Gingerbread Pecans

Pecans roasting on an open fire… and toasted to perfection! These roasted nuts have a festive twist and provide plenty of nourishment. Nuts are packed with omega 3s which reduce inflammation and keep our hearts healthy. Specifically, one study found that pecans may help lower levels of LDL cholesterol enough to decrease the risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 25%. These spiced pecans are free of refined sugars and make a great snack on their own, or are lovely sprinkled on oatmeal or granola. Warning: may cause kitchen to smell like a bakery.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/4 tspn ginger
  • 1/4 tspn all spice
  • 1/4 tspn nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • splash of pure maple syrup

How to:pecans-close

  1. Preheat oven to 250 deg F (cooking nuts above 250 deg F can produce harmful toxins).
  2. Stir oil, spices, and syrup in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle over pecans in a larger bowl and toss to coat them.
  4. Spread out pecans in one layer on a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper) and cook for 40-50 minutes.

PCOS Powers:

  • pecans = high in ellagic and oleic acids which may help lower LDL cholesterol, protect against cardiovascular disease and lower breast cancer risk, high in magnesium which is anti-inflammatory and lowers blood pressure
  • cinnamon = may help balance glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and decrease triglycerides in blood
  • ginger =  anti-inflammatory, may help decrease LDL cholesterol, fasting blood glucose and HbA1c
  • coconut oil = anti-inflammatory, may positively impact thyroid function, may improve cholesterol profiles by increasing HDL cholesterol, use is controversial in the scientific community due to high saturated fat content so I use in moderation

References:

  1. S. Rajaram, K. Burke, B. Connell, T. Myint and Joan Sabate’. 2001. A Monounsaturated Fatty Acid-Rich- Enriched Diet Favorably Alters the Serum Lipid Profile of Healthy Man and Women. Journal of Nutrition 131:2275-2279.
  2. Sherman L. Cinnamon improves blood pressure and blood sugar in diabetics. The Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2011:76.
  3. Najarzadeh A, Mahammadi M, Jalali B, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Talaei B, Fallahzadeh H. The Effect of Ginger on Blood Glucose, Lipid and Lipoproteins in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Controlled Trial. Journal of Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences. 2012;20:383-395.
  4. Grzanna R, Lindmark L, Frondoza C. Ginger-an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory action. J Med Food. 2005;8:125-132.
  5. Assunção ML, Ferreira HS, dos Santos AF, Cabral J, Cyro R, Florêncio, Telma M M T. Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Lipids. 2009;44:593-601.
  6. Yeap SK, Beh BK, Ali NM, et al. Antistress and antioxidant effects of virgin coconut oil in vivo. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine. 2015;9:39-42.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Brewsker says:

    Great idea! I’ll definitely be trying these over Christmas!

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      Great to hear! Let me know what you think of them.. or even show me your creation on IG! 🙂 @allthingswithpassion

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  2. Claire says:

    Look Yummy!!!!

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  3. roger says:

    Looks and sounds great! Definitely want to try it but hold the pumpkin/cinnamon and ad extra maple syrup! Look forward to some good cooking at Xmas!

    Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:54:26 +0000 To: roger.cutler@hotmail.com

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      I could bring some home for Christmas with those requests.. 😛

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  4. Oh wow, these look perfect! I’ve got all the ingredients on hand so I think I need to make these ASAP. I think they’d be an amazing addition to holiday desserts.

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      Totally agree! I am thinking maybe with vanilla ice cream would be nice (or ‘nice cream’) 🙂

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  5. Laura says:

    These look great! Perfect for stocking stuffers or hostess gifts. As much as I love holiday treats, I prefer to make something that is healthy too.

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      Thanks Laura 🙂 I agree! I think there are enough treats presented to me that are far from nutritious, sometimes in situations or times difficult to turn down, that if I am going to make something myself I want to feel great about it.

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  6. sugarlovespices says:

    I’ve just bought a bag of pecans, and that’s how they’re going to be made! Plus, I have all the other ingredients, so… We like snacking on nuts, but never that fancy. Time to bring them to the next level ;-).

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      Great idea! Nuts sure aren’t cheap, eh?! But always put to good use 🙂

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  7. Joyce says:

    Love spiced nuts – thank you!

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    1. Dylan says:

      You are welcome 🙂

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  8. carole says:

    wow, those look delicious! Going on to my “to make this xmas” list

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      I have one of those lists too (and am wondering just how many I will actually get to :P) siiigh

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  9. Love gingerbread and pecans…so this is an awesome combination for me. Would be great at parties this holiday season!!

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    1. PhruitfulDish says:

      I had that idea in mind, too! Glad you liked the combo.

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