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These Pecan Bars Make A Heavenly Healthier Snack

These bars are an absolutely delicious treat. And surprise—they're vegan!

pecan bars

Moving away from conventional dessert options laden with dairy and refined flour, these bars have developed a devout following among those aiming to phase out nutrient-devoid sweets and progress to healthier options.

Pecan Bars
Makes 15 squares

Crust
2 cups brown rice flour
⅓ cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¾ cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks

Pecan Topping
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1½ cups dark brown sugar
⅔ cup coconut nectar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
2 tsp. pure rum extract
¼ tsp. sea salt
⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13-by-9-inch cake pan with parchment paper, allowing a 2-inch overhang on two sides. For the crust, in a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pour the crumbs into the prepared cake pan and press down evenly and very firmly, making sure to press the crumbs all the way to the edges of the pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm and very lightly browned. Let cool on a rack.

For the topping, spread pecans evenly over the crust. In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar, coconut nectar, cornstarch, butter, rum extract and salt, stirring, until just bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in almond milk. Pour over pecans, making sure the topping is spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let cool on a rack, then refrigerate overnight. Remove from the pan and cut into 15 bars.

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