Chocolate Fudge Icebox Pie

This dessert takes 5 minutes to make. It’s stunning, delicious, and you are absolutely going to want to make it for every special occasion. Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, states that coconut oil, is one of the easiest fats to digest, especially at times of over-indulgence such as around holidays.

Like with all recipes, make this one your own. If you want to use all walnuts in the crust, please do. If you can’t do nuts, try soy granules or bread crumbs instead. We carry the Shiloh Farms Deglet Noor dates. They are a drier date, perfect for this recipe, and the pit is easy to remove, too. Here’s an opportunity to use the psyllium husks from the Adapting the Life Changing Bread from our February 2016 newsletter.

Serves 10-12                                                             

½ C walnuts ¾ C coconut oil
½ C macadamias ¾ C maple syrup
1 C Deglet Noor dates, pitted 1 C raw cacao powder
1/8 tsp good salt like Himalayan or Celtic 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp psyllium husk powder  

Place walnuts and macadamias into food processor. Using the steel blade, pulse to a coarse chop. Add pitted Deglet Noor dates together with salt. Pulse to incorporate dates. Add psyllium and pulse. Press all but about ¼ C of the crust mixture into a roughly 9-inch greased pie plate. Save that ¼ C to garnish the pie.

To make the chocolate filling, warm the coconut oil and then blend it with the maple syrup, cacao powder and vanilla. I used my Vitamix, but the food processor works, too. Either machine will give you a velvety consistency. Spoon chocolate filling into crust. Garnish with reserved topping. Place in freezer at least 2 hrs. Slice, enjoy!

Organic and fair trade chocolate means no child labor, no child slaves were used. It means fair wages, and that the chocolate you buy is grown without chemicals, whereas conventionally grown cocoa is one of the highest pesticide-using crops.  Don’t you think it behooves us to think about our food choices?

Organic Cranberry Crunch

An oldie-but-goodie

This is an easy dessert to make for your holiday table! Isn’t that a relief? What’s more, this makes a terrific breakfast dish served together with yogurt, kefir or milk (of any kind).

Don’t you find that it’s dessert, the grand finale, which everyone seems to remember? When I think about my dessert table, I try and include something chocolate, something with pumpkin or yams, and an old-fashioned cobbler. Something like crisp nut cookies. And I always make sure these go on the table with green or ginger tea, and fresh pineapple or berries.

Why eat cranberries? Studies show cranberries have anticancer properties, inhibit growth of food-borne pathogens, and contain antibacterial properties to aid in the prevention of urinary tract infections. Oats, known scientifically as Avena sativa, have so many attributes we don’t have room to list them! We all know they’re chock-full of cholesterol-lowering fiber….

Makes one large pan-full, 13×9 inch, or thereabouts; in other words, can feed a lot of people

4 pounds organic cranberries 3 C coconut sugar
2 C honey 1½ C extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
3 C organic rolled oats 3 Tbsp cinnamon
1½ C any organic flour (I like einkorn)   more EVOO for greasing

Stir cranberries DRY in a medium hot pot until they gently pop, and then a minute longer. Yes, stir them DRY! When cranberries have popped, turn off flame, add honey and let sit while preparing oat mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, pastry flour, coconut sugar, EVOO and cinnamon until everything is crumbly. I use my hands because it feels good….

Grease pan with a little more EVOO. Spread one-third the oat mixture in bottom of the pan, cover with cranberry mixture, top with remaining oat mixture.

Bake 45 minutes at 350.  Serve hot, cold, room temperature. Serve plain or with whipped cream. Goes great with ice cream, too.

Natural Medicine for Inflammation

I once had a Biochemistry professor who liked to give all his students a chart that his professor had given him, probably 50 years ago. This chart, he said, summed up everything. It showed all the things that can go wrong with the human body – all the acute and chronic diseases, the age-related degeneration the aches and pains, and injuries and deaths – all with arrows pointing to and from a single word at the center: “inflammation.”

For the most part, it’s true. There are thousands of ways we can be unwell. Almost all of them involve inflammation in some way.

So what is inflammation anyways?

Inflammation is the body’s first response to injury, infection, or a perceived threat. Chemicals released by damaged cells make the blood vessels dilate, bringing more blood into the region. Immune cells are attracted out into the surrounding tissue, to do battle, clear out debris, initiate repair, and quarantine. Meanwhile, normal metabolism and transit of nutrients take a back seat to these more urgent tasks.

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