hey there, lovely friends! today, i’ve got an INCREDIBLE treat that will satisfy your fall sweet cravings while still keeping things on the lighter side.
Healthier Vegan and Gluten Free Pecan Pie Bars are not only delicious but also packed with wholesome ingredients that will give you the coziest vibes.
whether you’re following a vegan or gluten-free diet, or simply looking for a lightened up indulgence, these bars have got you covered. let’s jump right into this goodness!
now, let’s talk about the star of the show—the top layer. unlike the baked crust, this layer is raw and boasts its natural sweetness from the dates.
it’s a stickly blend of pecans, dates, vanilla extract, cinnamon, almond butter, and a touch of coconut oil. this luscious mixture not only adds a contrast in texture but also, each bite is infused with a rich, nutty sweetness that perfectly complements the crust below.
it’s the ultimate topping that brings this dessert together and it does taste JUST like pecan pie filling.
if you’re looking to substitute oat flour in this recipe, you’re more than welcome to but i have not tried any other versions.
here are some common flour substitutes for oat flour BUT please remember, when substituting flours, the texture and taste of your final product may vary!
all-purpose flour: all-purpose flour is a versatile option for most recipes. it has a neutral flavor and can be used as a 1:1 substitute for oat flour in most cases.
whole wheat flour: whole wheat flour can be used as a substitute for oat flour, although it will add a slightly nuttier flavor.
if you’re not a fan of pecans or have allergies, there are several alternatives you can use in recipes that call for pecans! you just won’t have “pecan pie” bars anymore, but they can still taste delicious.
walnuts: walnuts have a similar texture and flavor profile to pecans, making them an excellent substitute. they can be used in equal amounts as a one-to-one replacement.
almonds: chopped or slivered almonds can provide a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to your dishes, similar to pecans. again, use them as a one-to-one substitute.
cashews: cashews are another versatile nut that can work well in recipes calling for pecans. they have a creamy texture and mild flavor.
hazelnuts: if you’re looking for a richer, slightly earthy flavor, hazelnuts can be a great alternative to pecans. chop or crush them and use them in a one-to-one ratio.
sunflower seeds: for those with nut allergies, sunflower seeds can offer a similar crunch and texture without the nutty flavor. use them as a one-to-one replacement.
pumpkin seeds (pepitas): pepitas can be a unique substitute, adding a slightly different texture and a hint of earthiness to your dishes.
there you have it, y’all, your very own batch of healthier vegan and gluten-free pecan pie bars! these bars are the perfect balance of nutty, sweet, and wholesome goodness, making them an ideal treat for fall.
share them with friends and family or savor them all by yourself!
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Healthier Vegan and Gluten Free Pecan Pie BarsCourse: Bars, Desserts, No Bake
for the crust:
1 cup almond flour
1 and 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup melted miyoko’s butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
for the filling:
8 oz pecans
1 cup dates
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup almond butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
- start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. in a food processor, combine 8 oz of toasted pecans, 1 cup of medjool dates, 2 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/8 cup of almond butter, and 1 tbsp of coconut oil. blend until you have a smooth, sticky filling.
- now, let’s prepare the crust. in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of almond flour, 1 and 1/2 cups of oat flour, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 1/2 cup of melted miyoko’s butter, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. mix everything until you have a dough-like texture.
- take a large bread loaf pan and press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom. bake the crust in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until it turns golden brown and fragrant.
- once the crust is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a bit.
now, it’s time to assemble your pecan pie bars. spread the pecan-date filling evenly over the baked crust.
- place the pan in the fridge for about an hour to allow the bars to set.
after they have chilled and firmed up, remove them from the fridge and slice into bars.