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Low Carb Sugar Free Cinnamon Pecans

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Please note: We do not follow a strict Keto diet. I may offer shortcuts and tips for those on a busy schedule. Scroll down for sugar free cinnamon nuts recipe!

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Candied cinnamon nuts are a delicious, easy-to-make treat that are perfect for snacking or giving as a gift. But before you start candy-making, you may have some questions. Do candied nuts need to be refrigerated? How long do they last? And, perhaps most importantly, are they good for you? Read on for the answers to these questions and more because these make a great holiday gift.

Does this Cinnamon Nuts Recipe Need to be Refrigerated? 

The answer to this question depends on the ingredients you use. If you use fresh nuts and pure cane sugar, then your candied nuts will not need to be refrigerated and can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. However, if you use honey or molasses instead of sugar, or if you add any dairy products like butter or cream to your recipe, then your candied nuts will need to be refrigerated and will only last for one week.

How long do candied nuts last? 

Again, this answer depends on the ingredients used in your recipe. If a cinnamon nuts recipe is made with fresh nuts and pure cane sugar, candied nuts will last for up to two weeks stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If made with honey or molasses instead of sugar, or if any dairy products like butter or cream are added to the recipe, then candied nuts will only last for one week when stored in the refrigerator.

Cinnamon nuts recipe- cooking pecans in pan.

Are candied nuts good for you? 

This is a tricky question. On the one hand, nuts are packed with healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. On the other hand, when those nuts are coated in sugar or brown sugar (even natural sugars like honey or maple syrup), they are no longer as healthy as they once were. So whether or not candied nuts are “good” for you really depends on your definition of “good.” If you're looking for a healthy snack option, then raw or roasted unsalted nuts are probably a better bet than candied ones. But if you're in the mood for something sweet and crunchy (and let's face it, who isn't?), then go ahead and enjoy a handful of candied cinnamon nuts—just don't eat the whole batch in one sitting! You can also try our low carb sugar free cinnamon pecans. If you need a sugar free version, see our keto-friendly cinnamon nuts recipe below!

What You Need for a Cinnamon Nuts Recipe-

I've seen some pretty expensive nuts in the store that already are candied but it is simple to make some fresh at home. I like making my own because I can control what flavors and ingredients I use. You can use simple ingredients like fresh nuts, egg whites, sugars and sea salt. Or, you can make Cinnamon almonds or use other spices and flavor combinations to suit your tastes.

You need a sheet pan, large enough to spread the nuts out in a single layer and parchment paper. These are so easy and I use things that I generally have on hand. Nothing special, just ingredients, a small bowl and a large bowl to toss it all together and a cookie sheet for baking.

You can store candied almonds or cinnamon sugar walnuts for a long time in a mason jar or other air-tight container, add some pretty ribbon and they make great gifts. If you need Christmas gifts or hostess gifts or something to take to gift exchanges for the holiday season you should give these a try. They are also great to put out at parties in a pretty serving dish or add as a salad topper. You will want to keep this one with your holiday recipes. You may want to double the recipe because these can become an addictive snack and you will want enough to share with friends so I always make a large batch when I make them.


Candied cinnamon nuts (use any kind of nut you prefer) are a delicious treat that are perfect for snacking or giving as a gift. You can get these ready to make in a matter of minutes and you can switch up your spice combos for different flavors. What about apple pie spice flavors or something with hot red pepper? Start with unsalted almonds or other nuts and figure out what you think would give the best flavor to your sugar coating. You can use this recipe as a starting point and experiment with your favorite nuts and ingredients for the time of the year. Cinnamon sugar pecans are great for holidays but summer may have you thinking of flavors to go with your favorite barbeque meals, maybe something with s tangy sweet flavor.

Cinnamon nuts recipe- showing coating

Low Carb Sugar Free Cinnamon Pecans

These low carb, sugar free candied nuts require butter, cinnamon and Swerve for a delicious coating. I love the way some have a bunch and some have just a hint of the flavor. 

You really get a sweet/salty snack when you just roughly break up the cooled off pecans into a bowl.

Cinnamon nuts recipe- pecans plated on serving tray

Cooking with Swerve

To make this sugar free version, just get out your favorite non-stick skillet and heat up your butter and Swerve.  If you haven't heard of Swerve, it's my favorite way to bake sugar free treats now! A little goes a long way. You can find confectioners, brown and granulated Swerve on Amazon. Add pecans to your mixture.

Be sure and stir your pecans often while they heat up. 

Look at all that fall deliciousness! Be sure to store in an airtight container. Or, you can also give these at Christmas in a decorated Mason jar, or decorative tin from the dollar store. 

I always line my tins with parchment or colorful Saran Wrap. Get creative!  Be sure to pin this cinnamon nuts recipe so you can have it ready to go for the holidays 😉


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Yield: 4

Low Carb Sugar Free Cinnamon Pecans

Low Carb Sugar Free Candied Pecans 2 - Low Carb Sugar Free Cinnamon Pecans

Enjoy the flavors of this fall confection without all the sugar! The cinnamon and Swerve gives an amazing candied coating to these pecans.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup Pecans, Halves, roasted, unseasoned
  • 3 Tbs butter, salted
  • 3 Tbsp Swerve , Granulated Sweetener
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon


  1. Melt butter in nonstick pan over medium heat
  2. Add Swerve and Cinnamon and stir until sweetener is incorporated
  3. Add Pecans, stir well until all are coated with butter mixture
  4. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat promptly to ensure the sugar coating does not scorch
  6. Transfer onto cookie sheet or parchment paper to let cool fully.
  7. Break up pecans with a spoon and serve, or store in an air tight container.


1 net carbs per serving

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 248Saturated Fat 7gCholesterol 22mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 2g

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