Clean Eating Pecan Pie

by Sherri on June 21, 2014 · 31 comments · Clean Eating, Desserts, Simple Recipes


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Clean Eating Pecan Pie

I’m from the South and holiday get-together’s were never without a Pecan Pie present.  I absolutely could not wait to dig in when I saw it.   And I loved every minute of devouring all that corn syrup and sugar.

But now that I have been eating more clean, I hesitate when I see one.  It’s sad.  Really sad I’m telling you.  I won’t say that I have gone without completely but the little fork full I do taste just isn’t enough to satisfy a pecan pie lovin’ girl like me.

So, my research began, there has to be a way to made a clean eating version of Pecan Pie.  So I scoured the internet for ideas but there was still a lot of brown sugar being used.

Then I thought about dates! They are so naturally sweet.  And they have kind of a pecan pie kind of texture when I pulse them in the food processor making my homemade Lara Bars. I am SO happy with how this recipe turned out! I could literally eat the entire thing. Had some for breakfast this morning actually. It’s actually like one big ole’ Lara bar on a yummy crust.   Oh my!

INGREDIENTS

For the crust: (Recipe from Elena’s Pantry)

2 cups almond flour (I use Red Mill Almond Meal Flour)

2 TBSP coconut oil

1 egg

For the filling

2 cups pecans

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp nutmeg

12 medjool dates (remove pits and soak in water for 1-4  hours)

2 TBSP coconut oil

1/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS

**For the crust:

In a food processor combine the flour, egg and coconut oil.

Once the dough forms, press it into a greased 9 inch pie plate.

Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.

**For the filling

In a food processor, combine the pecans and spices,

Then add the dates, coconut oil and milk.

Once everything is well combined, dump it into a pie shell.

Top it with a few more pecans.

Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

ENJOY!

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Clean Eating Pecan Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • For the crust: (Recipe from Elena’s Pantry)
  • 2 cups almond flour (I use Red Mill Almond Meal Flour)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • For the filling
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 12 medjool dates (remove pits and soak in water for 1-4 hours)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • ¼ cup milk
Directions
  1. **For the crust:
  2. In a food processor combine the flour, egg and coconut oil.
  3. Once the dough forms, press it into a greased 9 inch pie plate.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.
  5. **For the filling
  6. In a food processor, combine the pecans and spices,
  7. Then add the dates, coconut oil and milk.
  8. Once everything is well combined, dump it into a pie shell.
  9. Top it with a few more pecans.
  10. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set
  11. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Pure Grace Farms June 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

Great recipe. I enjoy recipes made with whole foods. This one looks like a keeper. Stopping by from Plucky’s Second thoughts.
Blessings,
Shari

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Jess June 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

My mom loves Pecan Pie…I think she’d really enjoy this!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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Kelly June 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I am excited to try this! I LOVE pecan pie, but I always feel guilty eating it. Thanks for coming up with this clean-eating version! Pinned!

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Kim June 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I saw this on the Titus Tuesday linkup and had to check it out! Pecan Pie is one of my all-time favorites, and I just love how you use real, wholesome ingredients. I’ve only used almond flour a few times, but I adore coconut oil and think that it makes everything taste better. Thanks for sharing! :)

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heidi June 24, 2014 at 5:12 am

The pie looks wonderful, and I love that it has dates in it. I love dates. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Heather June 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

These looks off the hook amazing! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday link party! Pinning! ~ Heather

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Winnie June 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

Beautiful pie!!
My family really loves pecans, and I like your recipe
Definitely worth trying :)

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Elise @frugalfarmwife.com June 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

You have no idea how happy it makes me to see a clean pecan pie recipe!
I’m from the south too, so I know exactly what you’re talking about. Thanks for sharing!

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Cheri June 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

Gonna give it a try. My problem is it sticks to the pan all the way around.. think I need to make a bigger “border” out of the crust! Follow you from My Girlish Whims linky!

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Becca June 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Healthy Tuesday hop, Sherri. :

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Leslie June 26, 2014 at 12:59 am

I am going to have to try that. I am not a huge pecan pie eater, but I would love to bring that to Thanksgiving Dinner. My family would be so impressed..lol

Leslie

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Julie@Sweet and Spicy Monkey June 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

Oh Sherri, I am so glad you found a healthy version of pecan pie!! Like you, this is my favorite pie and I feel guilty eating it too. I can’t wait to try this in the fall. Thanks for sharing ;)

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Made From Pinterest June 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

I love pecan pie with a passion but it is SO rich and sugary. Thanks for the healthier recipe, I’ll have to try it!

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Gentle Joy June 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Pecan pie is so delicious……… and a healthier one is even better. :) Thank you for sharing this.

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Chrystal @ YUM eating June 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Oh gosh. I think you are my new BFF. This is my favorite pie but I hardly ever eat it anymore because of all the junk. I did not think it was possible to make a pecan pie without karo syrup! Thank you. Found you from the Lets Get Real party. I would love for you to link this at my party, too! http://yumeating.com/yuck-stops-13-stoptheyuck/

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Chrystal @ YUM eating July 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Stopping back by to let you know that I am featuring this recipes as my personal pick for Stop The Yuck. It will go live at 8pm EST tonight. Thank you and I hope you will link with us again this week! Be sure to stop by to grab your feature button.

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Sarah | Scrumptiously Skinny June 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I’ve been searching for a pecan pie without karo syrup for what feels like FOREVER! My husband loves pecan pie, so thank you! :)

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Miz Helen June 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Happy Saturday Sherri,
This is a fantastic Pecan Pie, and of course we love Pecan Pie in this party of the country. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

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Stephanie June 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I’m with you on your love for pecan pie! This one looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week

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Tricia June 29, 2014 at 6:46 am

I LOVE pecan pie! Publix makes one at holiday time that is almost worth all the junk that must be in it. It is chocolate pecan pie. Do you think you can add cocoa powder to this recipe? If so, what would you alter? Thank you so much for this; I can’t wait to try it!

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Rach D June 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

This looks AMAZING! Pecan pies are one of my fav treats…now I have something that I can make that is not harmful to my family & I :)
First time visiting your blog from the link up, Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

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Jennifer June 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I love this recipe for clean eating pecan pie (my mom and brother love it) and will be making it for Fourth of July. I would love if you would share a post on my meet up Monday Blog Party. I am doing a Fourth of July cupcake tutorial on Tuesday and I know your post will be an awesome addition! Here is where you can add your post on Monday! http://lifewithjennifer.wordpress.com/

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Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com June 30, 2014 at 1:44 am

I am SO trying this! Pecan pie is one of my favorites but we don’t eat it often, because it’s not usually the greatest for you. This looks like an excellent version to try, that we may be able to have for more than just the holidays! Thanks for sharing your recipe, it will be featured in tonight’s What’d You Do This Weekend. Pinned :-)

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Bill @thewoksoflife June 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Interesting Pecan Pie version and now on my list to try this one!

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Swathi June 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Delicious, who can say gluten free doesn’t taste good. great recipe, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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Nici July 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

This looks delicious! I’m a big fan of pecan pie too. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for linking up to my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope to see you again this week.
Blessings,
Nici

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Robyn July 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

I haven’t had pecan pie in so long for obvious reasons but this looks like a healthy winner! Thanks so much for a great recipe.
Visiting from The Yuck Stops Here. Have a great day.

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Natasha in Oz July 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Wow, your pie looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it at the Say G’Day Saturday linky party! I’ve pinned it and given your post a +1!

Best wishes and happy 4th of July!
Natasha in Oz

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Amy @ItsAMindfulLife July 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I am really excited to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing it!!!

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