Recipe: Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

by JJ Virgin on October 22, 2016

These spiced pecans are nutrient powerhouses wrapped up in the delicious warmth of cinnamon. With age-defying antioxidants and amazing taste, it’s not hard to add a handful a day to your diet routine!

Quick note: be sure to leave time to slow-roast your pecans. Slow-roasting nuts preserves their nutritional content and is key to getting all the benefits they have to offer. Make it easy by getting in the habit of slow-roasting all your nuts when you bring them home from the grocery store. Then they’re ready for yummy recipes like Cinnamon Almond Butter, Cacao-Nut Butter, and the one below.

Cinnamon Roasted Pecans joins Grilled Pesto Chicken Wraps, Jicama, Apple, and Pear Slaw, and Vegetarian White Chili on our tasty Tailgating Party menu.

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Cinnamon Roasted Pecans


October 22, 2016

These spiced pecans are nutrient powerhouses wrapped up in the delicious warmth of cinnamon.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs 10 mins


1 1/2 cups slow-roasted pecan halves (directions below)

1/2 tsp macadamia nut oil

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp monk fruit extract

1/4 tsp sea salt


1To Slow-Roast Pecans: Place 1 cup raw pecans and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in a medium bowl, and add enough water to cover by 3 inches. Soak overnight at room temperature, then drain the nuts. Spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 140F for 8 hours. Let cool completely before making recipe.

2Preheat the oven to 200F.

3Combine the pecans and oil in a mixing bowl and toss well.

4Combine the cinnamon, monk fruit extract, and salt in a separate small bowl.

5Add the spice mixture to the nuts and stir well to coat.

6Place the nuts in a single layer on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

7Remove from the oven and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Store in a covered container at room temperature.

This recipe is part of the Tailgating Party menu, with Grilled Pesto Chicken Wraps; Jicama, Apple, and Pear Slaw; Vegetarian White Chili; and Cinnamon Roasted Pecans. Check out the Tailgating Party Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and games for lots of tailgating fun!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 ounce (about 10 nuts)
Calories104 calories
Sodium73 milligrams
Protein1 gram
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat11 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates2 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram
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These addictive Cinnamon Roasted Pecans taste amazing and are the perfect addition to your lunchbox or game-time munchies.
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