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PALEO PECAN DATE PIE

wp-1479998514796.jpgSo, full disclosure.  This is a recipe that came from a mistake I knew I was making in the moment, but it is still beautiful to serve and tasty!!! So I’m humbly offer you my learn-from-my-goof goodie and the adjusted recipe.

Basically, I used too many dates (1.5 cups) because I was excited I got so many from the farmers market. Thus, it became a date (fruit and nut) cake instead of the pie I intended. All this to say, that’s why I am adjusting the ingredients to only have no more than 1/2 cup of date paste involved and more maple syrup. Sometimes, I get overzealous about cutting out the sweeteners and subbing whole foods instead, but it doesn’t always work as well as I want!  Note to self: less dates (in this case)!

wp-1479998514756.jpgINGREDIENTS:

for crust:

2 cups fine almond flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons ghee of coconut oil melted

1 egg-organic, pastured-raised  please

8 tablespoons monkfruit granules (or muscavado sugar or coconut crystals)

3 tablespoons raw cacao (or skip if you want straight forward pecan pie)

for filling:

1/2 cup maple syrup -unrefined, grade B

1/2 cup moistened date paste (do not use more unless you want a date cake!)

1/4 cup fair-trade molasses (of if the rich flavor of molasses is not your thing, just use 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar, especially, if you want to skip the cacao twist altogether.) Here’s why I like molasses .

3 eggs

3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

1/2 tablespoon arrowroot starch

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

2 cups pecans, chopped and whole

dollop of vanilla paste

handful of unbroken pecan to decorate top

dashes of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves

WHAT TO DO:

1- Heat oven to 350 degrees and spread coconut oil on sides of your 8-9″ springform pan after placing parchment paper on bottom.

2- Combine all of the ingredients for the crust and press into bottom of pan.  Bake 10 minutes.

3- In a stovetop bowl, mix all the filling ingredients (molasses, maple syrup, date paste,) bring to boil and let sit for minutes.

wp-1479998515908.jpg4- Whisk in eggs, ghee or coconut oil, arrowroot starch, vanilla paste, and dashes of spices. Mix in pecans.

wp-1479998515598.jpg5- Pour into crust and bake for 45 minutes.  Depending on how much date you used (1/3-1/2 up), you may need more baking time. Check check with toothpick on how set it is while not over baking so that it’s too dry.

6- After popping out of oven, place stevia sweetened chocolate chips in pattern you want your unbroken dates to make.  The chips will melt enough to be like glue to hold the pecans.  Decorate as you wish!  I like using soaked and dehydrated pecans for this so up the nutritional value as much as possible.

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Looks like a cake because I originally  used too much date paste!

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Vegan UBE pie

 

wp-1479998514465.jpgThis, may I say, is for the sensitized palate as the flavors are subtle and complex…and come together as you slowly savor and enjoy.  There is no smack of sweet right away that you might be accustomed to with a pretty pie.  I made this for my parents–my mom’s favorite color is purple and my dad is big on health boosting foods. See link below for nutritional information on UBE –the powerful purple yam.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (1/2 cup if you going to double the crust thickness, than double the rest of the ingredients, below.)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup almond flour ; 1/2 cup powdered peanut flower

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (thinner the better)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt of Himalayan pink salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

FOR THE FILLING:

4 medium sized ube (purple sweet potatoes) peeled and largely chopped

all the cream from 1 can of full fat coconut milk (please use BPA-free

1/2 cup monkfruit granules; 1/4 cup maple syrup (double if you need a sweet pie.)

1 1/2 tablespoon of tapioca starch

freshly squeezed lime juice from 1/2 of a lime

dashes of cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves and 1/8 (no more than 1/4) teaspoon of cayenne (I like 2:1 ratio of cinnamon to ginger, all spice, and cloves.)

PEANUT BUTTER “Frosting” (not true frosting, but does the decorative job with added flavor boosting! Just throw in food processor and spread around edges of cooled off pie.)

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup cream from canned coconut milk

1/2 cup monkfruit granules, 1/2 cup maple

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

drizzle of vanilla extract

WHAT TO DO:

1- Heat oven to 350 degrees and spread coconut oil on sides of your 8-9″ springform pan after placing parchment paper on bottom.

2- Mix up crust ingredients and press into bottom of pan and bake for 10 minutes.  If you have doubled the crust for more thickness, leave in for 15 minutes.

3- Don’t worry if iwp-1479998516500.jpgt’s poofy, the filling ingredients will flatten the poof, no problem!

4- Skin potatoes and boil for 10 minutes or put in oven for 20 minutes after peeling.

 

5- Put potatoes and all the filling ingredients in high-powered blender until creamy and lusciously smooooooooth…

wp-1479998515269.jpg6- Bake for 50 minutes–there will be some jiggle, but it should set as it cools.

7-After cooling, spread your peanut butter “frosting” on edges and decorate with powdered peanut.  This spread is meant to be a bit rustic, but you can look up lots of true frosting recipes to a more flourishing frosting topping.  Most call for too many ingredients or palm oil and I like to avoid fuss and items that prick my conscience.

wp-1479998514981.jpgRemember…this is a pie for folks who enjoy subtleties, but for true sweet tooths, just double the sweet stuff (a bit more maple syrup and monkfruit granules won’t be too bad!)

I love this as a way to help folks “taste the season” in the fall and winter.  I nice tea or black coffee would offset this nicely.

As promised, here’s a quick link listing this powerful antioxidant packed purple potato…

pow!

While Ube is often a staple in Phillipino cuisine, it is treasure all over the world. So, if you can find the Okinawan Purple Yam, use those!

Here’s why: Longevity  and delicious health benefits!

 

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Pumpkin muffins for pups and peeps

I call one of my rescue pups named Tessa “my roley-poley pumpkin muffin.” As silly as that sounds, she inspired me to make a pumpkin muffin my pups can enjoy along with me… and so here’s what love for my furbabies yielded.

wp-1477961094601.jpgThis is the base recipe for the pumpkin muffins… It starts out Paleo for those who want that, but can become what you need and crave with the optional swaps.  One version is a pup-friendly option that is super easy!  This makes this a must-have and must-do recipe for any health-conscious dog lover!

wp-1477961094719.jpgINGREDIENTS:

2 cups blanched almond flour (sub buckwheat flour or spelt flour for puppy version)

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon each of Ceylon cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt (leave out for puppy version)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup date paste

1/4 cup unrefined maple syrup ( leave out for puppy version)

3 eggs

1 cup pumpkin mash (from can or fresh if you have the time)

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

options: date crystals, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips.

wp-1477961095232.jpgWHAT TO DO:

1- preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2-sift together dry ingredients (flours of choice, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin piece spice, and salt)

3- mix together with wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla…and add apple cider last.)

4- fill mini muffin cups or larger… this recipe will make about 24 mini muffins

5- FYI: Almond flour versions take about 21 minutes…test and be sure because they are very moist and may need more time. The buckwheat flour versions will also be about 21+ minutes to bake.  These will rise more like standard muffins and brown easily.

optional: add cup of soaked raisins and chocolate chips.  Leave enough raisins to add garnish atop each muffin or use nuts instead for added texture and decor.

other option: sprinkle date crystals atop each muffin for plain versions like the puppy version to add a bit more natural sweetness.

PUPPY VERSION POINTERS:

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Rocky the Rescue and Contessa Bear Smith wait so sweetly.  www.ROCKYTHERESCUE.com

It’s important to substitute the almond flour which makes the base recipe a paleo version for people because dogs don’t do well with high fat in their diets.  The coconut oil is a healthy fat and plenty for them.  Plus, just using date paste is sweet enough for some people and definitely enough for pups…and leaving out the salt is very important since less is best for pups.  The puppy version is actually quite delicious and I found myself wanting the doggie version more than the sweeter human-designed version!  Seriously!

Lastly, I love the puppy version using buckwheat flour instead of almond flour… just enough of everything–heartiness, flavor, and health value! It’s a fruit’s seed, not any kind of wheat, so it is gluten free! Here are some other compelling reasons to try it: buckwheat flour benefits .

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Puppy version taste good and is worth the wait!

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Version for peeps with chocolate chips and raisins for extra sweetness🙂

TREAT for PUPS and PEEPS for WORLD ANIMAL DAY!

wp-1474013566328.jpgAs part of #WORLDANIMALDAY (October 4th,) let’s give our furriest friends some extra love!  To be honest, though, I give my beloved pups healthy treats very often… sometimes earned, but sometimes just because I love them immeasurably.

If you’re an animal-lover, one of the recent buzz phrases is “human-grade” food for dogs. Well, with our world full of commercialized pseudo-foods, it’s hard to make heads or tails (couldn’t help it) out of that.  That’s why homemade meals and snacks with sustainably sourced ingredients are so key to our health and that of our loved ones!

wp-1474013571828.jpgSuper quick and super easy… try this simple recipe for FROYO FOR PUPS!

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They are so well behaved, I can’t help but love them more!

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 cups or goat yogurt (I like humane certified brand Redwood Hill Farm.)

1 cup berries of your choice or skip and sub soaked dates

1 cup unsalted peanut butter

1.5 bananas (defrosted from frozen make it easier to mash up)

3 Tablespoons of ground flax seed

DIRECTIONS:

Mash up the fruit in a bowl, add yogurt and mix together.  Add peanut butter and mix again.  Pour into bowls ready to freeze. Sprinkle each with flax seed.  Freeze and pull out anytime for you and your pups!  You can add these frozen gems to your own smoothies.  I LOVE THAT MY FURBABIES AND I CAN SHARE A HEALTHY TREAT!!  If your pup is extra finicky, increase the amount of peanut butter by 1/2 cup and decrease the fruit.

wp-1474013580635.jpgI let Rocky and Tessa lick up the bowls and they couldn’t get enough!

I like to offer extra special treats like this for the times I need to leave the house…it makes them happy and occupies them for a bit.

ENJOY THE LOVE AND SHARED SWEETNESS WITH YOUR PUP!

Follow Rocky the Rescue and his sister Contessa Bear Smith on IG : http://www.instagram.com/rockytherescuedog and FB: http://www.facebook.com/rockytherescue for their ongoing sibling adventures!  Or http://www.ROCKYTHERESCUE.com .🙂

You can see how much these pups love this treat on a video to be released on World Animal Day http://www.instagram.com/eatscommunity.org !

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Happy-making Homemade HUMMUS

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Add more olive oil and/or water toward the end of food processing to make yours more runny and light.  I love mine rather thick to scoop and eat by the spoonful!

It’s a handy to have healthy food ready because you know you’ll have a hankering for something when there’s no time to make anything good for you!  One of my go-to goodies is homemade hummus. Why?  It does not require a lot of time or ingredients and there are so many short cuts to make it even quicker, as long as you are not purist about Middle Eastern cuisine sticklers! lol

That being said, this version is for a traditional version, but I like adding various things to it or on top for fun and variety.  It’s your call…and per your craving.  I just want to help you make it a craving you will feel great about feeding.

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What you need other than tahini and chickpeas…skip tahini if you don’t have sesame seeds and try subbing another seed or nut butter.  Different, but doable and delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

1 BPA-free can of organic chickpeas (rinsed & drained) (save a few for decoration)

1/4 cup of organic tahini

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup juice of 2 small lemons

3-6 Tablespoons of high quality cold-pressed olive oil (The more you use, the runnier it will be.)

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt according to taste

dashes of paprika for granish

1/2 cup of purified water on hand for mixing needs

optional: nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, harissa, parsley

YOU MUST HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER YOU ARE PATIENT WITH.

WHAT TO DO:

1- Pour your tahini (found at most stores in ethnic aisle) in your food processor and process until smooth and then pour in lemon juice with olive oil and continue.

2- Add spices (salt, cumin, and minced garlic cloves) and process more

3- Skin the chickpeas if you have the time. If not, just add into food processor and allow at least 5 minutes to make extra fiber from the skin incorporate smoothly.  The mouth-feel removing the skin is minimally smoother and may not be worth your time to take to do this.  You decide!

4- Drizzle water to thin out hummus and make into creamy smooth goodness.

5- optional… ad a few drops of coconut aminos (if you are not purist) and want a smidge of savory, sweet in the flavor

6- Spoon into serving bowl, drizzle olive oil atop, dash with paprika, and dot with whole chickpeas…and serve!

SO EASY, QUICK, and all things are adjustable per your tastebuds.  Add or subtract salt or garnish with parsley and harissa (red pepper salsa of sorts) instead… This is so much fun!

If you are using this in lieu of cheese for a healthy pizza, for example, make sure you add nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor.

Stop buying from the store and make your own, YOUR way! Yummy #DIY is a goodie any day!

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Took another 10 minutes to peel.

 

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EGGY BRUNCH FOR TWO

It’s rare that a lazy weekend day actually happens, but this is a good recipe on hand to have for those days.  Perfect for breakfast in bed for your special someone or just to make for your special self!🙂

This took me 10 minutes to assemble and 3o minutes of oven time…and then some minor cleanup, so this goodie will make you look like a fab foodie at-home chef with ease and little time investment.

INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe avocado halved

8 slices of prosciutto (nitrate free, please)

shredded goat cheese (or your preference)

Eggs from your farmers market (organic or sustainably sourced)

salt and pepper to taste

garnish of choice

hot sauce for kick

WHAT TO DO:

If you have silicone cups as I have pictured here, line them with prosciutto so they make a little cup. Sprinkle some cheese at the bottom and then crack your egg to fill the cup. If you prefer, use baking muffin tins instead of silicone and grease them slightly.

Repeat with your halved avocado.  Sprinkle more cheese on top of all the egg holders to create a nice browned topping from the baking process.

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This level of “runny” took 22 minutes.

For the prosciutto option, bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes depending on how your guest likes their egg (runny or firmer).  The avocado may take longer.  I used a Reed avocado and it took 3o minutes to get the egg moderately cooked and runny how I like it.

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This is so satisfying for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike!

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BERRY GOOD RAW CHEESECAKE

wp-1474488711236.jpgBEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS TREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY OR HOUSEGUESTS…with some overnight soaking, putting this together is pretty simple! Please use only organic or local berries not sprayed with pesticides grown by farmers you know and trust.

wp-1474488711606.jpgCRUST INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup soaked and dehydrated nuts (Brazil, almonds, walnuts, & pecans are my favorite)
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut (handful extra for pan lining)
  • 1 cup gently soaked dates or raisins… or even figs–whatever suits you fancy and that is on hand
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat groats (yes, these are gluten-free)
  • dash Himalayan pink salt
  • dashes Ceylon cinnamon

 

CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups soaked Indonesian cashews (they are very buttery and creamy)
  • 1/3 cup sweet liquid (I soak monk fruit granules in water.)  Honey or maple syrup works, too.
  • 1 scant Tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or at least 1 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup warmed coconut oil

TOPPING OPTIONS:

  • fresh fruit (I like layering with jammy topping and then topping with fresh fruit
  • jammy topping of berries 1 cup and 1/4 cup dates with squeeze of lemon juice, pureed
  • option (to seal in fruit, you can add jammy topping over the fresh fruit

DIRECTIONS:

  1. pulse together crust ingredients in food processor until it sticks together but still has not crunchy texture.. this is a preference matter so do what feels appetizing to you!
  2. line your springform cake pan with parchment, then spray with coconut oil…sprinkle some of the coconut shreds on bottom for ease later
  3. press crust firmly into bottom of pan
  4. mix all cheesecake ingredients into your power blender (Vitamix or like) until smooth
  5. scoop cheesecake into pan and chill to set in freezer for a couple hours
  6. blend the topping ingredients and prep your fruit (i.e. if you are using strawberries, slice them as you want for decor or go bold and use them whole other than the green leaves, that is!)
  7. top as you like, but make sure you let the entire cake defrost before serving (about one hour room temp or several in fridge)

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    Make sure you save a slice (or 2) for yourself!