Gluten Free Boozy Pecan Bars

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GLUTEN-FREE-PECAN-BARS

For those of you who love pecan pie for Thanksgiving – you’re going to love these  Gluten Free Boozy Pecan Bars!  That taste every bit as good as pecan pie – only they’re made with all healthy ingredients. This flaky crust is made out of almond flour, coconut oil and a wee bit of Jack Daniels, and it’ll remind you of a shortbread cookie.  The sweet center is made out of dates, pure maple syrup, pecans, eggs ….and a wee bit of Jack Daniels.  

GLUTEN-FREE-PECAN-BARS

My mom especially loves these easy pecan bars because she never met a nut she didn’t love!  She prefers that her desserts come with nuts – and the more the merrier!  You can pull a batch of these  Gluten Free Boozy Pecan Bars together in 30 minutes.  They’re quick, easy and completely addicting.  I cut this batch into bite-sized pieces, but feel free to crop them into larger pieces and serve with a scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt when they’re right out of the oven.  Pure bliss!

Please note….the booze in these Gluten-Free Boozy Pecan Bars is totally optional.  Don’t like the flavor of bourbon….feel free to omit it.  These are still the bomb!!

~ Deb

Gluten Free Pecan Bars

Yield: 1 dozen pieces

Ingredients:

For the Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
      For the Filling
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dates (about five dates), pitted
  • 1/2 chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

 
For the Crust
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix ingredients in a medium sized bowl until combined.
  3. Line a 8x8 square baking dish with unbleached parchment paper.
  4. Press crust mixture into the baking pan and bake for 10 minutes or until the crust starts to brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.
For the Center
  1. Using a stand mixer, add the dates and maple syrup and blend until the dates start to form into a paste.
  2. Add the eggs and and whisk for about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan.
  4. Add the coconut oil, bourbon and pure vanilla extra.  Cook over medium to low heat for about 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened. Turn off the heat and allow filling to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Pour filling mixture over the crust and decorate with the pecans.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.

One Response to “Gluten Free Boozy Pecan Bars”

  1. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen — November 24, 2015 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    Love the bourbon in these bars Deborah! Perfect little holiday treat! Thanks for sharing!

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