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Healthy Vegan Pecan Bars

Mariela
These healthy vegan pecan bars with a shortbread-style crust are perfect for your holiday feast. These are vegan, refined sugar-free, and loaded with nuts.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars
Calories 268 kcal

Equipment

  • 9x13 inch pan

Ingredients
  

For the Crust:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour you can replace for gluten-free blend
  • 6 tbsp monk fruit or granulated sugar I use Lakanto brand
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan buttery spread or regular butter melted

For the Filling:

  • 3/4 cup monk fruit, brown sugar blend I used Lakanto brand
  • 2/3 cup agave syrup or corn syrup you can replace for maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup vegan buttery spread or regular butter melted and hot
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1.2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups pecan halves roasted

Instructions
 

  • Inside a baking tray bake pecan halves for 8 minutes under 300 degrees. Set aside.

Make the crust:

  • Adjust oven rack to the lowest position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line up a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the melted butter and stir using a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.
  • Using your hands continue to combine until no flour remains and a small portion of dough holds together when squeezed.
  • Evenly spread spoons of dough over your baking pan. Using your fingertips, press and smooth dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

Make the Filling:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, agave syrup, melted butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and well combined.
  • Fold pecan halves into the sugar mixture until the pecans are evenly coated.
  • Pour the pecan mixture over the crust, using a rubber spatula. Spread it working it to the edges and into corners. You will have bare patches and that's okay.
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the topping is evenly distributed and rapidly bubbly across the entire surface.
  • Transfer pan to a wire rack. Let bars cool completely in the pan, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut into 20 to 24 bars and serve.
  • Store bars at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

You can make these bars gluten-free by replacing the flour. Also, you can replace the sweetener for your favorite blend.  
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