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Ooey Gooey Vegan Pecan Pie

Is there anything like a rich, sweet, gooey pecan pie? No—there’s something better! A rich, sweet, gooey vegan pecan pie that’s guilt free! That’s right; I’ve created a healthy twist for another old standard that’s even better than the original! Don’t believe me? Give it a try this Thanksgiving and watch in wonder as your guests rave about the best pecan pie they’ve ever had!

So what makes this vegan pecan pie so guilt free? For this twist on the famous Southern pecan pie, I’m using the all-natural sweeteners dates and maple syrup in place of the standard brown sugar and corn syrup, which we all know are seriously lacking in nutrition and have even been tied to increased inflammation. [1] But these replacements offer even more!

Specifically, several studies have shown that consuming dates regularly is linked to better health. How? Well, due to the fact that they’re high in fiber, they’ve been shown to aid digestion and even help prevent blood sugar levels from spiking after eating a meal. [2, 3] Another big health perk? Animal studies have shown that consuming dates resulted in improved memory, better learning abilities, and less anxiety-driven behaviors. [4] They were even linked lower inflammatory markers that have been linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. [5]

Finally, eating pecans has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease. [6] You know I’m a big proponent of a plant-based diet, and this dish delivers—even though it’s a bit indulgent!


Ooey Gooey Vegan Pecan Pie Recipe

Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8


Vegan pumpkin pie - Dr. Pingel




Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Crust



8 Medjool dates, pitted

1 cup maple syrup

3 tablespoon ground flax seeds

1 bag (8 ounces) pecans, divided



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Prepare the Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Crust.

3. In a high-speed blender, combine the dates, maple syrup, ground flax, and ½ cup chopped pecans. Blend on high until well-combined.

Vegan pecan pie - Dr. Pingel


4. Transfer to a medium bowl and fold in the remaining pecans (leaving some aside to decorate the top).

Vegan pecan pie - Dr. Pingel


5. Pour the filling onto the crust and top with remaining pecans to decorate.

Vegan pecan pie - Dr. Pingel


6. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Vegan pecan pie - Dr. Pingel

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