Make fun of me all you want, I watched the Lady Gaga Thanksgiving special. There was a part of it showing some of her family recipes for the holidays, and these pecans caught my eye. I recently moved to South Carolina, and they are all about the pecan down here. You can buy them anywhere, in big bags still in the shells, or in bulk bins at the supermarket. I couldn’t wait to make this recipe for my family, and to veganize it!
Aunt Sheri and Uncle Steve’s Spiced Pecans (vegan version)
- 1 11.5 oz bag of raw shelled pecans
- 5 tbsp earth balance buttery stick
- 5 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla syrup *NOT extract!!
- 1/4 tsp cayenne *optional
- soy creamer as needed
Preheat your oven to the magic 350, and spread out your pecans onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Toast them in the oven for ten minutes.
While they are baking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Combine butter, brown sugar, and vanilla syrup and melt in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds, until melted. You can also add cayenne to make them spicy, but as I was making them for my family I wanted them to be sweet. Stir together until everything is combined. The vegan butter is mostly oil, so it will not be fully combined like using real butter. This is where the creamer comes in. Add a splash of creamer to the mix and stir stir stir, until it starts to come together. Add another splash and stir until it is of caramel color and consistency. By now your pecans should be ready.
I melted my ingredients in a glass liquid measuring cup, and it was large enough to put all of the pecans in. If it isn’t, put the pecans into a bowl while they are still hot, and then pour the mixture over them. Toss gently to combine. Store in an air tight container. You can enjoy these almost immediately, they are best when eaten warm. The butter mixture will harden and get almost “lardy” looking once they cooled completely so reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds before enjoying.
My dad couldn’t keep his hands out of this container!! They really are sweet, buttery, and addicting!! Thanks Gaga!