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Avocado Key Lime Pie | A Raw Vegan Dessert

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When The Avocado’s Ripe…

There’s nothing worse than craving avocado, only to go to the store and find that they’re either premature or past their prime. So after reluctantly rounding up a handful of rock hard avocados, you head home…and wait. After a good 2-3 days of twiddling your thumbs, you head down to the kitchen, take a deep breath, gulp, and ahhhh a perfectly tender, ripe avocado!

Now it’s go time! You know that sucker’s not gonna last forever!

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

It Takes Two, Baby

On the rare occasion that I have an excess of perfectly ripe avocados, I like to get creative with them. There are so many ways to enjoy this deliciously healthy fat, besides just whipped up into guacamole. Don’t get me wrong, I think guac should be a food group, but, I was craving something sweet!

The other night we were invited to a vegan dinner party (yes, in Nebraska! LOL), and we were assigned to bring a dessert. I immediately turned to the ripe avocados and concluded,

nothing goes together better than avocado & lime!

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

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Avocado Key Lime Pie

There’s no better summer combo than avocado and lime! If you’re looking for something sweet and tart and nutritiously indulgent, then look no further than this totally raw treat! This dairy-free dessert is loaded with healthy fats and natural sugars, and is free of all the questionable stuff like dairy, oil, and gluten!

a dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, creamy & dreamy, tart ‘n’ tangy treat!

time: 20min prep, 2hr freeze // servings: 8-9


ingredients:

crust:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates (8-10)

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest

  • dash of Himalayan salt

tart filling:

  • 2 avocados

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar (agave or maple syrup work too)

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

steps:

  1. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor and process until sticky, uniform consistency is achieved. Press evenly into cupcake tray or tart pans. (I used this BPA-free silicone tray that works great)!

  2. Place tray into freezer and allow to harden while processing filling ingredients.

  3. Place all filling ingredients into blender or food processor and process until smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. Pour evenly into cupcake tray or tart pans and smooth tops with spoon.

  4. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and let thaw for a couple of minutes. The longer the pie sits out, the more pudding-like it will become (it still tastes great), but serve and enjoy quickly if you prefer it to be solid!

notes:

  • Top with raspberry purée, fresh berries, shredded coconut, lime zest, and/or lime wedges

  • Store in the freezer for a few weeks in a sealed container once frozen through

  • About 200 calories for 9 cupcake-size servings

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EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

Just The Facts

  • One avocado has twice the potassium of a banana, which can help reduce muscle cramps

  • The healthy fats in avocado aid in better absorption of key vitamins & minerals in other foods

  • Avocados are high in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, some B vitamins, vitamin E, and fiber

  • Although they are not a strong source of protein, avocados do contain all 9 essential amino acids

  • Avocados are great for hair, skin, & nails when eaten and when used externally in personal care products

  • Avocado goes with anything and everything and should probably be a food group!

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

Let’s Avo-cuddle

I hope you’re having an amazing summer, and that this recipe will hit the spot! I’ll let you in on a little secret—avocado makes for a fantastic first baby food!

Stay tuned on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for a peak into Max’s first bite of solid food (coming soon), and a little run-through of his adorably hilarious reactions to a handful of our favorite fruits, veggies, and other plant-powered foods!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out one of our kid-friendly avocado smoothie recipes on our Favorite Baby Products video HERE!

Alright you guys, I’ve got a sweet little baby boy to go avo-cuddle with!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Pumpkin-credible No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

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Cinnamon, Spice, & Everything Nice

Leaves crunching under foot, vibrant hues of burnt orange and bright yellow line the streets and storefront windows, hats, gloves and scarves come out of hiding, and the scent of pumpkin and cinnamon spice fills every Starbucks, Bath & Bodyworks, and crowded kitchen. The days are getting shorter, the weather is chilly, and it's time to begin thinking about holiday plans. 

As you begin to get invitations from friends, family, and co-workers, the stress that comes with planning, indulging, and dealing with the aftermath starts to set in. Fear not! I've got the perfect recipe to wow your loved ones with--and it's healthier and easier to make than the classic fall favorite--pumpkin pie.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  Albert Camus

Fall In Love WIth Whole Foods

Traditional pumpkin pie is made with refined sugar and white flour, both of which cause rapid spikes in blood sugar and are void of any fiber. Two other essential ingredients in the classic version are egg and cream, which are high in unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Removing the animal products from your diet can cut down on your risk for Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Let's look at some plant-based upgrades!

 

Replacing your pie crust ingredients with nuts and coconut will cut down on saturated fat and give you more heart-healthy, unsaturated fat, and eliminates cholesterol all together. Dates and raisins are fantastic unrefined sweeteners that are packed with fiber, to help stabilize blood sugar. By ditching the unnecessary animal products in the filling, you can amp up the nutrient content by including more whole foods--namely, bananas, dates, and nut milk, and of course, fresh (not canned) pumpkin!


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Pumpkin-credible No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

Spice up your holiday season with this crowd-pleasing twist on a fall favorite! Raw foods are full of living enzymes and void of chemicals, fillers, and other processed junk that mucks up our insides. This creamy, smooth, raw vegan pumpkin pie tastes even better than the original, and it's better for you! Indulge in a little slice of whole food heaven and leave your stomach-ache at the door! 

raw vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined-sugar-free, cholesterol-free, pumpkin-credible!

time: 20 min // serves: 8-10

 

ingredients crust

  • 10-12 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt

 

ingredients filling

  • 4 cups chopped pie pumpkin (peeled & seeded)
  • 10-12 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 ripe, speckled banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsweetened coconut flakes (save for topping)

method

  1. Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process about 1 minute, or until a crumbly texture is achieved.  
  2. Press crust firmly into the bottom and along sides of a 9" pie pan and place in the refrigerator to chill and firm up.
  3.  Place all filling ingredients (except coconut flakes), into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy texture is achieved.
  4. Using a spatula, pour filling into crust and smooth top. Dust with remaining coconut flakes and place back in the refrigerator for an hour or so to chill and firm up. Slice in and enjoy with family and friends!

note

  • In my YouTube video, I use 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. I halved the ingredients on the blog--I recommend going easy on the spices and giving the filling a taste test. Blend in more spices accordingly.
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A Slice of Fall Fashion

Fall means it's time to break out the boots, hats, scarves, and gloves and warm up with hues of navy, bronze, burgundy, and accents of gold. The evenings are getting chilly, and the morning frost has me running back inside to throw on a jacket, but I'm loving the 70-degree, sunny afternoons that leave the option for showing a little leg. Haha! 

Below is one of my go-to autumn afternoon picks: A long-sleeved, navy-striped cotton dress with a skinny gold belt, accompanied by a floppy brown hat that I snagged on my last trip to New York, and a pair of tan zip booties.

Maybe I'm biased, but Dusty always looks good in his work clothes, so I couldn't help but snap a photo of him taking the first bite of the pie--after all, I made it for him! A washed out chambray button-up, a broken-in pair of faded navy pants, and scuffed up biker boots are the status quo for this hunk! P.S. I've got him convinced to keep growing his hair out, and I'm eagerly awaiting the first man-bun...which I'm sure I'll be forcing him into letting me try out on him! (I'll be sure to snap a pic when I do!)

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

Any way you slice it, this pie is pumpkin-credible! I hope that you enjoy this better-tasting, healthier version of a fall classic with family and friends. Finish the year strong by adding some spice to your life--step outside of your comfort zone, say yes, jump in, and try new things!

Don't forget to subscribe to my monthly motivational In The Raw newsletter at the bottom of the website to stay up-to-date! Be sure to check out the EatMoveRest YouTube channel to watch me whip up this delicious recipe! Leave me a comment to let me know how your no-bake pumpkin pie turns out! Share your photos on Instagram with #EatMoveRest.

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Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin 

Erin Stanczyk