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Healthier Pecan Pie Bars

Breads & Desserts


1 store-bought pie crust
1 stick butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring refrigerated crust to room temperature. Roll out to line the bottom of an 8x11-inch baking dish. Bake crust for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let crust cool completely. In a saucepan, heat butter, sugar (or sugar substitute), maple syrup and vanilla until boiling (about 3 to 4 minutes), stirring constantly. Once boiling, continue to stir but let bubble for one minute and then turn off heat. Stir in milk and pecans. Mix well. Pour pecan mixture over cooled crust and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool and then refrigerator for several hours or overnight before cutting.


The recipe was published in the December 2019 Issue as part of Rebecca Turner's "Plated" On the Menu section. Rebecca Turner is an author, registered dietitian, radio host, television presenter and a certified specialist in sports dietetics with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A lifelong Mississippian, she has spent the last decade offering no-nonsense nutrition guidance that allows you to enjoy good health and good food. Her book, “Mind Over Fork,” challenges the way you think, not the way you eat. Find her on social media and online at

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