These healthy mini pecan pies are the perfect treat for the holidays. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and made into individual portions!
Are you ready for the cutest little pecan pies ever?
I’ve always big a huge fan of mini foods. Individual portions are always so much more fun to eat, share and enjoy with friends. Also, let’s be honest, they’re just so cute!
With Thanksgiving coming up soon I thought it would be the perfect time to share this recipe for healthy mini pecan pies. I’ve already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving back in October, but I can never get enough of Fall recipes, so I was, of course, excited about Thanksgiving recipe creation round 2!
Pecan pie is definitely one of the first foods that come to my mind when I think of Thanksgiving. Of course, there’s always pumpkin pie and apple pie, but I think pecan has got to be my personal favourite!
This recipe gives the traditional pecan pie a healthy makeover that is vegan and gluten-free. The crusts are made with oats and pecans, and the filling with dates, so they’re naturally sweetened!
I’m feeling really thankful this Thanksgiving season, getting ready to leave on a 3 week trip this Friday that I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time!
This Friday I’ll be escaping the cold and heading to the Maldives and Sri Lanka!
I’m so excited to explore and discover new foods and cuisines and bring back new cooking inspiration. I’ll be sharing some of my experiences in some posts to come in the next few weeks too!
But for now, let’s get to these mini pecan pies!
A few notes on this recipe:
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. (I’m all about those useful food hacks!)
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!)
Related post: sweet and salty maple pecan granola
- For the filling, if you can’t get your hands on Medjool dates, you can substitute with regular dates instead. Just soak them in warm water for 5 minutes and then drain so they become nice and moist. This will help them blend up into a smooth and creamy caramel filling!
These healthy mini pecan pies are:
- Gluten-free (*make sure to use gluten-free oats!)
- Refined sugar-free
- Use wholesome and healthy ingredients
These are the healthiest and most delicious little pecan pies you will ever eat!
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 6 tbsp almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- pecans to top
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a food processor, pulse the oats, pecans, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt together until combined.
- Scoop a spoon of the mixture into a mini tart pan (2-3 inches diameter) and press down firmly with your hands.
- Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool.
- In a food processor or high-speed blender, mix together the dates, almond milk, vanilla and salt until creamy and smooth.
- Use a knife to spread some of the caramel filling onto each pie.
- Top each pie with a pecan.
Use vegan butter (melted) or vegetable oil if you prefer to coconut oil
Store in an airtight container for up to one week
If you need more Thanksgiving inspiration try this salted caramel apple galette!
Keywords: Healthy pecan pie recipe, vegan pecan pie
Tips & suggestions:
- Use vegan butter (melted) or vegetable oil if you prefer to coconut oil
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week
- If you need more Thanksgiving inspiration, try this salted caramel apple galette!
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