12 September 2019

Chewy Pecan Bars - Pecan Blondies

Chewy Pecan Bars - Pecan Blondies / www.delightfulrepast.com

Chewy Pecan Bars (or Pecan Blondies) are my favorite bars. I make great Brownies, or so I'm told, but I'm not a chocolate fan myself. And these have half the sugar of brownies, just 2 teaspoons per 2-inch square! With this quantity of nuts and no sugary add-ins, they're practically health food!

Of course, you can add in whatever you like; I don't judge. And you can bake these in a 13x9x2-inch pan, even though I use a 13x9x1-inch quarter sheet pan. I have multiples of this pan because it is such a kitchen workhorse. If you haven't tried one, go ahead and order two. You're going to want more.


Couldn't resist doing a quick watercolor sketch of a little
squirrel heading out to gather nuts.
My friend Julia named her Miss Emily Squirrel.


These bars are quick and easy to make, fairly healthy, and very "packable," perfect for the lunchbox or tucked into your purse for a snack. What's your favorite portable snack?


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Chewy Pecan Bars - Pecan Blondies


(Makes 24 2-inch squares)

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces/170 grams) coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1.75 ounces/50 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (7.5 ounces/213 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons non-GMO baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (3/4 teaspoon, if you like that salty kick)
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces/170 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 firmly packed cup (7 ounces/198 grams) dark brown sugar
4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


1 In dry skillet over medium heat, toast the chopped pecans and oats until lightly browned and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

2 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Grease, or line with baking parchment paper, a 13x9x1-inch quarter sheet pan. I like to line it with parchment with a bit of an overhang so I can lift it out of the pan for cutting. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt to "sift."


3 In 2- to 3-quart saucepan, melt butter and stir in brown sugar. Then stir in eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well to combine. 

4 Stir in flour mixture, nuts and oats. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and pulling away from the sides of the pan. As with brownies, you want to avoid overbaking. Cool completely and cut into 24 bars. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Jean

49 comments:

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

I’m still celebrating your gentle correction in my latest Sullygram newsletter, but that has nothing to do with this spontaneous, mouth-watering reflex nudging me toward “5 cleavers” as I read about (and see) your chewy, chewy, chewy pecan blondies. Nope. I can’t be bribed. But…but blondies – 1 cleaver, 2 cleavers – oh, yes, delish! And Miss Emily Squirrel takes me back to a pleasant childhood time of – 3 cleavers, 4 cleavers – books and treats. Pecans, chewy, brown sugar. Yes, yes, yes. 5 cleavers!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I have never made Blondies because I don't care that much for pecans but yours look wonderful! I can no longer eat nuts and I love them; especially macadamia and Brazil nuts. Cashews are also a favourite. I wonder what I might substitute for nuts in those goodies? Any suggestions?

Tamago said...

Oooh yum, it sounds so yummy and healthy! I used to love pecans (I still do, but my body developed intolerance to nuts. Bummer) And I love the smell of toasted pecans :-) Your sketch of squirrel is adorable!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, always thrilled to get the coveted 5 Cleavers, for whatever reason or combination of reasons!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sandi, if you are not also allergic to peanuts (not really a nut), they would be very good. But you can actually not put anything in the dough/batter at all, and they're perfectly lovely. Other possibilities: coconut, dried fruit, chocolate chips. Let me know!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Tamago, thank you. I have fun with my little characters! As I told Sandi, you can leave the nuts out and have a perfectly lovely bar.

ellen b. said...

Gotta bookmark this one for me and then for my sugar conscious friends. :)
Love the sketch!!

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never baked any blondie...these sound and look so tasty with pecans.

TONY said...

Squirrel Nutkins girlfriend!!! "Chewy Pecan Bars" For one moment I thought you had gone commercial. I was looking for a brand wrapper. Perish the thought. How could I ,"mea culpa." It looks delicious Jean. Reminds me of Flapjacks, but they obviously are not Flapjacks. No nuts in Falpjacks, just oats, golden syrup, brown sugar and butter. But I wouldn't, of course, refuse the offer of a, " Chewy Pecan bar."

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Ellen, thank you! And I'm so glad you and some of your friends are sugar conscious. For many years now, I have strictly limited my sugar to never more than 6 teaspoons in a day, and I think it's benefited me in many ways.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Angie. I hope you'll give them a try. I can imagine them with some of your favorite seeds added in as well.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Tony. Love a good flapjack, when it's not too sweet. And these sort of bars usually have two or even three times the sugar that I put in them. Nope, not going commercial! My little squirrel is proud to have reminded someone of Squirrel Nutkin!

TONY said...

You must ignore me sometimes Jean. Ha! Ha! But definitely a touch of Beatrix Potter. The thing about Beatrix Potter is that she was a genius illustrator and her stories although they seem simple have deep social interactions that are learning situations for children. Lots of people think what she drew and wrote was simple but it was complex and very human. You have a touch of that in your illustrations and writing. Ever thought of writing and illustrating children’s books Jean? You should have a go.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Tony, I am honoured to be named in the same sentence as Beatrix Potter! I haven't looked at the books in decades, though the set is on a table in my family room. As you say, what she drew and wrote was far more complex than most people imagine. I would love to do a children's book if the opportunity dropped into my lap. I'm not inclined to involve myself in the "business" of publishing. Thanks for the encouragement!

Quinn said...

I enjoy these more than chocolate brownies - will save your recipe!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Quinn. So much better than chocolate!

Pauline Wiles said...

The squirrel is adorable and I do love how you come up with such tasty looking treats which are still low in sugar.
As for your earlier comment about the "business" of publishing, yes, you're right to be wary!

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

I love desserts that have as little sugar as possible. Your pecan blondies look great and I hope to make them soon.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Pauline, thank you. Perhaps I just lack ambition?! :D

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Gerlinde! I hope you like them as much as we do. I really try to cut back on sugar in everything.

Darlene said...

These look so great!! Thanks!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Darlene.

Creations By Cindy said...

Those treats look awesome . I love blondies with nuts . Thanks so much for sharing . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Cindy. There's one left, and I'm going to be polite and let Mr Delightful have it!

Dee | Grammy's Grid said...

YUM!! These sound really tasty! And oh my goodness, I love the watercolor sketch! You are so talented!! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 4. Shared.

Richard Sheppard said...

Mmmmm, this look tasty! I'm a super brownie lover myself but I'm with you in that they really do have tons of sugar! Anyway, company is coming this weekend so these may be on order! Have a great weekend! :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dee, thank you so much! Glad you like the watercolor! And shares are much appreciated.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Richard. I'm hoping to have time to paint tomorrow afternoon!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your bars look like the perfect snack, Jean. I’ll take one with a cup of tea, please. Your Miss Emily watercolor sketch is just darling! Happy baking AND painting.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kitty, thank you so much on both counts! Right now it's too hot to bake, so maybe I'll paint!

Liberty said...

These look delicious!!!! visiting from Spread the Kindness link up. I invite you to share at our Best of the Weekend Link up on Fridays.

Liberty @ B4andAfters.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Liberty! I'll check it out.

Margie said...

Gotta love healthy desserts!

April J Harris said...

Miss Emily Squirrel is adorable, Jean! Your Chewy Pecan Bars could definitely be one of my favourite portable snacks. I like that you've made them as healthy as possible, but still a treat! Thank you for bringing them to the Hearth and Soul Link Party this week. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Margie!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

April, thank you--on both counts! I do like to carry healthy snacks with me when I'm out and about all day and not sure about meals.

Jeanie said...

These look delicious, Jean. I'm like you. Not a particular chocolate fan, save for a couple of things. I'd much prefer a blondie (or my favorite, lemon). So this one looks to be a keeper for me.

Of course it is! Miss Emily appears to endorse it and she's so darned cute, how could one resist?

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Jeanie. I think lemon is my favorite as well! But when you're out of lemons, this will do! Miss Emily found lots of pecans, so I'll be making these again this week.

Ann Rue said...

The shortbread receipe was very good, so now I will have to try these bars.

The drawing is very cute

Mrs. White said...

This looks wonderful! I often make brownies, but always want to find recipes that include oats. This looks like something we would enjoy. Thank you!

Ann Rue said...

Your bars look so good, I will have to try them, your short bread was very good.

tea lady said...

I will try your bars, your shortbread was so good


Cute drawing.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Ann, thank you. So glad you liked the shortbread (and drawing!). Hope the bars turn out well for you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mrs White, thank you. I hope you like them. I love the oats and nuts!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Tea Lady, so glad you liked the shortbread. Let me know how the blondies turn out for you. They are so good with a cup of tea!

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy said...

Thanks for linking up at the #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 6 Pinned

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sylvia.

tea lady said...

I made the bars, but did not have any pecans, so used walnuts, also made a glaze, then took some up to my niece's and had them with tea, very good with tea.
Hope you have more receips for me to try.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, tea lady! Just check out my Recipes index page under the category "Teatime" for more recipes that go well with tea.

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