This keto pecan pie recipe turns a traditional pecan pie into low carb bars. This simple low carb dessert makes a great addition to your holiday table.
It’s a recipe your whole family will love … and may even fight over. Every year, my mom and husband argue over who didn’t get their fair share since this is such a coveted dessert in our house 😂
A Perfect Keto Treat Year Round
While you may reserve pecan pie recipes for the holiday season, keto dessert recipes can be used on mornings you crave high carb favorites for breakfast. They can help you ditch sugar filled doughnuts and other non-keto sweet treats, like coffee cake.
While I’d never recommend eating the whole pie for breakfast, a slice of your favorite holiday desserts can cut through sugar cravings that arise on a keto diet.
Before you read about how to make this easy keto dessert, plus all of the tips that can make following keto easier for you, I wanted to let you know this blog does contain affiliate links. When you click through, I receive a small commission. I also do my best to link to the same resources that helped me lose 100 pounds with a keto lifestyle. Definitely click through those links so the info can help you too!
Sweeteners Used in Keto Pecan Pie Bars
This keto pecan pie tastes similar to the real thing. The best way to make dessert recipes keto friendly is to avoid less than keto ingredients like corn syrup, regular sugar, and brown sugar. I even teach our students to skip added keto friendly sweeteners whenever possible. When it comes to sticking to a keto diet with ease, the best sweetener is no sweetener.
You can learn more about the real reason I quit keto sweeteners for good, but let me give a quick synopsis. I think it’s a good idea to get a good pecan pie sweetness more from everyday ingredients. This recipe uses vanilla extract, maple extract or maple flavor, and yes, even a touch of blackstrap molasses to add a touch of sweetness. (Cue the keto police)
Which Is Better for Keto: Artificial Sweeteners or Small Amounts of Real Sugar?
Wait, is vanilla extract keto friendly? And what about the maple extract?? Yep – completely keto legal!
Now you may be thinking, “Is blackstrap molasses keto friendly?” Nope!
Blackstrap molasses is not keto friendly when used in larger portions. However, when you use 1/4 of a teaspoon in a recipe that serves 16, most keto dieters can get away with it. You should be just fine since that small amount of molasses adds around 1g net carb to the entire low carb keto pecan pie recipe.
With that said, a small amount of molasses may not be sweet enough for you. If you’re new to reducing artificial sweeteners in keto recipes, the answer is not to add more molasses. If your palate hasn’t adjusted to less sweet keto sweets, pick up this free keto sweetener guide.
The guide shows you the better keto sweeteners, like stevia, monk fruit sweetener, or even a monk fruit allulose blend. Since each sweetener on the list has varying effects on blood sugar, you’ll have to test which works best for you.
The guide doesn’t mention sugar alcohols like Sukrin Gold or Brown Swerve. Most people don’t digest sugar alcohols well, which doesn’t make them a great keto option. If you want to be a big ball of crampy gas for the rest of the day – be my guest. If you’d rather enjoy your keto desserts gas free, keep to a touch of blackstrap molasses in your low carb pecan pie recipe instead.
How to Make Keto Pecan Pie Bars
The Low Carb Pecan Pie Crust
For the keto pie crust, I use an almond flour pie crust recipe. You can search Pinterest for coconut flour pie crusts if almond flour isn’t your jam. Don’t feel married to almond flour if you don’t love the flavor … or worse yet, you’re allergic.
Before you blend the ingredients together, preheat the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Then line a baking pan with parchment paper. You can also use a pie pan if you choose not to cut these into bars. This recipe makes for a delicious pecan pie.
Once blended, flatten the mixture into the parchment paper lined pan. Press into the pan until the bottom of the crust is nice and flat. Then cook for 12 – 14 minutes to allow the crust to solidify.
The Low Carb Pecan Pie Filling
While the crust is baking, mix together the pie filling.
When it comes to the filling, you have a choice. You can either use heavy whipping cream or coconut milk as the base. If dairy stalls your keto diet results, then full fat coconut milk is a great option. If you choose to use heavy cream instead, just thin it out with a little water before adding to the filling mixture. The net carbs remain similar either way, so make the best choice for you.
Add the rest of the pie filling ingredients into a small saucepan, except the pecans. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Stir with a whisk on occasion. Once the mixture comes to a gentle boil, reduce to low heat. Allow the pie filling to simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until you get it to a nice gooey texture.
Mix in the Pecans
While the filling simmers, prepare the pecans. You can start with whole pecans or pecan halves. Use a nut chopper to easily turn them into chopped pecans. While this tool works perfectly for this easy keto recipe, I previously used the back of a measuring cup and cutting board to crush pecans. The tool makes the process easier, so I recommend picking one up if you chop nuts often.
Once the pie filling is thick, remove the saucepan from the heat. Mix in half of the chopped pecans. Allow the filling to cool.
When the crust is ready, remove from the oven and allow it to cool before adding the pie filling.
Once everything is cool, pour the pie filling over the crust. Flatten it with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining chopped pecans on top. Bake the pecan pie bars for another 15 minutes.
Allow the Keto Pecan Pie Bars to Cool
Once the timer dings, remove the bars. Allow them to come to room temperature. Then store them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. If you skip this step, you’ll end up cutting into a messy, sticky texture kind of crust. The pecan pie bars need time to harden in the fridge.
Once those 30 minutes are up, cut into the crust and serve.Keep leftovers fresh in an airtight container. You may be tempted to wrap this keto dessert in aluminum foil or plastic wrap on a pie plate, but that won’t cut it . Don’t cut corners so your bars remain fresh.
Keto Pecan Pie Recipe Wrap Up
These delicious keto pecan pie bars are just as delicious for holiday desserts as they are as an occasional keto treat. Keeping the sweeteners low can help you keep this recipe in your keto meal plan more often.
Don’t forget to add this nearly sugar free pecan pie recipe to your favorite keto desserts Pinterest board. I promise you’ll be sad if you lose it, especially if your favorite type of pie is pecan!
If you do love keto pecan desserts, don’t miss this keto butter pecan ice cream. It’s a simple mason jar keto ice cream that doesn’t have added sugar alcohols, like many keto ice creams do. Another keto pecan favorite are these maple pecan fat bombs. They’re a simple way to get more healthy fats into your keto diet. Getting enough healthy fats is essential for keto diet success!
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Keto Pecan Pie Recipe
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Keto Pecan Pie Bars
This delicious low carb pecan pie bar recipe is great for holidays … or pretty much anytime of year.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
- Yield: Recipe Serves 16 1x
- Category: Keto Dessert Recipes
- Method: Oven and Stove Top
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb
- Diet: Diabetic
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp arrowroot powder
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp maple extract
- 1/4 tsp blackstrap molasses
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper
- In a medium mixing bowl, blend the crust ingredients together with a hand mixer.
- Once combined, press fat into the lined baking pan. Cook for 12-14 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, mix together all of the filling ingredients except the pecans in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring with a whisk often.
- Once at a gentle boil, turn the heat down and allow the filling to simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
- Remove from the heat and add half of the chopped pecans. Stir to combine and then set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, pour the filling on top of the crust. Flatten with a spatula and sprinkle the remaining pecans over the pie bars.
- Place in the over for 15 minutes. Then remove and allow the bars to come to room temperature.
- Once cooled, place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Then cut into bars and serve.
- Serving Size: Serves 16
- Calories: 180.2
- Sugar: 1
- Fat: 17.4
- Saturated Fat: 5.5
- Carbohydrates: 4.3
- Fiber: 2.2
- Protein: 3.6
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