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.
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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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.
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!
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.