Vegan Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan Pies

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Ever since Thanksgiving, when I had made a really good pecan tart with chocolate chunks and coconut, my Mom has been asking me to make her a pecan pie or tart with cinnamon and dark chocolate.  Well, I did not get it made for Christmas.  Luckilly there were plenty of other good desserts to go around.  But I did get it made before New Years!  I don't go back on promises, and it sounded good to me as well!  I decided to make mini pies though, because my Mom is a big fan of mini desserts.  She always told me, if you make the desserts small, you can have more than one, and you can have several different kinds.  This was applied to the many batches of Christmas cookies we used to make, but I think it can apply to these little pies as well, especially if they are being served as part of a Holiday spread or New Years Eve buffet.

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These were pretty easy to make, I used my classic gluten free coconut oil pie crust, because it always turns out perfect for me, and tastes good but also allows the flavors of the filling to shine.  For the filling, I used a date caramel with a hit of chocolate in two forms to make it extra good, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips.  I included plenty of pecans as well as pecan butter and was it ever delicious!  I could have eaten that with a spoon. But luckily I restrained myself and most of it made it into the crusts.

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They smelled amazing while baking!  I could not wait to try them, but of course they had to cool a bit.  I recommend eating these warm, even if it is slightly more difficult to get them out of the pan at that stage.  Because the filling is gooey and amazing when they are not completely cool.  These are decadent, chocolaty, and sooo good!  They were just as good as I imagined, and my Mom loved them as well which was the important part since they were her idea.  These would be perfect as part of a New Years Eve buffet, because they are small and easy to serve!

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Vegan Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan Pies
Makes 16

Ingredients:

Crust:

 

Filling:

  • 2 cups soft pitted medjool dates (if they are not soft, soak them in filtered water for 30 minutes and drain well before using)
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan butter (almond butter will also work if you do not have pecan)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp coconut butter or oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, plus more for pie tops
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. To make the crust, in a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and sea salt. Cut in coconut oil with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it is in pea sized pieces. Mix in  just enough water to create a smooth dough that holds together but isn't too sticky. Add more water if needed, and knead slightly until a smooth dough is created. Roll out into a rectangle using floured parchment underneath and floured rolling pin. Cut into 16 circles.
  2. Oil a muffin pan well with coconut oil and fit the dough circles into the holes. Shape the edges that stick out if desired (I fluted mine).
  3. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  4. To make filling, combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor except the pecans. Process until smooth, then scrape into a bowl and stir in the pecans and chocolate chips. Spoon the filling into the crusts in the pie tin, and top with more pecans to make the tops look pretty.
  5. Place pies in the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes until the crusts are starting to brown lightly. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack until warm (if you want them warm when serving so the chocolate is nice and gooey) or cooled (for easier removal).

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

2 Comments
  1. Fred
    December 31, 2016 at 03:23
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    I love your recipes. I do not see many comments in your blog, so I just wanted to offer my support. Thanks so much for the healthy and tasty recipes you extend to us!

    • January 1, 2017 at 15:36
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      So happy to hear you enjoy them :)! You are so welcome, thank you for your support :)!

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