Holiday Spiced Pecans


Holiday Spiced Pecans – a special treat for you and also perfect for gift giving. Crunchy, sweet, and full of toasty warm cinnamon and spice.

Holiday Spiced Pecans on a white plate

Holiday Spiced Pecans are roasted to absolute perfection.

They’re infused with maple syrup and a nice blend of spices. You can enjoy them as is, add them to a mixed greens salad such as our Pomegranate Mixed Green Salad, top them on our Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, share them at your holiday gatherings or package them in mason jars for a special and simple holiday gift. They’re easy to make, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly, and made with no added refined sugar. This is a recipe that you and your family will love and one that you’ll most likely continue to make year after year.

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Ingredients for Holiday Spiced Pecans

Just a few ingredients is all you need to make these roasted maple spiced pecans. Feel free to substitute additional cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for the ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom.

  • Pecan halves 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cardamom

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How to Make Holiday Spiced Pecans

There really isn’t much to this recipe. Just toss all the ingredients together and let them roast. If you happen to be missing a certain spice in your kitchen, no worries, and no need for a special trip to the grocery store. Simply use what you have on hand. For example, use a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg or cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice also works wonderfully in this recipe.

Overhead view of Holiday Spiced Pecans on a white plate.

Can I use other kinds of nuts?

Go ahead and double this recipe! To add variety, you can mix it up by adding 1½ cups of raw cashews and 1½ cups of raw almonds or any of your favorite nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, etc.).

Holiday Spiced Pecans in a glass jar

Make gift giving simple and delicious this holiday season!

Holiday Spiced Pecans are one of my go-to’s when it comes to gift-giving. Simply package them in a small mason jar, wrap the jar with a pretty holiday ribbon, include a small card with the recipe and let your friends and family enjoy the heck out of them. Sometimes the best gifts come right from your very own kitchen!

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Let’s Get Cookin’

Holiday Spiced Pecans

Holiday Spiced Pecans are roasted to perfection and infused with a blend of spices. Eat them as is, add them to a salad or package them in a mason jar for a special holiday gift.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free



  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom

**May sub an additional 1 tsp. of cinnamon for the ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place pecans in a large bowl and mix in maple syrup until coated. Add the spices and mix well.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread the pecans evenly over the parchment paper.
  5. Bake 10-15 minutes, stirring nuts every 5 minutes, until toasted and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Cool until able to handle. Break apart pecans as some may stick together.
  7. After completely cooled, store in an airtight container.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g

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About Stacie Hassing

Stacie is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian from rural southern Minnesota where she, her husband and daughter reside with their two pups. She’s a co-founder of The Real Food RDs and content creator of simple and wholesome recipes. She loves all kinds of fitness and has a passion to inspire as many as she can live a healthier and happier life both in and out of the kitchen – the driving force behind the co-development of the The Real Food RDs brand.

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