The classic holiday pecan pie transformed into easy-to-eat bars. Gooey caramelized pecans on top of a nutty crust make this decadent treat impossible not to love.
With the holiday season just a few weeks away, it’s time to start planning that holiday food menu.
For me, that means figuring out which amazing and glorious desserts I get to make for my family this year. Because one thing I know about myself is that food is my love language. ❤️
I get such immense joy out of creating foods and watching people indulge and enjoy. And sitting down and sharing food with my people is what life is all about for me. Who’s with me on this?
Today’s recipe is in honor of my sweet husband, who simply adores pecan pie. I want to take a moment to just appreciate the kind, generous, loving human that he is. I feel so blessed to have a partner in my life who loves and supports me in a way that makes my life better. He sees me and accepts me just the way I am. He shows up for me and our family every day, and I am constantly learning from the way he shows up in the world.
Because I love him dearly, I wanted to create a recipe that would make him smile this holiday season. I’m not really a pie girl, so I decided to do a bar version of the traditional pecan pie. Easier to cut and share. So this one is for you, babe:
I can’t say enough about how these beauties turned out. They got a serious thumbs up from all of my taste testers, including the hubs himself. They will definitely be making it to the holiday table this year.
Here’s the recipe deets:
the crust… is a simple nutty almond flour crust with just a hint of sweetness. Just 3 simple ingredients almond flour, butter (or ghee), and coconut sugar.
the filling… a glorious, ooegy gooey combination of coconut sugar, maple syrup, butter (or ghee), eggs, vanilla, and salt. All poured over crunchy pecans and baked until caramelized.
That’s it. Super simple and easy to put together. No ultra-processed corn syrup or refined sugars. Just some basic real food ingredients that come together to create a seriously decadent, hard-to-resist dessert.
WARNING: I have to disclose that these little bars are dangerous to have around. I ate several while taking these photos and had to give them away so I wouldn’t eat the whole pan. They are really sweet and really tasty- exactly what you want in a holiday dessert.
I prefer to eat them by themselves, but if you’re like my sweet man, you’ll add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and call it GOOD. 😉
I do hope that you get to try these amazing pecan pie bars. Whether you’re having a small dinner party or having a huge celebration with the entire family, these would make a welcomed addition. Seriously, they are so good!
Need other holiday dessert ideas?
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The classic holiday pecan pie transformed into easy-to-eat bars. Gooey caramelized pecans on top of a nutty crust make this decadent treat impossible not to love. Gluten free.
- 1 and 1/2 cups almond flour (I use THIS fine, blanched brand)
- 8 tbsp cold butter or ghee (1 stick), chopped into small pieces
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (I use THIS brand)
- 6 tbsp butter (or ghee)
- 3/4 cups coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups pecan halves, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350’F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper coming up the sides.
- To prepare the crust, in a food processor, pulse together almond flour, cold butter, and coconut sugar until it resembles coarse flour. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until nice and golden on top. Remove from oven.
- While crust is baking, prepare filling by melting 6 tablespoon of butter (ghee) in a small pot. Add coconut sugar, maple syrup, and salt and bring to a simmer for about one minute. Turn off heat. Pour hot mixture into a large glass bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, whisk in vanilla extract and the 3 eggs. Be sure to mix continually so eggs do not cook.
- Stir chopped pecans into mixture and pour over pre-baked crust. Return to oven and bake for 25 minutes until nice and caramelized and center is starting to set. It will still be slightly giggly.
- Cool for one hour then place into fridge to set even more. Bars are easier to cut when cold. Enjoy!
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