Healthy Texas Pecan Pie

Looking for a recipe for healthy Texas pecan pie? I grew up in Texas and I know pecan pie. But I wanted a a healthy Texas pecan pie. I swapped out the corn syrup with honey, grass-fed butter and cream. Not only is it much tastier, it's much better for you.

Texas Pecan Pie

Nothing says Texas like pecan pie. Okay, that's not exactly true. I can think of lots of things that say Texas. Armadillos, longhorns, Willie Nelson, chili, pickup trucks and gun racks, two-stepping, and nachos (invented in Texas). Those all say Texas.

But real Texas pecan pie has got to be one of the very best things in my home state. Texans may not be modest but we do know good pecan pie (that's “PEE-can” in Texas).

And this healthy Texas Pecan Pie makes a delicious dessert for the holidays. This Christmas, I'm going home to Texas. I'll be getting our fill of Texas comfort food from my childhood: migas and Texas BBQ, pecan pralines, chili, quesadillas, and chicken fried chicken with fried okra, mashed potatoes and cornbread. And of course, Texas pecan pie.

Even Yankees love pecan pie. It happens to be my Jewish New Yorker husband's favorite, and his step-father's favorite. (Along with their lox and bagels.) I made this pie for them last Christmas, served with homemade vanilla ice cream. They gave it their hearty approval.

Healthy Texas Pecan Pie

Healthy Texas Pecan Pie: Ingredients

Pie Crust:
Click here for my recipe for perfect pie crust recipe.

Healthy Texas Pecan Pie Filling:
Large egg yolks, from pastured chickens, or free-range organic (4)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000Z93FQC” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Honey[/easyazon_link] (1/2 cup)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B006CVNF2G” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Organic cane sugar[/easyazon_link] (1/2 cup)
Cream, organic, from grass-fed cows (1/4 cup)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000UCOQV2″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Molasses[/easyazon_link] (1 TBS)
Melted [easyazon_link identifier=”B01AYWM4Q6″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]butter, grass-fed[/easyazon_link] (2 TBS)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000EITYUU” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Sea salt[/easyazon_link] (1 pinch)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B0002UN7PI” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Vanilla extract, organic[/easyazon_link] or homemade — see my recipe for homemade vanilla extract
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00K061WFQ” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Raw pecans[/easyazon_link] (1 1/2 cups)

Healthy Texas Pecan Pie: Equipment

[easyazon-link asin=”B00008CM69″ locale=”us”]Medium saucepan[/easyazon-link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B01GRKRLKS” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Baking sheet, stainless steel[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00008T960″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Silpat baking mats[/easyazon_link], if using [easyazon_link identifier=”B000G0KJG4″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]aluminum baking sheets[/easyazon_link]

Healthy Texas Pecan Pie: Instructions

(Optional) Soak and dry the nuts ahead of time:
1. Soak the nuts overnight (7-10 hours) in a mason jar filled with warm filtered water and a little sea salt.
2. Drain and rinse the nuts.
3. Spread on a baking sheet (use a Silpat mat if using an aluminum baking sheet) and dry in oven on the lowest heat setting or in your dehydrator for 12-24 hours.

Make the crust:
1. Follow the directions to make the pie crust. Blind bake it for 10-15 minutes then let it cool.

Make the filling:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Arrange the soaked and dried pecans, top sides up, in concentric circles, into the pie crust.
3. Set a medium saucepan on the stove on low heat. Add the egg yolks, honey, sugar, molasses, butter, cream and sea salt.
4. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon as you let mixture thicken (do not let it boil) for 7-10 minutes.
5. Add the vanilla and remove from heat.
6. Pour the mixture onto the pecans in the pie crust.
7. Cover lightly with a foil tent and bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes
8. Let cool for at least 45 minutes before cutting.
9. Serve with homemade whipped cream (cream whipped with a little maple syrup or honey and a pinch of sea salt) or homemade vanilla ice cream.

Healthy Texas Pecan Pie: Notes on This Recipe

I modified this pecan pie recipe from the pecan pie recipe in Rose Levy Beranbaum's wonderful and indispensable cookbook, [easyazon_link identifier=”0684813483″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Pie and Pastry Bible[/easyazon_link]. To make the recipe healthier, I replaced the corn syrup and brown sugar with natural unrefined sweeteners: honey, organic cane sugar, and molasses. I also use real butter and lard in my pie crust. No Crisco in this kitchen!

I used caramelized honey I found at a local beekeeper's stall at the farmer's market. Caramelized honey doesn't have the enzymes that raw honey has but since you're baking the pie, it does not matter. And caramelized honey has a richer, deeper flavor than raw honey. And like molasses, it is richer in minerals than regular honey. But you can use regular honey or raw honey.

I also used soaked and dried pecans. I soaked them overnight in warm filtered water with a little sea salt. Soaking nuts makes them more digestible, makes the nutrients more absorbable, and reduces the enzyme inhibitors naturally found in nuts.

You don't have to soak and dry the pecans — it's optional. If you do want to use soaked and dried pecans, make sure you give yourself an extra day to make this recipe.

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 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

33 thoughts on “Healthy Texas Pecan Pie

  1. Oh my, pecan pie. Yum. As a Southern girl I have an innate love for pecan pie, but I have yet to meet a person (Yankee or otherwise) who detests it – though I’m sure they exist out there somewhere. πŸ˜‰

    Love the recipe, very well adapted. Pecans are great nuts to soak because they tend to be affordable, and easier to find un-pasteurized (as opposed to almonds). I’ll have to tuck this one away. Maybe my family will enjoy a delectable pecan pie for Christmas. (And I’ll sneak away with the leftovers….if there are any!) Thanks for the recipe, Ann Marie!
    .-= Elizabeth from The Nourished Life´s last blog ..My Version of Homemade Raw Milk Kefir =-.

  2. This looks like a great recipe! My husband loves pecan pie. I think you’ve inspired me to surprise him with this pie for Christmas. thanks much!

  3. Dallas?? Austin?? Why stop there – come to San Antonio! πŸ™‚

    This sounds really good. I’ve never made pecan pie in my life, but I think DH would be quite happy if I did.

  4. I’m a Yankee, and I love, Love, LOVE pecan pie!!! I have all the ingredients on hand (just have to soak the pecans), and I am SO making this for Christmas. Thank you for the recipe. πŸ™‚

  5. Oh wow…. this sounds incredible! I want some, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to make it. My aunts corn syrup infused Thanksgiving pecan pie was the link that threw me completely off the wagon. I just hopped back on after gaining 10lbs. Ha-ha

  6. Maybe the reason I’ve never liked pecan pie (ducking thrown objects) – and yes, I’m in Texas! – is because I’ve never had homemade. Ann Marie, this sounds delicious! My native Texan dh and native Texan dc would love this – gosh, I think even *I* would enjoy it! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Advent =-.

  7. That looks almost exactly like my recipe! =) My great grandmother made pecan pies and I often wondered what she used before corn syrup became so cheap and available. I’m 5th generation Texan and I wish I had a hold of her recipes still… I know there are some amazing gems in there including her sweet corn corn bread and fried chicken…. oh and don’t forget the fried okra!

    Have fun here in Texas! We live just outside of Austin. While you are here you should check out Olivia’s which is supposed to be a great NT friendly restaurant. My husband did all their electrical installation when they were building the restaurant. There is also Terra Burger for a quick bite, they use a ton of organic produce and ground beef.


    1. that sounds like a good restaurant. That is on my wish list, to go to an all organic restaurant.

  8. I am so excited about this recipe! I love pecan pie but haven’t been able to have it in awhile because I’m gluten & corn intolerant. I found GF bread mix but didn’t know what to do about the corn syrup so I just gave up at Thanksgiving. Now I can make this for Christmas! Yay!
    .-= Julia @ Easy Eco To Go´s last blog ..Rebagz, Ridiculously Awesome! =-.

  9. Agreed. They make the best pecan pie in Texas. I’ve never been brave enough to try and make one myself however. I will have to give this recipe a try, thanks!

  10. Coming to Austin you say? So cool! I’ve lived here for years, was born and raised in a Texas small town but Austin has always felt like “home”. In the colder months I work at a “Farm School (preschool)” in North Austin, where the kiddos help with farm chores, and spend time every day in the sunshine outside, no matter what the weather…their food they serve is all organic and homemade (as much as they can at least, I’d say 95%), and several times the owners have had questions about “real food” and I point them to articles referenced in your blog!! I’m a big fan, glad you’re going to be visiting the area! Oh, and if you have any suggestions for us, our school blog is here:
    Official school site:

    Be amazing if you could drop by!

  11. Oh I can hardly wait to finish volunteering all of the holidays and then I am going to make this. On my first and only trip to Texas my friend ok friends brother loved the goo and the crust I loved the pecans and was crust glue free. We now know who got the gold medal nutrient dense end of that deal :-] Thank you for the adaptogenic recipes again.

  12. I searched everywhere for a non-corn syrup pecan pie recipe for Thanksgiving last year. was my lifesaver. The pecan pies turn out fine with out the corn syrup…though my dad had a fit about there not being the dark Karo syrup in it. Thanks another option!

  13. I am so excited to have this recipe. I have lived in TX since middle school and my husband is a native. Pecan pie is always on the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I have been on the look out for a recipe sans corn syrup as I’m transitioning to Real Food. Thanks for sharing this–we even have some local pecans to use!

    1. oh that would be nice to have your own pecans……..which means they would be organic, I am thinking.

  14. Maybe ‘cuz I’m a New Englander, I experimented and made pecan pie this Thanksgiving with maple syrup, and it was glorious. With a couple of eggs in there for body, it sets up nicely, and the flavor is off the map. Maybe I’ll try your idea of using half Sucanat and a little molasses next time, and see how that goes!

  15. After searching online for 30 minutes I found only one non-CS based pecan pie recipe. I made it for my parent’s anniversary last week and my mom didn’t like the taste of the brown sugar-based recipe. I will give your version a try (and keep it for myself πŸ˜‰ ) – thanks for this!
    .-= K @ Prudent and Practical´s last blog ..Donating Hair to a Good Cause =-.

  16. My dad bought hfcs of TWO different varieties) last time he made pecan pie…. sigh. I’ll have to share this recipe

  17. this sounds a lot better than the sticky sweet pecan pies I’ve tasted. I don’t eat pecan pie cause they’re so sweet.

  18. OK…Maybe I am daft. ( a strong possibility!) But I can not find the temperature to bake this pie. I would love to try this today. Are there really No pecans on top of the pie??? I have never had Texas pecan pie before…so I am not sure what to expect.

    Lastly, I have linked this reipe to one of my posts, because I was listing NON corn syrup pean pie recipes, but when went to use the link to make it – I noticed it was broken. I double checked my cut/paste job (and redid it) and it is what reads at the top of this location – but the link will not send people to this post. Is there a safe gaurd against linking you address by chance? Or a better way to do it in a post??? My post that lists this link as a corn syrup free pecan pie option is here:
    Of that helps.

    Thanks, pamela

  19. Hello! Thanks for the wonderful recipes! I was wondering about using maple syrup instead of the sucanant, and just follow the rest of the recipe as it is. Will that work you think?

    thanks again!

  20. Just found your website off my mom’s blog, Love pecan pie and can’t wait to try this recipe! Just one question, though. What’s “blind bake” mean?

  21. i have been reading your blog for a while now, and i really do love your writing, i was wondering is there any way you can get updates for the latest article you post on email or even cell, Forgive my immaturity in this as i am really new to this internet stuff

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