These ooey-gooey peanut butter pecan pie brownies taste like a decadent treat, but they are made with good for you ingredients! Add them to your holiday dessert line up.
What’s your favorite holiday dessert? If you love pecan pie, brownies or anything with peanut butter, this is the treat for you.
Traditional pecan pie is made with lots of sugar, butter, and corn syrup. To get that super sweet and caramel-y flavor we love about pecan pie, we used Medjool dates instead! Besides the dates for sweetener, there is only 1/2 cup of brown sugar in the entire recipe. But nobody will be able to tell!
How to make peanut butter pecan pie brownies
There are a few steps involved in this recipe, but they are all easy and pretty foolproof!
First, mix together the brownie layer ingredients.
Puree Medjool dates in a food processor until completely smooth.
Mix date paste with pecans.
Pour brownie batter into a baking pan, then pour the date paste/pecan mixture on top.
Bake, let cool or refrigerate, then slice into squares.
Recipe notes for peanut butter pecan pie brownies
Brownie batter will be quite thick, and not pourable like traditional brownies. Use your hands or a rubber spatula to spread the batter into an even layer.
Soaking the dates in hot water an important step. It softens the dates so they blend easier, and gives us the sweetened liquid which we use as an ingredient.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the pecans for sprinkling on top if you like the visual appeal of whole pecans.
Use creamy, natural peanut butter for this recipe, because we need the runny texture. The only ingredients will be peanuts and sometimes salt.