Chewy and brittle shouldn’t go together in the same sentence, but they do here because…I MAKE MY OWN RULES!! Just trust me on this one. It’s good, it’s real good. It’s sitting in my freezer just calling my name. Bastard.

I’m so excited the election is over. I miss the days when I didn’t know people’s political opinions. Back in the good ole days. Like 3 months ago. At least now people can kind of stop hating each other for their differences in opinion. Laura doesn’t hate me because I think squat snatching is fun and she thinks it’s awful. We understand that we both have differences in opinion and we definitely don’t rip each others faces off because of it. Politics stuff is weird. All I know is that my Tuesday night (one of which I finally didn’t have to work on) was not filled with laughter and smiling while watching New Girl and The Mindy Project. But instead it was filled with lots of red and blue covering the tv screen. What if I was color blind?! How the hell would I know what was going on!? Bad joke.

I’m bored with politics talk. Let’s talk about me! Only child syndrome going on. So I got my car back yesterday. Remember how it was stolen then found all within 36 hours? Well, I had to get the ignition fixed up since they tore that apart, as well as get an alarm installed. An alarm? Really? I DO NOT have a nice enough car to have an alarm. Whatever. So I have this stealth sounding alarm that makes me look like a tool every time I lock my car. But when I picked up my car, my dad told me to test out the alarm…by smacking the window. So I stood outside, staring at my car, and smacking the window like I was getting my revenge from a cheating incident. Thankfully I haven’t met anyone in years to break my heart and turn me into much uglier Carrie Underwood. Before he cheats style.

I’m going to try to fancy up my car. I’m going to go get it detailed. It needs it. It still smells like weed. I bet these little bros who keep stealing my cars are pumped about Amendment 64 in CO. Now they won’t have to steal a car to just smoke weed in. Even though this Amendment isn’t actually a green light yet, people on Twitter keep asking me if I’m going to spice up my baked goods…meaning with weed. Here’s the thing, weed smells like skunks. And makes me want to eat an entire box of Lucky Charms. So I tend to stay away from it. Especially when it comes to paleo baked good. If I made my sweet potato brownies into sweet weed potato brownies, sh*t could get real ugly. Meaning my ass could triple in size.

Btw, I started washing my face with honey. In the mornings, when I have no make up on. Just a little warm water and honey does the trick. And makes your face feel real smooth. So I’m washing my face with honey in the mornings, oil cleansing at night, and using coconut oil as my face moisturizer in the day AND night. I smell like a hippy. Straight up.

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Chewy Pecan Pie Brittle

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  • Yield: 4-5 1x




  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil then add your pecans to the pan. Toss around to coat in the oil and keep moving to help roast your pecans without burning them.
  3. When your pecans begin to become fragrant and browned a bit, add your honey and maple syrup. Mix well.
  4. Once your sugar begins to thicken just a little, add your coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate. Keep mixing with a rubber spatula to make sure your coconut cream concentrate doesn’t burn.
  5. Then add your cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  6. When everything is well combined, turn burner on low and let simmer for about 3-4 minutes to thicken just a bit. (it won’t get super thick, so don’t expect that)
  7. While your mixture is thickening, line a 8×8 glass baking dish with parchment paper, pressing the paper down into the sides of the dish.
  8. Then pour your mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish and use a spoon to spread out the pecans throughout the mixture.
  9. Place in the freezer and let freeze for an hour or more. When you pull it from the freezer, it should be completely hardened but still have a chewyness to it.
  10. Use a knife to break it into pieces.
  11. Store in the freezer until serving!
  12. Sooooooo much better than pecan pie. #factoflife


*Prep only takes about 10 minutes, but it should sit in the freezer for over an hour before serving!
**To make it even creamier in texture, ad about 1/4 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter!

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  1. Linette says:

    Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh!!!!! These are soooo good! I am forever grateful that they are rich, or I could eat them all, right now!

  2. Kait says:

    Got this tray of awesomeness chilling in the freezer as we speak. Used some Artisana Coconut Butter that I bought a while back but never used – wasn’t exactly smooth coming out of the jar – more like scraping shavings off a ball of wax, but it all melted down and the ‘batter’ tasted AMAZING! Thanks for another fabulous recipe – can’t wait to enjoy this sugar bomb and not feel (that) bad about it because it’s PALEO (winkwink)

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi I just made this and it tastes and smells delicious but has been in my freezer for hours and hours now and it still isn’t setting. I followed the recipe exactly with no substitutions and just the top layer is firm. Help…any suggestions?!?!

    1. juli says:

      not sure why it didn’t settle. my roommate made it and it came out completely hard

  4. Jessica says:

    It came out goowey and not hard like brittle. The honey was sticking to paper that I no one ate it at Thanksgiving. I used Coconut manna. What went wrong?

    1. juli says:

      check out the first sentence of this blog post. it tends to be a little more gooey. but the longer it sits, the harder it gets. i don’t think coconut manna should change it and it definitely shouldn’t stick to the paper

  5. Lindsay says:

    Juli, I made this with the addition of the almond butter and it was AMAZING!!! sooo yummy! My toddler loved it too. Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Virginia says:

    I made this for Thanksgiving, and mine came out more like fudge than like brittle. I used an 8×8 pan, but there seemed to be too much of it to get brittle-thin. It’s also too soft to break, so I definitely had to cut it into squares. If I did it again, I would use a bigger pan and spread it thinner. It’s delicious pecan fudge, but it’s not quite what I expected.

    1. Carol says:

      Virginia, it sounds like yours came out like mine did… I’m not sure what exactly I did wrong, but I’m definitely going to try it again. People loved it anyway, so that’s good. I just really wanted brittle! Haha.

  7. misha says:

    most amazing thing ever! except I CAN’T STOP EATING them ! doubled the recipe, and it worked beautifully. wished I had cut the pieces after an hour as you suggested, bc it became quite hard to cut! iI had to bash it with a pan! consistancy came out exactly as you said, crisp to bite, then becomes this remarkable chewy-melt-in-your-mouth texture. just bliss. If I was newer in the kitchen, I think my texture would have come out funky as some as the posters mentioned . . . I might not have realized that the coconut cream needed a mixing, or heated up first to mix, if the oil had separated. The sugars took a little patience to thicken bc I was afraid of burning with high heat, the cream.took a little while and loving to mix all the way in to fully combine . . so I think it might be worthwhile for your newer chefs to hear the smaller details in order to have a better chance at perfection. Because they REALLY are, perfection. SO HAPPY to stumble upon this site. I’m your newest fan and most certainly will be back! for some reason, I can’t highlight a star from my phone. but, FIVE stars

  8. Becca says:

    Excellent recipe! I’m gonna add more pecans this time around. I accidentally put a bit more coconut cream in mine which made it more like a soft caramel texture, it was fantastic anyway. I was kinda worried this treat might spike my blood sugar but it didn’t. Thank you, this is way better than any of the bad for you but tasty candy/treats I used to enjoy.

  9. Fiona says:


    I made these about 3 hours ago and it’s still goopy in the freezer, no stiffness about it…. is coconut cream concentrate the same as coconut cream from a can? This must be where I went wrong i think! Will have to eat this batch with a spoon and try again i think

    1. juli says:

      no, coconut cream concentrate is the same as coconut butter, not what is in the can

  10. sara says:

    Hello! This looks delicious. I’m GAPS and can’t have maple syrup. is it possible to make this with all honey?

    1. juli says: