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Monday, September 19, 2011

Healthy Pie? yes!

No bake, No Sugar, No Flour.... 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

I have revamped, and tested out a peanut butter and chocolate pie with rave reviews!  There are no refined sugars or flour.  And guess what is has veggies in it too!  
 (just trust me, will ya?)
 It's full of protein, calcium and healthy nuts.  A wonderful creamy treat you can feel good about.  Give it a try!! 

1 Cup Walnuts (preservative free....NOT Diamond Brand)
2 C organic skim milk (or organic no sugar added almond or coconut milk)
1/4 C (NON genetically modified! )  corn starch
1/3 C pure maple syrup
1/4 sea salt (fine)
1 large organic free range Egg
1 large organic free range Egg white
1 T pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup organic baby food squash, sweet potato, pumpkin or white bean puree (just trust me on this!!)
1/2 C organic natural creamy peanut butter
 (the less oily kind is better)
1 T pure honey
1T organic dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
chopped nuts or shaved dark chocolate for garnish (optional)
In a food processor or with a hand chopper, chop your almonds to a mealy consistency and line your pie pan to create a crusty no carb no bake no sugar base.  (Nuts are a good source of Omega and healthy oils we need for metabolism and good moods!)
In a medium saucepan on the stove over medium heat, whisk together the milk product, cornstarch, maple syrup, salt, baby food puree of your choice, (you are adding nutrients, fiber and protein that will only add me! I used a pureed white bean and sweet potato mix),  egg, egg white and vanilla.  Allow the mixture to begin to thicken like pudding, whisking occasionally to avoid lumps.  Turn off from heat when boil bubbles begin to form and mixture thickens and is about the consistency of a pudding mix.
While saucepan mix is heating, In a separate bowl, measure out your 1/2 cup of peanut butter, soften in microwave for 30 seconds and add honey, stir well.  When stove mixture has thickened, then pour half of the warm saucepan mixture over peanut butter and honey and combine until smooth.  Set aside.  
Move quickly so this doesn’t begin to harden yet. 
Add the tablespoon of cocoa powder to the saucepan of remaining warm mixture and mix that well.  
Pour the first layer of chocolate mix onto your crushed walnuts in pie pan.  Then pour over the warm peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate layer.  MMM smell that!  
Add your garnish on top if desired.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 4 hrs or overnight.

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