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Recipe: Date Caramel Pecan Pie

Date Caramel Pecan Pie | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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)

Ingredients

Crust
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

Filling
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

Preparation

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.

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Date Nut Granola Bars & Crumble (Raw/Grain Free)

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Everytime I make a batch of granola I feel at home.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

There’s something about the homemade version you can’t find in a package.

Love? Maybe.

Soul? Maybe.

Blood, sweat and tears? Hopefully not.

Whatever it is, it’s just so darn good.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This particular batch of granola isn’t my normal approach, either. No, this one’s a bit different. Sticky. Soft and crumbly. Sweetened only with dates. Oh, it’s raw and grain free, too.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Normally, I make a crunchy, dry roasted granola with chopped nuts, whole seeds, oats and honey (like this one and this one). Closer to the standard granola we’re all used to.

Obviously, there are pros and cons to each. The dry roasted version will store at room temperature in an airtight container for quite some time, while this one’s best stored in the fridge or freezer. The crunchy version is, well, crunchy, and this one’s got more of a crumbly, soft texture.  The roasted version also requires some baking and stirring time, while this version only needs to rest in the fridge or freezer for a little bit to set.

Now I know I said this recipe makes bars and a crumble type version of granola, but I must warn you, the bars are best stored in the freezer and eaten promptly after you take them out of the freezer. That’s because as they warm, they’ll crumble pretty easily. That being said, these might not be your best bet as a granola bar on the go, but you could most definitely crumble it up into a to-go container and pack a spoon.

It really doesn’t matter how you eat it, it’s delicious, so just eat it however you want to. Deal?

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

DATE NUT GRANOLA BARS & CRUMBLE

Ingredients
3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup each of pecans, almonds, walnuts)
1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 1/2 cups seeds (I used 1/2 cup each sesame, ground flax, chia) 

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Pulse nuts and coconut in a food processor (fits nicely in my 11-cup food processor) just until mixed a bit, then add the dates and let it run until the mixture is crumbly and just starts to come together, about 30 seconds. Next, add the seeds and vanilla extract, and pulse until combined, about 15-30 seconds.

If you want the whole batch more of a crumble, you’re pretty much done at this point. Simply transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge. For bars, firmly press into a lined baking sheet or dish and freeze until ready to serve. Serve the bars promptly after taking them out of the freezer.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment below letting me you how you like to eat granola.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Almond Milk How-To

Almond Milk | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Almond Milk | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Almonds are a serious favorite for me. Their natural sweetness and bountiful nutrition make them all stars in my book.

Almond milk is all that goodness in drinkable form and it’s so easy to make! Plus, the leftover almond pulp makes great pancakes…yum. My favorite thing to do with almond milk? Homemade chai milk tea. Scrumptious.

ALMOND MILK

Ingredients
4 cups water + more for soaking

1 cup almonds

Preparation

Place almonds in a bowl or jar, add water until all almonds are covered, and soak for at least 6 hours.

Drain the almonds (feel free to save the soaking water for your plants), place in a blender with the 4 cups of water, and blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Using a fine sieve or cheesecloth, strain the solids out of the milk, either allowing gravity to do its thing or using a spoon/spatula to help it along.

What’s your favorite way to drink almond milk?

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Recipe: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free)

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Remember these bad boys I made recently? Remember how I told you to experiment with yummy flavors? Well I did. And not that I made anything unique, but I did hit the yummy factor. This classic combo of lemon and poppyseeds comes together perfectly.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

While photographing, I’m pretty sure I ate at least three, and I also ate quite a few AS SOON AS they came out of the oven. I’ve definitely eaten more than I can count since I made them 30 minutes ago. But hey, they’re mini, don’t judge me. I dare you to make them right now and not eat at least 5 hot out of the oven. Switch that. Double dog dare.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS (Gluten/Grain Free)

Makes 12 muffins or 44 mini muffins

Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut flour*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 eggs
1 cup coconut milk (full fat, not light)*
1/2 cup  coconut oil,  melted (plus more for greasing the pan)*
1/2 cup raw honey
5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
zest from 2 medium lemons
2 tbsp poppyseeds

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F and bring all ingredients as close to room temperature as possible.

In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well combined. Fold in poppyseeds.

Spoon batter into greased muffin or mini muffin pans until full. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or 18-20 for mini muffins.  Allow to cool before stuffing your face.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If there are any left to store.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Recipe: Nut & Seed Granola

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

I love me some granola.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

This batch is a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition with lots of nuts and seeds, coconut and coconut butter, tahini and sweetened only with honey. On top of that, it’s very easy to make, so you have no excuses not to be in the kitchen, right now, baking up a batch of pure delight. Except that you’re reading this right now.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

So I’m not gonna hold you captive here any more with lots of fluff. Let’s get to it.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

NUT & SEED GRANOLA

Makes approx. 7 cups (fits nicely on one standard size rimmed baking sheet)

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups flaked coconut, raw and unsweetened
2 cups mixed nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, etc.)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp vanilla, almond or coconut extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients until combined well.  Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until all dry ingredients are coated evenly.

Spread granola mixture onto a lined baking sheet (parchment or Silpat mat) into an even layer, avoiding direct contact with the sides of the pan.  Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and toss, then return to oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove, toss and repeat process twice more, for a total baking time of 80 minutes, or until granola turns golden and toasted. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool completely as granola will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

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Recipe: Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free)

Coconut Flour Muffins | Tiffany Lane

Back to the kitchen I go. Always crafting up (sometimes weird) creations and every once in a while coming out with something good enough to share!

As you know, I’ve been eating grain and dairy free for a little while now so I stocked up on coconut flour. Over the weekend I had a craving for something muffin-like, found a few recipes and in true Tiffany fashion, I crafted my own recipe.

These muffins are awesome! Seriously.  And hubby approved. They give a slight ode in texture to cornmeal, but are a bit fluffier and more moist.  The recipe below is for basic, vanilla muffins. Please get creative and create your own yummy combinations. I’m thinking banana peanut butter, strawberry, lemon poppyseed. The sky’s the limit!

Coconut Flour Muffins | Tiffany Lane

COCONUT FLOUR MUFFINS

Makes 12 muffins or 44 mini muffins

Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut flour*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 eggs
1 cup coconut milk (full fat, not light)*
1/2 cup  coconut oil,  melted (plus more for greasing the pan)*
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F and bring all ingredients as close to room temperature as possible.

In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well combined.

Spoon batter into greased muffin or mini muffin pans until full. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or 15-18 for mini muffins.  Allow to cool before stuffing your face.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Coconut Flour Muffins | Tiffany Lane

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Recipe: Lemon Spiced Nuts & Seeds

Lemon Spiced Nuts | Tiffany Lane

Nuts are a staple in our house. At any given time we’ll have large bags of almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews in the fridge. We use them for various things, a few of which are: eating raw or roasted as a quick snack, tossed in salads, add-ins for granola, and bases for grain free snacks (like these homemade larabars).

Since they’re filling, healthy and delicious, nuts also make great party treats. Just in time for all those Superbowl parties! One of my go-to party essentials is spiced and roasted mixed nuts. Not only are they tasty, they’re quick and easy to prepare, both sweet and savory.  Lucky for you, I’m sharing one of my recent and favorite additions to the growing roasted nuts list: lemon spice. They’ve got a zing from the lemon and deep earthy flavors from the spices. Yummy!

Lemon Spiced Nuts | Tiffany Lane

LEMON SPICED NUTS

Adapted from My Darling Lemon Thyme

Ingredients
5 cups mixed nuts/seeds (I used walnuts, pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds)
1 small lemon, zested and juiced
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons fine sea salt
4 teaspoons cumin, ground
4 teaspoons coriander, ground
3 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon fennel, ground
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 teaspoon allspice, ground

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325F.  In a medium bowl, mix spices until well combined, then stir in olive oil, lemon zest and juice until a loose paste forms. Add nuts and toss to coat. Spread into an even layer on a lined, rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Allow nuts to cool enough to handle before eating.

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