Did you know Georgia Pecans are now sporting the Heart-Check mark by the American Heart Association? The Heart-Check mark is displayed on approved foods at the supermarket to give consumers an easy way to recognize healthier choices when grocery shopping. Research from Loma Linda University demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention. To celebrate this delicious and nutritious nut, we’re giving it a decadent vegan twist and digging our forks into a modestly-sized slice of this vegan pecan pie.
Vegan Pecan Pie
- 1 unbaked vegan pie crust
- 3/4 cup vegan graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons applesauce
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Roll dough out and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork a few times. Bake for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
- In a bowl, combine crackers and water.Set aside.
- In a food processor, combine butter, sugars, maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, cornstarch, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add graham cracker mixture to food processor and blend until pureed.
- Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and stir in the pecans. Pour mixture into the pie crust.
- Bake for 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for a few hours before slicing and serving.