Before I droll over these candied pecans, I have a story time for you.
Candied pecans was the first thing I made in my kitchen when we moved. I’m not sure why, but I was just craving them. I took an Instagram photo of the pecans, and my grandma said that she wanted to try them. I said that I would make a batch and send them with my aunt and my mom the next time they visit her.
I was never able to.
At the end of September, my grandpa passed away. It was very sad, but I had emotionally prepared myself for it for months. When the call came, I was sad, but not shocked. We celebrated his life and it was beautiful.
A few weeks later, my grandma was admitted to the hospital. She was being treated for pneumonia. Though she was sick, she was going to be ok, and agreed to live with my cousin. But here’s the thing: she wasn’t ok.
On Monday, November 14th, my mom got a call that my grandma had complete kidney failure and that she was not going to live for much longer. My mom visited her the day later, along with some of my other family members. I was unable to because I was ion school. I though that if I waited until Wednesday, I would still have time. When me, my mom, and Matthew arrived at my cousin’s house on Wednesday morning, we were told that it was too late. We came inside and saw my grandma laying comfortably on the couch, but she was gone. Tears were in all of our eyes. When I came up to my grandma, I kissed her head and apologized for not coming sooner. Apparently the last thing Grandma said to my mom was “Give Natalia and Matthew a hug and a kiss for me”.
To be honest, this is really difficult to talk about. It has been almost a month, and I am still coming to terms with the fact that three months ago, I had both of my grandparents, and I lost both of them within two months. It has been a very difficult time for my family.
My grandma had a memorial, and it was amazing. I decided to bring these candied pecans. Since she was never able to try them, I figured that I would still bring them to her somehow. Better late than never.
I think I am going to make these candied pecans every year, to remember a woman that I absolute love. My grandma is the kindest woman, and I will love her forever.
Enough sad stories, onto the pecans:
These are delicious! Sweet, Chewy, Crunchy, they’re pretty much perfect!
On top of that, candied pecans could not be easier to prepare! If you love nuts roasted in cinnamon and sugar, look no further. My candied pecans are real deal!
- 4-5 Cups Pecans
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1/2-1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Vegan Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
- Line a large baking pan with foil.
- Place pecans on baking sheet and put in oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
- While pecans bake, place maple syrup and vegan butter in small microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 20-30 seconds until butter melts.
- Place brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into large bowl and stir to combine. Pour in maple syrup mixture and whisk until combined.
- Remove pecans from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Pour pecans into bowl with combines brown sugar/maple syrup mixtures and stir/toss to fully coat.
- Pour pecans back onto baking sheet and bake for another 8-10 minutes.