No Bake Vegan Pecan Pie Bites (Paleo, V, GF): a 5 ingredient recipe for deliciously fruit-sweetened no bake bites bursting with pecan pie flavors. Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free.
Happy Thursday! Around these parts, we call Thursday the Day That Is Almost the Weekend. Or, the Day Where We Give Our Last Big Go and Then Promise to Stop Using Sentence Case Because It’s Kind of Hard to Type. Actually. 😉
Anywho, Thursday means we’re that much closer to the weekend. And Thursday is kind of the day where we get all rambly and start losing track of our thoughts… and totally forgetting about our no bake vegan pecan pie bites and such. So that probably means it’s in all of our best interests to call off the rest of the week. What do you think?
But before we all frolic off to the beach—okaaaaay, not the beach, maybe the mall or for a brisk hike??—let’s talk pecans! If you were here last Thursday, you might’ve seen a pecan or two (or A LOT more than that). We were celebrating the true meaning of holidays—EATING—I mean, being grateful for stuff and junk, with double chocolate pecan brownies. Yes, they are as good as they sound. IMO, even better. 😉
Well, when I got to whipping up those brownies, I got to snacking on all of the delicious pecans. Do you have a thing for pecans? I really, really do. 🙂 Can you tell I’m in the mood for song and dance? <– This is what the impending weekend does to me.
The thing is, pecans are so, sooooooo good. Even when you eat them just as is, they taste like they’re coated in coconut sugar, or brown sugar or maple syrup—basically coated in all of the delightful sweet-tooth-craving things. I spent years trying to convince Erik as such.
And guess what? I did it!!! Yay!!! Did I tell you? He totally used to loathe (yes, loathe) any sort of nuts in his dessert (I know). He just didn’t think it was right. I quickly dispelled him of that notion. And by quickly, I mean it only took 7 years and 6 months plus 29 days of convincing. He’s a tough nut to crack. Ironically.
Or is it fittingly?
Anywho, Erik absolutely LOVED the double chocolate pecan brownies. After he ate one, or perhaps even three, he started jumping around the house and spouting off a bajillion ideas for what I should make next. Of course, all of his ideas were the very epitome of pragmatism. Think: quadruple chocolate pecan pie tower made up of 200 mini pecan pies with chocolate filling, plus chocolate topping, chocolate shavings and chocolate shell.
I don’t even know where the shell was supposed to go, but that’s “neither here nor there” according to Erik.
There were a lot of other perfectly reasonable ideas involving pecan floats (not ice cream, but parade), pecan layer cakes shaped into one large pecan that would somehow also be floating, anti-gravity style, and an entire pecan shortbread village made up of pecan people with pecan hats.
No floating there for some reason.
And as I nodded along and assured Erik that yes, one day those ideas might be feasible when I multiplied into seven more people (possibly all wearing pecan hats), for now, I’d like to do something simpler. He wasn’t too pumped about the idea of putting off his awesome pecan ideas, but he understood. Ish.
Meanwhile, on the “less” practical side (according to Erik), I wanted to create a recipe that had all the flavors of pecan pie while also being super duper easy to make. Et voilà: No Bake Vegan Pecan Pie Bites. Yes, I totally understand that some of you may be disappointed by the fact that these no bake bites don’t include any floating elements whatsoever.
Feel free to join Erik’s support group—he’ll be creating a signup sheet as soon as he stops bouncing off the walls.
As for those of you who could care less about floating elements in a recipe, I know you’ll just love that these pecan pie bites are made with so few ingredients. They’re incredibly tasty—sweet, lightly salty and over-the-top satisfying, with lovely bits of pecans in every bite. And, if you’re in the mood for some warm, delicious, pie-shaped pie (!!), you have to try this Cranberry Maple Apple Crumb Pie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. So many fantastic fall flavors! Be sure to swap the butter for dairy-free butter to make it vegan.
Anywho, allow me to tell you all about these dessert-inspired bites. My No Bake Vegan Pecan Pie Bites are:
- made with just 5 ingredients
- paleo, vegan, gluten free and dairy free
- 100% fruit-sweetened
- bursting with pecan pie goodness
- packed with 1 ½ cups of pecans
- perfectly sweet and lightly salty
- made with feel-good ingredients
- plant-based and allergy-friendly
- protein-packed and perfect for an energy-boost
- great as a dessert or as a snack
- seriously the best pecan pie bites you’ll ever have
And until Erik releases his signup sheet, and until I somehow manage to make him that entire pecan shortbread village made up of pecan people with pecan hats, let’s all enjoy this crazy good treat. Also, while you’re at it, you’ve got to check out my crazy-talented friend Erin’s Vegan Key Lime Pie on Texanerin. Can you believe it’s paleo too? ????
P.S. Do you love that this is fruit-sweetened only? I’ve been thinking about whipping up treats like this for a long time now (plus my friend Natalie is such as genius with them), and I think this is a great start. I truly hope you love them as much as my family and I do. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
In the meantime, tell me, what are you favorite ways to enjoy pecans?
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
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- 5-8 Medjool dates, pitted (heaping ½ cup, packed)
- ½ cup unsalted, natural almond butter
- 1 ½ cups unsalted, roasted pecan halves, divided
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Add dates and almond butter to a food processor. Blend until you get a somewhat cohesive, sticky and crumbly mixture, like chunks of wet sand. This will take about a minute. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
- Add in 1 cup pecans, vanilla and salt. Blend until the pecans are fully-incorporated and you get a soft, crumbly mixture. It’s ready when you can pinch the mixture between your fingers and it holds together.*
- Add in remaining ½ cup pecans. Pulse a few times until incorporated and pecans are chopped, with medium-small pieces still visible.
- Pour this mixture into a medium bowl. Press down on the mixture until it's tightly packed and resembles dough.
- Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands. Roll and press into balls. I made about 15 bites. Enjoy! Storing notes below.
- Storage notes: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.
- Storing in the refrigerator: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
- Fall recipes (v, gf, df): pumpkin bread, double chocolate pecan brownies, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
- More No Bake Bites (all V, GF, DF): cranberry coconut, pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough (paleo), peanut butter coconut, peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough.
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