Advertisements may have fooled you into thinking that certain pies are only for specific times of the year, but pecan pie is good all year round! If you think that’s a bunch of hooey, July 12th is actually Pecan Pie Day! Do not be fooled by the “fall” feeling you get when you look at these pies — they’re ready to be made and devoured now, as a cozy after-dinner treat or something you sneak a few bites of before heading to the beach in the morning.

Pecans are native to North America, so it makes sense that the delicious creation that is pecan pie originated in the Americas by the French (debatable) who settled in Louisiana after the Civil War. Although there is little evidence to support that the French created pecan pie, everyone began using pecans for baking. The first recipe ever published that resembles what we know as a pecan pie was published in 1898 in St. Louis. This pie didn’t get as popular and known as it is today until the 1920s.


The original pecan pie is made with eggs, butter, and milk, which are all easily replaced with plant-based ingredients. These pecan pie recipes do not contain any of these ingredients and are just as sweet and decadent as the original!

There are no rules to life, so dig in to some pecan pie today!

1. Raw Chia Caramel Pecan Piepecanpie

This Raw Chia Caramel Pecan Pie is a raw version of the holiday food favorites, but who said raw pecan pie isn’t for summer? The real deal isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing you can put in your stomach. They are pretty much white flour, sugar, butter, raisins, more butter, and more sugar. This is a superhero, nutrient-dense pecan pie.

2. Easy Date Caramel Pecan Piepecanpie2

This Date Caramel Pecan Pie starts with an easy oat and pecan crust and it’s filled with creamy date caramel. Add a sprinkle of sea salt, a dollop of coconut whipped cream, and some artfully placed pecans to finish off this healthy, refined sugar-free treat!


3. Paleo Pecan Piepecanpie

This Paleo Pecan Pie is so creamy, delicious, and dense, no one would ever guess that it’s raw and paleo! The crust is made primarily with pecans, walnuts, and dried mulberries, and the cashew filling is sweetened with dates and swirled with coconut cream. Top this pie with plenty of healthy pecans and a generous drizzle of maple syrup!

4. Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars With Date Caramelpecanpie

Truth be told these Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars With Date Caramel, that are reaching the ultimate level of yum in your tum. Think a crunchy, maple-flavored crust that is the foundation of the extremely soft and chewy caramel layer that is secretly made of dates, and then a crunchy, sticky-sweet ending of toasty-roasty pecans with swirls of melty, ooey-gooey chocolate. It’s complete fall dessert bliss.

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Now the only question left is whether to eat your ceviche with chips or make it into a tostada – but we’re sure you can handle that.

5. Raw Pecan Pie Delightsbars

These Raw Pecan Pie Delight bars are great for anyone with a busy lifestyle, and especially athletes. They are packed full of energizing raw foods that will help you either fuel for a workout or recover from one.


6. No-Bake Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse Pecan Piesweet-potato-chocolate-mousse-pecan-pie-1200x750

This Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse Pecan Pie, a holiday dessert masterpiece, will be the first to disappear from the table. A chocolatey crust made from pecans and gooey dates is filled with a rich, decadent chocolate mousse filling made from sweet potato and sweetened naturally with dates. Not only does this pie taste delicious, it is made from nourishing ingredients, so that’s cause for even more celebration!

7. Perfect Mini Pecan Piesminipie-1200x755

Are you the kind of person who has to try every single type of pie at the Thanksgiving table? Consider adding these Perfect Mini Pecan Pies to your selection: they’re perfect for tasting because, well, they’re mini! Instead of the traditional corn syrup and brown sugar that goes into the sugary-sweet filling, a mixture of coconut oil and pecan butter is used instead, for a healthier alternative that tastes every bit as decadent as the original.

8. Pecan Pie Bliss BallsPecan-Pie-Bliss-Balls-Vegan-1200x800

Going to the cinema calls for decent snacks and believe me when I say these Pecan Pie Bliss Balls are fit for the occasion. These little bites of heaven are a great alternative to the overpriced ‘nasties’ that are often offered. The medjool dates in them create a natural, candy like sweetness while the pecans and almonds add a wonderfully nutty, crunchy taste. It might be hard to believe that this simple combination of ingredients could taste like pecan pie but they do!

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Lead image source: Paleo Pecan Pie