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Dear Advice Lady,
I'm hoping you can help me before New Year's this year. I am throwing a New Year's Eve party and both
my husband and myself are low carb, as are several of the guests. I remember seeing some recipes somewhere
for candied or spiced pecans last year that were low carb, but I can't find them now that I need them.
Does anyone at Low Carb Luxury have any recipes that would work?
There are a number of really good recipes around, but here are three of my favorites. We've served
them the last couple of years at parties and they're always a hit! One is from Barbara at Expert Foods (those terrific people that
make the "not/Sugar", "not/Starch", etc.
I'll bet your guests (both low carbers and non) will love 'em!
Sweet Party Cinnamon Pecans
Beat egg white and water until just frothy.
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon cold water
- 1 pound pecan halves
- 1/2 cup Splenda
- 1/2 cup granular maltitol or erythritol
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Add pecans and
mix until all nuts are coated.
Mix sweeteners, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add pecans
and coat thoroughly.
Place on a buttered cookie sheet (with sides). Bake at 225°F for 1 hour; stirring
about every 15 minutes.
Makes 6 snack size servings. Approximately 5.7 effective grams of carbohydrate per serving.
Chocolate Pecan Sweeties
Mix Splenda, cocoa, butter, cream and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil,
stirring constantly. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes (do not overcook). Remove from
heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. When peanut butter is evenly
spread throughout mixture, add pecan pieces. Stir to coat evenly.
- 1 cup Splenda
- 1 1/2 cups Maltitol
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
- 2 cups pecan pieces
Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper, parchment paper or freezer paper. Chill in refrigerator at least two
hours. Once chilled and "set", you can lift these from the waxed paper and place the entire batch in
Tupperware. Keep refrigerated.
Makes 24 "patties". Each patty is about 4.8 effective grams of carbohydrate per serving.
Barbara Pollack's Candied Pecans
The glaze is not only crunchy and "sugary," but it also protects the nuts
from getting soggy, not to mention rancid, and pecans are notorious for that.
Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Mix not/Sugar
with sugar equivalent.
- 1 pound pecans
- 4 tablespoons ThickenThin not/Sugar thickener
- 1/4 cup sugar equivalent
- pinch salt
- packet sweetener — optional
Rinse nuts with water and drain well.
Transfer nuts to bowl or work directly on baking pan. Sprinkle with
not/Sugar mixture and mix until nuts are well-coated.
Bake on prepared cookie sheet at 325°F until dry and crisp with a toasted
flavor — generally about 25 minutes but time may vary depending on whether
nuts are whole or broken. Periodically turn and separate the nuts (into
individual pieces or small nut-brittle-like clusters) so that all surfaces
get dry. Lift the foil as necessary to make sure you move and turn all the
nuts. (Note: if you use spread them over two cookie sheets, you probably
won't need to turn them.)
Remove from oven and cool. Test for sweetness — if not sweet enough,
sprinkle with additional packets of sweetener to taste.
Makes 15 to 20 treats. 3 to 4 grams of carbohydrate per treat.
Expert Foods products are available
online at The Low Carb Connoisseur.
Have a wonderful Party, and a Terrific New Year!