A twist on a classic is something we all enjoy, right? Even better would be a healthy twist on something classic and pertinent to a traditional Thanksgiving meal. My gluten-free pecan pie recipe pleases traditional pecan pie fans as well as those looking to upgrade their eating habits.
Is it even possible to have a gluten-free pecan pie? Of course! I incorporated my easy gluten-free pie crust into this recipe for pecan pie and the filling doesn’t require any flour.
Traditional pecan pie is typically laden with white sugar and corn syrup, both of which have a detrimental impact on your health. Corn syrup is ultra-processed and can come from GMO corn crops while refined sugar has been shown to be highly addictive. Not to mention it is usually served on top of a highly processed white flour with even more sugar and conventional butter.
My gluten-free pecan pie recipe is filled with whole food ingredients. The star ingredient, the pecan, is packed with nutrition including vitamin E, which benefits skin and can boost prostate health in men. Pecans and other nuts help improve LDL cholesterol levels and are packed with magnesium.
Maple syrup is one of my go-to natural sweeteners, and you don’t need that much to make this the best pecan pie recipe that’s out there. I added grass-fed butter to give this pecan pie a rich flavor and texture, and the benefits of grass-fed butter outweigh conventional butter by a ton. Pastured eggs help to bind the pie filling together and provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Vanilla and cinnamon give this easy pecan pie warmth and depth, and perfectly complement the pecans and maple syrup in flavor. Did you know cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels? So it’s a perfect spice to add to desserts, especially this recipe for pecan pie. I didn’t create a chocolate pecan pie, but I did add a melted dark chocolate bar to the topping for extra decadence. This easy pecan pie recipe is a Thanksgiving crowd pleaser!
How to Make Gluten-Free Pecan Pie
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Prepare your gluten-free pie crust and partially bake it for 15 minutes and set aside while you’re preparing the pecan pie filling.
Add chopped pecans, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon to a food processor.
Process the pecan mixture until it is well combined. Remove your pie crust from the oven and fill it with the pecan pie filling.
Next, take pecan halves and cover the filling in lines or circles in a design of your choosing.
Place your pecan pie in the oven and bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick or fork inserted comes out mostly clean. To melt the dark chocolate, place the chocolate in a double boiler or a small saucepan on low heat. Remove your pie from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over your gluten-free pecan pie. Let your pecan pie cool slightly before serving, or even cool it in the refrigerator. This gluten-free pecan pie recipe is so good, it might even rival your grandmother’s southern pecan pie!
Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe
- Gluten Free Pie Crust
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup grass fed butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup whole pecans
- 3 ounce dark chocolate bar, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Prepare pie crust ingredients and par-bake pie crust for 15 minutes.
- While pie crust is baking, add pecans, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon to a food processor.
- Process pecan mixture until well combined.
- Remove pie crust from oven and fill it with pecan mixture.
- Top the pie with whole pecans.
- Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
- In a double boiler or small saucepan, melt dark chocolate bar.
- Remove pie from the oven and begin to let cool. Drizzle the pie with the melted dark chocolate.
- Serve the pie slightly cooled or refrigerate to cool it even more.