Pecan pie is a Thanksgiving staple, no? Well, I’m giving it my own spin using my standard protein bite method that incorporates dates to sweeten it naturally without any processed/refined sugars.
Oh and as a side note, this Georgia Grinders pecan butter is so addicting. You’ve been warned.
To be honest, I’m not sure I even knew pecan butter existed until coming across this brand.
But, I’m so glad I found it.
The texture of it is super silky, and is def up there as far as my favorite nut butters go.
Scatterbrained Blaire is back, and wanted to note that Pecan Pie would always remind me of my Uncle Dave.
He wasn’t part of the family by blood, but as an employee for our family company for over 62 years, I’d think he earned his stripes as an honorary Wikoff. He had a heart of gold, and the spirit of a young kid even as he got into his 80’s. Uncle Dave would always make sure to send home chocolate chip cookies and brownies with my Dad for us kids, and would always greet us with the biggest smile any time we visited the office. AND, when he came for Thanksgiving one year, he brought the most decadent pecan pie from Delicious Orchards (the place I discussed here). So, with the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to dedicate these bad boys to Uncle Dave.
These Pecan Pie protein bites are the perfect treat that you can serve alongside all the other pies at the dessert table.
All the flavor of pecan pie without 1) having to turn on your oven and 2) not all the processed and refined sugars that go along with it.
- 8 Trader Joe’s Medjool Dates, soaked in hot water for 15 min to soften them up – Please note that the pit needs to be removed prior to soaking.
- 3/4 cup Almond flour
- 1/4 cup Georgia Grinders Pecan butter
- 1/4 cup Raw pecans
- 1/3 cup Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen – You can also sub in more almond flour if you don’t have this on hand.
Pulse the dates and pecan butter together in a Food Processor until combined
Add in the remaining (dry) ingredients and pulse that mixture until a paste forms.
Optional Stick the dough in the fridge for about 15 min to make it easier to roll into balls (or just dig right in if you have no self-control like myself).
I then rolled mine in pecans and unsweetened coconut and topped some with sea salt. Get creative with those toppings!
Store these cuties in the fridge or freezer for the perfect on the go treat.
- Don’t want to use gelatin? Just add more almond flour.
- The consistency of the “dough” will vary depending on how much water is left in the dates after soaking. If it is too sticky, add more almond flour. If it is too dry, add some honey or more pecan butter.
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