The most surprising thing about this snack is the health benefits you and your friends will receive. Pecans are a good source of Omega-6 fatty acids, containing about half as much as walnuts. Clinical research has shown that eating a handful of pecans per day can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) similar to what is seen with cholesterol-lowering medications. Pecans are also a good source of zinc, manganese, magnesium, vitamin B1 and iron. Who would have guessed that so much LOVE and GOOD FORTUNE accompany this easy-to-prepare holiday treat?
(Makes 16 servings)
1 tablespoon butter, softened
¼ cup erythritol sweetener (I used LaKanto Monkfruit sweetener)
½ teaspoon stevia powder (I used Sweet Leaf brand)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons cold water
1 pound of pecan halves
1. Preheat oven to 275-degrees. With your fingers, spread softened butter over the entire cookie sheet; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, Splenda, spices and salt with a fork. In a small bowl, beat the egg white and water together. Add the egg white mixture to the dry ingredients and stir into a paste.
3. With a fork or rubber spatula, stir in ½ of the pecans and gently fold until coated. Add the rest of the pecans and continue stirring and folding until all the pecans are coated with the sugar-egg mixture. Spread in one layer on the cookie sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until coating is crisp and golden brown.
4. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature while on the cookie sheet. Carefully break apart any pecans clusters and store in an airtight container.
Nutritional Information per ¼ cup serving: 201 calories, 4.4 g carbohydrate, 2.8 g fiber, 21.1 g total fat, 2.2 g saturated fat, 42.5 mg sodium, 2.8 g protein. Net carbs: 1.6 grams
Variation: Aztec Cocoa Pecans
Omit the ginger, add 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and add an additional ½ tablespoon Splenda to the dry ingredients. To the egg white add an additional 1 teaspoon water. Proceed according to above directions.
Recipes by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2010