Gluten Free Pecan Bars

Thanksgiving would not be complete without some sort of pecan dessert. These Gluten Free Pecan Bars are a fun take on a traditional pecan pie. This handheld treat is just what you need to get into the festive mood this Thanksgiving. These bars are also perfect to bring to any desert exchanges over the holidays.

The crust for these bars are made with Homefree Vanilla Mini Cookies. These cookies are delicious and are free from the top 14 food allergies. To make the crust of these bars is crushing the cookies in a sealed plastic bag until fine crumbs. Then in a medium bowl you combine the melted butter and the cookie crumbs until it resembles wet sand. Then you press the mixture in the bottom of the baking pan to make the crust and bake for 10 minutes.

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Gluten Free Pecan Bars

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 530kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 10 oz (2 boxes) Homefree Vanilla Mini Cookies
  • ¼ cup melted butter (or dairy-free alternative for a vegan option)
  • For the Pecan Filling:
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted butter (or dairy-free alternative)
  • 2 large eggs (or flax eggs for a vegan option*)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher or fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8x8-inch (20x20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides for easy removal.
  • In a food processor or by placing the Homefree Vanilla Mini Cookies in a sealed plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin, finely crush the cookies until you have fine crumbs.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine 2 cups finely crushed cookies and ¼ cup of melted butter. Mix until the mixture resembles wet sand. Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan to create the crust.
  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set it aside while you prepare the pecan filling.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the chopped pecans, brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, eggs (or flax eggs if using), vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour the pecan filling over the pre-baked crust, spreading it out evenly.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the pecan filling is set and slightly golden brown on top.
  • Once done, remove the pecan bars from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Using the parchment paper overhang, carefully lift the pecan bars out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Let them cool completely.
  • Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut the bars into squares or rectangles.

Notes

*To make a flax egg, mix 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal with 5 tablespoons of water. Allow it to sit for a few minutes until it thickens and becomes gel-like, then use it as a substitute for the eggs in this recipe.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 311mg13%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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