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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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Happy New Year!

Sunrise - Happy New Year | Tiffany Lane

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?

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Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free)

Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

I made these on a whim as a last minute attempt at making Christmas cookies, since until this past Sunday, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind as a realistic option. For some reason, this December has seemed much more busy than most, even though we had less gift shopping to do (we decided to do Secret Santa with hubby’s family). More parties and get-togethers I guess.

These were such on a whim that I already had my Christmas post scheduled for tomorrow, Christmas Eve (keep a look out for that!), but I just had to post these in case you still have time to whip up some extra cookies for the Holidays, hence the rare Monday post.

Not surprisingly, in true Tiffany fashion, I couldn’t simply follow a recipe, I HAD to make it my own. They’re dry and crumbly, great with hot tea!

Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Without further ado, here is my recipe for (Grain Free) Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies.

SPICED ORANGE GINGER GRAHAM COOKIES (GRAIN FREE)

Makes 4 Dozen

Adapted from Detoxinista’s Grain Free Ginger Cookies

Ingredients
4 cups brown rice flour (or coconut/almond)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (like this one)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup molasses
1 medium orange, juiced and zested (approx. 4 tablespoons)
2 eggs (organic and pastured preferred)
2 1/2 tablespoons (or 8 teaspoons) ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

 sugar for topping (like coconut palm sugar or sucanat) (optional)

Preparation

Beat wet ingredients together in a large bowl, then add dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Dough will be crumbly.  Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, scoop out dough by the tablespoonful, roll into balls then flatten each by placing a ball in the palm of one hand and use the palm of the other to squish into a disc.  Place discs onto a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper (I fit 24 on each of my standard baking sheets). If desired, top each with a sprinkling of sugar.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Cool cookies on pans for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

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Happy Birthday America!

vintage american flag[Photo Courtesy of All Posters.com]

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.

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Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

Hubby and I don’t usually go too far out of our ways for a big to-do on Valentine’s, but what we usually do, and we do it well I have to say, is cook yummy food and eat!

If you still need some dinner ideas for your homemade Valentine’s, maybe a few of these will spark your inspiration.  And why not have some fun tonight?  Shake it up a little with something out of your routine weekly menu, but just because you’re having fun, doesn’t mean you need to break the calorie and chemical bank either.  These are wholesome, real food dishes that’ll get your taste buds begging for more!

Appetizers:

chicken-and-spinach-flautas - healthy delicious

Chicken & Spinach Baked Flautas via Healthy. Delicious (use whole wheat tortillas for the whole food version)

sweet potatoe fries - how sweet it is

Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Feta Dip via How Sweet It Is

sweet potato simosas - happy yolks

Baked Sweet Potato Simosas via Happy Yolks (use whole wheat flour for the whole food version)

tomato tart - sunshine and smile

Tomato Tart with Basil via Sunshine & Smile (use a whole wheat tart crust for the whole food version)

Soup + Salad:

spicy roasted corn and poblano soup - how sweet it is

Spicy Roasted Corn & Poblano Soup via How Sweet It Is

Shaved-Brussel-Sprouts-Salad-21-happy yolks

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad via Happy Yolks

Farro and Cauliflower Salad

Farro & Roasted Cauliflower Salad via No Recipes

gluten-free-pasta-salad-with-grapes via eating rules

Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Grapes & Chives via Eating Rules

Entree:

quinoa stuffed-peppers - voraciousvander

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers via Voracious Vander

tomato summer squash gratin - eat life whole

Tomato Summer Squash Gratin via Eat Life Whole

shrimp burgers with chipotle cream - how sweet it is

Shrimp Burgers with Chipotle Cream via How Sweet It Is

grilled corn mushroom pablano tacos - how sweet it is

Grilled Corn, Mushroom & Poblano Tacos via How Sweet It Is

Sweet Treat:

strawberry vanilla bean swirl ice cream - naturally ella

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Swirl Ice Cream via Naturally Ella

whole wheat black raspberry scones - naturally ella

Whole Wheat Black Raspberry Scones via Naturally Ella

coconut custard - veggie zest

Coconut Custard with Strawberries & Honey Balsamic Sauce via Veggie Zest

red wine fudgsicles - a beautful mess

Red Wine Fudgsicles via A Beautiful Mess

I hope this gives you some yummy dinner ideas for tonight.  We’re making the fries with feta dip, brussels sprouts salad, stuffed peppers and coconut custards.  What a dinner this will be!   What do you have planned?

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Handmade Gift Guide 2012

Are you on board to support your handmade artisans this year instead of all those big box stores?  Here are a few of my favorites I’ve seen scouring the handmade marketplace:

Chalkboard Tablet via Peg and Awl

Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag via Peg and Awl

Repurposed Desktop Business Card Holder via Roberta Grove

Reusable Bulk Food Bags via Kootsac

Vintage Inspired Chiffon Dress via Fleet Collection

2013 Calendar Tea Towel via Yours Is The Earth

Industrial Desk Lamp via Luke Lamp Co

Winter Skin Set via Rocky Top Soap Shop

In the comments below share which are your favorites and leave links to any other awesome handmade gifts you can find online!

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Holiday Break

If you didn’t notice, Tuesday’s post is a little early this week.  I wanted to give you a heads up that I am going to take a well appreciated blogging break over this Thanksgiving week.  I will still send out my monthly newsletter on Thursday, so if you want to stay in touch and arent already connected, please sign up!

I wish you, your friends and families all the best and we’ll get back in touch next week!  Have a wonderful and thankful day of thanks.

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