Paleo Pecan Tarts

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If you love pecan pie, you’ll adore these 7 ingredient paleo pecan tarts. They’re vegan, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, and keto/sugar free friendly. These paleo pecan tarts taste very similar to pecan pie, but they’re easier to make (no pie crust required) and healthier (yet still so delicious and indulgent!).

How can I make these pecan tarts sugar free and keto?

This recipe calls for coconut sugar as the sweetener, but it can be substituted with monk fruit if you want to keep the recipe keto/sugar free.

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What ingredients will I need to make these pecan tarts?

You’ll need just 7 ingredients to make these tarts. Here’s what you will need:

  • almond flour
  • coconut sugar
  • sea salt
  • pecans
  • coconut oil
  • cashew butter
  • vanilla extract
I’m allergic to coconut, what else can I use?

If you’re allergic to coconut you can substitute the coconut oil with vegan or grass fed butter.

Help, I don’t have cashew butter!

No cashew butter on hand? No problem. You can substitute the cashew butter for any other nut butter (though I personally prefer cashew butter in this recipe).

How do I serve these tarts?

I find these tarts are best served chilled, since the coconut oil is hardened and everything holds together better than when they are warm. They are delicious served with some dairy free vanilla ice cream!

Can I turn these pecan tarts into pecan bars?

You can absolutely turn this recipe into pecan bars instead of making individual pecan tarts. To make pecan bars simply bake this recipe in a standard loaf pan instead of using muffin tins. You will want to line the loaf pan with parchment paper before adding the crust to the bottom of the pan. Top the crust with the pecan filling and bake according to the instructions below. If you want to bake the recipe in an 8×8 pan, simply double the recipe and bake everything in an 8×8 baking dish (lined with parchment paper).

Paleo Pecan Tarts

Servings 8
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

For the Filling

  • 1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBS coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBS cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBS water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (if using unsalted cashew butter)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and line 8 muffin tins with aluminum wrappers. Spray them gently with cooking spray.
  • While the oven is preheating, mix together the crust ingredients in a medium sized bowl until smooth.
  • Evenly distribute the crust between the greased muffin tins and then press the crust down with your fingers to create a firm crust layer.
  • Next, prepare the pecan filling: add the coconut sugar, cashew butter, water, vanilla extract, and salt to a small saucepan and heat over low heat. Whisk continually until the mixture begins to bubble then remove from the heat. Stir in the pecans. You can also heat the mixture in the microwave if preferred. Whisk well before heating and heat until bubbly. Then stir in the pecans.
  • Once mixed, evenly distribute the pecan filling between the 8 prepared crusts.
  • Bake the tarts at 350° for 30 minutes.
  • After baking, allow the tarts to cool completely. Once cooled, place the tarts in the fridge to chill for several hours.
  • Once the tarts are chilled, carefully remove them from the aluminum wrappers and serve.
  • Store tarts in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for 2-3 months.

Notes

If you prefer to make pecan bars instead of pecan tarts, simply add the crust to a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Pour the pecan filling over the crust and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.  You can also double the recipe if preferred and bake the pecan bars in an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Diet: Sugar Free Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Keto Friendly, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Paleo
Keyword: Gluten Free Pecan Tarts, Gluten Free Vegan Paleo Pecan Tarts, Paleo Pecan Tarts, Pecan Pie Tarts, Vegan Pecan Tarts

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