Paleo No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

pecan pie bars

 

My kids are always hungry, especially Lance. The medication he has to take for epilepsy literally makes him hungry all. the. time. He’s already gained quite a bit of weight since starting the medication and the doctor said to just make sure that what he’s eating is healthy.

Now we eat pretty healthy around here, but I’ve been relying a lot on unhealthy, processed, gluten free snack foods. I keep fruit around, but it doesn’t last long. In fact, when I come home from the store I now have to hide the fruit and only put out a little a day!

So in an effort to save money and eat less processed foods I’ve been trying to make more homemade, healthy snacks. Last week I made these healthy nutella fudge bites from The Detoxinista and they were a huge hit so I decided to make another batch this week! But when I went for the hazelnuts, the pecans caught my eye and I had the idea to make a pecan pie version.

Let me tell you, they were AWESOME! So awesome in fact, that they were more like a dessert rather than a snack because they tasted just like pecan pie – but without all the work and full of wholesome ingredients! They are perfect to keep around the house for a mid-afternoon snack or to satisfy your sweet tooth :)

Here’s how I made them:

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I started by soaking my dates so they would be nice and soft.

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Then, I processed the pecans until they were very finely ground then added my soaked dates.

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After that, I added the coconut oil, vanilla, pinch of salt, and honey and processed until very well combined.

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Next, I pressed the dough into a parchment lined 8 x 8 inch baking pan. I didn’t want my bars to be too thin so I didn’t spread them the full length of the pan. You could also use a lined baking sheet. Then I just put them in the freezer for an hour to set! That’s it, cinch right?

If you like these, I know you’ll also like my real deal pecan pie, which I used to help me make this recipe and has options to also be paleo compliant!

Here’s easy printable:

 *If you would like your bars to have a crust, use this crust recipe without the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

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No-Bake Pecan Pie Bites
 
These are a quick and easy treat that taste just like pecan pie but without all the work and full of wholesome ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 1 C Pecans, Chopped
  • 1 C Medjool Dates, pitted (I used 9, soak in warm water 15 minutes if hard)
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil, measured in solid form
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 1 Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey

Instructions
  1. In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the pecans until very finely chopped.
  2. Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and honey.
  3. Process until everything is well mixed, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  4. Line a baking pan or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Transfer mixture to the pan and use your hands to press into a rectangle about ½ inch thick.
  6. Place in freezer for 1 hour to set, then cut into squares.

this post is part of Fat Tuesday Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays, Whole Food Fridays, Healing With Food Friday and Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, we LOVE pecans around here! I can’t wait to make these bars tomorrow…I just need to go get more pecans (we always run out at our house!) and these treats will be made asap. Thanks for another amazing recipe Cassidy!

  2. These are kind of like homemade Larabars, but waaaaay cheaper.

  3. Is it ok if I use regular nuts instead of pecans?

    • Hi Miha-

      Regular nuts would probably work texture-wise, but it will definitely change the taste and it probably won’t taste like pecan pie. Peanuts in particular would add a strong peanut butter taste. If you try it let me know how it goes!

      -Cassidy

  4. Hi Cassidy – I am SO thrilled I found your website!! I just (less than a week ago) got my test results back confirming that I need to be on a gluten and dairy-free diet and have been despairing over all the things I can no longer eat : ( But your recipes look awesome and make me excited to cook again! I just tried these pecan bars and not only did I think they were delicious, but my husband and little ones loved them too – total win!!

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jodi!

      A new diagnosis of a gluten and dairy allergy can be hard at first but you’ll find that there are still lots of delicious things you can eat, hang in there!

      I’m glad you and your family liked these :)

      -Cassidy

  5. Wow, these look great. I just linked them up to my post for tomorrow with some last minute links for needed recipes. Thanks for sharing at HEaling with Food Friday.

  6. This recipe had me at “no-bake”!

    These bars look like they’d be perfect to have on the go. The protein in it makes it the perfect post-workout snack as well.

    I recently have been enjoying recipes with dates in it. Not only are they super healthy, but they are also sweet, so I don’t have to add as much extra sugar.

    Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely be giving it a try.

  7. This looks fabulous and I bet it tastes just like pecan pie! Great treat for lunchboxes and on the go! Thank you for sharing this at Healing with Food Friday! Come back again this week – we are LIVE now!
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  8. Ciao. How do yo store them? In the fridge? Thanks

  9. Atticia Bundy says:

    I made these over the weekend and they are DELICIOUS!!!

    • Thank you for leaving such a nice comment, I’m so happy you liked them! We think they are pretty yummy too :)

      xo,
      -Cassidy

  10. These bars are amazing! And super easy to make. I had to have two when I cut them :) It’s great to find a sweet treat after going sugar, egg white, yeast, chocolate, coffee, etc. free over 2 months ago.

  11. Thank you for the nice comment, I’m so happy you liked them – it’s hard to eat just one!

    -Cassidy

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