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I don’t usually make desserts with two sticks of butter in them, but when I do…
I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before, but there are just certain recipes that I’m more excited to post than others. This can happen for many different reasons. Maybe I spent more time perfecting them, or they represent a childhood favorite, or they appeal to one of my obsessions (ahem…ice cream…ahem…chocolate), or they’re ultra creative, or they fill a unique need (like E desserts or no special ingredients). Or they’re just so good. Like these pecan bars. Which also happen to be a healthy remake of an old sugary favorite.
As for those two sticks of butter, they’re worth it. These pecan bars taste so amazing. However, you probably don’t want to over-indulge too much by eating thirds…
These bars are amazing, but there is one thing that takes them completely over the top: maple ice cream. My mom made this maple ice cream and chunked up these bars to put in it in place of the (healthy) cookie crumbs the recipe calls for. *swoon*
I bet you could make a half batch of these bars and make them in mini muffin tins as pecan tassies. Of course the baking time would be decreased. If someone tries this idea, let me know how it works!
Have you tried my pecan custard pie yet? It would be perfect for Thanksgiving (as would these bars)!
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 12 T salted butter, melted
- 1 cup Briana's Baking Mix
- ½ cup oat fiber (use gluten free if necessary)
- ⅛ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- ½ tsp. xanthan gum
- 4 eggs
- 4 T salted butter, melted
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp. Grandma's molasses
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 5 T oat fiber (use gluten free if necessary)
- 2½ tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend (or more, to taste - most people will probably want more)
- 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
- Mix the crust ingredients together and press into a greased 9x13 inch glass baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or until the edges get slightly brown.
- While the crust is baking, mix together all the filling ingredients except for the pecans. Stir in the pecans. Pour over the hot crust when it is done baking and return the pan to the oven for 13 more minutes or until the bars are set but still soft.
- Let the bars cool on the counter, then refrigerate until firm. Cut and serve. Yields 15-20 servings.
Click here for Briana’s Baking Mix recipe.
- Oat Fiber
- Xanthan Gum
- Grandma’s Molasses (gluten and nut free)
- Gluten free oat fiber, THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder, and Super Sweet Blend can all be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.