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.

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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!

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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.
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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.
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Peanut Butter Pecan Pie Brownies (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

Brownie Layer

  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp strong brewed coffee (optional)

Pecan Pie Layer

  • 1 1/4 cups pitted Medjool dates, soaked in hot water
  • 1/2 cup reserved date soaking water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 square baking pan.
  2. Make the brownie layer first. Combine flax meal and warm water in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside for 5 minutes to form a gel like consistency (these are your flax eggs).
  3. Mix together almond flour, cacao powder, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together peanut butter, coffee, and flax eggs.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix together.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and use a rubber spatula or your hands to press down into an even layer. (Remember, the batter will be thick).
  7. Make the pecan pie layer. Add soaked dates, reserved date soaking water, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to a food processor. Blend for 4-5 minutes until completely smooth, and no date chunks remain.
  8. Mix pecans and date paste together.
  9. Pour date/pecan layer over the brownie layer. Spread into an even layer.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with no brownie batter in the center. Also, edges will begin to peel away from the pan when done.
  11. Let cool completely, or place in the fridge, before slicing into 16 squares.

Notes

  • Almond butter is a good sub for peanut butter.
  • Regular eggs should work in place of flax eggs. Please note, I have not tried this myself.

Keywords: pecan pie brownies, vegan, gluten free

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