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Keto Pecan Brittle (keto, primal, paleo)

  • Author: Cristina Curp, NTP
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Candy
  • Cuisine: American


This quick and easy pecan brittle is sugar-free and paleo-friendly! Read the notes for dairy-free modifications. 1 gram net carbs per serving. 



  • 2 cups raw pecan halves (or 1 cup pecans, 1 cup walnuts)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Real Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetener of choice (I use liquid allulose, see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • more salt to taste
  • Tray lined with parchment paper


  1. Heat a 10″ skillet over medium heat. Put the raw nuts in the skillet and the dry seasonings. Stir and heat until the pecans are warm and aromatic.
  2. Add in the butter, cut in chunks, and stir in until melted. Use a spatula to combine everything so the pecans are all coated in butter.
  3. Add in the sweetener and mix in. Cook, stirring frequently until the caramel begins to bubble. The butter and sweetener will create a foamy, golden bubble, about 6- 8 minutes. If using a granular vs a liquid sweetener this step might take a little longer. Watch out for the golden bubble.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and bring the heat up to medium-high, stirring often until you see toasty bits on the pecans and the caramel sauce is a deep golden brown and getting sticky.
  5. Quickly transfer the mix, while hot to the parchment paper and spread it out a bit to create aprx a 6×6  inch mass. Keeping the nuts bunched up and close to they stick together as it cools.
  6. Pop it in the freezer to harden, make sure it’s on a flat surface. After about 20-30 minutes it should be hard enough to break up into pieces.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Recipe Notes:

  • to make it dairy-free use coconut oil instead
  • if using granulated sweetener you may need to add more butter to add volume to the caramel
  • to make it paleo use maple syrup or maple sugar
  • you can use liquid or granular sweetener, I use the liquid
  • the recipe will work with macadamia nuts, peanuts, or cashews too!
  • 1 gram NET carbs per serving (11 grams total – 8 grams allulose – 2.1g fiber = 0.9g net carbs)


  • Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe
  • Calories: 181
  • Sodium: 45mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g (8g allulose)
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 2g