Decadent and sweet, just like pecan pie. These tasty snacks use maple instead of corn syrup and are topped with oatmeal for extra goodness in every bite!
Total Time: 1 hr
2 cups chopped pecans
2 sleeves graham-style crackers (8 oz box of gluten-free graham crackers work well)
1 stick of butter, melted *(vegan butter alternative also works well).
½ cup oatmeal
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 T cornstarch
4 T butter, melted *(vegan butter alternative also works well)
1 tsp salt
1 T vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chopped pecans on glass baking pan (8 x 13). Toast pecans for 5 minutes. In the meanwhile, melt butter over stove top or microwave for approximately 1 min. Remove pecans from oven and transfer to a separate bowl. Grease bottom and sides of baking pan with butter or butter alternative. Process graham crackers until fine crumb. Pour crumbs into glass baking pan and add melted butter. Stir until crumbs evenly coated and press crumb mixture flat across bottom of pan with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes. In the meanwhile, melt butter for the filling. Combine and thoroughly whisk all filling ingredients together (except vanilla and pecans) in a 2 QT saucepan. Bring filling to a slow boil (stirring constantly) over medium heat. Continue to stir until mixture thickens, approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove filling from burner and stir in vanilla and pecans. Spread filling over the crust and top with a sprinkling of oats. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool 10 min and then loosen the caramelized edges of the bars with a sharp knife. Cut into 3 rows of 6 small bars. Allow to cool completely before serving.