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How-To: Easy Maple Pecan Topping

You may be thinking candied pecans, but this recipe for how to make maple pecans will get you a beautiful, saucy sweet pecan topping that works on sweet and savory dishes alike.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 959kcal


  • Small pot


  • ½ cup pecans lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons plant-based butter
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil more or less to taste; or use crushed red pepper to taste
  • cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Water as needed, optional


Toast the pecans:

  • Place the crushed pecans in a small pot over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant and beginning to brown.

Simmer the pecans:

  • Melt the butter into the pecans. Once bubbly, add chili oil maple syrup, lemon juice, and a pinch of flaky sea salt. Once the maple syrup begins to bubble, reduce heat and cook, stirring regularly, for 15–20 minutes. The maple syrup will start to thicken and stick to the pecans and that is normal.

Thin out the pecans (optional):

  • If you want a saucier pecan topping, add a few splashes of water, about 2 tablespoons total, until desired consistency is reached—taste and season to your preferences.

To serve:

  • Serve over your favorite dessert or savory side dish. Store in an airtight container and reheat gently over the stove, adding more water if needed. Enjoy!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 959kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 72g | Sodium: 210mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin C: 4mg
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