  • In a garden salad
  • In a quinoa salad 

Vegan Candied Pecans

Candied pecans created from only vegan products
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan candied pecans, vegan candies
Servings: 8 people
Cost: $8


  • Skillet
  • baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  • 2 cups pecans
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar


  • Heat coconut oil and brown sugar on low heat in skillet
  • Add pecans and fully coat with sugar coconut oil syrup. Heat until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and pour onto parchment lined baking sheet. Break up any large clumps.



*Nutrition Content may vary slightly based on type of coconut oil. For specific nutrition guidelines consult your registered dietitian.*
*Separate out desired cluster size with spatula while mixture is still hot.  These candied pecans are difficult to separate once they have cooled.*

Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian

Hi I'm Shena. I'm an eating disorders dietitian in Washington state. I hold bachelors degrees nutrition & dietetics, cultural anthropology & psychology. I believe in honoring your hunger, having your cake whenever you want it, and that critically analyzing diet culture can change the world!

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