Source: CanolaInfo Test Kitchen | Category: Appetizers

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Take this tasty snack to your next party-it has a great salty and sweet flavor. Once your guests take one bite they will be back for more!

Sweet and Spicy Pecans


  • 5 cups pecan or walnut halves (1 lb) 1.25L
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil 30 mL
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin 15 mL
  • 1 tsp each chili powder and ground coriander 5 mL
  • 3/4 tsp salt 4 mL
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp each cinnamon, cloves and cayenne pepper 1 mL


  • 1. In boiling water, blanch pecan halves for 1 minute; drain well. Transfer immediately to large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and drizzle with oil; toss to coat well. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • 2. On greased foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet, spread pecans in single layer. Bake in 325 °F (160 °C) oven, turning every 5 minutes for about 25 minutes or until nuts are crisp and slightly darkened.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in metal cake pan or other heatproof pan, combine cumin, chili powder, coriander, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne. In oven, toast along side nuts for 5 minutes. Dump nuts into large bowl; sprinkle with spices and toss to coat well. Spread in single layer on baking sheet to cool. Store in airtight containers for up to two weeks.


12 servings

serving size

1 serving

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Total Fat35 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Carbohydrates15 g
Fiber5 g
Protein4 g
Sodium150 mg