Imaginative kitchen creations and purely sweetened indulgences that inspire my journey and enrich my experience.These dishes are gluten-free and full of flavor, containing natural ingredients and no refined sugar.
Other than my daily juice and green smoothies, I ate just about every meal out last week, exploring new restaurants and AMAZING food made by savvy chefs. It was a palatable change of pace and, at the same time, I could not wait to get back into the kitchen and whip up some fresh, homemade meals. My sweet tooth insisted I make a pie. As usual, my natural instincts went straight for the chocolate kind until I remembered my long-time second favorite, which makes a great summer dessert with its sweet and tart filling.
I tried traditional key lime pie for the first time three years ago while in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was in love. With the pie. And a boy. And the combination of the two made for a great vacation. I went back to San Diego and made a raw version of the pie, using lemons rather than limes. Yesterday, I used key limes for the first time in this pie and it turned out FANTASTIC! It is filled with creamy avocado, naturally sweetened with dates, infused with health-enhancing coconut butter, and refined with a buttery almond and macadamia nut flour crust. I added belly-soothing ginger root to the crust for a boost of nutrition. I'm telling you, this is one to write home about...if you write home.
Avocados are so pure and full of essential fats that do a body good. This anti-inflammatory fruit is known to reduce blood pressure, balance blood sugar levels, and reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients. It also aids digestion by improving the body's ability to absorb nutrients. As with most real foods, it helps to prevent cancer and heart disease.
At this point, I can't come up with one reason NOT to make this pie. It absolutely brightened my day and kept my sweet tooth happy all day long. I may or may not be heading to the fridge right now for another piece.
Raw Key Lime Pie
1.5 cups almond flour
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, ground (I use a coffee grinder)
1/4 cup raw coconut oil
2 tbs. raw honey
3 tbs. fresh grated ginger root
1. Place jar of coconut oil in a bowl of hot tap water until the oil becomes liquid. I sat mine out in the sun for 15 minutes and it melted quickly.
2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, macadamia nut flour, coconut oil, raw honey, and fresh grated ginger root with a fork. Then massage mixture with clean hands until it becomes dough-like in texture.