Shoo-fly pie is my childhood dream pie. It’s like pecan pie without the nuts. There’s a delicious molasses filling with a crumb topping all poured into a flaky pie crust. Who can resist a molasses pie? I have to now that I’m gluten free. Shoo-fly pie is one of those Pennsylvania Dutch foods from my childhood that I’ll always think is normal. All the while everyone else across the country will scratch their head about it. Sadly, they’re not often found in markets anymore. I’m not sure if traditional PA foods aren’t made or since supermarket chains were nationalized that lots of local products disappeared or maybe people move too often now so there’s fewer Duchies in PA. For whatever reason they’re like a needle in a haystack to find. I was just thrilled to spot this one recently.
I’m pretty certain I could make a gf version shoo-fly pie. Heck, I’m confidant that that crumb topping would be undetectable made with almond flour. However, it’s not the most healthy thing for you. I guess no dessert is though. What finding this Shoo-fly pie did was make me think of pecan pie. I love nuts so really I think maybe a pecan pie with a crumb topping might be the perfect combination of shoo-fly and pecan to ever exist. That will have to be a recipe for the future. But it also made me think of healthier ways to eat pecan pie or shoo-fly pie. That in turn made me think about energy bites.
These healthy but tasty pecan pie energy bites give you that taste of pecan pie without the guilt (and butter). The dates give them that deep sweetness that you’re tastebuds miss from molasses or dark Karo syrup. Raw pecans, almond butter, a dash of vanilla round out these bites. I upped the sea salt in them as I like the contrast of salt to the sweetness of the dates. I like that in pie as well. Salt always compliments sugary sweet treats. These pecan pie energy balls are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth without making a pie. And they’re super easy to make. Somedays immediate gratification is a good thing.
- 12 dates
- 1/2-1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup almond butter (unsalted)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- Add the dates, pecans, vanilla, and salt to a food processor.
- Process on pulse until you get a chunky paste. If you'd like a smoother bite than process a bit longer.
- Take a spoon and scoop out about a large tablespoon of the mixture.
- Roll in your hands until it is a smooth ball.
- Set it on a plate and repeat.
- Chill the bites in the refrigerator.