Fortunately, these pecan pie squares are easy to whip up even if you aren't feeling entirely well. I actually planned to title them 'fruity pecan squares' as it seemed unlikely they would actually taste of pecan pie - and yet, somehow, they do. With a simple, whole food ingredient list they make for excellent snacking.
The topping for these is made from mixed dried fruit - the type that comes with multiple fruit varieties in the one bag. Mine had roughly equal parts of dried pears, dried apricots and prunes. I imagine different mixes would work just as well, with associated variations in flavour profile..
The only small downside to these is that after a few days stored in the fridge (and I think they do need to go in the fridge), the base softens and loses its initial biscuit-y texture. However, the squares still taste delicious and if the change in texture bothers you, take it as an excuse to eat these quickly!
Pecan pie squares
A delicious, whole food, no bake twist on pecan pie
Makes 12 squares
Food processor required
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
For the base
1 cup pecan nuts
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup dates
For the topping
1 cup mixed dried fruit (approximately equal parts dried pears, dried apricots and dried prunes)
1 tsp mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice), or 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg and cloves
Line a loaf tin or small square tin with non-stick paper and set aside.
Combine the base ingredients in your food processor and process until crumbly and starting to stick together. Transfer to your prepared tin and press down firmly.
Combine the topping ingredients in your food processor and process until smooth but thick. Spoon over the base and distribute evenly across the tin.
Chill in the refrigerator for 4 or so hours before cutting into squares.
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.
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