These vegan maple pecan bars are the ultimate sweet treat for autumn and are ready in just an hour! Perfect for an anytime treat, Thanksgiving dessert, or holiday potluck.

Vegan Maple Pecan Bars on sheet

Guys, these maple pecan bars are out of this world good and are the perfect way to kick off your fall baking. 

Think of these as a shortbread-y crust topped with a big batch of quick caramel and a healthy dose of pecans folded in. The brown sugar in these bars gives off a caramel taste to both the crust and topping, while coconut cream is mixed into the topping to make everything creamy and dreamy. True fall baking heaven!

Vegan Maple Pecan Bars from the side

How to make pecan bars

These are SUPER easy and come together in a snap! Honestly, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool so you can dig in.

First step is to make the crust! You’re going to stir together the flours, sugar, salt and olive oil. Olive oil is used in this pecan bar recipe because it has a very light and neutral taste, without overpowering the brown sugar and pecans.

Next, you’re going to bake the crust and make the filling. While the crust bakes, melt together olive oil, maple syrup, and brown sugar to make a super quick caramel. The caramel is going to bubble and simmer for a bit to thicken up the mixture before adding the pecans.

To bring the rest of the maple pecan bar filling together after the caramel has simmered, stir in the coconut cream and pecans, to make the mixture thick and creamy. After the filling is done and the crust has partially baked, top the crust with the filling and bake for 20-25 more minutes.

The last step is the hardest and that’s letting them cool! Think of these kind of like a pecan pie, where the bars are best cooled after baking. So good!

PRO TIP: After the pecan bars have finished baking, don’t be tempted to dig into them before cooling! The filling is boiling hot at this point and will burn the crap out of your hand/tongue/all of the above. Not that I’m speaking from experience!

cup of pecans

One last note, the first time I made the base for these, I tried out using teff flour instead of all purpose flour because I still had some leftover from making these brownies. It ended up not working out so well and kind of resembled sand, so I’m going to continue to leave the gluten-free baking to my more talented GF friends from now on.

Also, I know it’s tempting to skip the whole lining the pan with parchment paper step, but especially because of the caramel topping, I would highly recommend saving your sanity by going ahead and doing it. I missed one small spot on my batch and I soaked the pan for a couple days before it actually scrubbed off. All that to say, the maple pecan bars are worth it, without a doubt!

Vegan Maple Pecan Bars close up

How to store pecan bars

I would recommend storing maple pecan bars in a covered, sealed container at room temperature for up to a week. They will hold just fine at room temperature and don’t need to be refrigerated.

Can pecan bars be frozen?

Yes! The beauty of this vegan pecan bar recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and frozen. If you decide to go the frozen route, bake the bars as instructed, let them cool completely, and then cut into squares and freeze in a container or sealed bag.

When you’re ready to thaw the pecan bars, remove from the freezer and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

How to tell when pecan bars are done

Pecan bars are a little more difficult to tell when they’re done! The filling is going to be thickened and won’t move too much when you jiggle the pan. I wouldn’t recommend touching the filling to see if it’s done (because it’s going to be HOT caramel) but shake the pan to see if the filling is still very runny or fairly set.

More vegan dessert recipes:

3-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Apple and Peach Jam Pie Bars

Caramel Vegan Apple Crisp with Streusel Topping

Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Toasted Hazelnut Crust

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust

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Vegan Maple Pecan Bars- Are you ready for the perfect fall dessert? Vegan Maple Pecan Bars are the ultimate sweet treat for autumn!

Vegan Maple Pecan Bars

  • Author: Abby Thompson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These vegan maple pecan bars are the ultimate sweet treat for autumn and are ready in just an hour! Perfect for an anytime treat, Thanksgiving dessert, or holiday potluck.


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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

For the filling:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream or coconut milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and then grease the paper lining. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, brown sugar, salt, and olive oil. Stir until everything starts to come together into a dough. Transfer the dough to the lined and greased pan. Press into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until crust is firm when touched.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the olive oil, maple syrup and brown sugar. Stir the mixture together until combined and sugar is dissolved. Keep over heat until the mixture comes to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat after boiling and stir in the coconut cream and pecans. Stir together until cream has dissolved and pecans are mixed in. Pour the filling over the crust and spread it evenly and all the way to the edges.
  4. Bake until filling is bubbling and set, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting (will take about an hour).


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 288
  • Sugar: 24
  • Sodium: 7
  • Fat: 30
  • Carbohydrates: 35
  • Protein: 3

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