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.
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.
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.
[photo + pie courtesy of my sister-in-law. p.s. – it was delicious.]
I’m still recovering from the long weekend. I feel refreshed and exhausted at the same time. Do you ever feel that way?
We spent our Thanksgiving with family and friends and had a lovely time with awesome food! The rest of the weekend was packed with mountain bike riding, night hiking and a lot of lazy too!
How was your Thanksgiving? I hope you had a wonderful time and were blessed with some quality time with your loved ones.
And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas craziness will continue. This year, we’re trying to keep the gift giving under control. It seems like every year we get too caught up in giving gifts. Not that giving gifts is bad, but Christmas is about so much more than presents. Plus, I feel like we should be giving more to those who really need it and spend less time picking out the perfect 20 things to give our friends/families who probably already have tons of things. Do you agree?
So this year, I am going to be very thoughtful in the few things I give to my friends and family, because really it’s about quality, not quantity, right?
I’ll see you back here Thursday, and for now, enjoy your week!