50 Ways to Enjoy Arizona Pecans

By Jennifer Restuccio a recent ASU Nutrition Student

Arizona has some of the best fruits and nuts in the world. Dates, pecans, pistachios, and lemons are all coveted Arizona exports. In 2018 alone Arizona’s pecan production was worth over 52,170,000 dollars and 17,000 acres were used for harvesting pecans.

Pecans are a holiday favorite, but there is so much more than just pecan pie. If you have some pecans on hand and you’re feeling creative, here are some delicious recipes that break the mold.

If you aren’t a fan of pecans, let me remind you that they are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Pecans are also high in vitamin E, vitamin A, folic acid, iron, and magnesium. Give one of these recipes a try and I guarantee you will fall in love with the rich nutty flavor of pecans.

Scientific evidence even suggests that eating a handful of nuts a day helps lower cholesterol and can reduce the risk of developing heart disease as if you needed even more reasons to incorporate pecans into your diet.

Here are 50 unique recipes that will make you see pecans in a whole new light!


  1. Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves
  2. Pecan Rice
  3. Slow Cooker Candied Nuts
  4. Grape Pecan Chicken Salad
  5. Carrot Pecan Cake
  6. Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball
  7. Just Like LongHorn’s Strawberry Pecan Salad
  8. Pecan Tassies
  9. Pecan Raisin Bread
  10. Green Beans with Candied Pecans
  11. Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating
  12. Pecan Snowball Cookies
  13. Apple Pecan Cobbler
  14. Prickly Pear Pecan Bars
  15. Papaya Pecan Streusel Cake
  16. Maple Pecan Granola
  17. Millionaire Pie
  18. Baked Blueberry Pecan French Toast
  19. Southern Pecan Pie Coffee Cake
  20. Turtle Candy with Pecans and Caramel
  21. Cranberry Apple Pie with Pecan Shortbread Crust
  22. Pecan Meringue Cookies
  23. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Pecans and Maple Syrup
  24. Homemade Basil Pecan Pesto
  25. Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin
  26. Mama’s Sausage Pecan Balls
  27. Spaghetti and Pecan Meatballs
  28. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  29. Lentil Pea and Potato Curry
  30. Pecan Sweet Potato Bake
  31. Easy Banana Pecan Bread
  32. Pecan Chicken Casserole
  33. Chili Pecans
  34. Pan-Roasted Steak Pasta with Pecans
  35. Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad
  36. Chai Spiced Blackberry Muffins with Pecan Oat Streusel
  37. Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
  38. Pecan Smoked Chicken Wings
  39. Pecan Jam
  40. Louisiana Pecan Bacon Bread
  41. Apricot Pecan Cornbread Stuffing
  42. Oatmeal Pecan Muffins
  43. Pecan Crusted Tuna Steak
  44. Pumpkin Pecan Frozen Yogurt
  45. Berry-Pecan Cheesecake Bars (Keto)
  46. Wheat Berry Salad with Pecans and Craisins
  47. Clean Eating Butternut Pecan Quinoa Salad
  48. Candied Pecan Pear Salad with Pomegranates
  49. Pecan Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  50. Creamy Lentil and Pecan Cucumber Toppers





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