March 25th is Pecan Day!

Most people associate pecans in delicious baked goods we don’t always think of as healthy. There’s Pecan Pie and candied pecans but have you ever tried a savory pecan recipe? I’ll get to the recipe in a bit, but here’s some good nutritional reasons to add some pecans to your diet.

First of all, this southern-favorite nut contains oleic acid which is really good for cellular health and helps you absorb minerals. They are good for digestion, are anti-inflammatory, can boost immunity, and have been associated with helping weight loss. There are about 20 reasons to add pecans to your diet. They contain vitamins and minerals including folate, Vitamin E, calcium and magnesium as well as several B vitamins. And, all you need is a little handful.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with parchment.

4 cups pecans halves

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

2 t Gluten Free Worcestershire sauce

1 1/4 t sea salt

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t ground mustard

1/2 t Sriracha, or to taste

1/4 t cayenne pepper, or to taste

Place the pecans in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, GF Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, ground mustard, Sriracha, and cayenne. Pour the butter mixture over the pecans and stir until well combined. Add more Sriracha or cayenne if desired.

Arrange the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes until toasted and lightly browned. Stir halfway through cooking time to prevent burning. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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