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Maple Coconut Pecan Clusters with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Maple Coconut Pecan Clusters with Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Adapted from Bryant Terry‘s Double Maple-Coated Pecans

What I Changed (Reflected Below) and Why: Substituted raw cane sugar for maple sugar because I didn’t have maple sugar and figured it might be difficult to find and expensive; Added shaved coconut for added texture, flavor and nutrition; Added sea salt for taste; Toasted the pecans in the skillet instead of on a baking sheet in the oven so that the whole recipe would be on the range (simple!) and use just one pan (fewer dishes!)

4 cups pecan halves
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup succanat (raw cane sugar)
1 cup shaved coconut flakes
1 tsp sea salt

1.  Put pecans in large heavy cast-iron skillet and heat on medium-high range for about five minutes, stirring frequently so they don’t burn.  Pecans will be fragrant and toasted.

2. Remove pecans to a large mixing bowl and combine with the oil.  Stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly coated.  Add the maple syrup and stir again.  Then add the coconut and sugar and stir again.

3. Warm the skillet to medium-high again and pour the mixture in, scraping the bowl to remove everything.  Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until most of the liquid has evaporated and everything begins to “cluster,” about 2-3 minutes.

4. Transfer to parchment paper and quickly spread out with the back of the wooden spoon.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Eat slightly warm or cool.  Nuts keep for quite a while, if you can keep them around that long.

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2 thoughts on “Maple Coconut Pecan Clusters with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

  1. Yum, I love sugar and spiced nuts. That photo had me hopping over from tastespotting so I could drool some more and print out the recipe.
    ~ingrid

  2. Hi Ingrid,

    Thanks for stopping by. If you make them, let me know how you like them. (Though I can predict your answer will be positive.)

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