Pecan Pie Brownies

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Combine two amazing desserts into one with these fudgy pecan pie brownies! They’re made with almond flour so they’re gluten-free, grain-free and absolutely delicious.

Since the holidays are anything but traditional this year, why not make a non-traditional dessert?! I’ve shared a variety of pie recipes here on EBF, but wanted to switch things up this year and share this spin on pecan pie. I’m a sucker for all types of brownies, but when brownies have a gooey, crispy pecan topping, it’s next level. Whether you’re gathering with immediate family or spending the holiday solo, I highly recommend making these brownies to lift your spirits!

Close up photo of a pecan pie brownie.

While I’ve made sweet potato brownies and black bean brownies before, this recipe was my first adventure into almond flour brownies. It took some testing, but I think this pecan pie brownie recipe turned out perfectly. They’re rich and fudgy and SO delicious! The almond flour brownie base is perfectly moist and the pecan pie topping adds a satisfying crunchy, sweet crust to the treat.

The best part? These brownies are super simple to make!

Glass mixing bowl with brownie batter.

Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredient list seems a little long for this recipe, but don’t worry it’s worth the extra ingredients and most are pantry staples you already have in your kitchen.

  • blanched fine almond flour – I recommend Bob’s Red Mill super fine almond flour. It’s perfect for baked goods and what I use for all of my almond flour recipes.
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • chocolate chips – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a lower sugar option or Enjoy Life chocolate chips for dairy-free.
  • eggs 
  • butter 
  • cane sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup
  • vanilla extract, salt, baking powder
  • whole or chopped pecans
Pecan pie brownies on a table surrounded by pecans.

How to Make Pecan Pie Brownies

  • Combine wet ingredients – In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs. Stir in the melted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and melted chocolate chips.
  • Bake – Scoop the batter into a 9×9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and spread the batter to the edges. Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes.
  • Prepare pecan topping – While the brownies bake, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, egg, vanilla, salt and pecans in a small bowl.
  • Bake and enjoy – After the brownies bake for 20 minutes, remove them from the oven and spread the pecan topping over the brownie batter. Place back in the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until the topping has set. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Hand holding a brownie topped with pecan pie topping.

Substitutions & Notes

  • Almond flour – I’ve only tested this recipe with almond flour and don’t recommend subbing for any other flour.
  • Eggs – I haven’t tried this recipe with flaxseed eggs. I have a feeling it might work for the brownie batter but I’m honestly not sure how it will work for the pecan pie topping. If you decide to experiment, let me know how the brownies turn out.
  • Sugar – I haven’t tried substituting the sugar, but I’m sure you could use coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar if you prefer.
Pecan pie brownies on a plate. Plate is surrounded by more brownies, a spoon with cocoa powder and pecans.

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Pecan Pie Brownies

4 from 53 votes
Combine two amazing desserts into one with these fudgy pecan pie brownies! They’re made with almond flour so they’re gluten-free, grain-free and absolutely delicious.
Pecan pie brownies on a table surrounded by pecans.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, melted (I used Lily’s)*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups blanched fine almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×9 square pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs. Stir in the melted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and melted chocolate chips.
  • Add the cocoa powder, almond flour and baking powder and stir to combine.
  • Scoop/pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it to the edges.
  • Bake brownies in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • While brownies are baking prepare topping by combining brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, egg, vanilla, salt and pecans in a small bowl.
  • After 20 minutes, remove brownies from the oven and evenly spread the pecan topping over the brownie batter. Place back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the topping has set. Remove from oven and let brownies cool for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Brownies will keep for 2 days covered at room temp or up to 5 days in the fridge.

Video

Notes

  • To melt the chocolate, place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15 second increments for about 90 seconds, stirring in between until the chocolate has fully melted.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie Calories: 314kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Protein: 6g Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 7g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 69mg Sodium: 164mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 20g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan pie brownies

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    40 comments
    1. Akaila Powell
      September 21, 2022 AT 12:48 am

      5 stars
      These were so good!!!!! I use flaxseeds instead of eggs and dates instead of maple sugar and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and used almond and vanilla extract and everything was wonderful!! Paired it with some peanut butter swirl ice cream!! I am newly gluten free (wheat allergy) so this is legit!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 21, 2022 AT 8:05 am

        YUM! I am happy to hear that this recipe is a hit, Akaila. Your substitutions sound amazing and pairing it with the peanut butter swirl ice cream sounds delicious. Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    2. Cristina
      November 26, 2021 AT 12:00 pm

      5 stars
      These are soo delicious and simple to make!! They were a hit for Thanksgiving. Definitely making again 🙂 Thanks for another great recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 29, 2021 AT 10:40 am

        Woo!! Happy to hear this recipe was a hit, Cristina. Thanks for the review!

    3. Cami
      November 25, 2021 AT 3:58 pm

      3 stars
      The pecan topping was DELICIOUS but the brownie turned out to be more of the consistency of cake. I subbed regular flour and used half the amount of what the recipe called for for almond flour…will have to give these another try and see how they turn out!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2021 AT 6:59 pm

        Thanks for sharing! I haven’t tried this recipe with another flour so that was likely the issue of them being too dense. Let me know if you try them again and how they turn out. 🙂

    4. Nancy Greenwalt
      November 17, 2021 AT 9:26 am

      I don’t use white sugar. What other sweetener could I use? For your brownie recipe. Thank You. Nancy

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2021 AT 8:15 pm

        You could sub in coconut sugar!

    5. Eddie
      November 15, 2021 AT 8:10 pm

      5 stars
      Hi Brittany, these look amazing and I can’t wait to try them! Just wondering if I could use brown rice syrup in place of the cane sugar? Or maybe coconut or rapadura sugar?
      Thanks you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 16, 2021 AT 4:29 pm

        Hey Eddie – I wouldn’t swap a liquid sweetener for the regular sugar. Coconut sugar would be a good substitute!

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