Sweet, crunchy, healthy! These easy chocolate covered pecans are the perfect bite-sized snack that are so easy to make in just a few minutes with only 2 ingredients!
I love homemade chocolate covered pecans! They're sweet, crunchy, and healthy. This is a super chocolaty treat the whole family will love! So easy to make and perfect to snack on! This is the best chocolate covered pecans recipe.
Why this recipe works
- It's easy to make. Dessert recipes are sometimes complicated, but this one is a cinch! You only need 2 easy-to-find ingredients and it doesn’t require any fancy equipment. If you've ever wanted to learn how to make chocolate covered nuts at home, this recipe is for you!
- It’s a no-bake recipe. No oven needed at all!
- No thermometer required. I think I love this the most about this recipe - you don’t need a candy thermometer!
- It stores well. Great in the refrigerator or freezer!
- It’s healthy. A nutritious snack for everyone!
- It’s customizable. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled!
- It would make a perfect edible gift. You can put them in a nice little jar or bag with a ribbon!
What do these chocolate covered pecans taste like?
These chocolate pecans are sweet, crunchy and nutty. The toasted pecans have an amazing flavor which pairs well with the chocolate.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PECANS
Pecans are high in antioxidants and are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. They’re also good for the digestive system.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS RECIPE
Ingredients for chocolate covered pecans
Chocolate: I use a high-quality dark semi-sweet baking chocolate with 54% cocoa solids. I think it’s the perfect kind of chocolate for melting.
Pecans: I use raw, organic pecan halves.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED PECANS
Toast the pecans in a dry skillet. This really brings out the flavor even more!
Toasting the pecans really brings out their unique flavor and makes them more aromatic!
Melt the chocolate. You can melt it in a bowl over a pot of just simmering water (a double boiler) or in the microwave. The microwave is faster. Just make sure you use a microwave safe bowl and heat it on high in 20 second intervals, stirring between each increment. Repeat until the chocolate has melted.
Coat the pecans in the chocolate. I prefer dipping 2 or 3 at a time. This takes a bit longer, but it really makes the pecans look nicer since there’s the same amount of chocolate on each nut.
Make sure each nut is generously coated in chocolate before removing. I use 1 or 2 forks to remove the pecan and let any excess chocolate drip off before placing it on the parchment paper. Make sure to tap the fork against the side of the bowl.
Place all the pecans in a single layer. Repeat to coat all the pecans and then let the chocolate set for about an hour. If you’re in a hurry, you can put them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
I like to keep them in a jar with a lid in a cool dark environment, like the cupboard. They’ll last for about 2 weeks. They’ll last longer, though, if you store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or in the freezer.
After the chocolate has set, put the baking sheet in the freezer. After the pecans have frozen, take them off the parchment paper and place them in freezer bags.
ADD-INS & VARIATIONS
Chocolate and pecans are great together, but they’re not the only way to enjoy this delicious treat!
Here are a few more ideas:
- Add a pinch of ground nutmeg and cinnamon for a spicy flavor.
- Before dipping the pecans, stir a tablespoon or 2 of your favorite liquor into the melted chocolate! Amaretto would be so good. For a Greek flavor, add some Ouzo! Ouzo and chocolate are phenomenal together! If you like the combination, check out this Ouzo-spiked chocolate orange cake!
- Of course, you can make this recipe with other nuts. Walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, almonds and even pistachios would be great!
- Use different kinds of chocolate, like milk or white chocolate. Depending on what kind of chocolate you have, you could add some coconut oil to help make the chocolate a bit smoother when you melt it.
- For a salty sweet flavor, you can add some flaky sea salt or pink Himalayan salt on top before the chocolate sets.
- Add some dried fruit or raisins on top before the chocolate sets.
- Instead of individual pecans, you could make chocolate pecan clusters! Just use a teaspoon or a tablespoon to drop small heaps onto the parchment paper.
- When the chocolate has set, you can drizzle them with some melted white chocolate.
- Add crushed pretzels on top!
- Make them colorful by adding some sprinkles on top!
For a Vegan Option
You can use your favorite dairy free or vegan chocolate that’s ideal for melting.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- For me, toasting the pecans in a skillet is really quick and convenient, but you could roast them in the oven for about 5 minutes. Just make sure to toss them every 3 minutes so they don’t burn.
- Coat the pecans generously in the chocolate. That way you’ll get a nice, thick chocolate coating all over.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Store them in a covered jar at room temperature for about 2 weeks. If you live in a hot climate, store them in the refrigerator or freezer for about 3 weeks.
Semi-sweet baking chocolate is my go to! I think it's perfect for melting and dipping and it makes a really nice coat! Try and look for chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 50%. Couverture chocolate is also excellent for this recipe. I have also successfully made this with baking chocolate sweetened with stevia! You could also use zero sugar baking chips or chocolate melting wafers! You can also try milk chocolate, instead.
I honestly think they are! Pecans are a superfood and dark chocolate has a lot of antioxidants, so to me, these chocolate dipped pecans are healthy! In addition, this recipe doesn’t have any added sugar, butter or cream, making it healthier than other snacks.
Yes! I actually really love these chocolate covered pecans frozen. They can be stored in the freezer for about 3 weeks.
HOW TO SERVE CHOCOLATE COVERED PECANS
This chocolate covered nut recipe is so versatile! The pecans are great on their own as a snack, but here are a few other ways to enjoy them:
- Decorate cakes or cupcakes or chop them and add them to the batter!
- Add some over vanilla ice cream , strawberry ice cream or Greek yogurt.
- Put them in a pretty dessert box or glass bowls and serve them with coffee or tea.
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Let me know how these Chocolate Covered Pecans turn out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
Chocolate Covered Pecans
- 40 pecan halves (about 2.3oz / 65g)
- 4.4oz (125g) semi-sweet baking chocolate, finely chopped
- Line a tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Toast the pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant and a bit darker in color, about 3- 5 minutes. Stir frequently because they can burn very quickly!
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of just simmering water (a double boiler) or in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl on high in 20 second intervals, stirring between each increment. Repeat until the chocolate has melted.
- Drop 3 pecan halves in the chocolate and coat them well on all sides.
- Use 1 or 2 forks to remove the pecans. Let any excess chocolate drip off by tapping the fork against the side of the bowl. Then place them on the parchment paper in a single layer.
- Repeat with the remaining pecans. Let the chocolate set for about an hour. If you’re in a hurry, you can put them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.