The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 24: December 27, 2002: Page 3
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 Advice Lady         
A well-known low-carber in the community answers your questions about everything from nutrition to family issues, stress, and heck — even your love life. She's been the "go to gal" for awhile now when people need a little advice. And who is she? Well, we're not telling. She remains anonymous so that she can better give very frank advice. She doesn't pull any punches. You can remain anonymous too if you want — Just think "Dear Abby" — you know, signing off like "Harried in the Workplace" or "Desperate for Carbs in Detroit". Send in your question to The Advice Lady at

Party Pecans
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?

Happy Holidays,


Dear Greta,

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
Sweet Party Cinnamon Pecans
  • 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
Beat egg white and water until just frothy.
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 225F 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

Chocolate Pecan Sweeties
  • 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
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.

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.
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 4 tablespoons ThickenThin not/Sugar thickener
  • 1/4 cup sugar equivalent
  • pinch salt
  • packet sweetener — optional
Barbara Pollack's Candied Pecans Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Mix not/Sugar with sugar equivalent.

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 325F 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!

                                                                             The Advice Lady

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