Pecan pie is a traditional holiday dessert, especially here in the South. While I love a good pie, sometimes it’s nice to capture the essence of a pie without having to fuss with rolling out dough or wait an hour for it to finish cooking.
My solution — turning pecan pie into pecan pie squares!
These babies are easy to make and easy to transport and serve at a holiday party!
I let some non-Paleo friends try these out and one commented, “Mmm, these taste like pecan pie” before she knew the title of the treat. Success! I also let my family try a few test batches and they practically inhaled them, so these should be a crowd pleaser no matter what kind of holiday gathering you’re headed to — or if you simply want a treat to enjoy for yourself!
Traditional pecan pie is full of sugar and the (even worse) evil corn syrup, but these are sweetened with dates, coconut sugar and maple syrup to achieve a healthy sweet treat that doesn’t go overboard. Neither the crust nor the filling is overly sweet, but combined the effect is just right. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 4 tablespoons grassfed butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 6 dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons grassfed butter, melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the dry ingredients for the crust in a food processor and pulse briefly to blend. Add wet ingredients and pulse until well blended. The mixture will begin to form a ball.
- Press dough into an 8x8 pan. Use a spatula to smooth and distribute the dough evenly.
- Bake crust for 20 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
- Meanwhile, add the dates to the food processor and pulse until it begins to form a paste or a ball of processed dates. Add eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut flour and pulse until blended. Slowly pour in grassfed butter or coconut oil and pulse until well blended. Stir in chopped pecans.
- When the crust is ready, remove from the oven and pour the filling on top and spread evenly. Return to oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the filling is set.
- Makes 9 large or 16 small squares.