Easiest Pecan Pie Recipe

Easiest Pecan Pie Recipe

Today is National Dessert Day and we believe we have you covered with our Easiest Pecan Pie Recipe!

When it comes to Whole Food Plant-Based cooking pecans are a superstar nut that deserves a place of honor in your kitchen.

These versatile nuts not only add a delightful crunch to your dishes but also pack a nutritional punch.

In this post, we’ll share some knowledge about pecans; from their history, health benefits and our delectable WFPB pecan pie recipe.

Historical Significance of Pecans

Pecans have a rich history in North America, dating back to Native American cultures who revered them for their taste and nutritional value.

The name “pecan” itself is of Algonquian origin meaning “nut that requires a stone to crack.” Pecans were also a staple in early American colonial diets.

In the 19th century, pecans gained popularity across the United States and by the 20th century they had become a beloved ingredient in Southern cuisine.

Today, they’re a symbol of American culinary traditions, found in a wide array of recipes from savory dishes to decadent desserts.

Pecans a Nutritional Goldmine

Pecans, known for their rich buttery flavor are a powerhouse of nutrients.

Apart from healthy fats, pecans are loaded with fiber, making them an ideal choice for a WFPB diet.

Fiber aids in digestion, helps maintain a healthy weight, and keeps blood sugar levels steady.

These nuts are also a good source of essential minerals, such as magnesium and phosphorus, which are vital for bone health. Also, an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fats.

Pecans are rich in antioxidants including vitamin E which fight off harmful free radicals in your body.

Cooking with Pecans

Pecans are incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

They add depth to salads, oatmeal, and even grain-based pilafs.

Pecans are perfect for snacks and make a fantastic nut butter, ideal for spreading on toast or using as a dip for apple slices.

So, as you can see pecans are more than just a delightful addition to your meals.

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Pecan Pie our WFPB Delight

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for our pecan pie recipe that’s sure to become a family favorite. This recipe eliminates the need for butter, eggs, and refined sugar, making it a guilt-free indulgence.

Indulge in a healthier twist on a classic dessert with our Pecan Pie featuring a luscious almond crust.

easiest pecan pie recipe

Easiest Pecan Pie Recipe

Plantaful Life Team
This delectable treat brings together the rich, nutty goodness of pecans in a gluten-free almond crust. Our WFPB pecan pie recipe that's sure to become a family favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Pie Baking Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 400 kcal


  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl
  • 1 9-inch Ceramic or Glass Pie Pan Straight or Fluted
  • 1 Rolling Pin
  • 1 Food Processor
  • 1 Pastry Brush


Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Date or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract or Powder Prefer Vanilla Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Golden Flax Meal
  • 3 Tbsps Warm Water

Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Medjool pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 Cups Organic Pecans Chopped
  • 3/4 Cups Almond Milk Unsweetened
  • 1/4 Cup Warm Water
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Or Date Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Applesauce Unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsps Tapioca Starch
  • 2 Tsps Vanilla Extract or Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Pink Salt


Crust Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix the flax meal and water. Stir well and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it thickens, creating a flax "egg."
  • In a larger mixing bowl, combine the almond flour and the prepared flax "egg." Stir until the mixture starts to come together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface. You can use additional almond flour for dusting.
  • Knead the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes
  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (175*C)
  • Roll out the chilled dough between two sheets of parchment paper to fit your pie dish.
  • Remove the top layer of parchment paper and carefully transfer the crust to a 9-inch pie dish. Press it into the dish, trim and dress the excess dough.
  • Pre-bake the crust for about 8-10 minutes to ensure it remains crisp.
  • After pre-baking, allow the crust to cool before adding your pecan pie filling.

Pie Filling Instructions

  • In a food processor, blend dates then add pecans until they form a crumbly mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together almond milk, water, maple syrup, tapioca starch, applesauce, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Combine the date-pecan mixture with the liquid mixture until well incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
  • Add to the top several whole pecans in a circle, press down slightly into the filling. Brush them with maple syrup.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the filling sets.
  • Let it cool, slice, and serve with plant based nice cream or whip topping.


Please note that the calorie data is an approximation. The actual calorie content may vary depending on the specific brands and quantities of ingredients used.
For a slice (1/8th of a 9-inch pie) of the pecan pie with almond crust:
  • The almond crust: Approximately 100-120 calories.
  • Pecan pie filling (varies based on recipe and sweeteners used): Approximately 250-280 calories.

Enjoy your gluten-free pecan pie with an oil-free crust that’s simple to prepare and perfectly complements the rich pecan filling.
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In Conclusion

Pecans are a true gift from nature, with a rich history and immense popularity in modern WFPB cooking.

Whether you’re baking a classic pecan pie or dressing your favorite salads, these nuts offer a delicious and nutritious way to enhance all your meals.

So, get creative and explore the versatile world of pecans in your kitchen – you won’t be disappointed!

Happy cooking!

Please leave us a comment if you enjoyed our Pecan Pie Recipe or have any additional questions.


Plantaful Life Team


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