17 Dec 2011

pecan bars


So. I know this blog is supposed to be centered around RAW vegan foods, but I cannot resist my addiction to baking. I've always loved baking. Now I just love vegan baking! =)
Plus, with the holidays and all, there's really no way I'm not gonna be making all sorts of delicious and semi-healthy baked goods for family and friends.

Who doesn't want a vegan pecan bar made with love and coconut oil? I have yet to meet such a person.

As you may have guessed, today I'm sharing a pecan bar recipe. I made them yesterday and everyone says they're amazing! As a bonus, they're pretty good for ya too! 

They're all whole wheat, and there's not a lot of sugar at all, but they taste as good as (or better!) than any old cream-, egg- and sugar-loaded bar.
They can EASILY be sugar-free, but I currently don't have any honey, agave or maple syrup.


Decadent Disappearing Pecan Bars: makes 9-16 bars

2 cups whole wheat flour
3 Tb raw sugar (or other less refined sugar/sweetener)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil/olive oil or both
Pinch of salt
Water, as needed

1/4 - 1/3 raw sugar (or other)
1/4 cup coconut oil/olive oil
1-2 t vanilla extract
2 Tb ground flax seeds
1 t arrowroot powder
3 Tb nut milk
1 1/2 - 2 cups roughly chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients from first list until it's like shortbread dough. Press into bottom of 9X9 baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, until it's brown around edges. 
While it's cooling, heat sugar and oil together over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, stirring often. Let it cool down a bit.
In another bowl, mix flaxseed, vanilla, arrowroot powder and nut milk together. Add to sugar/oil mixture. Stir together and add chopped pecans. Pour this onto the bottom shortbread layer and refrigerate for an hour or so, til the caramel hardens a bit. 
Cut into squares and enjoy!