Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
1 1/2 C Almond flour
1 C Pecan halves
15 Medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbs Ghee or butter
2 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Coconut sugar (optional)
2 tsp Teeny Tiny Spice Company Garam Masala
Pinch of baking powder
A few drops of vanilla extract or vanilla bean
1. Start by pitting the dates and placing a pan of water (about 3 cups) on to boil.
2. When water is boiling, pour carefully into a bowl with the dates and soak for one hour.
3. To make the crust, preheat oven to 350℉, and mix almond flour, coconut sugar, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
4. Melt 1 Tbs ghee on the stove, and pour into a small bowl. Mix egg into ghee, add vanilla, then pour the wet mix into the flour mixture
5. Combine well until a sticky dough forms.
6. With your hands, form a dough ball and place on a piece of parchment paper. Flatten like a pizza.
7. Roll out until the crust is even in thickness, about 10 inches across in size.
8. Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
9. In a small food processor, combine the soaked dates with 2 Tbs water and blend until a paste forms.
10. Carefully spread the paste onto the crust in a rectangular shape. You can trim the edges (from where it was a circle) with a knife to create a rectangular crust. They are tasty, so you can snack on those edges while making the rest ;)
11. Once the paste has been spread evenly across the crust, take pecans and fry over medium low heat in a Tbs of ghee. Sprinkle in 2 tsp Garam Masala, then drizzle in 2 Tbs honey.
12. Flip to coat and let cook for about a minute, being careful not to burn. Turn off heat, allow to slightly cool, then place pecans on the paste, carefully pressing. Once you have covered the paste in pecans, refrigerate to help set, then cut into 12 bars. You can freeze these to thicken the paste up a bit, or serve a little ooey gooey. ]