Skinny Pecan Date Bars

This Thanksgiving, take a break from Pecan Pie and try these healthy Pecan Date Bars instead! They are easy to make and only 123 calories per serving!

Healthy Pecan Date Bars stacked on top of each other on a baking tray with some whole pecans on the side

Today I’m sending you some healthy pecan date bars from Toronto, Ontario. We arrived last Saturday after a 5-hour train ride from Montreal.

Surprisingly, the trip didn’t feel that long at all. The train was very comfortable and they had a good quality wifi on board which allowed us to work, talk with our family in France and plan our 3 days in Toronto.

We’ll definitely travel by train again next time we want to go there!

We only had a few days in Toronto (and still have a full day tomorrow as our next train is at 10 pm) but we can already tell that we LOVE this city.

It has a great vibe, with lots of cool stores and restaurants. Seriously, so.many.restaurants! Plus there’s a ton of sushi shops so obviously, this is a major bonus point on my side, haha.

I’m sure it’s a great city to live in and we can’t wait to be back.

overhead shot of healthy pecan date bars on a piece of parchment paper cut into squares

Tomorrow, we’re starting the “wildlife and nature” part of our journey: we’re boarding the trans-Canada train called The Canadian (see our whole Canadian/US itinerary here).

I think it’s the part I’m most excited about – even though to be honest, I’m super excited about every single stop.

Anyways! Enough of my Canadian adventures, let’s talk about FOOD! I like to think of these healthy pecan dates bars as an easier and skinny alternative to pecan pie.

They are very simple to make and have all the flavors you like in a pecan pie. Plus chocolate chips. You won’t argue with the addition of chocolate chips, right?

It was my first time cooking with Bourbon and honestly, it’s the main reason I wanted to give this recipe a go. I don’t even like Bourbon as a drink but I’ve always been attracted to recipes using it. Don’t ask me why my brain is weird sometimes.

Try these healthy pecan date bars for Friendsgiving, or if you want to try a lighter twist on Pecan Pie, this Thanksgiving!

overhead shot of healthy pecan date bars stacked on a baking tray with some dates and whole pecans in between

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Skinny Pecan Date Bars

This Thanksgiving, take a break from Pecan Pie and try these healthy Pecan Date Bars! They are easy to make and only 123 calories per serving! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking with coconut sugar, dates, healthy pecan pie, holiday baking, low cal desserts, maple syrup, pecan pie bars, snack, Thanksgiving desserts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Calories 113 kcal

Ingredients

Crust:

  • cooking spray
  • 140 g all-purpose gluten free flour - 5 oz - 1 cup I used Bob's Red Mill GF All Purpose Flour – for best and consistent results, try to weigh the flour if you can – see notes if you want to use regular flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar - see notes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter 60 g, chilled, cut into small pieces

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar - see notes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose gluten-free flour I used Bob's Red Mill GF All Purpose Flour – see notes if you want to use regular flour
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates pitted, chopped (about 7-8 dates)
  • 1/2 cup pecans roughly chopped - divided in 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line a 11 x 7 inch / 27 x 17 cm baking pan neatly with parchment paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, coconut sugar (or brown sugar) and salt. Add butter and mix until mixture resembles coarse meal. You can use a pastry cutter or just use your fingertips if you don't own one. Press the mixture into the bottom of prepared dish.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Reduce oven to 350F/176C.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, eggs, flour, Bourbon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir in dates, half of the pecans and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter over crust, making sure dates and pecans are well distributed. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until set. Chill for at least one hour or until firm. Cut into 24 squares (6 x 4). The bars can be made a day or two ahead and stored in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

  • FLOUR – I tested this recipe using Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Please note that if you use another brand of GF Flour, results could be slightly different. The original recipe called for 1 cup all purpose flour (the regular kind). If you don't want/need to use GF flour, you could use regular flour but I did not test it.
  • SUGAR – Coconut sugar has a light caramel/butterscotch flavor which makes it perfect for these bars and is healthier than refined sugar. You can replace it with brown sugar, but I tested the recipe using coconut sugar.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition Facts
Skinny Pecan Date Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 Comments
  1. About the maple syrup…2/4 cup, is that 1/2 a cup or did you mean 1/4 cup?
    Glad you are enjoying your trip. Toronto truly has a restaurant for every type of cuisine in the world.

  2. Can’t wait to try these! I’m from the deep South and we have pecans on practically everything. My mother has 4 pecan trees in her yard so you can imagine the bags we collect every fall.

    1. I love pecans, you are SO lucky!! Do you eat them straight from the tree or do you need to dry them first? I’m a bit nut-ignorant haha.

  3. Would love to try making this recipe, but don’t have Bourbon in the house (not a fan and don’t want to buy a bottle just for the recipe). Can you suggest an alternate… Amaretto? Grand Mariner? Or anything non-alcoholic?

    1. I don’t have a bottle either and like you I didn’t want to buy one just for the recipe so I just bought a small “taster” bottle for just a couple of dollars 🙂 Otherwise, I’m really not an alcool specialist so I’m afraid I won’t be able to suggest an alternative!

  4. I would prefer these healthy bars over a sugar-loaded piece of pecan pie any day! 123 calories per serving? That means I get to eat at least 2! A winner in my book!

  5. A little too sweet for me, so I skipped the brown sugar in the filling and used 3/4 cup mixture of molasses, honey, and maple syrup. Oh and I didn’t have pecans so used chopped hazelnuts. Oh and added cinnamon to the crust. Very good recipe and easy to modify with what you have in your pantry. -Dawn

  6. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon in both the crust and the filling. I also scaled back the maple syrup and used vegan butter spread instead of butter and close to 12 dates. I didn’t know what to expect – WOW these are excellent!!!
    I am very pleased as these bars are soooo yummy!! Love this recipe. Thanks!

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