Mini Quest Bar Pecan Pies

Pecan Pies

We’re still four months away from the most delicious holiday of the year (actually 19 weeks, but who’s counting?), but I’m already thinking about all those carbs lined up in a beautiful display of Thanksgiving glory. Sweet potato casserole is my favorite, followed closely by stuffing. But the pies… I don’t know who decided pies were reserved solely for holiday occasions, but I’m a rebel and usually have some kind of pie every week! I’ve posted my recipe for Quest Bar Pumpkin Pies, which are delicious and macro-friendly. But I don’t always want to open a new can of pumpkin for one little recipe, and let’s face it, I’m not going to actually buy a pumpkin in July. So these pecan pies were born!

Pecan pie is my favorite pie, more than pumpkin, buttermilk, or even coconut cream. But traditional pecan pies usually use corn syrup as the main ingredient, sometimes an entire bottle of it! One small slice of regular pecan pie has roughly 450 calories, 21g fat, 65g carbs, 32g sugar, and just 4.5g protein! That’s depressing :(

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Luckily, corn syrup can easily be replaced by Grade B pure maple syrup. Grade B maple syrup contains several types of antioxidants not found in other sweeteners. Manganese is an antioxidant that can lower cholesterol and destroy free radicals in the body, and Zinc can help prevent heart disease and improve immune function. Maple syrup is also lower in calories than both corn syrup and honey. This recipe also uses a bit of ground flaxseed, which contains healthy fats and fiber. The filling is so close to the real thing, and in my opinion tastes even better than regular pecan pie filling. And the crust, made from a baked Quest bar, removes all the simple carbs and replaces them with 20g of protein plus 17g of fiber! These are guilt free and absolutely delicious no matter what time of year it is.

Quest Bar Mini Pecan Pies

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 17 minutes
Allergy Egg, Tree Nuts
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Pecan pie isn't just for Thanksgiving! These mini protein pecan pies are the perfect way to get 20g of protein in a delicious, healthy dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 Quest Bar (Cinnamon or Vanilla Almond work well)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans (14g)
  • 2 Teaspoons ground flaxseed (7g)
  • 1 Teaspoon egg white -cartoned (5g)
  • 1 ⅓ Tablespoon pure grade B maple syrup (20g)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a mini muffin pan lightly with cooking spray (only 4 spaces will be filled).
3. Place a piece of saran wrap on a plate, then put the Quest bar on the saran wrap and microwave for 15 seconds.
4. Tear the Quest bar into four equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten with your hands. Form the flattened pieces into "pie crust" shapes in the four sprayed mini muffin tins.
5. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
6. Carefully spoon the pecan mixture equally into each of the four pie crusts.
7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The edges will brown while the filling rises and sets.
8. Allow the pies to cool for at least 10 minutes in the muffin tin before removing. Removing them too soon could cause the crusts to tear. Giving the pies a slight twist in the pan before removing also helps keep them intact.
9. Enjoy!

1 Comment

  1. Jose Cruz

    What are the macros for the pecan pie. I’ve been looking everywhere for a macro friendly pecan pie and nothing until now :).

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