Monday, September 12, 2011

Vegan Pecan Pie Bars

Okay, if you prepare these like the recipe says and allow them to cool, they make these tasty little Pecan Pie numbers.  But, if you can't wait and eat a scoop while it's still warm, oh my how you have a delicious mess on your plate.

Yep, they really are vegan, gluten free, and still free of refined sugar and grains. 

For some variations on the theme, the Recipe Renovator posted these using chocolate and smoked salt.  And for a review of the vegan cookie cookbook, "Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar", visit MittenMachen.  She talks about the difficulties of eating both gluten free and vegan. 

Vegan Pecan Pie Bars
serves 16

2 C blanched almond flour
6 T grapeseed oil
1/4 C honey or agave (to be super vegan)
1/4 tsp salt

Pecan Pie Topping:
1 1/2 C chopped pecans, toasted
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 C grapeseed oil
1/4 C honey or agave
1/4 C palm sugar
1 T vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350
Mix all of the ingredients for the shortbread
Press into a square glass baking dish, Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden
While the shortbread bakes, prepare the topping
Gently toast the chopped pecans over medium low heat, stirring frequently 5-8 minutes
Sprinkle the toasted pecans with the salt
Remove from pan and set aside
In the same pan over medium to medium high heat, mix the grapeseed oil, honey or agave and vanilla extract.
Bring the mixture to a boil and add the pecans
Gently pour over the shortbread once it has baked
Evenly sprinkle the palm sugar over the top and return to the oven for 2 minutes just to warm it up.
Cool and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour so the bars can set up
Slice into 16 squares


Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator said...

Hey Mollie, thanks so much for the link! These look AMAzing! I will definitely try these. :)

Brittney Grisolia said...

can i use coconut oil instead of grapeseed

Mollie Frances said...

Hi Brittney,

Yes, I think you can substitute coconut oil. I plan on making these soon and I'll try it with coconut oil- I think it may add a slight flavor to the cookies bars, but if you're used to coconut oil it shouldn't be a problem.

Sorry about the trouble with the comments!

Amy J. said...

Hi, I want to make this but I don't have grapeseed oil.. I was thinking of using Earth Balance for the crust instead of oil to get a buttery taste.. But do you think it would work out?

Mollie Mahon said...

Hi Amy,
I'm sorry I'm not experienced with earth balance but if you can bake with it, I'm sure it would taste good. You could also sub another light oil like canola. Let me know how it turns out!