Uses for pecans?

NetGNetG Registered Users Posts: 8,116
I need ideas for how to use pecans!

Caveat: my mom is diabetic, so I'm not making anything loaded in sugar.

My stepmother's pecan pie recipe's not convertable because of the corn syrup she makes. Is there a filling which would work with splenda anyone makes?

Ideally I'll make whole wheat pecan pie empanadas and freeze them for individual desserts. I can handle the dough, just not the filling. Help?

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  • PartyHairPartyHair Registered Users Posts: 7,713
    There are all kinds of breads that are good when you throw a handful of pecans in - banana bread, for one, and zucchini bread.

    Don't know if the sugar content would be too high.
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  • aethernaughtaethernaught Registered Users Posts: 25
    Pecans are killer when chopped roughly and added to tuna or chicken salad, both of those are awesome on spinach!
  • CGNYCCGNYC Registered Users Posts: 4,938 Curl Connoisseur
    Does your mom do Splenda? There's a recipe out there for roasted pecans with Splenda that's very good. My husband loves it. I don't have it on me anymore, but I'm sure you could easily find it.
  • journotravelerjournotraveler Registered Users Posts: 2,816
    I love them with oatmeal, blackberries, nutmeg, cinnamon and a little bit of honey or agave.
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 10,904 Curl Connoisseur
    Salad and banana bread were going to be my ideas as well :)

    Butter tarts are awesome with pecans, but not sure if you could find a suitable recipe.

    ETA ~ This filling may work for you..

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  • SpiderSpider Registered Users Posts: 3,381 Curl Neophyte
    Pecan crusted chicken?
    You can grind them and use instead of flour for some things- I tried someone's brownie recipe and it wasn't bad. They also subbed the sugar though and that wasn't as successful


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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Registered Users Posts: 2,385
    I love pecans! I store them in the freezer and get out just what I need. I use them in:

    pesto (instead of pinenuts)
    stuffing chicken breasts (pecans with spinach & cheese)
    ground as a substitute for flour to dredge meat in and bake as well as to make piecrusts (about 1/3 - 1/2 of whatever flour the recipe requires) .
  • kathymackkathymack Registered Users Posts: 9,999 Curl Neophyte
    I do the "candied" pecans using Splenda--the one where you dip the pecans in a mixture of egg whites and spices (cinnamon, allspice and clove for me.) I keep them around and use them to snack. I also do a spinach salad with spinach, bacon, hard boiled egg and the candied chopped pecans. For the dressing I use one of the no sugar raspberry jams with good balsamic vinegar and vegetable oil.
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  • fraufrau Registered Users Posts: 6,130 Curl Neophyte
    string beans with pecans!

    (or was that walnuts....nope, it was pecans)
  • NetGNetG Registered Users Posts: 8,116
    Wow, so many great ideas so far! Thanks!

    Any more anyone comes up with, please add. :) So far you've given me lots of inspiration.

    To answer the one question I remember - yep, she'll eat splenda. It's the only non-sugar I can handle, so what I'd use.

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  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    I wonder if you could use pecans in pesto rather than pine nuts.

    yeah, I see this thread was bumped by a spammer...
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  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    I wonder if you could use pecans in pesto rather than pine nuts.

    yeah, I see this thread was bumped by a spammer...

    Pine nuts aren't required. A lot of people make basil pesto with walnuts or almonds. I don't know that I'd use pecans in a basil pesto, though. You could just make a pecan pesto (I like nut pestos, especially during the fall and winter).
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  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Registered Users Posts: 1,889
    Saria wrote: »
    I wonder if you could use pecans in pesto rather than pine nuts.

    yeah, I see this thread was bumped by a spammer...

    Pine nuts aren't required. A lot of people make basil pesto with walnuts or almonds. I don't know that I'd use pecans in a basil pesto, though. You could just make a pecan pesto (I like nut pestos, especially during the fall and winter).

    Yes, I do this all the time. Especially if I don't have Mediterranean pine nuts.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Registered Users Posts: 15,490 Curl Neophyte
    I'm just here to say it all sounds yummy :) And add that I do the pecans with splenda, egg whites and spices for my father. He is a diabetic, with kidney failure, so this is a perfect snack. No salt to worry about, and the fact that cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar is a great bonus.
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