Clean Pecan Pie Bars

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Clean Pecan Pie Bars

(recipe adapted from www.foodfaithfitness.com)

For the crust:
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil, at room temperature (should be the consistency of softened butter)
3 1/2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
3/4 Cup Coconut Flour, sifted
Pinch of Salt

For the pecan topping:
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
5 Tbsp Warm Water
1 Cup Pecans, roughly chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Maple Extract
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar, packed
1/4 tsp Salt


Instructions:
Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Generously rub the sides of the pan with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, beat the maple syrup and coconut oil together using an electric hand beater until creamy and well combined. Stir in the coconut flour and salt until it forms a dough. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are a deep golden brown and the middle is lightly golden. The crust will probably rise and crack a little bit when it comes out of the oven, use the pack of a large spoon to pack it down so it’s flat. Let cool for 1 hour before starting the topping.

Additionally, as soon as the crust comes out of the oven, whisk the flax meal with the warm water and refrigerate, so it can gel up for the hour that the crust is cooling.

In the meantime, place the pecans onto a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake them into the oven until they darken and smell "nutty" about 8-10 minutes. Let cool and then roughly chop and set aside.

Once the crust has cooled for 1 hour, combine the remaining coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar cinnamon, maple extract and salt in a large sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring frequently and then remove from heat. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Once it has set, add the chilled flax eggs and mix well.

Finally, stir in the chopped pecans until they are coated in the sugar mixture. Pour the topping over the crust, using a spoon to spread out and make sure the sugar mixture and pecans are evenly coating the crust. Press the pecans lightly so they lay flat.

Bake until the filling looks set, about 20 minutes. Let stand until it comes down to room temperature. Then, refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight! You want to serve these cold.