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Bourbon Pecan Maple Bar

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Prep

15 minutes

Cook

35 minutes

Yield

20 -24 bars

This delicious bourbon pecan maple bar recipe is great for the fall/winter seasons. It has a pecan, crunchy topping that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the maple.

These delicious bourbon pecan maple bars are the perfect treat for the holiday season or beyond. The warming flavors of bourbon, maple, and pecan combine so nicely for the fall and winter. These bars are also great as a gift or potluck and were made with my friends at Maple From Canada.

Maple bar recipe on counter with butter knife beside it

Why you’ll love this maple bar recipe: 

  • Quick Prep: This maple bar recipe only takes 15-minutes to prep. That’s it!
  • Crowd-Pleasing: The crunchy pecan topping combined with the sweetness of maple and flavor of bourbon makes this recipe a crowd pleaser 
  • Versatile: Adjust the recipe with my tips below to make these maple bars vegan or gluten-free

Maple bars on counter with maple syrup in the background

Ingredient Notes: 

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a great alternative to artificial sweeteners in cooking, baking, or even your morning coffee. It’s important that you use 100% pure maple syrup. If you are wondering if it’s the good stuff, check the ingredient list, it should have one ingredient listed! Pure maple syrup is derived directly from maple tree sap and when consumed in moderation can be part of your healthy diet! Maple syrup also contains vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of manganese (which helps process cholesterol, carbs, and protein in your body). It’s a good source of riboflavin and even has calcium, and potassium (among other things) within it. 

Pecans: Pecans are a great source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium which all can help lower blood pressure. Most of the fat in pecans is the healthy kind and pecans add a delicious crunch to the topping of this maple bar recipe. If you don’t have pecans or don’t like them, you can also swap them for walnuts.

Maple bar recipe cut into squares and on counter

How to make this maple bar recipe: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a 9X13 baking dish with parchment, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter.  To the bowl add the maple syrup and vanilla.  You want the consistency to be light and fluffy. To the bowl, add the flax eggs and mix till just combined.  Now add all your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and sea salt). Combine till large ball forms. You will likely need to stir with a wooden spoon. Transfer the dough onto the prepared baking dish, evenly, and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. While the base cooks, make the pecan topping. Cream the butter using a hand mixer. Add to the maple syrup and vanilla till combined.  Slowly add in the flax eggs and bourbon till everything is smooth and incorporated.  Fold in the pecans or walnuts and chocolate chips of choice.
  4. Remove the base from the oven and transfer the pecan filling evenly over the base. Bake for another 20-22 minutes.  Do not overcook. You want the top to be golden and the center will jiggle.  Don’t worry it will set.
  5. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Corner of maple bars on countertop

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

How to make this maple bar recipe vegan: If you are not vegan, you can use regular eggs, and swap out butter for a vegan alternative.

How do I make this recipe gluten-free? If you are GF then use a 1:1 gluten-free flour instead of the all-purpose flour.

Storage: The bars will last up to 1 week at room temperate in a tightly sealed container.

Bourbon: I think the bourbon in this maple bar recipe adds a great flavor, but if you aren’t a fan or don’t have any, you can omit it completely.

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Bourbon Pecan Maple Bar

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This delicious bourbon pecan maple bar recipe is great for the fall/winter seasons. It has a pecan, crunchy topping that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the maple.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Vegan Desserts
Cuisine Baked Goods, Vegan
Servings 20 -24 bars
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Maple from Canada
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 flax eggs 6 tbsp ground flax and warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt

For the Pecan Topping:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Maple from Canada
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 2 tbsp. bourbon completely optional
  • 2 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chocolate chip

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and line a 9X13 baking dish with parchment, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter.  To the bowl add the maple syrup and vanilla.  You want the consistency to be light and fluffy. To the bowl, add the flax eggs and mix till just combined.  Now add all your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and sea salt). Combine till a large ball forms. You will likely need to stir with a wooden spoon. Transfer the dough onto the prepared baking dish, evenly, and bake for 10 minutes.
  • While the base cooks, make the pecan topping. Cream the butter using a hand mixer. Add to the maple syrup and vanilla till combined.  Slowly add in the flax eggs and bourbon  till everything is smooth and incorporated.  Fold in the pecans or walnuts and chocolate chips of choice.
  • Remove the base from the oven and transfer the pecan filling evenly over the base. Bake for another 20-22 minutes.  Do not over cook. You want the top to be golden and the centre will jiggle.  Don't worry it will set.

Cut into bars and enjoy!

    Notes

    If you are not vegan, you can use regular eggs.
    If you are GF then use a 1:1 gluten-free flour instead of the all purpose flour.
    The bars will last up to 1 week at room temperate in a tightly sealed container.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 24 | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.6g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 14.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 15.3mg | Sodium: 154.1mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 17.1g
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