7 Ingredient No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

7 Ingredient No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

You are just 7 ingredients away from a delicious, soft, chewy and healthy pecan pie in bar form.

These pecan pie bars are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, no-bake, only 7 ingredients, 15 minutes to prep and contain a special superfood!

I've mentioned before about my great, great love for pecans and them being my favorite nut of all. If you haven't tried my Roasted Pecan Butter or Pecan Pie Crostini, then you are seriously missing out. Also, the greatest crust I've ever made was in my Bloody Mary Swirl Cheesecake. I used a 50/50 combo of pecans and almonds, syrup and salt (a key ingredient!) and it was the best crust ever. Simple and so delicious and even my family was raving over that crust...and the cheesecake, in case you were wondering.

Back to these bars. I loved pecan pie growing up, but it is just so full of ingredients I try to avoid now, so a healthy bar was in order. These are perfect for a snack or a quick addition to breakfast. They have healthy fats from the pecans, as well as a decent amount of protein. They are also filling because of the oats.

These bars are extra special because they are enhanced by a delicious superfood, that is a natural sweetener from the deserts of Arizona, called mesquite.

The wonderful people over at Vivapura contacted me to try it and give my review. I decided to go one step further and create a delicious recipe with it. Because it has a wonderful, sweet flavor, I didn't need to add much more liquid sweetener to my bars. You may have heard of it before. It tastes similar to lucuma, but I found it to be a little sweeter to me, which my sweet tooth loved. It has an earthy taste with caramel undertones. Update: they are no longer selling this mesquite powder, so you can purchase mesquite powder at the link below within my recipe.

 

These pecan pie bars take just minutes to prepare. Just 7 ingredients, blend them up, press into a pan and chill. That is it.

Subtly sweet, chewy, soft and perfectly accented with chocolate chips.

Here is my lovely model showing you how perfect of a gift they make too!

Please make these 7 Ingredient No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars and come back and leave me feedback on here. Each time you guys make a recipe of mine and leave me feedback, it makes my day. Also, tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 and make sure to use hashtag #thevegan8, so I don’t miss any notifications.

7 Ingredient No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

Yields 7 bars

These Vegan Pecan Pie bars only take minutes to prepare and are a much healthier, but delicious way to get your pecan pie fix. They are soft, chewy, moist and addicting!

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 overflowing cups (176 g) raw pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup (48 g) gluten-free oats (make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons mesquite powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (do not omit)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (45 mL) (or you can use agave)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons ()mini dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
  • Note
  • If you are celiac, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats. I use Bob's Red Mill. Some people still cannot tolerate GF oats, so that is something only you would know or need to take precaution with. If you can't have oats, you can try buckwheat groats or maybe even quinoa flakes but I am not sure of the exact result of flavor/texture, as I haven't tried it.

Instructions

  1. Add the pecans, oats, mesquite powder and salt to a food processor and process just until powdery, but still with some pieces, about 10 seconds. (See above photo)
  2. Add the syrup, vanilla and chocolate chips and pulse until large clumps form and the mixture holds when pressed together with your fingers. (See above photo)
  3. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Alternatively, you can double the batch and use an 8x8 pan. Just make sure to use a 9x5 and not a 10x5 if following the above measurements, as the 10x5 will be too large. Press the mixture into the pan, spreading out evenly to the corners. I used the back of my spoon to smooth it flat and press down flat and hard. Overlap the paper and press down really hard. Place in the freezer for about an hour before slicing. Slice into 7 bars and wrap individually in plastic wrap and they will hold their shape best that way. Keep stored either in the fridge or freezer, as they will soften some at room temperature.
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35 Comments

  1. Learn something new every day, the only use I knew of for mesquite was chips you put in with your coals for smoking/grilling. Had no idea it’s sweet. Those bars look so healthy and I love pecans too!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks Suzanne! Yes, I was really suprised how sweet it is…super yummy!! I love the flavor it gave to the bars.

  2. Brandi, I’ve been on a granola-bar-making kick lately and these bars whoop my bars buts! They look delicious (gotta love the pecan pie flavour) and incredibly healthy. I’ve never heard of mesquite powder. I’ll keep my eye out for them!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I was so pleasantly suprised at how sweet and molasses/caramel tasting it is! YUM!

  3. Wooowowwowo these look PERFECT.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thanks girl!

  4. Wow, they look beautiful! Mesquite being a superfood too, I’m sure these are healthy and filling, making every bit of the money spent on the powder worth it. Just a question though: Does the nutrition quality of a superfood deteriorate with heat/baking? Is that why you make this raw?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Apsara! Thank you so much! Yes, superfoods are typically a “superfood” because all of the nutrients and vitamins remain in tact in their raw state, whereas cooking/heating them kills some, not all, but some so that the benefit is not as great. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t cook it, because I most certainly will use some for baking, because it is still a great superfood. I actually wanted a raw dessert, specifically, for this mesquite but I also love raw desserts because they are incredibly easy, fast and the taste is more prominent that way. They are sweeter that way. If they were to be cooked, they would definitely need more sweetener 🙂

  5. I always thought of trying Vivapura when I watch Heather’s videos @sweetlyraw They look like fabulously healthy products. And Olivia certainly does present them well 😉 I bet she’d love to gobble up that whole stack in her cute little hands! I know I would.
    Great review.

  6. I’ve never heard of Mesquite before, but it sounds awesome! Your bars look great too and I love how portable they are!

  7. These bars look so absolutely delicious! 😀
    Need to try them!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Easy and fast and delicious Uru, you won’t regret it!

  8. Still hot as blue blazes here, so cranking the oven is not appealing – yet I’m feeling that eagerness for fall – so these are the solution :-)!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m a sucker for punishment because I use my oven daily, lol! But I love the raw desserts because they are soooo easy and fast!

  9. Another delicious snack…that was awesome….of course i double the recipe….

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay! Thank you Elilta! I’m so glad you loved them, thanks for the feedback!

  10. Stunning photos, Brandi!These bars look delicious with mesquite powder and chocolate chips! Yummy!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are so sweet Rika, thank you so much! I was trying some different angles and lighting…it is so fun! xo

  11. These look fab! Some of the ingredients surprised me but it all works so well. Pretty darn healthy too!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks Cindy…these were gone in about 10 minutes if that tells you anything, haha!

  12. What a great way to enjoy the wonderful flavor of pecan pie without all those “other” ingredients. These look so fun! And your model did a fabulous job! 😉

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Luci! I agree…much healthy but still SO delish! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  13. Don’t know how I missed this post??! These look super super scrummy.I can’t imagine anyone not liking pecans, they taste like heaven on earth to me.
    I’ve heard a lot about Vivapura through Heather of Sweetly Raw and their products sound excellent quality.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I know right? Pecans are soooo amazingly, delicious and buttery, they complete me, haha!

  14. Hey Brandi! I’m hoping to make these soon, and I was wondering what I could use to substitute the oats? Thank you! 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So sorry Melissa! I somehow missed this comment, but I know from your photo on Instagram that you made these and loved them, so thank you so much!!

  15. This is BY FAR my favorite blog! I’ve learned so much and it’s given me the confidence to nourish myself and family with the best raw ingredients God’s blessed this earth with. Thank you!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I don’t know I missed this comment, but wow, thank you so much for such a wonderful thing to say! So glad my blog is helping you so much!!

  16. I just discovered this recipe and we are now on our 3rd batch. I first made them without the mesquite powder (substituted coconut sugar) and they were great–a little “juicy” but tasted amazing. I then ordered the mesquite powder online and love them this way too. Wow! They are a perfect treat.

    Thank you so much. This will definitely stay on our always-have-ready list!

  17. I found my bag of mesquite the other day and was wondering what I would make with it. This is the first time I have ever bought it. Then I found this recipe and made the bars – WOW!!! so YUMMY!!!!! and so easy !! Will be making these again , for sure. My bag of mesquite will not last very long!!

  18. I <3 pecans ! This is the first time I have tried mesquite powder. These bars are dead easy and a taste sensation ! Kids and adults love them. I made these in a flash while the lentil loaf was baking. BIIIIG hit !!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m so very happy to hear that Carolyn! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! Glad to hear about the loaf, too! Yay!

  19. I have no mesquite flour. Because there’s such a small amount in this recipe, can I substitute something else for it?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Nancy, sorry for the late response! You can use lucuma powder, that has a similar taste and texture. That helps with the flavor, but if you don’t have that either, then I would use coconut sugar instead. Lucuma and mesquite are both sweet, so that is why I recommend the coconut sugar for it’s deep sweetness. It’s not a flour consistency like lucuma or mesquite, so if necessary, add just a touch more oat flour if needed to get the right consistency. Let me know if you try them!

  20. That’s an expert answer to an intteesring question

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