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Pecan-Crusted Turkey Tenderloin with Grilled Peach Salsa

Here we top pecan-crusted turkey cutlets with a mildly spicy grilled peach salsa. It's better to prepare your own turkey cutlets from a whole tenderloin than buy them precut. The precut ones often vary in size and shape, leading to different cooking times. You can also use 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts in place of the turkey tenderloin.

» Pecan-Crusted Turkey Tenderloin with Grilled Peach Salsa

Nana’s Creole Pecan Cake Bars

These decadent pecan date bars are a bite-size alternative to holiday pecan pie.

» Nana’s Creole Pecan Cake Bars

Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers

These healthier pecan butter cookies are made with whole-wheat pastry flour and plenty of nuts.

» Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers

Maple Pecan Tart with Dried Cherries

This pecan tart gets added tang from dried cherries. Instead of corn syrup, which is found in most pecan pie recipes, we’ve opted for maple syrup. If you can find it, choose dark amber or grade B, because it has the richest maple flavor. The crust, made with heart-healthy pecans and canola oil, couldn’t be easier to whip together. Just blend it in the food processor and pat it into your tart pan.

» Maple Pecan Tart with Dried Cherries

Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are paired with a quick, creamy ranch dip. If you can’t find coarse breadcrumbs, substitute Grape-Nuts cereal instead.

» Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Ginger Baked Apples with Oats & Pecans

Think of these baked apples as individual apple crisps. Use apples that get nice and soft when they’re cooked. Try serving it with a splash of dark rum and a dollop of fat-free Greek-style yogurt.

» Ginger Baked Apples with Oats & Pecans

Pecan-Berry Coffee Cake

This scrumptious coffee cake recipe has a crumbly pecan topping and is speckled with blueberries or raspberries. You’ll never guess there’s apple in the berry coffee cake: it replaces some of the butter found in most coffee cakes and adds a decidedly sweet taste and moist crumb. This is a great recipe to serve at brunch and can be made the day before.

» Pecan-Berry Coffee Cake


From roasted pecans to pecan cookies, delicious and healthy pecan recipes.

Pecans are a healthy addition to many breads, pecan tarts, pecan cookies and main-course recipes. Our healthy pecan recipes, including roasted pecan recipes, pecan cookie recipes, pecan tart recipes and pecan pie recipes, are delicious ways to add more nuts to your diet. Pecans (19 halves, 193 calories per serving) contain more antioxidants—compounds that sweep up tissue-damaging free radicals—than any other tree nut, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Pecans also provide notable amounts of zinc, a mineral most often found in animal-based foods. Try a healthy pecan tart recipe the next time you entertain or Nana’s Creole Pecan Cake Bars for a delicious afternoon snack.

Healthy Pecan Breakfast Recipes

Dried blueberries give these pancakes a rich blueberry...
Mangos give a standard quick bread a lively flavor jolt.
This scrumptious coffee cake recipe has a crumbly pecan...
Pineapple makes this quick bread moist and flavorful.

Healthy Pecan Cookie Recipes & Bar Recipes

We love the rich chocolate flavor in these chewy cookies...
Granola bars are a snap to make—keep a batch of these on...
These decadent pecan date bars are a bite-size alternative...
These healthier pecan butter cookies are made with whole-...

Healthy Pecan Tart Recipes

Catherine Schumacher used to make hundreds of Christmas...
This pecan tart gets added tang from dried cherries....
Too often pecan pie is overly sweet and laden with fat....

Healthy Pecan Dessert Recipes

Cream cheese and buttermilk are the secrets to these tender...
Here, graham cracker crumbs, dates and nuts are folded into...
Think of these baked apples as individual apple crisps. Use...
A sprinkling of this nutty topping brings a vanilla...
Pecans are ground into a nut butter, which forms the base...
French for “tiles,” these delicate tuiles are so-named...

More Healthy Pecan Recipes

Crunchy, battered catfish fillets have jumped out of the...
A medley of warm spices tempered with a touch of brown...
Rolling goat cheese in dried cranberries and pecans makes a...
Make plenty of these mildly sweet and salty nuts—they are...
Not so long ago, Dover sole meant an overcooked fillet...
This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with a buttery...
Here we top pecan-crusted turkey cutlets with a mildly...
Filled with toasted pecans, vinegar-splashed mushrooms and...
Meaty mushrooms and crunchy pecans make this a satisfying...
These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are...

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