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Healthy Pecan Pie Bites

These Healthy Pecan Pie Bites are the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations!  With just 6 simple ingredients, they’ll be ready in no time.

chewy pecan pie chocolate covered truffles

The chewiness of these little treats come from the dates.  When frozen, they take on a delightful caramel texture and make these chewy truffles so fun to eat!

chewy pecan pie chocolate covered truffles

The secret to making these reminiscent of pecan pie, is toasting the pecans.  Don’t skip this simple step!  It adds the yummiest toasty, nutty flavor and takes these Healthy Pecan Pie Bites to the next level!  My family was divided on the addition of the chocolate.  Some loved the chocolate coating, and others liked it without.  You’ll have to try both and decide for yourself.  ?

chewy pecan pie chocolate covered truffles

For this recipe, you’ll need to use a food processor to break down the dates and mix everything together. It’s a handy tool to have on hand.  I highly recommend getting one if you don’t have one!

chewy pecan pie chocolate covered truffles

How to make Healthy Pecan Pie Bites

First, you’ll want to toast your pecans.  Next, add the dates to your food processor and let it run until the dates have broken down and formed one big ball.  Next, add the cooled toasted pecans and pulse until well incorporated and a “dough” is formed.  Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until it’s thouroughly mixed.  Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Using your hands, roll the dough into a nice round ball.  Place the pan in the freezer and chill for at least an hour.  Next, melt the chocolate over a double boiler and roll each ball around in the chocolate until it’s evenly coated.  Place the balls onto the parchment lined baking sheet and return to the freezer for a minimum of one hour.  Enjoy these chewy truffles straight from the freezer.

Healthy Pecan Pie Bites

These Healthy Pecan Pie Bites are the perfect treat to add to your holiday celebrations! The toasted pecans take these yummy bites to the next level!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Recipe Type: Desserts
Servings: 10 balls
Author: Simply Jillicious

Ingredients

  • 1 cup toasted pecans cooled
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates packed and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • heaping 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the dates to a food processor and process until they form one large ball.
  • Add in the cooled, toasted pecans (see notes) and pulse until it forms a "dough".
  • Add in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Pulse until well combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheet.
  • Roll the dough in between your hands to form a ball.
  • Chill in the freezer for at least an hour.
  • Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler.
  • Roll the frozen balls in the melted chocolate until well coated.
  • Place the chocolate covered balls on the baking sheet and return for the freezer for at least an hour. Enjoy these treats straight from the freezer!

Notes

To toast the pecans, start by preheating the oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread out the raw pecans in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place them in the oven for about 5-8 minutes. You want them to darken slightly in color, and be aromatic. Be careful not to burn them! I recommend checking them at the 5 minute mark, and then every minute after that.
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