It’s that time of the season again. Everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving, and the cake, cookie and pie baking are in full swing! I mean, it’s simply not thanksgiving without many dessert options, right?
At my local bakery, they make a nut free “pecan pie”. My family has been buying it for years, and it’s always gobbled up (pun intended). We usually buy a few of them to put in the freezer so we can enjoy them throughout the year.
This year, I decided to recreate this family favorite. My oats and honey granola pie not only tastes very similar, but I (and my taste testers) thought it tasted even better! It has a wonderful warm maple flavor, with a nutty consistency from granola and oats. It’s perfectly sweetened with honey (no corn syrup here!), and has a delicious gooey filling!
It can be hard to break traditions for holidays like Thanksgiving. But I always like to make something a little different and youthful, and share it with my readers. This twist to the traditional pecan pie will surely satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with a textural and flavor upgrade.
- 1 pie crust (use gluten-free crust if making this recipe GF)
- ½ cup unsalted margarine
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup honey
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 3 pouches Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey crunchy granola bars (6 bars), crushed into small pieces
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats (use gluten-free oats if making this recipe GF)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large microwavable bowl, melt the margarine. In a large bowl, stir the melted margarine, brown sugar and honey until blended. Then, whisk in the salt, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs until well combined. Stir the crushed granola bars and oats into the mixture. Pour the pie filling into the pie crust.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the center is set and the crust is golden brown. If your crust begins to brown too quickly, cover it with a pie saver or some foil.
- Cool for at least 30 minutes before eating. Serve warm or room temperature.