We've all had that pecan pie craving once in a while. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a way to get that pecan fix without all that baking and waiting? Even better, be healthy and good for you?
Here's my version of the pecan pie made into cute little bites. Made with mixed nut butter, molasses and protein powder, these pecan pie bites make excellent healthy snacks.
Ingredients used to make these pecan pie bites
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- Mixed Nut Butter – I used homemade nut butter that was a combination of almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts. You can easily substitute with almond butter, or even better, pecan butter (for that extra pecan flavor boost!)
- Coconut flour – coconut flour does not substitute well, and I can’t recommend swapping coconut flour with other ingredients unless you absolutely had to (2 Tbsp coconut flour = ½ cup almond flour). Unfortunately, you probably won’t get the same texture or mouthfeel as the original recipe.
- Pecans - a combination of chopped and whole pecans
- Molasses – You can use any liquid sweetners for this recipe, such as honey and maple syrup. For keto options, you could also use this alternative maple syrup. I also put a range on the amount you could use (2-3 Tablespoons) because I personally prefer desserts that aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. Feel free to add more if you find that the batter isn't sweet enough.
- Protein Powder - I used an unsweetened plant-based protein powder.
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Add 1 Tbsp of cocoa power and fold in some chocolate chips
- Add ½ tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice into the batter
- Try maple syrup instead of molasses and add 1 tsp maple extract/flavoring
- Add raisins or dried dates, figs or cranberries
What are some ways you can eat these?
- Cover it in chocolate to make chocolate covered pecan bites
How to Store
Store these protein bites covered at room temperature for up to 48 hours. If you need to store them longer, you can place them in the fridge for up to a week or freeze up to 4 months. Defrost at room temperature.
- Depending on your nut butter you might need to add more coconut flour to firm up the dough. If the dough is too thick, add more nut butter.
- You may need more or less molasses depending on if your protein powder is flavored/sweetened
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- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the nut butter in the microwave for 15-30 seconds until warm and softened.
- Add the molasses, coconut flour and protein powder into the nut butter.
- Add more coconut flour if the mixture seems too soft, and more nut butter if too thick.
- Add the chopped pecans last, and press the mixture into a silicone mold. I used a silicone mini muffin mold.
- Let the protein bites set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before eating