Try making this gluten-free pecan pie recipe without corn syrup. This tasty gluten-free chocolate pecan pie recipe is flavored with bourbon.
Why this recipe works
This scrumptious gluten-free pecan pie recipe is made with chocolate, bourbon, sorghum, and a gluten-free crust. It’s a true pecan pie lover’s dream.
This easy-to-make take on the traditional pecan pie recipe is just the thing for your dairy and gluten-free guests.
Anyone who is a pecan pie lover will flip over this special Thanksgiving dessert.
Plan ahead to make the best chocolate gluten free pecan pie
Holiday season baking does require some planning, especially when it comes to gluten and dairy-free baking.
Take the time to buy all your ingredients in advance. The gluten-free pecan pie crust, sorghum syrup, and dairy free chocolate chips may not be available at your grocery store.
Since you’re cooking for people with special dietary needs you may need to drive to several grocery stores, a health food store, and a liquor store. You may have to order some ingredients online, too.
This chocolate pecan pie is so heavenly that your efforts will be worth it!
How to make a gluten free pecan pie
What kind of gluten free crust?
I used a premade gluten free dairy free pie crust from Wholly Wholesome. I usually can find these in the freezer section at my grocery store. If yours doesn’t sell it, try your local health food store.
You can buy a Wholly Wholesome crust weeks in advance since it’s frozen. I like using their gluten free pie crusts for a Quick Quiche Recipe, too.
The only disadvantage to using premade pie crusts is that you can’t use your own cute pie dish. Try finding a cute oversized one and fitting the pie in it after cooking. That way your delicious pecan pie looks attractive when served.
Pro Tip: Don't prebake the crust. Otherwise the crust ends up being too hard to cut.
(Looking for a homemade gluten free pie crust recipe? My Easy Raspberry Gluten Free Pecan Pie Recipe uses a gluten-free pie crust recipe made with crushed cookies.)
What kind of gluten-free flour?
Use a quality gluten-free all-purpose flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. This is my favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour and cooks up exactly like regular flour.
This type of gluten-free flour blend has white rice flour, xanthan gum, potato starch, etc. so it bakes up just right and you don’t have to buy extra specialty ingredients.
Check out my Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!
How to measure flour
Don’t scoop the flour directly out of the bag with a measuring cup. It packs down the flour and you end up over measuring. Too much flour means your baking will come out too dry.
Instead, spoon the flour from the bag (or the container you keep your flour in) into your measuring cup. Then use the back of a spatula to level off the top of the cup.
That way the flour is given a mini-sift and isn't packed down.
Measure any type of flour this way – regular flour, oat flour, almond flour, etc.
What kind of sweetener should I use?
This gluten-free pecan pie recipe doesn't use corn syrup. Instead, you have the choice of a variety of natural sweeteners.
You can use plain white sugar. Regular or organic is fine. An alternative is coconut sugar, which some people prefer.
Both are natural, no calorie sweeteners. They can be used 1:1 in baking just like regular sugar and have no weird aftertaste like stevia.
You could also try brown sugar, if you like a more molasses type flavor. Brown sugar is a little “wetter” than regular white sugar, so you may need to adjust cooking time.
Again, if you’re looking to cut back on the calories, there’s Swerve Sweetener, Brown, which is a terrific no-calorie substitute.
What kind of bourbon should I use?
Many people love a good Maker's Mark pecan pie, but you can use any brand of bourbon (or even rye) in this easy pecan pie recipe.
If you don’t imbibe, you can substitute cider for the bourbon. You could also add some vanilla extract to the cider. (Vanilla extract has alcohol in it.)
What is sorghum syrup?
I fell in love with sorghum when I lived in the South. It’s sort of like a cross between rice and maple syrup.
You can find sorghum syrup online and at beer and wine making stores.
If you don't want to order sorghum online, feel free to substitute pure maple syrup and turn this into a bourbon maple pecan pie. You can also use agave nectar.
How to toast pecans
1. Spray a skillet with a little cooking spray, then add the chopped pecans. (You can chop them by hand or in a food processor.)
2. Toast over medium heat until browned and fragrant. (The pecans should be a shade darker than they originally were.)
3. Remove the toasted pecans from the skillet to cool.
Pro Tip: The best way is to buy more pecans than you need. That way you can snack on them and use them in recipes like Blueberry Muffin Cake.
Buying a big bag also is a good insurance policy in case you burn the pecans when toasting them.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that because I’ve walked away to do something else and then forgot they were on the stove.
What kind of chocolate?
Enjoy Life Chocolate is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.
What kind of buttery spread?
Since this a gluten-free dairy-free pecan pie, I recommend using a tasty vegan butter like Earth Balance.
You can also use coconut oil (the kind that is solid at room temperature). But I prefer a vegan butter or non-dairy substitute so you get that buttery flavor.
Can you make this into a vegan pecan pie?
I haven’t tried making this into a pecan pie recipe without eggs. Eggs are super important into baking this into a delicious, gooey pie.
How do you know the pecan pie is properly baked?
Make sure to bake the pie long enough that the pecan pie filling is set.
The top of the pie will set but the center may be slightly gooey. (Test by jiggling the pan. The center may move a bit, but the sides won’t.)
If the entire pie jiggles, put it back in. Then bake the gluten free pecan pie recipe some more.
How to serve the pie
Serve your gluten free pecan pie with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream.
Reddi-Wip makes non-dairy almond and coconut milk whipped cream that you can add on top of the pie slices.
Try whipping up some chilled coconut cream on your own if you can’t find dairy free whipped cream at the store.
Cover the leftover pie with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be reheated for a few seconds in the microwave.
More dairy free, and gluten free desserts
● Keto Pumpkin Mousse (dairy free, gluten free)
● Dairy Free Pumpkin Fudge (dairy free, gluten free)
● Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread (gluten free, dairy free)
● Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pumpkin (dairy free)
● Vegan Key Lime Mousse (dairy free, gluten free)
- 1 gluten-free pie shell
- 1/3 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup organic sugar, monk fruit sugar, or Swerve Sweetener
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 cup sorghum syrup or real maple syrup
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped and toasted
- 4 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (gluten-free, dairy-free)
- 1/2 cup vegan buttery spread, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose gluten-free flour, sugar or sugar substitute, and salt.
- Stir in eggs just enough to combine all the ingredients.
- Stir in bourbon, sorghum or maple syrup, pecans, and chocolate.
- Pour melted buttery spread into a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Place the pie shell on a baking sheet.
- Pour pecan pie filling into the gluten-free pie shell. Place into oven and bake for 35 minutes. The top of the pie should be set but the center may be slightly gooey. (Test by jiggling the pan. The center may move a bit, but the sides won’t.)
- Remove pie from the oven. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Serve the gluten-free pecan pie at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 3gSugar: 43gProtein: 6g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.