Hi friends! I apologize for not posting any good eats for a few weeks. ‘Twas finals week, but I guess all that hard work paid off: 4.0, yo! And my wonderful boyfriend from Texas moved up to the Great Northern Yonder. Anyway, I’m back and ready to lay it on thick with recipes. Because I have time to read these days, reading of books of my choice, without deadlines, I have been reading all kinds of things. As it’s harder for me to keep off weight now that I am not a construction worker any longer, sweating all the time in Texas, or biking nine hours a day, I thought it would be wise to read up on nutrition and keeping a healthy weight until I can get the heck back to Austin when I’m done getting learned up here in Montana. I’m learning so much about the many minerals we humans need. Magnesium, for one, is an extremely important mineral that of which about half of people don’t get enough. This mineral is essential in over 300 cell reactions! (101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without from Prevention by Lori Powell) Amazing. I’m a pretty healthy eater (my carb-laden recipes on here do not reflect my very healthy diet) but there’s always room for improvement. I suggest to all of you, that you get your vitamins and minerals in your food. Don’t swallow them with a gulp of water. Getting your nutrients from your food is the most absorbable and bioavailable form of everything you need to keep your body functioning and healthy. Eating colorfully, seasonally, and with variety is a great way to ensure that you’re getting everything you need. The following recipe should not be necessarily a staple of your diet, but a treat that is gluten free and contains some good nutrients. Let’s talk about the star of this pie: Chocolate!
Chocolate contains polyphenols, an antioxidant, in the form of flavonoids. Flavonoids, have shown anti-cancer activity as well as help in stroke prevention as it reduces the blood’s ability to clot. (Mayo Clinic) Chocolate also contains some magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Almonds also are quite present in this recipe. Almonds are rockstars when it comes to anticancer properties. They are also full of protein, several B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and are one of the best sources of vitamin E. (The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, Wood) Secondly, flax has minor role in this recipe. I mostly use flax seed as a staple when it comes to replacing eggs, which has its benefits. Firstly, flax seeds are cholesterol-free and also contain “good fats,” in the form of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are used for the prevention and treatment of coronary disease and may even serve to keep your brain young and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (101 Recipes…, Powell) When I’m not eating the omega-3s from flax meal from this delicious pie, I make sure to sprinkle 2 tablespoons on my steel cut oats every morning and enjoy 2,400 mg of omega-3 (1,000 milligrams is the recommended daily amount), 3 grams of protein, 2% of your daily calcium, 4% of your iron, and a whopping 15% of the fiber you need for the day. Another fatty acid in this pie is in the form of coconut oil, which I use for everything, and you should too. Here’s why: Although being high in saturated fat, it is over 50% medium-chain fatty acids. This type of fat is never stored as fat but is instead metabolized by the body into the form of energy. It also contains lauric acid, which helps improve brain and immune system function. This pie also contains tofu which is full of calcium and iron, essential for bone and heart health, and keeps muscles functioning well and energy levels high, respectively. So aside from the healthful new you, ring in the New Year with a rich and chocolatey (vegan and gluten-free) pie that’s a real crowd pleaser! Happy New Year!!
Chocolate Dream Pie:
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal + 3/4 cup water (combine and let sit for a few minutes)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds
1) Work coconut oil into almond flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2) Add unsweetened coconut.
3) Add flaxseed meal mixture and mix until well-combined.
4) Add remaining ingredients and add slivered almonds last. Knead until a wet dough forms.
5) Pat pie crust into greased 9″ pie pan and bake in 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
- 1 cup organic and fair trade dark chocolate chips
- 1 16 oz package of silken tofu, beaten until smooth
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 of egg replacer (corn starch, flour, or flaxmeal can also be used but the texture may be slightly different) + 6 tbsp water, mixed and set aside for a few minutes
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
1) In a double boiler (or because I don’t have a fancy double boiler, a large pot filled with a few inches of water with another pot on top, allowing some steam to escape), melt the chocolate chips.
2) Add melted chocolate chips to beaten silken tofu.
3) Add cocoa powder until no lumps remain.
4) Add remaining ingredients.
5) Add mixture to medium pot and cook over low heat until hot being VERY CAREFUL not to scorch mixture as this will ruin the pie.
6) Pour filling into crust and chill until firm.