Pecan Balls (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

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Pecan Sandies made healthier! These pecan balls have an incredible buttery pecan cookie flavor in a bite size treat! Gluten-free, dairy-free, no sugar and no baking! 0.6 carbs each with options for keto, Paleo and vegan! Pecan Sandy Bites (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

I. AM. SO. PUMPED.

These little pecan bites! OMG. I can’t wait for you to try them!

Who needs cookies filled with gluten, dairy, sugar and junky chemicals and fillers when you can have a MUCH HEALTHIER treat with the same yummy flavor?!

With just 0.6 net carbs and almost 2 g protein in each bite, you can enjoy these any time! With breakfast, for an afternoon snack or evening treat.

SO buttery, so much pecan FLAVOR + that delicious hint of sandy texture. YUM. I could eat these every day of my life, forever. #obsessed

Pecan Sandies, made HEALTHIER with just 5 ingredients

Goodbye gluten/grains/flour, SUGAR and additives. We’re using SIMPLE, basic, wholesome ingredients:

  1. Pecans
  2. Buttery Coconut Oil
  3. Monkfruit
  4. Coconut (for a bit of texture; there’s no coconut flavor)
  5. Salt

I’m BLOWN away how these ingredients combined make SUCH an amazing flavor. My hubs & I both said, “WOW” when we tasted these.

I used Buttery Coconut Oil from Thrive Market that I found for just $4.99 (!!) Use my link in the notes to score an extra 25% discount! Woohoo!

This is the same buttery flavor oil that I used to make my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies! It’s perfect for adding that AMAZING butter taste.Pecan Sandy Bites (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Just Minutes to Make!

The key step in making the pecan flavor POP is to toast your pecans. Just put them in a dry skillet for about 5-7 minutes until your kitchen is filled with that wonderful aroma. LOVE IT.

Then throw everything in a food processor and blend it into a dough. That’s it!

No baking, nothing complicated. Just scoop the dough into balls, smooth it out a little with your hands and pop it in the freezer to firm up for 5-10 minutes.

SO EASY.

Want more easy PECAN treats? Check out my Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Cookies and Maple Pecan Tarts! I LOVE PECANS. And this pie has a PECAN CRUST. Omg sooo good. Now that I think about it, this recipe would make an amazing pie crust, too!! Oohh now I’ve gotta make that!Pecan Sandy Bites (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Tender Loving Care

Note: handle these balls with care. They are a little fragile when you first scoop them. Packing the dough together super tight when scooping, and compacting them with your hands helps them stay together. Once chilled, they will hold together better.

If you don’t want ’em as fragile, simply bump up the amount of oil to 2 or 2.5 Tbs. That will make them firmer. It’s up to you 🙂 Personally, I love them just the way they are.

If you make these, be sure to tag me on Instagram @emily.likes.food so I can see 🙂  ENJOY!

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Pecan Sandy Bites (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

Buttery PECAN Sandies flavor in a bite size cookie ball (without the gluten dairy or sugar!) No baking needed!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 11 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3 Tbs desiccated coconut unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 Tbs buttery flavor coconut oil or refined coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Lakanto monkfruit powdered (or powdered coconut sugar for non keto)
  • Pinch of pink salt
  • 1 Tbs water

Instructions

Prep your ingredients:

  • Toast pecans in a dry skillet for 5-8 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and crisp.
  • Blend 1/3 cup monkfruit into a powder (about 10 seconds) using a small blender. (tip: make some pb balls with the leftover powder!)

To make the bites:

  • Add pecans and remaining ingredients (except water) in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
    Pecan Sandy Bites (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com
  • Add water at the end and pulse again. Mixture should stick together when squeezed between your fingers. If too crumbly, add another 1/2 Tbs water or coconut oil (melted)
    Pecan Sandy Bites (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com
  • Use a cookie scoop to make balls (pack the dough very firmly so they hold together). Smooth the bites with your hands by carefully squeezing and forming, if you like.
  • Freeze for 5-10 minutes to set. ENJOY 🙂

Notes

Disclosure: As an affiliate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through referral links in this post (at no additional cost to you).
Thrive Market buttery coconut oil
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 Lakanto Monkfruit from
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Pecans from Aldi or Amazon
Macros via Cronometer: Cal 141 Fat 15 g Carb 2.5 g Fiber 1.9 g Net Carbs 0.6 g Protein 1.7g
To store: keep refrigerated for about 10 days tightly wrapped in an airtight container. May be frozen for longer storage (thaw for a few minutes before eating)

6 comments

  1. Emily says:

    Love it!
    Can I use regular sugar if not making as a paleo or Keto treat?
    If just using regular coconut oil, do I need to add in any butter to replace with?

    • Emily says:

      Thanks! I love them too
      Yes, powdered sugar works fine. Or regular granulated sugar if you want more “sandiness”

      You can use butter extract with refined coconut oil / palm oil for flavor.

      Or butter may work if you melt it first, but I’m not 100% sure it will harden enough. Maybe a combo is perfect!

      If you try a sub, will you report back how it goes? 🙂

  2. Cyndi says:

    I’m confused about the measurements. The top of the recipe says 1 1/2 TBSP of lakanto monkfruit, but the instructions say 1/3 cup? Help?? 🙂

    • Emily says:

      1/3 cup is just to make a batch of homemade powdered “sugar” in a blender 🙂 Measure 1 1/2 Tbs after blending .
      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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