If you've signed up to bring a Thanksgiving dish to the office or a family get together, have I got a recipe for you!
These pumpkin spiced pecans are so amazingly delicious, everyone will be addicted to them after just one nibble. You will be crowned the Martha Stewart of your office or family for your genius dish.
Little do they know, these only take five minutes to make.
And guess what? They are autism diet legal! Most candied pecan recipes use butter and refined sugar. This recipe doesn't use butter. It's sweetened with honey, and because of the smooth texture of honey, butter isn't necessary.
Plus, honey is rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to reduce autism symptoms by reducing brain inflammation. Make sure you buy raw, unfiltered honey to get the most health benefits.
Raw honey doesn't have to be expensive. Sam's Club has giant 44 oz bottles of raw, unfiltered honey for under $14 and Costco has a package of three 24oz raw, organic honey bears for under $16.
Pecans don't have to be expensive, either. Both Sam's Club and Costco are selling big bags of raw pecan halves for around $15.
In fact ... why not make a huge batch, bag them up and give them as Holiday gifts to the army of therapists, aides, teachers and support staff who work with your child?
Okay, you've probably spent longer reading this blog post than the time it will take you to make these candied pecans. So let's get to the recipe!
Pumpkin spice candied pecans
2 cups of raw pecans
2/3 cup of honey
1 TBS pumpkin pie spice (or use 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of ground ginger and 1/2 tsp of ground cloves)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add honey to a pan and put it on medium heat. Stir spices into the honey as it warms up. When honey begins to bubble, add pecans and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring the pecans continuously until all of the honey coats the pecans and they look candied.
Place the pecans in a single layer on the parchment paper and let cool for 24 hours. This will allow the honey to set so they won't stick together. After 24 hours (if your family hasn't eaten them all) place them into an air tight container.
Heather Anderson is a blissfully happy autism mom and lover of life in Southern California who is on a mission to help autism parents rediscover their happy place.
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