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Healthy Pecan Pie Bars (VIDEO)

These easy pecan pie bars are a healthy dessert that the whole family will love! They are made with date caramel, pecans, and a delicious almond shortbread crust. This is not your typical granny pecan pie recipe. Make them today!

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 25 minutesTotal: 45 minutes
Fat 15 Carbs 66 Protein 5
Yield 12 1x

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1.5 cups blanched almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

  • 20 Medjool dates, pitted (soft)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup water*
  • 1 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and lay a piece of parchment paper onto the bottom of an 8×8-inch pan*. Set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients for the crust into a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined. Form the dough into a ball and place into your greased baking pan.
  3. Use your hands or a spatula to evenly spread the dough across the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake at 350ºF for 10-15 minutes or until the crust has slightly browned.
  5. While crust is baking place dates and vanilla into a high powered food processor. Blend until smooth. Add in one tablespoon of water at a time until date mixture turns into a paste and is easily spreadable.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of pecans into the date mixture and pulse in your food processor to break up the pecans.
  7. Once the crust is done cooking remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Do not skip this step.
  8. Next, place date filling over your cooled crust and carefully spread out with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining chopped pecans over the filling.
  9. Place bars in the oven at 350ºF and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely before cutting into small bars.

Tips & Notes

  • The amount of water varies by how juicy your dates are.
  • Cooking time may vary if you use a cake pan vs. a casserole dish. We tested this recipe in both. If you use a metal cake pan, your bake time should be around 10 minutes and with a casserole dish, it should be closer to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 Calories: 383 Sugar: 56 Sodium: 95 Fat: 15 Carbohydrates: 66 Fiber: 8 Protein: 5
Author: Linley RichterCategory: DessertMethod: OvenCuisine: American

Keywords: dessert, pecan pie

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