Keto pecan pie? It doesn’t have to be a fantasy anymore. This keto pecan pie recipe will reacquaint you with the taste you miss without the carbs you don’t.
We’ve keto-fied a classic pie. Watch how:
How This Pecan Pie is Different
If you don’t know what’s in “regular” pecan pie, you might not appreciate how very non-keto it is. Let’s have some fun and break it down.
We’ll start with the obvious – pecans. No issues there, and I used them in this recipe too. After all, it’s called “pecan pie,” and I don’t believe in false advertising!
Eggs are usually next on the list, and they get to stay in this recipe too. You’ve got protein, nutrients, and a killer binding ingredient.
Next comes the sugar, and that’s where we need to shake things up. Plain white sugar isn’t going to fly on keto, so I chose erythritol to fill in. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is well tolerated by most folks.
It does not change blood sugar levels, making it an excellent swap for sugar.
Of course the sugar isn’t sweet enough, so most pecan pie recipes also call for corn syrup. That’s what gives pecan pie its ooey gooey texture, but there’s a steep price to pay.
Corn syrup has a ton of carbohydrates. You just can’t do that on keto, so I kindly showed corn syrup the door. It’s not right for this pie.
The butter is easily replaced with ghee, although I suggest a bit more than some of the “regular” pie instructions. Sometimes you have to play with the ratio of ingredients when formulating recipes for keto, and that was the case for this pie.
Vanilla extract and a pinch of salt work just fine in this keto pie recipe, so no changes there.
Now, the pie crust is another issue – obviously a sugary flour-packed pie shell isn’t OK for keto.
Fortunately I worked up an alternative option that won’t blow your carb intake out of the water and knock you right out of ketosis.
What to Eat on Keto
Starting a ketogenic diet can be tricky. It may seem like there are an awful lot of things you can’t eat, and you might be wondering what’s left.
Fear not – there are a ton of foods that are still on the table. Not only are these foods tasty, but they’re also good for you and good sources of energy.
Take a look at this free keto diet food list with 221 foods to boost your energy. You’ll get plenty of ideas to keep you full, happy, and in ketosis!
Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.