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Healthy Pecan Pie Bars

With the holidays just around the corner, these healthy pecan pie bars are a recipe that’s sure to surprise and delight any guests that stop by for a visit.  These healthy pecan pie bars are buttery, caramelly and super tasty!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • Four the crust:
  • 1 cups flour all purpose, gluten free, or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup whole pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a 9 inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the crust: in a food processor combine flour, cornstarch, brown sugar, butter, baking powder, vanilla extract and salt, pulse until mixture resembles a fine meal.
  • Press the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until the edges of the crust are slightly browned.
  • While the crust makes, make the filling: Combine the syrup and the next 3 ingredients (through 1 tablespoon butter) in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat; add the pecans and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, stirring with a whisk. Pour the mixture into the hot crust. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until the filling is bubbling. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into 20 bars.

Notes

I made these in a 9 x 13 dish for more bars, they'll be thinner.
Recipe adapted from the Cooking that Counts cookbook

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6.2g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g