Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie

Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie Recipe

Looking for a new pie to serve this Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal for that matter? Try this delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie recipe!

Chess pie is not new, especially to Southerners, but it may be new to you. And my version puts a new twist on an old classic with the addition of chocolate and pecans.

The thing I love about chess pie is that it can be made with what I refer to as pantry ingredients – sugar, butter, cornmeal, and eggs. And in this version I tossed in other things I tend to have on hand such as cocoa powder, vanilla, and pecans.

This pie is rich and chocolaty, I recommend you start off with a small slice. And then I recommend you have another small slice!

Recipe Notes: You can make your own pie crust following my directions for perfect gluten free pie crust or you can now find frozen gluten free pie crusts in health food stores almost everywhere. I love the mellow sweetness that Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar adds to this pie but if you want to make it refined sugar free, try using coconut palm sugar instead. To make the pie dairy free, use dairy free buttery sticks instead of butter. If you are concerned about using bourbon in this recipe – just leave it out and add another teaspoon of vanilla.

Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie

5 from 2 votes
Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie
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Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • cups Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon - optional
  • 4 large eggs
  • tablespoons gluten free cornmeal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 unbaked gluten free pie crust 9-inch


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat for a few seconds to combine. Add the melted butter and beat on high until combined. Add the vanilla, bourbon, eggs, and cornmeal. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into the pie crust, sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top and bake for 1 hour. Let cool.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. November 20, 2014

    great recipes

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2014

      Thank you Eunice, I’m happy you’re enjoying them.


  2. Tammy
    November 21, 2014

    what can I substitute for the cornmeal?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2014

      Hi Tammy,

      You can use rice flour, gluten-free oat flour or ground oats as a substitution. Of course these replacements aren’t going to give you the same taste as cornmeal but that doesn’t effect the use in baking with them.


      1. Sally
        November 14, 2017

        Hi there,
        Could I use Almond or Coconut flour instead of cornmeal?

        1. Gluten Free & More
          November 15, 2017

          Hi Sally,

          The cornmeal is there mostly for texture, so you could try leaving it out and see how that works. Or, I’ve heard ground gluten-free oats can usually work as a substitute for cornmeal. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture and often needs much more liquid than other types of flours/meals/starches, so I do not recommend that as a substitute. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes.


  3. December 12, 2014

    I’m just a Harry…

    Sitting across from a Sally…

    And wishing I had ordered the Cobb salad (with the dressing on the side), too.

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