Pecan Hand Pies

Published on Mar 14, 2016
Updated on Nov 27, 2018

Pecan Hand Pies // Would you believe me if I told you these delicious little treats have been made healthy? Not only that - they are gluten free! Made with delicious all-natural ingredients. You'll have to taste it to believe it, and after just one bite you'll be begging for more! | Tried and Tasty

Pecan Hand Pies // Would you believe me if I told you these delicious little treats have been made healthy? Not only that - they are gluten free! Made with delicious all-natural ingredients. You'll have to taste it to believe it, and after just one bite you'll be begging for more! | Tried and TastyDid you know it’s ‘National Pi Day’ (which I know is a total math thing)? Surprisingly I’m actually really excited to celebrate. I know. I know. I’m always saying how I don’t like pie. Well, I don’t. Kinda. Really what it comes down to is pie crust. I’m not a crust person. I’ll eat the filling all day long. HOWEVER with that said, I think that as an adult my tastebuds are making a shift. Because I’m actually finding myself kinda-sorta-liking pie more than I used to. Still not all the way there, but definitely closer than I used to be. I’m back with my amazing group of #foodholidaybloggers bringing you a good handful of GREAT ways to celebrate today! 

Without further adieu, can we talk about these amazing Pecan Hand Pies? They have the Steve stamp of approval. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, that means they pass my husbands ultra healthy palate test. In fact, he kept raving about them so much so that he’s still begging me to make more. They are SO freaking good! Made without any refined sugar. Booyah. Gluten-free.. extra booyah! I’ve been wanting to try my hand (no pun intended) at hand pies and this was the perfect recipe to get started with. They were awesome! I made a tart version using a mini muffin tin and those were also deliciously fun. I hope you’ll give them a try – and if you do, let me know what you think!

Pecan Hand Pies // Would you believe me if I told you these delicious little treats have been made healthy? Not only that - they are gluten free! Made with delicious all-natural ingredients. You'll have to taste it to believe it, and after just one bite you'll be begging for more! | Tried and TastyPecan Hand Pies // Would you believe me if I told you these delicious little treats have been made healthy? Not only that - they are gluten free! Made with delicious all-natural ingredients. You'll have to taste it to believe it, and after just one bite you'll be begging for more! | Tried and TastyPecan Hand Pies // Would you believe me if I told you these delicious little treats have been made healthy? Not only that - they are gluten free! Made with delicious all-natural ingredients. You'll have to taste it to believe it, and after just one bite you'll be begging for more! | Tried and TastyItems used in this post:

Pecan Hand Pies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Hand Pies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Yvonne

Would you believe me if I told you these delicious little Pecan Hand Pies have been made healthy? Not only that - they are gluten free! Made with delicious all-natural ingredients. You'll have to taste it to believe it, and after just one bite you'll be begging for more!

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 1/2 c. almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. Organic palm oil shortening I used Nutiva
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1 c. + 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • c. pecan halves roughly chopped

Instructions

Crust

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside. 

  2. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients (melt palm shortening prior to mixing it into the batter). Stir wet ingredients into dry.

  3.  Carefully knead dough into a ball, then gently roll out into a circle to 1/4 in' thickness. Using a biscuit or circle cookie cutter, cut pie crust into circles. Cover with wet paper towel until filling is ready.

Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.  

  2. Heat maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until syrup reaches 225 degrees, approx. 10 minutes. 

  3. While syrup is simmering, place coconut sugar and butter into a mixing bowl. As soon as the syrup reaches 225 degrees, immediately pour it over the sugar and butter.

  4. Let sit for one minute then whisk together. Add eggs, vanilla, and sea salt; whisk.

Hand pies

  1. On top of one pie crust circle, sprinkle a tbsp. of chopped pecans. Drizzle one tsp. of filling over pecans. Top with another pie crust. Carefully seal edges using a fork. Brush with filling. If desired, sprinkle with raw organic sugar. 

  2. Bake for 10–15 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven to cool.

Recipe Notes

Crust by Primal Palate: http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/almond-flour-pie-crust/
Filling by Feel Great in 8: http://www.feelgreatin8.com/feelgreatblog/clean-eating-pecan-pie-paleo-gluten-free-refined-sugar-free/

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Hand Pies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 109mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 8.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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12 comments about “Pecan Hand Pies

  1. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    That’s so cool that you used almond flour for the crust! I get intimidated to try special diet recipes, so it’s nice to see how they turn out! Also, I would eat like 5 of these. ;)

    1. Yvonne

      They were SO freaking good. The only flour I get nervous with (of the more common flours I regularly cook with) is coconut flour. That’s a tricky flour for sure!

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