‘Tis the season for gathering with friends and family around meals and recipes that have been passed down through your family for generations. However we also know that the holidays bring some unhealthy eating habits, especially when it comes to dessert. So we are sharing some healthy holiday dessert recipes that are sure to please without the guilt of unhealthy eating.
Whether you are talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years, everyone loves pies around the holidays! If you are looking for a healthy dessert option, we are sharing our own recipe for a Nut Crumb along with some pie filling recipes. If you have another pie filling recipe that you love, remember that you can get creative with ingredients to make a non-healthy recipe much better for you! Just try swapping ingredients like honey and maple syrup for the sugars and using nuts and oats in place of flour in toppings. Enjoy!
Nut Crumb Pie Crust
2¼ c. almond flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. melted butter or coconut oil
2 tbsp. maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix ingredients in a bowl. Press dough into a 9” pie plate, evenly pressing up the sides. For pies that call for a pre-baked shell, bake at 350° for 15-20 mins. Cool, then add filling. For pies baked directly in this crust, keep oven temperature down to 325°-350° and adjust cooking times, as needed.
Chocolate Mousse Pie Filling
5 (5.4 oz.) cans coconut cream*[or you can use 2 (13 oz.) cans]
1/4 c. maple syrup
2/3 c. cocoa powder
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. sea salt
Scoop only the white coconut cream out of the cans and leave any remaining clear liquid at the bottom of the can. Put the coconut cream in a large mixing bowl. Mix the coconut cream and whisk it until the lumps are broken up and it is a thick cream consistency.
Once the coconut cream is smooth, add the maple syrup, cocoa powder, sea salt and vanilla and gently mix it with the whisk or hand mixer until it is fully blended and there are no lumps.
Use the nut crust recipe and pre-bake it. Make sure that the pie crust has cooled after baking, then pour the chocolate coconut cream filling in the pie crust. Spread the filling evenly and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more to allow it to set.
You can place a small amount of coconut cream or dairy cream on top for garnish and add shaved chocolate.
Key Lime Pie Filling
1½ c. avocado (about 3 avocados)
3/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. full fat coconut milk
1/3 c. + 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/3 c. maple syrup
Dash of sea salt
Zest of 1 lime
Place all ingredients except lime zest into a food processor or blender. Process/blend on high until filling forms a creamy green batter without lumps. Stir in lime zest.
Pour the filling into your pre-baked nut crust. Smooth with a spatula. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Top with coconut or whipped cream.
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