Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans (Vegan)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

These Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy, vegan, gluten free and paleo. They are perfect for topping everything from breakfasts to salads to desserts!

Close up of stovetop candied pecans on parchment.

If you’re a salad lover, there’s a good chance you’ve probably bought those candied pecan packages in the supermarket, or even had them in your salad when you ate out at a restaurant. Well, the latter is exactly what drove me to needing to make these at home. The result? Not only do they taste even better than store-bought candied pecans, these easy stovetop candied pecans are also way cheaper.

Bonus: they are the perfect topping for everything.

A glass jar full of candied pecans with some pecans around it.

Let me introduce you to the story of how my candied nuts obsession started. There’s a french restaurant close to our home that I was hooked on. In particular, they have a fall frisee (greens) salad with blue cheese, dried cranberries, candied nuts and a mysterious amazing quite possibly mango dressing.

I had this salad everyday for lunch for about 2 months straight.

After realising that I was spending uh, all our rent money on this salad, I attempted to make it from home. While I didn’t completely crack the dressing, I got the candied pecans spot on. Cue these easy stovetop candied pecans being made in my house and them going on EVERYTHING. Salads, oatmeal, desserts, snacks, it became an obsession. Two days later my husband found me buried in 18 cups of candied peca… okay that last part is a bit untrue. But seriously, these are so incredibly easy, so addictive and way cheaper than the store bought ones.

Definitely worth what will inevitably become an addiction to making these once a month, if they’ll last you that long.

Candied pecans tipped over with pecans spilling out onto a cloth.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



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A white bowl of pear, gorgonzola, caramelised pecans with honey apple dressing.

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Dressing poured onto a green bowl of apple, candied walnuts and blue cheese salad.

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These Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy, vegan, gluten free and paleo. They are perfect for topping everything from breakfasts to salads to desserts! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Top down shot of candied pecans on a baking tray.

Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans (Vegan)

These Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy, vegan, gluten free and paleo. They are perfect for topping everything from breakfasts to salads to desserts!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Desserts, Salads, Snacks
Cuisine American

Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans (Vegan)

  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup unrefined cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup pecans


Easy Stovetop Candied Pecans (Vegan)

  • Set a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Set aside
  • In a pan over medium high heat, add the pecans, cane sugar and the vegan butter.
  • Stir everything together with a wooden spoon and heat for about 5 minutes, until the sugar and butter have melted together and nuts are coated. Watch carefully and keep stirring so it doesn't burn.
  • Once nuts are coated, transfer to parchment paper, separating nuts. I like to use a silicone tons or spatula and pull them apart quickly so that they don't set together.
  • Allow to cool until hardened and either use immediately or place in an air-tight tupperware container for up to a month.
  1. Adapted and inspired by Natasha’s Kitchen Candied Walnuts recipe
  2. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
    You can store these nuts in an air-tight tupperware container for up to a month.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. randy E thill says:

    4 stars
    May be a 5. but I have to try first. I have searched for candied nut recipes and they always involved a bunch of ingredients that, mixed together never satisfied my tastebuds. These LOOK simple and in my mind, don’t have all those extra things that I really didn’t believe went in candied nuts. Intuitively, these are the perfect recipe. I’m making chocolate pudding today, so no excuse for more sweets (tho they would be great sprinkled on top, right?) After the kids leave…then I can have them all to myself. I saw in the prep list that maple syrup would be an ingredient, but didn’t see it in the recipe. Is there an alternate way to make them with maple syrup? Sounds yummy to me, too!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Randy,

      Thank you! Yes haha they would be great sprinkled on top!!

      I don’t see maple syrup in this recipe, are you talking about it in this one? Hmm I think you could use about 2 tablespoons or 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to replace the sugar! I hope you get to try and enjoy so much! Not sure if you saw, we made the Whipped Cream you requested!

      • randy E thill says:

        don’t ask me where I read that about the maple syrup!! Strange. I can’t even guess what was going on in my mind! Sugar is easier. I’m gonna try both, since I’ve recovered from my eye surgery and can gad about in the kitchen again!

        • Jessica says:

          Haha no worries, that happens to me too sometimes!

          Okay great!! Oh wow I hope you recover very well from your eye surgery!!

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