Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars {NO Corn Syrup!} - CakeWhiz

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Best ever, quick, easy pecan pie bars with shortbread crust recipe made with simple ingredients in about 30 minutes. Loaded with chocolate chips and pecans.

*Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring today’s post so that I can share this classic chocolate pecan pie bars recipe.* 

One of my favorite desserts to make during Fall are these pecan pie bars with NO corn syrup. They have all the flavors of the classic pie but in cookie form. These smaller, individual bite sized pieces are easier to enjoy.

They are also a major hit at Thanksgiving parties and guests are always asking for the recipe. If you still want the round classic recipe, you should check out my Easy Pecan Pie Recipe, which is incredible and has countless rave reviews!

Easy Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

These are best ever pecan pie bars/best pecan pie bars!

I have tried so many variations and these ones have the best flavor and texture and the addition of chocolate chips really takes them over the top. These bars are traditionally very sweet but the chocolate chips really counter the sweetness wonderfully.

These classic pecan pie bars with shortbread crust require simple ingredients!

These ingredients are probably already in your pantry like flour, sugar, eggs, pecans, chocolate chips, maple syrup, milk, coconut oil.

This healthier pecan pie bar recipe used:

  • Coconut oil instead of butter
  • Maple syrup instead of corn syrup
  • Dark chocolate chips instead of milk/semisweet chocolate chips
  • Protein powder

Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

How to make pecan pie bars?

  1. Prepare the shortbread cookie crust by mixing together flour, coconut oil, brown sugar, milk until crumbly.
  2. Spread it evenly in a baking pan and bake.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pie filling by mixing together coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, milk, brown sugar, pecan, chocolate chips.
  4. Pour this filling on top of the crust
  5. Bake, chill, cut slices and you are done.

How to store pecan pie bars?

Store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds to make them ooey gooey again.

How to cut pecan pie bars?

Let them cool down completely and then cut square slices with a sharp knife. Chilling the pie for 2-3 hours creates perfect even slices and makes it even easier.

Can pecan pie cookie bars be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze them in airtight, sealed freezer bags for up to 1 month. When the pie bars thaw completely, I suggest baking them again for 5 minutes at 375 degrees to make the crust crispy and the filling is ooey gooey again.

Shortbread Crust vs. Pie crust

I used a shortbread crust because it’s easier and simpler than a pie crust. You just mix all the ingredients together, dump them in a baking dish, spread it out with a spatula and bake. It’s totally no fail! Pie crust, on the other hand, requires some chilling and rolling, which is more time consuming.

You have other pie crust options too. You can make pecan pie bars with cake mix crust,  graham cracker crust, pre-made crust, crescent roll crust and even cream cheese crust.

Pecan Pie Bars with Shortbread Crust Recipe

I used Vital Proteins collagen peptides in this recipe because I am obsessed with it. I used 1 packet in the pie filling and 1 packet in the pie crust.

It’s flavorless and odorless and I can easily use it in any of my recipes without having to worry about the texture or flavor being affected.

It’s packed with so many nutrients that are good for your health that I am sneaking it in recipes all the time and NO ONE can ever tell!

Vital Proteins Packets

Flavor variations for easy pecan pie bars recipe:

  • German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars– Add 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut in the fillingg
  • Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars– Add 3/4 cups chocolate chips of your choice- white, milk, semisweet, dark. You can even add toffee bits.
  • Gluten Free Pecan Pie Bars– Use a gluten free pie crust recipe.
  • Pecan Pie Bars For A Crowd– Double or even triple this recipe and use bigger baking pan.

Tips for chocolate pecan pie bars:

  • The coconut oil used in the pie crust cannot be melted. It has to be softened.
  • Protein powders are optional but recommended. Omitting them will NOT affect this recipe at all.
  • All ingredients for the filling must be at room temperature so they blend together smoothly.
  • Don’t use parchment paper to line the baking pan because the filling sticks to it during baking. Instead, line the pan with aluminum foil and spray it with oil because the pie is easier to remove this way.
  • Don’t over-bake the pie. The pie is ready when the center is slightly jiggly but edges are set and filling is bubbling. The filling will set even more, as the pie cools down.
  • Maple syrup gives the best results but I have replaced it with honey without any problems before.
  • Coconut oil can be replaced with unsalted butter.

How to Make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars with Shortbread Crust Recipe
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5 from 11 votes

Pecan Pie Bars

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Best ever, quick, easy pecan pie bars with shortbread crust recipe made with simple ingredients in about 30 minutes. Loaded with chocolate chips and pecans. 

Servings: 12 Bars
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pie, pecan pie, thanksgiving dessert
Calories: 419 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

Shortbread Cookie Crust
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil Softened & not melted
  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 packet Vital Proteins collagen peptides Optional but recommended
  • 2 tbsp Milk Whole or 2%
Pecan Pie Filling
  • 1/3 cup Coconut oil Melted
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Milk Whole or 2%
  • 1 Egg Large
  • 2/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 packet Vital Proteins collagen peptides Optional but recommended
  • 1.5 cups Pecans Roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate chips Dark or semisweet

Instructions

Shortbread Pie Crust
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together coconut oil and brown sugar. 

  2. Add flour, protein powder and mix until crumbly. 

  3. Dump this mixture in a square baking pan (Dimensions: 8x8), lined with foil paper and sprayed with oil. 

  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking pan and pat it down tightly with a spatula. 

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. 

Pie Filling
  1. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling.

  2. In another mixing bowl, add coconut oil, maple syrup, milk, egg, brown sugar, protein powder and whisk everything together until smooth.

  3. Mix in pecans and chocolate chips.  

  4. Pour this mixture on top of the baked crust and spread evenly it with a spatula. 

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until edges are set and filling is bubbly. It will firm up even further as it cools down. 

  6. Let this pie cool down completely and then, use a sharp knife to cut slices. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

12 comments on “Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe”

  1. My son would gobble these up – he loves pecan pie anything!

  2. These bars look scrumptious!

  3. These sound so so perfect! I love pecan pie, so this recipe is perfect for me!

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