These Healthy Mini Pecan Pies are the perfect treat for the holidays. These mini pies are naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free!

a hand holding up a mini pecan pie

How to make pecan pie healthy

With Thanksgiving coming up soon I thought it would be the perfect time to share a healthy pecan pie recipe, in miniature form!

Pecan Pie is one of those delicious Fall desserts we all love. But pecan pie can also be PACKED with sugar and not so good for you ingredients.

So if you’re looking for an alternative and want pecan pie that is not only healthy but also easy to make, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, this is it! Also be sure to check out these healthy pecan pie bars!

The trick to making these pecan pies healthy, is using an oat-based crust and creating a “caramel” from medjool dates.

This also takes out all the stress from having to make actual pie crust. For this recipe, the crust is just made by blending a few ingredients together in a food processor.

How to make this recipe

Start by blending the crust ingredients together in a food processor. You want the mixture to still have a bit of texture to it, but stick together between your fingers.

Next spoon some of the mixture into mini tart pans and press down to fill the bottom of the pan. Then pop them in the oven.

mini tart pans with pecan crust in them

While the crusts bake, make the date caramel by blending the ingredients together in a food processor. Then scoop a spoonful of the caramel onto each tart. Top with a pecan.

mini pecan pie topped with date caramel and a pecan

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • You can make the crust and filling for these healthy mini pecan pies in advance and then put them together right before serving. This can help you save time in your preparation.
  • You can use mini tart pans like these or these.
  • If you don’t have tart pans, you can also use a muffin pan with muffin liners and just press the batter into the bottoms of each mold.
  • Make sure to use Medjool dates in this recipe for best results. Regular dates won’t blend as well and turn into caramel.
  • If you’d like to make this recipe entirely grain-free, you can substitute almonds in place of the oats. Simply grind up the almonds into an almond meal and use them in place of the oats. You can also substitute any sticky sweetener for maple syrup. (Though maple syrup and pecans are a match made in heaven if you ask me!)

More healthy desserts to try

mini pecan pies topped with a pecan on a white marble board

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Healthy Mini Pecan Pies

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 mini pies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These Healthy Mini Pecan Pies are easy to make, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free!


Scale

Ingredients

Pie Crust

Caramel Filling


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the oats, pecans, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt together until combined.
  3. Scoop a spoon of the mixture into a mini tart pan (2-3 inches diameter)  and press down firmly with your hands.
  4. Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  5. In a food processor or high-speed blender, mix together the dates, almond milk, vanilla and salt until creamy and smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. 
  6. Use a knife to spread some of the caramel filling onto each pie and top each pie with a pecan. 

Notes

You can make the crust and filling for these healthy mini pecan pies in advance and then put them together right before serving. This can help you save time in your preparation.

You can use mini tart pans like these or these.

If you don’t have tart pans, you can also use a muffin pan with muffin liners and just press the batter into the bottoms of each mold.

Make sure to use Medjool dates in this recipe for best results. Regular dates won’t blend as well and turn into caramel.

If you’d like to make this recipe entirely grain-free, you can substitute almonds in place of the oats. Simply grind up the almonds into an almond meal and use them in place of the oats. You can also substitute any sticky sweetener for maple syrup. (Though maple syrup and pecans are a match made in heaven if you ask me!)


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/16th recipe
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 4g

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