This gluten-free pecan pie recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for nutrition and healthy eating on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to make my favorite holiday recipes. This pecan pie is a healthier, gluten-free variation of the comforting Southern treat. It will be a real crowd-pleaser at any holiday party. No need to worry about storing leftovers because your guests will happily devour the whole thing.
Mammoth-sized Georgia pecans are the star of this pie. These premium raw pecan halves look stunning atop the classic dessert. I enjoy snacking on different kinds of nuts, although I truly love the unique flavor of pecans. Plus, they’re an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids and phenolic antioxidants. Research suggests that adding pecans to a heart-healthy diet may help lower LDL cholesterol levels. Pecans are also high in fiber, protein, vitamin E and beta-carotene.
For an easy gluten-free crust, I used a mixture of almond flour, coconut oil and honey. Finely blanched almond flour has a similar consistency to all-purpose flour, which is why it works so well in baking. As an added bonus, almond flour is a nutritional powerhouse loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats, and minerals. The other secret to creating a crisp, delicious, and healthier crust is coconut oil. This plant-based oil acts like butter in the recipe, but is also known for boosting metabolism and the immune system.
For a healthier filling, I used a combination of coconut sugar and maple syrup, instead of corn syrup and refined sugar. These natural sugar alternatives are better for you, and create a filling that is just as sweet, sticky and delicious as you remember from traditional pecan pie.
Make this healthier gluten-free pecan pie recipe for the holidays and your whole family will thank you for it!
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.