Easy Nut Cake – Gluten Free

Can be made with walnuts or pecans – both are equally good!

It is always worth while having an emergency dessert you can whip up at a moment’s notice to take to a friend’s house, or serve to unexpected guests. This recipe was a favorite when I was growing up because, not only was it yummy, but as long as you had some graham crackers in the pantry (and we usually did) and walnuts (with friends that owned walnut orchards these were always in the freezer) it was fast! We baked it in a round pie pan and called it walnut “pie” but it probably more closely resembles cake or “bars” if you use a square pan.

pecan pie

pecan "pie"

This recipe is pretty forgiving and I have made it with both packaged gluten free graham crackers (they more closely resembled shortbread cookies) and home-made GF graham crackers (a recipe I will be posting here soon. Until then I highly recommend you try the GF graham cracker recipe from CinnamonQuill’s great blog. Having a big batch of these on hand would be worthwhile at any time!)

Gluten Free Pecan or Walnut Nut Cake
Preheat oven to 325º

Mix in one bowl:

  • 1  1/3 C finely crushed GF graham crackers (or try plain vanilla GF cookies)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I like brown sugar, packed, but white is fine)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (a bit more is fine) chopped nuts – walnuts or pecans – lightly toasted in advance if you like.
  • 3 well beaten eggs

Spread in an oiled 9″ inch pie plate, or a square baking dish. If you like, you can place nut halves on top in a pattern and press in lightly to decorate.

Bake at 325º for 30 minutes or until the center is rounded or toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake. Nice served with whipped cream, or cold whipped coconut milk.

Notes: If you are avoiding processed cane sugars, I have made this successfully using 2/3 C of agave nectar – adding one more egg and maybe a few tablespoons more crushed graham crackers.

This was taken to a wheat eating friends house – where I was asked for the recipe – my yardstick on a successful recipe!

The original recipe called for a full cup of sugar. I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar I consume, and find that most recipes are just as good when I cut back by 1/4. If you use cookies instead of graham crackers and they are very sweet, you might even want to cut back a bit more on the sugar.

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