With the holidays fast approaching, you might already be on the lookout for the best recipes to round out your feast. From experience, the dessert table is definitely something to look forward to, but it can also be daunting if you’re working hard to eat healthy.
Good news! Not all desserts have to bust your healthy eating streak, as long as you enjoy them in moderation, of course. This pecan pie is full of heart healthy nuts from the crust to the topping and sweetened only with dates and a touch of maple syrup.
DATE CARAMEL PECAN PIE
Filling adapted from This Rawsome Vegan Life
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Bake time: 25 total minutes (crust 10 minutes + pie 15 minutes)
1 1/4 cup raw pecans
1 1/4 cup coconut, unsweetened, flaked or shredded
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup water, room temperature
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups raw pecans, whole
1/2 cup pecans, chopped for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crust: in a food processor, process all ingredients until they just start sticking, about 30 seconds. Press crust into a pie pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 10 minutes.
Filling: in the same food processor (no need to clean in between making the crust and filling), process dates, water, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Fold in whole pecans, pour over crust, then top with chopped pecans, pressing them into the filling just slightly. Cover with foil to prevent topping from burning and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 10 minutes so the filling can set.
A midst all the barbecuing and parties, take some time to remember what Independence Day means.
Make it a good one, a safe one, and a fun one, cherishing family and friends.
Another year here already, which means another year has come and gone. I wish you the best in life and love. I wish you peace and comfort in each season your life will bring.
But no good New Year post would be complete without some sort of call for resolutions or urge to better yourself. Today, for this year and years to come, I challenge you to dig deeper in your relationships, make loving others a priority, because you just never know when a life or lives close to your heart will cease existence with us on earth. We can only pray their souls will live forever in Heaven.
So, go tell your loved ones you love them. Cook your neighbors dinner and share moments together around the table. Call that old friend you never seem to get around to calling. Sit down and talk to the homeless person down the street; a conversation can go a longer way than tossing some change or an old granola bar out your car window.
Do your life and soul some good this year and really love the people in your life. I know this is what I want to do. What about you?
Oh the joys and sorrows of Christmas. To many, this season brings peace and comfort; good tidings. To others, it’s filled with painful memories. To most in our society, Christmas certainly brings with it stressful shopping adventures and crowds aplenty.
Through all the flashing lights, sparkly tinsel and old, white haired men dressed in fluffy red clothes, sometimes it’s difficult to see the real meaning. The meaning that was born thousands of years ago, to later sacrifice himself to save us.
I know, I know, not everyone reading this (1) celebrates Christmas, and (2) believes in Jesus. But I am here to tell you that I believe Jesus was born, lived, died, rose again, and now reigns with God the Father in Heaven. Thank goodness for freedom of speech!
My intent is not to push my beliefs on you, but to be honest about who I am, what I celebrate, and to ask that you atleast consider why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.
On that note, I wish you and your families sweet memories and good tidings all year long.
I’m thankful for so many things, but sometimes it’s hard to remember how blessed we are. Not that this is the only day we should give our thanks, but today is simply an annual reminder to be grateful for what we’ve been given and to pass along the blessings. Happy Thanksgiving, from my home to yours.
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Today marks America’s 237th birthday. If you’re an American or live in America, you should be celebrating! I know I will be celebrating with friends and family.
More than just a celebration, though, I want to reflect on how grateful we should be to be living in such a rich nation. True, there are many impoverished living in America, but if we look at the world around us, in many other countries, the poor are even more poor than ours. And if you’re reading this, I’ll bet your not even close to living in poverty. Think about that.
So let’s be thankful and respectful in our celebration. It’s just another day to be a light to those around us and thank God for all of our blessings we don’t deserve.