National Pecan Day

April 14, 2014

Whether you say pee-can or peh-kahn, I'm pronouncing these pecan recipes as some taste treats indeed. Today is National Pecan day and I am sharing a few of my favorites with you.  I love pecans to snack on, and even better in a salad,  added to a dessert, or sugar coat them and they are so good!   Enjoy! 

Apple Pear Salad with Pecans

I like to use spring mix for my salad base but you can use whatever you enjoy
1 gala apple diced
1 Anjou pear diced
1/2 C sugar pecans
Crumbled blue cheese (Add this to taste)
1/3 C dried cherry's or cranberry's
Balsamic dressing to taste

Dice up your apple and pear and toss it in your bowl with your greens.  Add the sugar pecans, blue cheese, and dried fruit.  Toss with the dressing and serves 3.  Delish!

Banana Pecan Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 large ripe bananas, frozen  
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup sugar pecans
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Add all your ingredients in your blender in the listed order and blend until smooth.  I use a Vitamix and it gets pretty darn smooth.  I'm not sure how smooth a regular blender will get so you may have to blend it a little longer to chop the ice and pecans.  If using a regular blender I suggest using pecan pieces to help out with the chopping in the blender. 

While it's not big on color... it's big on taste!  

A favorite snack of mine is Sugar Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1 Tbsp. water
1 lb. pecan halves
1C white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon   


 Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease your baking sheet.  In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

Add pecans to frothy egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Be careful to not break the pecans when stirring.

Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. I just poured the sugar mixture on top of my nuts in the same bowl.  Again... gently toss to not break the pecans.  I  know they taste better when not broken!  haha!

Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.  

Let them cool.  Then hide them from your kids!  
Store in an airtight container... if they last that long.  Seriously, they are addicting!
What are some of your favorite pecan recipes? 

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