Posted by: webbhouston | November 1, 2008

Holiday dishes and Eating raw

As I am sure you know (or if you didnt, you will figure out soon) I love homemade foods and healthy natural choices.

While I am not vegetarian, vegan, a raw foods eater, or anything like that I do have a strong preference for local foods, organic foods, veggie dishes, and ethnic cuisine.  I see no reason why I cannot have a great vegan dish even if I am not vegan, so my food options are open.

I have a great deal of friends that are veggies and I have gotten a great deal of great recipes from them.  This is one that I got from my friend Laura. She is a veggie and we have known each other since I was in college (we took women studies courses together)r , she met another friend of mine Bob who is also a veggie (not through me, but it is a really tiny world so I knew both of them) and they are now living happily ever after as veggies.

She posted a link to this recipe in her own blog. Raw key lime pie

I am not a baker, this has been firmly established by my attempts to follow directions and my simple inability to do so… but since this isnt really baking… I think that I can give it a try.

Here is the recipe for the link phobic. I am sure that I will add a few things and probably change a few more but it is ok, I am wild like that.

I am going to make this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. My Father in law has a real affinity for key lime pie so I think that I can make this recipe and see if they can tell the difference between a regular one and this one.

Crust Ingredients:
3 C fine almond flour*
4-5 fresh medjool dates (I might replace figs for the dates, I am out of my dates that I get from Tierra Farm, yes this place really does have everything and yes I worship at the altar of Tierra Farm, why do you ask?)
2 T coconut oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Filling Ingredients:
2 small ripe avocados
1 banana
1 1/4 C juice from key limes (regular limes will also work fine)
1/2 C mango chunks
1/2 C agave nectar ** (I swear by this too, so this recipe is right after my own heart)
1/3 C coconut cream concentrate or oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preparation:
To make crust, place almond flour, dates, coconut oil, and sea salt in a food processor and blend until it balls up. Firmly press crust into pie pan and set aside. (Can you say yum???)

To make the filling, process all filling ingredients in a high-powered blender such as a VitaMix (I need to get one of these, anyone out there use one or have one that would like to talk me into purchasing one?) until smooth and fluid. Pour into pie shell and freeze about 4-6 hours or longer. I like to serve this topped with a little shredded coconut and mango chunks or slices.  Laura made this recipe with sliced Kiwi on top and it looked divine.

Lauras raw key lime pie

Laura's raw key lime pie

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*Almond Flour is made when you grind almonds for making almond milk. Almond pulp is what is left over. After the grinding process, strain it as much as possible and dry it in your dehydrator. It is kept best in the freezer in an air-tight bag or container.

If you do not wish to go through this process, you are certainly welcome to just use ground raw almonds, but you won’t get the same fine texture on the crust. Or you can do what I am going to do and buy it at the grocery store because I do not own a dehydrator and I dont have the time to go through the whole process with two kids in tow.

**Now a word about agave nectar: How can you NOT like something that comes from the same plant that gives us tequila? I know that while for many tequila brings back memories of shots and gatorade margaritas in college that led to worshipping the porcelain god all night with your face and body layed across the floor of your bathroom because the coolness felt great against your skin and because it helped you concentrate on not puking to count the ants that walked across your bathroom floor through the cracks in the 1960’s tiny colored tiles. Then when you were done counting the ants you counted the tiles line by line by the light of a mexican devotional candle with a saint on it because it was the only light that you could stand and wondered where you could get replacements for the little broken ones because you did not want to ruin the look of your bathroom because it was so “quaint” but you also did not want a bunch of broken tiles on your floor so that more ants could get it.

Or maybe it’s just me.

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