Gluten Free Vegan Pecan Squares

Gluten Free Vegan Pecan Squares

Gluten Free Vegan Pecan Squares

My husband’s typical reaction to my idea of anything vegan has been to grimace and turn his nose up.  So I decided to look for a “clean” vegan recipe for a healthy dessert which not only would kill my craving for something sweet and be nutritious but also show my husband one more area where he should always listen to me. :)

As usual Mr Google was helpful in finding ideas including a vegan site that had a recipe which looked interesting but it had far too many processed ingredients and wasn’t gluten free.  However it did give me an idea for my own.  All these ingredients are natural and unprocessed and the end result was, according to my husband, “Hey that’s pretty good!”

Almost all of the ingredients below, with the exception of the arrowroot flour and oat flour, are available at Costco.

Gluten Free Vegan Pecan Squares
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

Ingredients
Ingredients List #1
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • Pinch of salt
Ingredients List #2
  • 2 tablespoons Kirkland real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kirkland pure vanilla
  • 1 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot flour
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1 cup chopped Kirkland pecans

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all ingredients from the first list until it has the consistency of shortbread dough, adding some water if it’s too dry.
  3. Line the bottom of an 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper and then spread the dough out in the bottom, pressing to the sides. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Once done and while it’s cooling, heat the Kirkland maple syrup, palm sugar and coconut oil together from the second list over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, stirring often. Let it cool down a bit.
  5. In another bowl, mix the flax seed, Kirkland vanilla, arrowroot flour and almond milk together.
  6. Add to the maple syrup mixture and stir together, then add the chopped Kirkland pecans.
  7. Pour this onto the bottom shortbread layer and refrigerate for an hour or so, until the top layer hardens a bit.

 

This recipe makes a relatively small amount of squares.  When making more this is where the Costco product savings makes a big difference, especially on the pecans which are typically very expensive in the supermarket.