I gotta admit, I’m not a pecan pie kinda girl.
Never have been. And it never will be even in my Top 5 of pies (which are as follows: blackberry, chocolate, pumpkin, key lime, and coconut).
However, living in a state that loves itself some pecans AND being married to a man who loves himself some pecan pie, I’ve been forced to warm up to the idea of pecan pie.
While I may have already offended 75% of y’all by sharing the fact that I don’t pursue pecan pie on dessert menus and at bakeries, let me at least defend myself:
So, as Thanksgiving approaches and I started wracking my little health foodie brain about desserts that may please y’alls palates, pecan pie inevitably came to mind.
And if I’ve gotta experiment and tinker and finagle in the kitchen with a dessert, it better be one I actually enjoy.
Then it struck me…
I like chocolate pie. I like coconut pie. What IF they got friendly with pecan pie….
And thus, German Chocolate Pecan Pie was born.
And what a gorgeous baby this one sure is (and that means something coming from someone who has a rather ridiculously adorable child…)
I’m confident this pie is EXACTLY what your Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert table needs.
I say Thanksgiving and Christmas because once you make it on Turkey Day your friends and family will be begging you to make it again for Christmas.
So let’s just go ahead and plan to make it for both holidays, cool?
When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, pie is a must-have.
And if you disagree, we can have a private conversation about that later…
Apple, pumpkin, and of course, pecan are the most commonly served pies, and all three can serve up way more than just a sugar rush come dessert time.
In fact, an average slice of pecan pie will set you back nearly 500 calories, 30g of sugar, and 27g of fat. Heaven forbid you top it with whipped cream and/or ice cream and you’ll have another 100-200 calories and 10-20g of fat.
And if you’re dining out on Turkey Day, it can be even worse…
I was humored by this article from The Daily Best about the 25 Deadliest Pies from restaurants around the country…it will make you rethink that seemingly innocent Lemon Meringue pie slice sitting in the display case at Denny’s…
Cause what’s in most pecan pies, anyways?
Sugar+Corn Syrup+flour+hydrogenated oils (if you’re using a premade crust).
What if you can still have your paleo (and vegan-friendly) pie and eat it too?!?!
No inevitable feelings of disgust, regret, and tummy bloat 10 minutes postpie experience.
My paleo German chocolate pecan pie can and will do just that!
In fact, it actually has several ingredients with some solid health benefits.
Almond flour= vitamin E, iron, and magnesium
Coconut sugar= fiber, iron, and zinc
Dates= potassium, fiber, and magnesium
Cacao powder= iron, magnesium, and fiber
Shredded coconut= saturated fats, zinc, and fiber
Pecans= monounsaturated fats, manganese, and potassium
Did I mention it is smack-yo-mama good?
I’d never lay a hand on my dear mother, but it’s so good it makes me consider it…
And like we’ve already been over this week, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to tackle this one.
How easy peasy Paleo is this, y’all? First, the crust:
And for the filling...
If you can find a premade gluten-free crust or crust mix, that would save you half the steps, thus making this even more easy peasy!
However, that homemade chocolate shortbread crust sure is GOOD…it’s worth the extra few minutes of effort to make it.
When it’s game time, please please please serve this pie warm, possibly adorned with coconut whipped cream or cashew milk ice cream and a cup of coffee.
Come to think of it, that sounds like a fabulous breakfast idea.
Decadent, gooey, rich pie+spiced pumpkin coffee= I’m officially drooling.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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