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The finished bars stack on top of each other with other bars in the background and pecans scattered around them.

Vegan Pecan Pie Bars

These Vegan Pecan Pie Bars are truly delectable. With a buttery shortbread crust and date pecan filling. This healthier take on a classic dessert will be a hit amongst vegans and non vegans alike!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 9 servings

Ingredients
 

Filling

  • 1 cup pitted dates packed
  • cup coconut cream
  • 1 ¼ cup chopped pecans

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 stick vegan butter (softened to room temperature)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease or line a 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • To a medium sized bowl add your flour, salt and powdered sugar. Stir until incorporated together.
  • Now cut the softened butter into the flour mixture with a fork. The mixture should look crumbly.
  • Now press your crust evenly into your prepared pan. I use my hands for this process although you could use a rubber spatula if you wish.
  • Place into the oven and allow the crust to bake for 10-13 minutes until very lightly golden brown.
  • While your crust is baking make your filling.
  • To a food processor add your dates and coconut cream. Process until smooth and creamy and until there are no longer any thick date chunks.
  • Add your date mixture to a medium sized bowl. Add your chopped pecans and mix until well incorporated.
  • Once your crust is done take your date mixture and evenly spread it on top of your crust.
  • Place your bars into the oven and bake for 10-13 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown and the date mixture looks set (no longer wet).
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before handling.
  • Once cooled take the bars out of the pan and cut them into 9 equal squares. If making them for a party you could also cut them into smaller more bite sized pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Coconut Cream can vary depending on your can. At times there will be a very thick layer at the top separated leaving a thin liquid below. If this is how your coconut cream is you can simply scoop out the thick layer. If not simply mix the coconut cream together while still in the can before measuring it out. 
  • Make sure to remove the pits from your dates if you did not buy pitted dates. 

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 33IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
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