Most of the U.S. is in the middle of a brutal heatwave, and the last thing most people want to do is to turn on the oven to bake dessert. We don’t need to be deprived of sweet treats during hot weather though, as Amber Shea Crawley‘s Practically Raw Desserts is full of recipes for delicious, no-bake desserts. These scrumptious Pecan Chai Spice Bars are easy to make and require no heat at all to prepare. You can either eat them straight out of the freezer, when they’ll be solid enough to eat out-of-hand, or enjoy them from the refrigerator, when the buttery topping will be pleasantly gooey and melty.


  • 1 cup dry pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • Big pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed chai tea
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Filling and Topping:

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed chai tea
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup dry pecans, chopped if desired

Crust: Combine the pecans, coconut flour, and salt in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Add the chai tea and pulse to combine. Add the maple syrup and pulse until the mixture is combined and crumbly. You can add water, a teaspoon at a time, if needed to achieve the desired consistency. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into an 8-inch square baking pan lined with plastic wrap for easy removal, if desired.
Filling: Combine the cashew butter, chai tea, maple syrup, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour the filling over the crust and scatter the (whole or chopped) pecans on top. Place the pan in the freezer to chill for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Yield 16 servings

From Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley. ©2013 Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.

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