Grain Free Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars with VIDEO

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Maple Pecan Cheese Cake Bars

I’ve had more people ask me for this recipe than anything I’ve ever posted. This picture of the maple pecan bars went absolutely nuts on instagram.  There is a video below to help you.

You’ll want to make this, because this is my most  keto friendly popular post.

This made me a bit nervous because it’s not the typical super sweet pecan bar that resembles pecan bar, but now that I’ve made it several times, I can tell you, it’s addicting.

The Keto Maple Pecan Bar is Keto Friendly, Grain Free and Sugar Free

It’s decadent and yet it’s a keto friendly sweet, low-carb, and paleo friendly.

Sugar Free Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars from Spinach Tiger

My inspiration comes from my favorite Christmas cookies,  the Keto Friendly Pecan Tassie.  My love for pecans led to this very easy cookie bar that works for any low carb or keto diet and it’s also diabetic friendly.

I had a friend taste test the first batch who is strictly following keto and she said the texture was perfect, and suggested adding in maple extract.

My husband concurred that the maple extract woke this cookie bar up and has become a family favorite.

This is not just for holidays, but is something you can easily make all year. I can have it all done in under an hour with ten minutes of active time.

Keto Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars

How to Make the Almond Flour Crust

The only tricky part, although not difficult, is the almond flour crust. You can press it in with your hands, (instead of rolling it). In my video,  I do roll it between two pieces of parchment paper.  It doesn’t look like it’s going to work, but once you pre-bake it and you must pre-bake, it’s really good, not inferior in any way to other cookie bar bottoms.

Paleo Maple Pecan Bars from Spinach Tiger

As far as the cream cheese part, it’s so simple.

I use room temperature cream cheese, an egg,  powdered erythritol (I use Swerve), vanilla and maple extract and you’re just about done.  In my latest version, I added two tablespoons of sour cream. It’s not totally necessary,  but I like it.

Chop one cup of pecans, bake for about twenty minutes and then chill thoroughly. Cut into squares and take to your next party!

How to Make Keto Maple Pecan Bars from Spinach Tiger

An Important Word about Maple Pecan Bars

Maple pecan bars aren’t a cheesecake, but have a cream cheese filing that is inspired by cheesecake.   After three tries, we flavored the cream cheese mixture with maple extract, and liked this version best. I had tried flavoring with various liquors and that just did not work!

There are also options as to where to place the pecans. In the first version, I put them first before the cream cheese mixture. Either way, it’s good. It’s a matter of how you want it to look. If I put the pecans in first, I save a sprinkling for the top.

A Word About Swerve

My favorite brand of powdered erythritol is Swerve and I wrote an extensive article about it here.

A Word About that Almond Flour Crust

This year I made pumpkin cheesecake bars and didn’t do a side crust, only a bottom. I loved it. You can head over there for that recipe, where I crushed some pecans in the pie dough and I love it.

I Made a Video for Keto Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars

I used this rectangular tart pan, for this recipe,  but a square tart pan or square baking dish would work, if you plan on cutting them into squares.

If you love this recipe,  you will also love my new recipe for grain free pecan tassies

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Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars
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4.49 from 25 votes

Grain Free Maple Pecan Bars, (Keto, Low-Carb, Sugar Free)

When pecans and maple come together for a cheesecake bar with an almond crust.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Angela Roberts

Ingredients

Tart Crust

Tart Filling Ingredients

  • 8 ounce full fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream newly added and optional
  • 1/2 cup Swerve granulated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 cup pecans plus two tablespoons for garnish

Instructions

  • Almond Tart Crust Instructions
  • Melt butter and mix with almond flour, vanilla and swerve.
  • Mix in egg yolk.
  • Put in tart pan, by pressing in with fingers.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Make Filling

  • Mix cream cheese with sour cream, maple extract, egg, Swerve. Start with 1/2 teaspoon extract and taste.

Tart Instructions

  • Chop pecans.
  • Mix with a little sea salt.
  • Put pecans in pan with tart crust first (although you can reverse this is you want)
  • Pour cheesecake mixture.
  • Top with two tablespoons chopped pecans for garnish.
  • To avoid the tart crust from burning, cover entire tart pan with tin foil. Use a pairing knife, cut out the middle tart part so that only the tart crust is covered.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. 180 C. or until cream cheese mixture is set.
  • Cool completely.
  • Refrigerate at least six hour, preferably overnight.
  • Cut into 16 squares.

Video

Notes

Pan Used: I used this kind of tart pan, cutting into 16 bars.
You can use any kind of square pan and just put the crust on the bottom as an option.
Use parchment paper if you do that.
Maple Extract: If you can’t get real maple extract, you can skip this part. They are stll good without it.
If using real cane sugar, you can substitute 1 to 1, but do taste filling to see if it’s sweet enough. You might want to start with 1/3 cup sugar for filling and add more as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 1g

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57 Comments

  1. I cannot find an answer to Lisa H.’s questions on 1/28/2018 regarding the maple pecan bars. She asked if vanilla is in both the tart and the filling, and if granulated swerve is used for both the tart and the filling. The directions seem to say in the instructions that vanilla is used for both. How much goes in the filling? Swerve granulated is in the ingredients for both the tart and filling. I put the vanilla and granulated in both, and it is baking now. Should that be confectioners in the filling? Did I mess up?

  2. 5 stars
    OMG. What an amazing decadent treat. I made it on the weekend and carefully watched the video a couple times to get the crust right. It was so worth the effort and I don’t think anyone not following a low carb diet would notice. The squares look amazing and taste great. Thank you so much!!

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  4. 5 stars
    OHH MYY GODDD!!! This looks so amazing. I wish I could have one right away. But sadly will have to wait for the time when I will make myself. I m sure I will make this incoming weekend.
    Thank you and keep sharing:)

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  6. 5 stars
    These are heavenly. Added some almond extract to the crust because I love the smell. Had to freeze them to keep devouring them. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    These are heavily. Added some almond extract to the crust because I love the smell. Had to freeze them to keep from devouring them. Thank you!

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  9. Hi! I’d love to make this recipe but I’m allergic to any sweetener that is not real sugar. Yes, all of them. I’m hoping you’d be able to help me out with a conversion to either regular sugar, confectioners sugar or brown sugar that I could use in place of the Swerve. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      1. What can I replace for erythritol? Can I use coconut palm sugar for a keto friendly recipe? What’s the replacement quantity for your recipe as is?
        Is maple syrup and maple extract same or different ? Can you use interchangeably ?

        1. You can use any sweetener that doesn’t have carbs in it such as stevia, or I prefer stevia glycerite. I would recommend you tasting the cream cheese mixture. If it tastes sweet enough to you then great. Coconut palm sugar I believe has carbs. Maple syrup and extract are not the same thing, not in any way. Maple extract is an extract like vanilla extract. You cannot use them interchangeably. If you do add maple syrup to the recipe, it’s not going to be low carb.

          1. Thanks for your reply.. I tried the tart just now.. within 10 mins of adding the sour cream the cream cheese curdled!! I baked it anyway because I couldn’t salvage it. It has a curdled texture after baking as well.. yet to taste, but it was real easy to make otherwise..

          2. That should not have happened. Sour cream is a very common addition to cheesecake. Cream cheese is very hard to get to room temperature. Next time perhaps microwave the cream cheese for about 10 seconds and get sour cream to room temp. I added it cold last week when making a video and it was fine. You can also skip the sour cream. Another idea is to mix the sour cream with the egg and then add to cream cheese mixture. I’m sorry that happened.

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  11. My cream cheese mixture ended up looking like cottage cheese after I mixed it. I did leave the cream cheese out so that it was slightly softened, but the egg was right out of the fridge and I’m sure cooled down the cream cheese enough where it wouldn’t mix. It’s in the oven now and will probably be fine, but when I make it again I will definitely allow both the egg and the cream cheese to come to room temperature.

  12. 5 stars
    I will have to admit I flubbed this one – by accident. I overlooked putting an egg in the filling. I did mix in about a cup of heavy cream to thin the cream cheese. When I discovered my mistake, I thought about going ahead and adding the egg, but decided to leave it a chilled dessert instead. I tried to spread the mixture over the nuts and that didn’t work, so I mixed the nuts into the cream cheese. And finally, I didn’t have maple flavoring so I used rum flavoring. So, even though I took significant liberties, it’s still a keeper and I will try to follow the directions more carefully the next time!

    1. Diane
      That’s funny sort of. You know sometimes if you just keep going, you can salvage a recipe. I am going to remake this a few more times to be absolutely certain to the tiniest degree this recipe works, even though last Fall I made it about 6 times. I say that because its my number one dessert on Spinach Tiger out of HUNDREDS. I do have a new one coming that’s similar, made with heavy cream and nuts and much easier. Stay tuned.
      Thanks for writing.
      Happy Cooking
      Angela

      1. Like a few of these it doesn’t say how much vanilla. I’d like to make this but I don’t like to guess. Thank you Terrie

  13. 5 stars
    I would love to try all of these recipes.It’s hard to decide which one to make first,they all sound good.

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    1. 4 stars
      Idek how there is no nutrition info on here but here’s what I got with the cupcakes I made from this recipe. For 12 servings: 269 calories, 24.9g fat, 50.8mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 5.3 total carb, 2g fiber (3.3 NET CARBS), 6g protein.

      (My total carbs doesn’t account for alcohol sugars, because my tracker doesn’t have an option for it.)

      As far as a review.. these were fine, they weren’t my favorite but they were relatively easy to make, though next time I might cut the crust down so there’s not as much.

  19. A few notes: in the instructions for both the filling and the crust it says to add vanilla, but in the ingredients list there is no mention of vanilla at all. Is it real vanilla, or pure extract and how much?
    In the directions for the filling, it does not say to add the swerve in. I am assuming that I will add it in with everything else and mix, but if it is added in different, please let me know.
    Does it have to be confectioners? I have Splenda that I use for most of my low carb desserts. Would this be a good substitute?
    I took a guess on vanilla, and am getting ready to make these today. I will comment on how they turn out with my estimates.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I was wondering if you made these bars, and if so, did you substitute Splenda for Swerve and did you use vanilla in the crust and filling or just the maple extract in the filling? The recipe is very unclear, and I was hoping you could tell me how they came out.

      Thanks for your help!

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