Good day lovely readers!
You don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy vegan delights, especially one made with 100% REAL FOOD ingredients. Yes, I’m a bit obsessive about using as little food made in a lab as possible. But instead, pure simple delicious ingredients and this is a recipe that I’m quite certain is going to become a favourite for you and your family.
What do avocado, lime, almonds and a bit of creativity have in common? Well, when you toss them all together, you’ve got the makings of a rich, creamy, vegan key lime pie. The inspiration for the following recipe came from a mouth-watering photo on holistic nutritionist, Julie Daniluk’s website. (She has a great cookbook by the way).
In my humble nutritionist’s opinion, if you are going to eat dessert, you are better off avoiding high sugar treats (not even once in while). When people don’t properly food combine, and indulge in sweet desserts after dinner, they set themselves up for gas, bloating and overall poor digestion. This recipe, on the other hand, is an ideal after dinner treat because it’s a rich source of good fat from the creamy avocados, and low in sugar.
Avocados should be on your grocery list every week, not just because they are delicious, but they have countless nutrients that give them superfood cred:
- They are a source of monounsaturated fat otherwise known as good fat or heart healthy fat that studies have proven helps to lower cholesterol.
- Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral most notable for its ability to regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- This pear-shaped fruit has health benefits for both sexes: Studies show antioxidants found in the avocado help lower the risk for both breast and prostate cancers
- And my fave benefit of avocados: Adding fat to a meal increases the absorption of antioxidants (ie Lycopene from tomatoes is better absorbed eating it with avocado)!
This recipe is proof that tasty and healthy can live together in harmony.
2 soft (not mushy) avocados
3-4 tbsp soft honey (or coco or sucanat sugar)
Juice of one freshly squeezed lime
1/2 cup almonds
6 medjool dates, seeds removed
1 tsp vanilla
Filling: Place all the ingredients of the filling into a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste test, and add more lime depending on how “zesty” you like it.
Crust: Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined. Press into greased muffin tins.
Scoop the avocado mixture into the muffin tins (as per photo) and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to a few hours.