Recipe: Shortcut Chocolate Pecan Pie

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When making a new recipe I like to see how many steps I can skip without negatively impacting the end result. This pie is a perfect example of not only skipping a few steps, which I’ve deemed as unnecessary :), but also substituting (most of) the refined ingredients for whole ones. I replaced the white flour with whole-wheat flour and the corn syrup with maple syrup, but I do admit I left in the chocolate chips and some of the brown sugar because it certainly is okay to indulge in such treats in moderation! Just top a warm piece of the finished pie with some homemade vanilla ice cream and you’ll be in love with this super delicious and non-intimidating dessert as well.

If you’re looking for treats that would be okay to eat during the 10-day pledge (meaning without chocolate or brown sugar!) then check out this link for ideas:

Unbaked Whole-Wheat Pie Crust


4.5 from 2 reviews

Shortcut Chocolate Pecan Pie
For the crust:
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup melted butter, preferably unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
For the filling:
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped or whole
  • ¾ cup “dark” chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a pie pan mix together crust ingredients thoroughly including flour, salt, butter, and milk. Squeeze the dough into a ball to make sure there is enough moisture. If it crumbles into pieces too easily then add another splash of milk.
  3. Shape the crust by thinning it out with your fingers/hands until the pie dish is evenly covered (pictured above). Feel free to make the edges look “fancy” with a fork.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake until pie is set, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 5 or 10 minutes before serving.
    We think it is best topped with a little vanilla ice cream!

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76 comments to Recipe: Shortcut Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • Danyelle

    Do you think it will set right without the corn syrup? That is processed different than the High Fructose kind..just a thought..I know when making candy and other things the sugar has a way of reacting with the heat and setting that makes it a certain consistency. I am anxious to see what happens! They even ate sugar centuries ago but it was a luxury!

    • Danyelle

      Also in my BH&G cookbook from 1945 or 1947, it uses corn syrup too. It has a recipe for Pecan Pie and a recipe for Eggnog and Eggnog pie! Not much processed foods in 1940s :)

      • 100 Days of Real Food

        Danyelle – Carrie with Deliciously Organic did a post on Pecan Pie where she found that heating the maple syrup made it act more like corn syrup, but I made this pie without heating the maple syrup (because I like to skip steps!) and the outcome was still fantastic. I shared some slices with our neighbors and it was a hit. The filling “set” just fine and allowed us to cut the pie into nice even pieces. I hope that helps!

    • TracyVin

      I’ve made a pecan pie without any form of syrup at all, just white sugar and brown sugar, and it set up just fine. I am making a low sugar pie this year because my Mom and Aunt are both diabetic and I was recently diagnosed this year as having hyperinsulinemia. So we’re watching our carb intake. This uses sugar free maple syrup, which hurts my pea picking heart. But it’s not just me eating. Because personally, I just factor in the real deal with my carb counts and let it go there. I’m going to have to try this recipe. I wonder if you could just use sucanat instead. Isn’t it supposed to be sugar before the bleaching and adding molasses?

  • Cynthia

    What are your thoughts on this:

    “White sugar, brown sugar, sucrose, honey, maple syrup, even high-fructose corn syrup are all roughly the same mix of the simple sugars called glucose and fructose.”
    Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Nutrition and Health Expert for The TODAY Show, Woman’s Day, May 1, 2010

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      I don’t think it’s too far off! Honey and Maple Syrup have slightly more nutrients (and are slightly less processed) than the others, but they are definitely still a “sugar” and should be used in moderation!!!

    • Cathy

      I just read that brown sugar is no healthier or “real”. It is just processed white sugar colored with molasses. If you want real sugar get pure or organic cane sugar.

  • Vanessa

    Would this crust work for pumpkin pie?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      I’ve actually never made pumpkin pie because it just does not appeal to me (maybe I just haven’t tried a really good one yet) so I can’t say for sure, but I will tell you this is the same crust I use for quiche!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Vanessa. It will work for pumpkin pie. ~Amy

  • Mimi

    Are trying to torture us? This sounds so good!!

  • I’m totally going to try this. I was just thinking the other day about all of the holiday desserts that I need to learn to modify. We did well with Christmas cookies last year with my mom and niece, but the pies are definitely next on my list.

    One thought…go with Rapadura or Sucanat instead of brown sugar. I don’t even blink an eye to make this substitution any more. It’s the white, refined sugar I have more trouble with.

  • Kimberly

    Thanks for posting this. My husband is allergic to corn syrup and can never enjoy pecan pie without getting sick. We’re looking forward to trying this for Christmas this year!

  • Stephanie Cook

    I can’t wait!!!

  • LeeAnna Ross

    Too funny to see this recipe today… after I just ordered this pie from Whole Foods for Thanksgiving! Look forward to making this recipe for Christmas.

  • We will try it out for sure. Now I’m craving this for breakfast, I shouldn’t read your blog first thing in the morning.

  • Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am pleased to find a pecan pie recipe without corn syrup. I plan to make it later today to serve for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

    • I really enjoyed this pie, and so did our guests. Sweet, but not too sweet like traditional pecan pie. If you don’t mind, I may link to this recipe sometime in December. Thanks for sharing, I will certainly make this again!

  • Mmmm, that does sound fabulous with ice cream!

  • Meredith

    I made this last night for our Thanksgiving feast today – along with the usual pecan pie that my great-grandmother made with corn syrup, 1 C sugar and 1/2 stick of butter. I was anxiously awaiting my husbands reaction. We did a taste test this morning for a ‘snack’ and he honestly couldn’t tell the difference. SO GLAD that we tried it!! Thank you so much for the recipe! I have been so inspired with all of your recipes and your food revolution! We too have been working on eating only real foods now for about 2 years and its been so great to have a place to find good, wholesome recipes! Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  • Melissa Lacek

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving!! It was so yummy and SO EASY!! Thank you!!

  • Sarah Hudson

    I was just curious if anyone had tried this without the chocolate. My husband LOVES pecan pie, and it is one thing I fail at every single time I make it!! I’ve been searching for a corn syrup free recipe, and am anxious to try this one. But would love if it would work the same just eliminating the chocolate (to fill the spot in his heart, lol).

    • Nicole

      I’m curious too! I love pecan pie and stumbled across this recipe – but I am looking for it without the chocolate. Did you give it a try? How is it without chocolate?

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  • I just tried to make this for Thanksgiving. The filling does not specify unsalted butter like the crust did, so I used salted butter. Not sure if that’s why this happened, but the pie is very liquidy and not set at all after 25 minutes of baking. Any idea?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Stacy. No, the unsalted vs. salted butter should not have had an impact. I’m not sure what may have happened. I hope you give it another try and it turns out better for you. Jill

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  • Sarah

    I put my pie back in the oven for 10 extra minutes…so 35 minutes and now it looks perfect. It was very liquidy at 25 minutes.

  • Korey

    I am not a pro, but living in the mile high Denver, I have learned that sometimes things have to be cooked longer one place then another. Don’t know if that is helpful to anyone regarding setting issues. I really liked this pie and am hoping to try it with less pecans and more filler. I hope that does not effect anything but my sweet tooth.

  • Samantha

    There are ways to substitute for corn syrup – just google substitute. I made a simple syrup to replace it with sugar and water once. It set up just like the real thing. The problem with born syrup is the GMO aspect of the corn used for the syrup, not the syrup or sugars themselves. GMO is a whole ‘nother topic though!

  • Rebecca

    I am so excited to try this out! Growing up my Mom always made chocolate pecan pie (the very unhealthy, but oh so good way). Ever since we started our own Thanksgiving traditions I took this recipe over and began making it for everyone who comes to our home for Thanksgiving. Well, I am so excited to try this healthier version. Thank you!

  • angela

    Use Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Delicious and GMO free.

  • Nan

    Has anyone ever tried using almonds or pretzel pieces instead of pecans?

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