March 25th is Pecan Day, a day that commemorates when George Washington planted a pecan tree in Mount Vernon in 1775. The tree had been a gift from his friend, Thomas Jefferson, and these nuts are known to have been a favorite of both forefathers.
There are over 1000 varieties of pecans, many named after Native American tribes. Pecans are the only nut native to North America. They’re also delicious. Big and crunchy, pecans are a great snack on their own, but they are also a great addition to recipes, both sweet and savory. Take a look at these 16 Awesome Recipes with Pecans and these 16 Perfect Pecan Recipes. If you’re a fan of pecans, then you’ll go nuts for these 10 delicious recipes.
1. Apple and Pecan Spelt Pastry Pies
These Apple and Pecan Spelt Pastry Pies
are such an amazing treat. A nutty spelt crust is filled with a warm, gooey apple pecan filling. Cinnamon adds a touch of warmth to the filling of these pastry pies, and the crunchy crust serves as a satisfying contrast to the gooey apples within. Serve these pastry pies with a tall, cool glass of almond milk for the perfect breakfast, dessert, or snack.
2. Perfect Mini Pecan Pies
Individual-sized desserts are great – you don’t have to worry about portion size, you can feel good about eating the whole thing. Not to mention, you don’t have to share. These Mini Pecan Pies
are made from a mixture of coconut oil and pecan butter instead of the usual corn syrup and brown sugar, so they are still decadent, but not as heavy.
3. Pecan Walnut and Ginger Cookies
These Pecan, Walnut and Ginger Cookies
may have the flavors of fall, but they’re perfect all year round. Ginger, cinnamon, and hearty, buttery nuts come together to make one seriously delicious cookie that is chewy, crunchy, and just a bit spicy.
4. Caramel Pecan Bars
These Caramel Pecan Bars are a sweet treat that’s so easy to make. They have a base of mixed nuts and creamy nut butter, topped with a sticky-sweet date caramel. These bars require no baking, so you can be sitting down to enjoy one or two in no time.
5. Pecan Coconut Brownies
Can you believe these amazing gooey Pecan Coconut Brownies
are only made with seven ingredients?! They’re sweetened with dates and warmed with spices like ginger and cinnamon. They are so incredibly decadent and delicious, you should probably make a double batch.
6. Southern Pecan Caramel Sauce
That bowl of ice cream just isn’t complete until you pour this Southern Pecan Caramel Sauce
down over it. This is a decadent caramel sauce that’s filled with toasted pecans and rich coconut milk. It tastes just like pecan pie filling, without the crust. It’s perfect on that bowl of ice cream, but you’ll be tempted to eat it straight from the spoon.
7. Caramel Pecan Rosemary Doughnuts
These Caramel Pecan Rosemary Doughnuts
are a healthier, grown-up doughnut than the usual fried, sugary ones. These yeasted baked doughnuts are topped with date caramel, toasted pecans, and a scattering of fresh rosemary. The combination of flavors is simply amazing.
8. Decadent Chocolate Chip and Pecan Brownies
These Decadent Chocolate Chip and Pecan Brownies
are the perfect rich and chewy brownies. Whole chocolate chips and chopped pecans add texture to this dessert’s dense base. When baked, they attain the perfect balance between a slightly crispy and chewy outer layer with a fudgy interior. These are amazing on their own, but even more so when served with a scoop of vanilla vegan ice cream and a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
9. Gooey Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars
These Gooey Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars
are ooey-gooey good. They combine rich, salty caramel, chocolate, and toasted pecans … doesn’t that sound divine? These decadent desserts also look pretty fancy, so if you have a party to go to, these are the thing to make! The toughest part is resisting the urge to keep them to yourself.
10. Mocha Crunch Pecan Butter Cups
If you love the caramel-like taste of pecan butter, you will go crazy for these Mocha Crunch Pecan Butter Cups
. The pecan butter is mixed with a little chocolate, coffee, and crunchy pecans for a sinfully decadent combination.
It is believed that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson walked around with pecans in their pockets so they could munch on them all day long. Sounds like a great idea to us, but instead of that, let’s take it to the next level and make these recipes instead.
Lead image source: Gooey Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars