Dec 13, 2013

Maple Pecan Bites. Vegan and Oil-free.

Christmas Cookies: Day 5.

These little one-bite cookies are just as yummy as they are cute! Maple and pecan… can’t ask for a better match and you can taste both in this darling concoction of minimal ingredients and maximal flavor. Super crunchy on the outside and soft and cozy inside.

You could easily replace the spelt with all-purpose gluten-free flour if you prefer.


~ dry

  • 2 cups whole spelt flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped raw pecans

~ wet

  • 1 TBS ground flax seeds + 3 TBS water
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup (Grade B is the best with more nutrients and flavor)
  • ½ cup raw cashew butter
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pure maple flavoring


  1. Combine the flax with the water and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. Place all wet ingredients, including the flax mixture, in a small bowl and stir well to combine.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until you have a smooth dough. I used my hands to mush it all together.
  7. Separate the dough into 4 even portions and roll into logs 1″ in diameter.
  8. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
  9. Slice the the logs into ½” cookies and place on the cookie sheet. Do not flatten.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Cool and serve.

Makes about 56 bites!

Healthy cookie trails,

6 responses to “Maple Pecan Bites. Vegan and Oil-free.”

  1. what is maple flavouring and is there something I could use instead – is it like maple essence (not sure I can get that either but ? sub for vanilla essence or ? leave out)…..Do you think I could use peanut butter instead of cashew butter too or just use cashews to make cashew butter instead? These (and all the other cookie recipes look great!!!)

  2. Helyn says:

    Hi Rach,
    Yes, maple flavoring is maple essence. It just amps up the maple flavor. You could leave it out. Peanut butter would change the flavor completely though. If you can make your own cashew butter that would be better or pecan butter would be ideal!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Have you per chance ever tried to replace the flax seeds with pysyllium husks? I can't do flax or chia so I was wondering if the psyllium might work instead. I could just experiment, but thought I'd see if you have any experiene with it already! Thanks!!

  4. Helyn says:

    I haven't tried psyllium husks. But that might work! Let me know the outcome if you try it okay? Thanks!

  5. These little gems were gone before we could say "Who ate them all"?

  6. made own cashew butter today right after making some more coconut butter – so delicious but restrained myself and put it in jar so can make the cookies this week 🙂

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