These chocolate covered pecans have the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness. This recipe combines rich chocolate with toasted pecans to make the most delicious chocolatey sweet treat ever. They're perfect for the holidays, but are so good you'll want to eat them all year round!
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Why You'll Love This Chocolate Covered Pecan Recipe
Winning combination. There's nothing more satisfying than a sweet and savory snack, and these chocolate pecans satisfy both cravings at once.
Easy to make. You'll only need to spend about 15 minutes putting them together, and then the pecans covered in chocolate just have to set in the fridge for about an hour after that.
Family favorite. I always have this treat on hand during the holidays. My family loves to grab them for an afternoon pick-me-up, and I love knowing they're eating a healthy yet satisfying sweet snack.
- Pecan halves
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips- rich dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips work too.
- Oil- coconut oil works best.
- Sea salt- for sprinkling.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Pecans
1. Roast the pecans: Preheat your oven to 285°F (140ºC). Then, place the pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast them for 8 minutes. Finally, remove the pecans from the oven and allow them to cool.
2. Melt chocolate: Place a sheet of parchment paper over a baking sheet. Combine the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until all of the chocolate has melted.
3. Coat the pecans: Using tongs, pick up each pecan and dip it into the melted chocolate. Place the dipped pecans on the parchment paper. Continue to do this until all of the nuts are coated and placed on the baking sheet. Sprinkle them with flaky sea salt.
4. Set the chocolate: Put the baking sheet in the coolest part of your kitchen and allow the chocolate to set for about an hour. Then serve chocolate covered pecans chilled or at room temperature.
- Use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even vegan chocolate.
- Use refined coconut oil since it has no flavor.
- Use raw pecans or buy pre-roasted nuts from the store to save time and energy while making these chocolate covered pecans.
- Soak the pecans before roasting them to give them more of a buttery texture and flavor.
- Switch up the nuts. Use macadamia nuts, almonds, or any nut of your choice in place of the pecans.
- Stir pecan halves into the melted chocolate mixture and remove them with a fork. This method is a bit messy, but it saves time.
At room temperature: Any leftover pecans can be kept in an airtight container on your kitchen counter for 1-2 weeks.
In the freezer: To keep for longer, they can be stored in the freezer. After the chocolate has set, place them in a layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper, and freeze them. Once frozen, you can transfer them into a freezer-safe bag. You can freeze chocolate covered pecans for up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do chocolate covered pecans go bad?
As with all perishable foods, chocolate covered pecans have an expiration date. Depending on your method of storage, they can last anywhere from 1 week-3 months.
Why do you soak pecans before roasting?
Soaking pecans before roasting is mostly to improve the flavor of the nut. It helps to keep the nut hydrated, so it keeps the buttery flavor and creamy texture while it roasts.
Are chocolate pecans good for you?
Pecans are known to be heart-healthy and have immune system-boosting qualities. Some studies have shown that dark chocolate has more antioxidants than most fruits. Put the two together, and you have a healthy and delicious treat.
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- 1-½ cups of pecan halves
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil or coconut oil
- Sea salt for sprinkle
- Preheat the oven to 285°F (140ºC). Place the pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast them for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow them to cool.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper over a baking sheet.
- Combine the chocolate and oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until all of the chocolate has melted.
- Using tongs, pick up each pecan and dip it into the melted chocolate.
- Place the dipped pecans on the parchment paper. Continue to do this until all of the nuts are coated and placed on the baking sheet. Sprinkle them with sea salt.
- Set the baking sheet in the coolest part of your kitchen and allow the chocolate to set for about an hour.
Serving Size:¼ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g