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Vegan Pecan Pie Bars (Gluten Free option)

Sweetened with maple syrup and brown sugar, and baked atop a buttery shortbread crust, these pecan pie bars are the ultimate way to eat a classic dessert with your hands!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 52 minutes
Course Dessert, Lunch Box, Snack
Servings 16 bars


Shortbread Crust Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free flour can sub all-purpose if desired. This links to my favorite store bought gluten free flour blend that works best with all of my recipes, or see "Ingredients Needed" section for further info.
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar *if you want a sugar free option, this links to my favorite sweetener, you can substitute it 1:1 in place of regular granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp vegan butter cold from the fridge
  • ¼ tsp salt

Pecan Filling Ingredients

  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cups pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. If you want to use a 9x13 pan simply double all the ingredient amounts.
  • Combine all the shortbread crust ingredients into a bowl.  Mix either by hand or with a pastry cutter until fully combined.  The consistency will resemble crumbs, or wet sand. 
  • Cover the bottom of the pan with the shortbread crust dough and press firmly and as evenly as possible across the pan.  Bake for 12 minutes.  
  • While the crust is baking, measure out your pecans into a large bowl.  Add all the rest of the Pecan Mixture ingredients – NOT the pecans themselves – into a small pot or pan.  Combine together on medium heat until brought to a boil, usually just a few minutes, then pour the mixture over the pecans.
  • Add the pecan mixture on top of the pre-baked shortbread crust, and put all back in the oven for 30 minutes.  Let cool for at least an hour before removing from the pan and cutting into 9 or 16 bars.
  • Eat and enjoy!



Total amount: 16 bars
Serving size: 1 bar
Per serving amounts:
  • Calories - 183
  • Grams of fat - 12.2
  • Grams of carbs - 16.6
  • Grams of protein - 1.3
Keyword gluten free, pecan pie, pecan pie bars, shortbread, shortbread crust, thanksgiving, thanksgiving desserts, vegan
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