Do you love pecan pie, but your body does NOT love pecan pie because of all the sugar????
Dates are the answer.
Because of the fiber and nutrients, even though they are very sweet, DATES ARE LOW GLYCEMIC!!!!! ranging from 43-55 on the glycemic index. Ok, so on the high end of the low range, but let's be realistic, right? It's dessert.
Instead of the corn syrup/sugar/egg blend that you pour over the nuts, do the following:
Stuff about 3 cups of dates into a quart jar and then barely cover with water. Let soak overnight OR microwave for 2 minutes. Pour this into a food processor. add a generous pinch of salt, a cap full of vanilla and maybe a cap full of maple extract. add 3 eggs and a few tablespoons of butter or margarine or coconut oil. Process until foamy and smooth...several minutes. Optionally add a couple of tablespoons of real maple syrup to the processing.
Since this is thick, do the following: pour into prepared pie shell and then put your layer of nuts ON TOP (regular pecan pie the nuts will rise to the top but this is thicker and they won't).
Bake at 350 Farenheit for 45 minutes. I made this with pumpkin seeds instead of pecans (because I have sad sad nut allergies) and it is delicious and a VERY acceptable substitute for regular pecan pie filling.
THIS IS IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM A LOW CALORIE FOOD. IT IS DESSERT AND CONTAINS LOTS OF ENERGY.