Dirty Chai Spiced Pecans

If you need a fun party snack with minimal fuss for the holidays, give these dirty chai spiced pecans a try. You can easily customize the nuts and spices based on your favorite seasonal flavors!

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers, Snacks


  • 1 Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Add espresso powder through salt to a small bowl and mix well with a fork (try to get rid of any large lumps).
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until frothy (see photo for reference).
  5. Add the pecans to the egg white and toss to coat evenly; then add vanilla extract and spice mixture and mix until well combined. 
  6. Spread coated pecans in one even layer on the sheet pan and roast for 30 minutes (stirring halfway through) until browned and fragrant. These will crisp up as they cool. Once you can handle them, break apart any clumps and store in an airtight container for up to one week. 



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Keywords: dirty chai, spiced pecans, spiced nuts, holiday appetizers, party food, dairy free, gluten free