WOAH! Coconut sugar. caramelized. poured over nuts. with quinoa. turned into candy.
Yep, Iâm pretty much in heaven right about now.
This is a total first for me. Making candy. Iâve never even attempted it. I mean just the idea of makingÂ candyÂ kind of terrifies me. Iâd so much rather eat a plate of fresh baked cookies. Way safer.
BUT as it turns out, this whole caramel thing isnât hard at all! And so here we have it, my first candy recipe: coconut sugar candied pecans and quinoa.
Pecans might just be one of my favorite nuts. I love how the bridge the gap between sweet and savory. Theyâve got that wonderful caramel like flavor, theyâre soft and almost buttery. Homemade pecan butter has actually been a staple in my house for months now â itâs like eating a spoonful of pie!
So candied pecans. Of course, anything coated in a thick layer of caramel is going to be delicious, but traditional caramel ingredients? Not my cup of tea if you know what I mean.
Sugar. sugar. and more sugar.
Coconut sugar on the other hand. Much more my speed.
As Iâm sure youâve noticed, coconut sugar is the sugar I turn to whenever I need to use granulated sugar. I love the flavor, I love the caramel undertones and I love that itâs a low-glycemic sweetener. That means lessÂ blood sugar spikes, which means metabolism stays more on track and you donât fall into that dreaded sugar coma.
This recipe actually started off as just a garnish to a recipe that Iâm sharing on Tuesday, but since there is a lot to tell you about these wonderful little morsels of joy, I wanted to give them their own time in the spotlight.
I mean they areÂ candied pecans with quinoaÂ after all.
And I have to say, I think this might be the first time anyone has actually candied quinoa before. Which might mean Iâm the crazy one, but oh well. Thanks for accepting me anyway and for understanding my ridiculous obsession with quinoa
So onto these coconut sugar candied pecansâ¦
If youâve never made candied nuts before, and I certainly had NOT, it starts by making caramel. The caramel is usually just sugar and water boiled down to form a candy. Then itâs poured over the nuts and left to harden. Almost like making brittle but without the corn syrup.
But I wanted these candied nuts to use coconut sugar. Is that even possible?
Coconut sugar is different than cane sugar though, and I honestly had no idea if it could be caramelized. I did a little searching and thankfully landed on a trustworthy blog (that Iâve loved for a long time) that talks all about making caramel with coconut sugar! It seemed fairly straightforward so I gave it a whirl and guys, it TOTALLY worked!!
Sweet, crunchy, dark and ultra decadent. These delectable little bites are also good for you! Thatâs right. Now we can have healthy candied nuts (with quinoa if you so choose) to sprinkle over salads, enjoy as a late night treat or to have around for the holidays!
If you were afraid of making candy at home, donât be. Itâs way easier than it sounds.Â If I can do it and not burn myself, you can do it. Thatâs a promise
Ready to get your candy on? Letâs do this!
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Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans + Quinoa
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 6 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 6 tablespoons water
- Generous pinch of salt
- 1 cup pecans (or nuts of choice)
- 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
- Add the coconut sugar, water and salt to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then add the pecans.
- Stir the mixture constantly until the liquid evaporates and the nuts becomes sticky. Add the quinoa and continue to stir until cobwebs (stringy pieces of sugar) begin to form.
- Remove from the heat and pour nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Cool at room temp (or in the fridge) until they've hardened.
adapted from Lexie's Kitchen
As Lexie points out in her post, coconut sugar has a low burn point so it's important to watch it carefully so it doesn't burn.
I found these kept best in the fridge!
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