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Healthy Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie is a fall staple, and pecans are one of our favorite nuts to bake with this time of year. Often times, we enjoy making bars because they are great for groups, especially on Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving. We wanted to create a bar that had a fall vibe while being easy to grab while we are conversing with family. Bars are also convenient, because while you cannot eat pecan pie while holding a glass of wine, you can absolutely enjoy a bar while you cradle a big glass of pinot. We got you. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We still LOVE our Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bars as a holiday dessert staple, but wanted a recipe that really focused on a nuttier flavor. The texture is incredibly chewy yet still has a slight crunch that satisfies the craving for a nut based treat. They are rich in healthy fats, and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar.

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Pecans

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Pecans contain high amounts of Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant. This means that they are fighting harmful free radicals, fighting against infections or cancer, and give your skin a boost, too!
  • Pecans are full of the good kind of fat: monounsaturated fat, which helps reduce heart disease, artery disease, and helps prevent a stroke. They will help decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, which means they will give your heart a healthy boost.
  • Ahhh, sweet, sweet fiber. If you have been reading A Health Hint for a while, you know we love fiber packed foods, and pecans are not the exception to this love affair. They promote colon health, improve regularity, and give your gastrointestinal system a healthy cleanse.
  • Mermaid hair goals? Pecans help increase blood flow throughout the body, directly to the hair roots, so you can expect growth to your hair and a healthier scalp. They are also a good iron source, which will help prevent hair loss, too!
ingredients for pecan pie bars
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Healthy Pecan Pie Bars

Servings: 16
Calories: 300kcal

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Filling

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch (if you don't have this, you can sub with corn starch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° and prepare an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or nonstick baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, make the crust. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt. Mix until well combined. Press crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake crust for 13-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling. In a saucepan, bring coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla to a boil. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture resembles a thick syrup, stirring consistently. Take off heat. 
  • Whisk in arrowroot starch, salt, almond milk and pecans. 
  • Pour mixture over crust and bake in oven for 20-22 minutes.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 16 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300, Total Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 150mg, Total Carbohydrates: 23g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Sugars: 17g, Protein: 5g
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We hope you love these bars! Share what you are making for the holiday in the comments below!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

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