Here are all the best pecan recipes to use this super nut…that aren’t pecan pie! Try everything from glazed to energy bars to granola.
Looking for tasty recipes that use pecans? This tasty super nut is so delicious, and there are so many ways to use it outside of the traditional pecan pie. Use it to top your salads, grind it up and put it in energy bars, or use it for maple pecan flavored healthy granola (yum)! You can even use it in savory dishes like stuffed squash, pizza, and frittatas. Is there anything a pecan can’t do? Not really.
Here are all our best pecan recipes to use up the last of your bag! Here’s how to use this nutrient dense and protein-packed nut to the best of its potential.
And now…our best pecan recipes!
Pecan fun facts!
Here are a few interesting things about this tasty nut that may inspire you to make even more pecan recipes! Not only are pecans full of good fats and protein, they’re the only nuts indigenous to America. Here’s what to know about pecans:
- Pecans are nutrient dense: full of good fats, protein and fiber. Pecans are nuts that are among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats. They contain lots of plant based protein and fiber: 1/4 cup pecans has 2.5 grams protein and 2.7 grams fiber. They also contain flavonoids and essential minerals like copper, manganese and zinc.
- Grown in America. Of all the major tree nuts eaten in the US, pecans are the only ones indigenous to America! They were originally grown wild and enjoyed by Native Americans. Now they’re harvested in over a dozen Southern states.
This luxuriously creamy pecan butter is so easy to make! Blend pecans with vanilla and cinnamon for an easy and delicious nut butter.
- 2 cups raw pecans (salted or unsalted)*
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted nuts)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the nuts out onto a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until fragrant and toasted. Allow to cool for a minute or two on the tray.
- Immediately add the nuts to food processor while they’re warm and process for about 3 to 4 minutes (the exact timing depends on the age of the nuts and your food processor). You’ll see them start out crumbly, then get gradually creamier and creamier.
- Add vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Scrape down the bowl and process again for about 1 minute. Taste and add additional salt as necessary.
- Transfer the pecan butter to a jar. Store refrigerated for 1 to 2 months.
*Doubles easily, so feel free to do 4 cups to make a large-sized pecan butter jar.
- Category: Essentials
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Pecan Recipes
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.