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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Low Sugar Spicy Cocoa Roasted Pecans

I've been looking for nut roasting ideas and followed a link that Krystal left in my comments section recently. It led me to a recipe at My Kitchen Addiction and I immediately started roasting a low sugar concoction based on what I found there!

First I made the Spicy Cocoa Roasted nuts, using Pecans. I have a nut allergy, which limits which nuts I can have. You might want to also try this with Almonds. I was completely shocked at how much sugar the original recipe called for and was worried it wouldn't be good in as a low sugar snack. But it turned out really well and it was a the official snack in the house for days!

  • 3 Cups Raw, unsalted Pecans or Almonds (Trader Joe's or Costco is a good low cost place to find these)
  • 1 Egg White
  • A few drops of water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 3 packets (tsp) Stevia Sweetener (I used Sun Crystals)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Whisk the egg white, water and vanilla until frothy, add nuts and toss until nuts are covered. Combine all other ingredients and then add to the nuts. Toss until evenly covered. Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Cook at 275 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the nuts from burning.

My kitchen smelled SO good and right out of the oven they tasted great. But after cooling off they tasted even better! Depending on where you are in your low sugar journey, you may want more sweetener. Mine were pretty low on the sweet scale, but still delicious. I think these will make a great hostess gift and to serve when I have people over. It was really decadent! I've invested in some raw cocoa, called Cacoa, and will use it next time.

I loved that I had all the ingredients in my pantry! There are a few more recipes I want to try, but involve cardamon and instant espresso which I don't have on-hand.


  1. I LOVE Dark Cocoa roasted nuts! I first bought the "Emerald" Brand only to find when I got home they had artificial sweetner in them...bleck! But then I found the "Blue Diamond" brand and they are made with a Stevia type sweetner, but they do have a small amount of sugars in them. They are such a fabulous treat in the evening! I never thought to make my own, but am totally going to try it! Thanks!

  2. Sounds Delicious! I'm totally doing this one! I'm going to an Oscar Party on Sunday and we all have to bring something to munch on. Usually I'll bring a cheese plate, but that can be a little boring after a while. I think I'll mix it up to include some of these nuts too! Thanks!

  3. Amber those sound so good - I can't wait to try them :-)

  4. I'm so glad you made them! They look fantastic and carb friendly than the original brand. Thanks again for the sweet shout out, too!

  5. Wow I can't wait to try!! :) Thanks for sharing :)

  6. amber you always have the best ideas! thanks so much for always sharing them!

  7. Thanks for sharing Amber...I will share this link with my spark friends as well.

  8. Amber,,,
    I was just looking at your progress photos and had to smile,,,, Did you ever notice how your pony tail got higher and more perky as you lost weight?
    Thanks for all the info you pass on to us

  9. I'm going to make another batch of these this weekend. I bought Cacao which is raw cacao & suppose to be super good for us! Cant wait!

    Linda - I have noticed that too, and my smile is totally different. On the Rachael Ray show she asked me about the timeline photos and I talked about the ponytail but they cut that part out!

  10. Amber - I can't thank you enough for this blog. I started the BFC cure recently and this is my go to guide. It has given me much more useful info than Jorge's book. I love all the recipe suggestions from yourself and your readers. It would be really helpful to know the serving/portion sizes and what the S/C ratio is. I'm new at calculating all of this and it would be so helpful!