Caramel Pecan Bars

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These Caramel Pecan Bars have all the flavors of a pecan pie but made easier and require no baking. With a delicious crust made of cashews and shredded coconut, and a gooey sweet filling packed with pecans… make for an ultimate treat. As always free from gluten, grains, dairy, and refined sugar!

Caramel Pecan Bars

Course: Dessert, Snack
Author: Healthy Comforts

Ingredients

Ingredients For Crust

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar or honey
  • 1 pinch salt

Ingredients For Caramel Filling

  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 to 1 cup pecan halves

Instructions

Directions For Crust:

  • Line an 8X8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor.
  • Process until a ball forms or when crust sticks together when pinched.
  • Transfer crust to the prepared pan.
  • Using a spatula press crust into the pan.
  • Place in the freezer to set while you make the caramel.

Directions For Caramel Filling:

  • In a small pot, add dates, water, vanilla and maple syrup. Cook over medium-high heat until the dates are soft.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until the dates are soft.
  • Remove from the stove top and allow to cool slightly.
  • Transfer filling to a high speed blender.
  • Blend until smooth, transfer back to the pan or to a bowl and add the chopped pecans.
  • Remove the crust from the freezer and layer the caramel filling over the crust.
  • In a single layer add pecan halves and place back in the freezer to set for at least an hour.

 

Healthy Comforts – A collection of over 150 recipes that are free from gluten, dairy, grains, soy and refined sugar. By Lena Ferrara, C.I. and Melinda Rapallo-Ferrara, MEd.

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