You all know that veggies are my thing. But ’tis the season for treats, right? Because life is all about #balance. I made these pecan pie bars with raw salted caramel to help you celebrate the holidays, in (healthy) style. Super delicious, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.Print
Pecan pie bars with raw salted caramel. The perfect, healthy holiday treat. Naturally sweetened, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 3/4 cup raw pecans (plus more for garnish, optional)
- 1 1/4 cups pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Raw Salted Caramel
- 1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup cashews (see notes)
- 1/2 cup coconut cream (from a can of full-fat coconut milk)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Line a small pan or tupperware container with parchment paper.
- Add almonds and pecans to a food processor and blend until finely chopped (but not paste-like). Add the remaining bar ingredients and pulse until the dates are finely chopped and blended and the mixture begins to stick together. This should take a couple of minutes and you may need to scrape the sides with a spatula occasionally.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the parchment lined container and place in the freezer until set.
Raw Salted Caramel
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender (see notes) and blend until very creamy.
- Spread mixture evenly on top of pecan pie base and garnish with raw pecans, if using. Return to freezer and when set, allow to thaw for a couple of minutes and cut into desired shape. Keep the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
Cashews. Simply soak overnight or use the quick soak method above. Discard the soaking liquid before using.
Salted Caramel. The raw salted caramel was made in a high-speed blender. This will make more raw salted caramel than you’ll need. This larger amount is usually needed to get the high speed blender to sufficiently blend until creamy. Use the remaining on pancakes, as a dip for fruit, stir into oatmeal, or spread on toast.
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