TV Tuesday #1 – Maple Pecan Bars To Soothe The Sweet Tooth

It’s TV Tuesday! We’ve decided to take Beyond The Peel TV up a notch and feature a new webisode for you each week. We’ll have all sorts of videos from recipes, interviews, tips, thoughts on healthy living and eating, and much more. Hope you enjoy our online TV show devoted to delicious whole foods!

There’s always a shortage of whole food/real food desserts. There’s the obvious panna cottas and fruit pies or fruit desserts (if the crust is made with real food flour such as spelt or kamut), but sometimes it’s nice to have a treat that is easy, quick and made with whole foods. This meets all requirements.


Maple Pecan Bars

  • 2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (Bob Mills has a gluten free brand)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, combine chopped pecans, almond meal, rolled oats and salt. In a small pan melt the coconut oil and almond butter together. Remove the coconut oil and almond butter mixture from the stove. Add maple syrup and vanilla and stir until combined. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated. In a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper, press the mixture into the pan. Place in the freezer and chill for 15-30 minutes (you could sneak them out in 15 if your freezer is really cold). Cut into 15 squares and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Store in the freezer.

Time saving tips: Use a food processor to chop the pecans. Skip toasting them if you’re in a big rush. Toasting them in a frying pan is faster than using the oven. To toast in the oven, heat to 325 F, place on a tray and bake for 15 minutes, stirring in between.

Money saving tips: Use peanut butter and peanuts or almonds instead of pecans. Also, you can substitute honey for maple syrup. Make your own almond meal or flour by putting about 1 cup of almonds into a food processor. Pulse until nice and fine. Measure the almond meal before starting to ensure you have a proper 1/2 cup.


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50 Responses to TV Tuesday #1 – Maple Pecan Bars To Soothe The Sweet Tooth

  1. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles March 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Loved the video! (not to mention the groovy music playing in the background:)). Très bien réussi! I find the visuals so helpful and it really allows the viewer to see how simple (and delightful) this recipe is once you have your mise-en-place. Wonderful recipe France.

  2. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Kelly, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Video takes longer to put together, but it’s so much more helpful in seeing exactly what to do. Have a great day my dear!

  3. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom March 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Looks great! Thanks!

  4. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks Adrienne!

  5. Mary March 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    The video is wonderful. We expect great things from you and we are never disappointed. Have a good day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Jay March 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Nice video. Gonna give this a whirl.

  7. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Mary, thanks so much! Have a great day, darling!

  8. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Jay, let us know how it works out for you!

  9. Tessa@The Domestic Diva March 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm #


  10. Shay March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Looks great! Just pinned them!

  11. Stephanie March 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    So, you should probably move the facebook, pinterest, etc tab on the lefthand side because you can’t read the recipe easily with the box blocking that portion of the screen. I am using mozilla, which is a pretty standard browser, no?

  12. Dawn March 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I use Mozilla/Firefox as well and the tab bothers me too. It is hard to read around it. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try–looks really good!

  13. Janyt March 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    great video……bars look yummy! Can you do anything about that twirly thing in the box beside the recipe? It’s the space for “Your ad could go here”, and it makes me dizzy while trying to write down the recipe!

    • France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks Janyt. I’ve removed the ad for the time being. I’ll have to contact the ad network, as it doesn’t seem to want to show anything else.

  14. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Stephanie and Dawn, I just checked it again in Firefox and it’s not crowding the recipe on my browser. I’ll try and move it over a little farther, but I think it has to do with how large your browser window is. Have you tried expanding it or changing the sizes? I’ll see what I can do on my end. Thanks!

  15. Amelia March 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I just made these, they are very yummy! I think I will enjoy any recipe with coconut oil. The best part is I can send these in my sons lunches as they are peanut free. Thanks….great way to kick off your T.V. Tuesdays!

  16. Jean March 21, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Just a little hint; don’t toast nuts above 325degrees. It kills off vital nutrients at higher temps.

    • France Morissette March 21, 2012 at 5:03 am #

      Thank you Jean. I have made the adjustments!

  17. Heather March 21, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Ooh yummy! And I think I even have everything on hand! Pinning this :)

  18. Cathy S. March 21, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    These look absolutely delightful! I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Katie March 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    These bars look so good. Great job on the video :) I am going to pin these bad boys right now. Hope you’re having a good day!


  20. Danielle March 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Oh I can’t wait to try these. I love your wholesome ingredients list!

  21. Miz Helen March 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. Tara March 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    These look great! Is there any reason I couldn’t substitute regular butter for the almond butter? I’m not sure how to get my hands on almond butter (I live abroad). Thanks!

  23. Tara March 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Gah–excuse my comment! My brain wasn’t working and I wasn’t thinking of almond butter as not peanut butter. No more question:)

    • France Morissette March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      No worries, Tara. Enjoy the maple pecan bars!

  24. Tara March 26, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    One more comment–I made these today, and they are incredibly tasty. It’s almost like eating a (healthy) pecan pie bar. I love the texture and that they’re still pretty soft even when stored in the freezer. Yum! I also added chia seeds just because…

    Thank you for the recipe; I can’t wait to make them again and to try some other recipes on your site!

    • France Morissette March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      Tara, I’m so glad you liked them! Chia seeds sound like a really fun addition. Let me know how it goes! Make sure and check out the protein bars section on our site. It’s got some of our favorites one there.

  25. Janelle (Gluten Freely Frugal) March 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Wow, these look spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday. Hope you’ll join us again this week with another great recipe!

  26. Jenn/Rook No. 17 March 27, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    The bars sound wonderful, France, and I your video is beautifully put-together and produced! Sharing on Pinterest and will be trying myself!


  27. Maria March 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Mmm these look really good. I love the maple/pecan flavor combination! Yum!

    • France Morissette March 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Maria, We actually made 2 batches. The one seen here and one with almonds and peanut butter. The one in the video is my favorite but hubby likes the peanut butter ones. Try either and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with not only the simplicity but the flavor.

  28. Janyt March 28, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    I made a batch using a mix of almonds, and the 2 nut butters, and they are fabulous. And so easy!

    • France Morissette March 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi Janyt, Ohh I’m so glad you liked them. I love the ones with peanut butter. I also like that they have less than a tsp of honey per bar and they are in the freezer. Out of sight out of mind but still there when the hunger cravings start. Thanks for letting me know that you liked them!

  29. Liz April 3, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    Made these tonight. Divine! I used about 5 tbsp of butter instead of coconut oil (it’s what was left from something else, I wanted a bit less fat and I don’t care for the taste of coconut oil–wish I did). Hubby tried a bite and had to have more. His comment? “These are too good to be healthy”. The ultimate compliment in my house :-) Next batch think I’ll add 1 oz unsweetened chocolate melted with the butter and almond butter.

  30. Mandy August 7, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    How long will these stay good in the freezer?

    • France Morissette August 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Hi Mandy,
      Quite a long time if they last that long. At least 2 months if they are in an air tight container. Maybe as long as 3 or 4.

  31. shaz4555 August 15, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    How many calories are in these?

    • France Morissette August 16, 2012 at 4:31 am #

      Hi Shaz,
      For calorie counting specific recipes I use Their site allows you to add all the ingredients, set portion sizes ect to get the calories exact as possible. I use it from time to time and found it to be helpful.

  32. Lynda February 27, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    Hi, Do these have to be refrigerated? How long can they stay out of the fridge before they absolutely must go in the fridge? Thank you.

    • beyondthepeel February 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      You can leave them on the counter, but what holds these together is coconut oil. If you have a warm home these will be quite soft. The purpose of refrigerating them is to keep them hard.

  33. bayouranch March 11, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    thanks , I have been looking for coconut oil recipes, can’t wait to try them

  34. Carina Cutter March 16, 2014 at 2:53 am #

    Just made these and they taste better than a candy bar! Thank you so much for the recipe. I can’t believe they are vegan and yet so rich and sweet. Based on the limitations of my pantry I substituted peanut butter for almond butter and used 1 cup of pecans and one cup of cashews. Will make again (and again).

    • beyondthepeel March 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      What I love about these (the taste of course) but is there versatility. You can substitute any nut or seed, any nut butter and any liquid sweetener really. It makes them great for just about anyone. Glad you liked them.

      • beyondthepeel March 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

        This is one of my favorite vegan dishes. So glad you liked it. PS. try the hemp crumbs….addictive! I eat it by the spoonful :)


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