Naturally Sweetened Pecan Pie Recipe

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This naturally sweetened pecan pie without corn syrup is made with REAL FOOD ingredients and no refined sugar. It’s a healthy pecan pie recipe that makes the perfect holiday dessert!

A single slice of naturally sweetened  Pecan Pie on a white plate.

Lighter Holiday Dessert

You asked for a naturally sweetened pecan pie recipe, but I won’t sugarcoat this for you. This pie may be lighter than the typical holiday dessert, but it’s definitely not conducive to losing weight. It is, however, technically clean.

Pecan Pie Ingredients

This pie recipe is a little bit healthier and lighter for the fact that it doesn’t call for any corn syrup. No refined sugars is a good thing! Not just that, but there are hidden dangers in high fructose corn syrup.

However, any time you have pecans, you’re going to get a lot of fat. There’s no way around that. Even this pie has a lot of fat. But the difference is, all the ingredients are real, whole food. So your body actually gets nutrition from it. Plus, the fat from the pecans is a healthy fat. So even though this is still high in fat, it’s far better than the stuff you buy or get in a restaurant.

A single slice of Pecan Pie on a white plate with a fork resting next to it.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 batch whole wheat pie crust – You can purchase a whole wheat or whole grain crust, but there are usually unwanted added ingredients. And it’s so easy to make your own! My whole wheat pie crust recipe makes a tad over 2 pie crusts. So, top and bottom for one pie, or bottom for 2 pies. Plus a little extra to cut out and make pretty shapes to put on top of your pie if the urge grabs you.
  • ¾ cups honey – You can adjust the amount of honey you use to get your desired level of sweetness. A ¾ cup will give you a middle-of-the-road, medium sweetness. A ½ cup will be lightly sweetened and let the nutty flavor come through more. 1 cup will give you that super sweet, make-your-teeth-hurt, kinda sweet that some people like. Adjust accordingly.
  • 3 large egg whites – Whipped with a fork until frothy
  • 2 tbsp. light flavored oil – This can be any oil such as a liquid coconut oil, grapeseed or safflower oil. Use what you feel comfortable using.
  • 1 cup raw pecan pieces – chop fine after measuring. These little bits will fill in the gaps between the halves and help this pie truly stick together without corn syrup.
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves – These are the “meat” of your pecan pie. Use raw nuts or they will be overdone after baking.
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract – I use bourbon vanilla, but use whatever real vanilla you have on hand.
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon – This is technically optional, but gives the pie wonderful flavor.
  • 3 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour – It’s not much, but it’s an important ingredient here. You can use a regular whole wheat flour, but your pie will change a tiny bit in texture. A good middle ground flour that is easier to find in stores is white whole wheat flour, if you can’t find the pastry variety.

How To Make Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour batter into raw pie crust and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes. The pie should raise in the oven and have small cracks in the top when it’s done.
  • Remove from over and allow to cool overnight.

Other Naturally Sweetened Pies

Naturally Sweetened Pecan Pie Recipe

slice of naturally sweetened pecan pie

Naturally Sweetened Pecan Pie (No Corn Syrup!)

Do you love pecan pie but don't like all that corn syrup? Try this naturally sweetened Pecan Pie recipe! It's the perfect Thanksgiving holiday dessert!
3.73 from 18 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 servings (a single 9 inch pie)
Calories: 171kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Standard-size pie pan

Ingredients

  • 1 batch pie crust recipe (see link above – makes 2 pie crusts)
  • ¾ cups honey (for medium sweetness – ½ cup for less sweet – 1 cup for super sweet)
  • 3 large egg whites (whipped with a fork)
  • 2 tbsp. light flavored oil
  • 1 cup raw pecan pieces (chop fine after measuring)
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour batter into raw pie crust and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes. The pie should raise in the oven and have small cracks in the top when it's done.
  • Remove from over and allow to cool overnight.

Notes

NOTES ON THE HONEY: Please note that increasing or decreasing the honey will give you more or less filling. Using ¾ cups honey is just right for filling a 9-inch pie. When I made my pie, I only used ½ cup honey and I have to say that it was plenty sweet. But I know that by other people’s standards, it would be hardly sweet at all. I enjoy the natural sweetness from the nuts. So I didn’t feel the pie needed much. So just be aware that if you go up to 1 cup of honey, you are really, honestly going to get a pie that is sickeningly sweet by my standards (which some people like).
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include pie crust. See that recipe for that data.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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78 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hilliary – Happy I could help! Enjoy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Kim – Ya, I know what you mean. Food and holidays just goes together somehow. Good thing we can still make it tasty AND healthy! Enjoy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sarah – Haha! Enjoy!

  4. Anonymous says:

    SBB – It is! I had to make it 3 times and it turned out great each time. Enjoy!

  5. Anonymous says:

    My dad is allergic to honey, will any other natural syrup type sweetener work? Agave nectar for instance?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tabby – Agave works great!

    2. Does maple syrup work? I feel like it would have a more pecan pie-ish taste.

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Daniel – Sure! But the pie may be slightly more crumbly and the pie won’t be quite as sweet. It should work though and I’m sure it will still be tasty! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

  6. I have craved pecan pie for the last 8 years @ Thanksgiving time- to think I might actually get to have a piece some time is fabulous!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Theresa – Hahaha!!! Hope you enjoy it! 8 years is a long time to wait for one slice of pie!

  7. Anonymous says:

    PR – Fantastic! Hope you both enjoy it!

  8. I allow myself a few splurge days during the holidays…it helps to keep me from completely falling down on my diet 🙂

    1. Anonymous says:

      Shiloh – I do too. It’s a smart move and really allows you to enjoy time with family and friends without worrying or stressing out. Good for you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Jodi – Yes. Those really sweet ones are tough to take.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wendy – Thank you and welcome! Happy to have you here!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Tabby – You’re welcome!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Amber – It just needs to get cold and “gel” properly.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Kat – Fabulous! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Sandy howard phillips says:

      What is light flavored oil?

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Sandy – Oils like safflower, grapeseed, sunflower, etc. Something other than olive oil which tends to have a heavier flavor.

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Musicfan – Yes you can! I know of other people who have already done it and it works great.

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Just be sure that it’s completely baked. This won’t be a “pudding”. The eggs need to be baked thoroughly.

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  18. graciouspantry says:

    I hope you enjoy it!

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  21. graciouspantry says:

    That’s a tough comparison simply because honey is a very strong flavor when used in larger amounts. You don’t want to overdo it. That said, I think it comes pretty close on the sweetness scale. Some people might even say it’s sweeter.

  22. graciouspantry says:

    Hmmm. You could try adding 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, or an extra tbsp. oil. It could be that with less sweetener and a different climate and oven, it turns out a bit different. You can try baking a shorter time, but be sure the eggs get fully cooked.

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  24. graciouspantry says:

    Just use the regular whole wheat flour. With only 3 tbsp. it won’t be a big deal.
    Yes, just mix them all in. Don’t save any for topping.

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