Life is about balance. Juggling hectic work schedules, busy families, and life’s occasional twists and turns can make the holidays especially challenging, and finding the proper balance between everything is essential in creating memorable moments and healthy environments.
To that point, food plays an especially important role throughout the holiday season. It provides the backdrop for conversation and the centerpiece for lasting memories. If you are trying to maintain your Ayurvedic principles while creating those food-centric memories, this simple, no-bake apple pecan pie is gluten-free, sugar-free, and sure to be a delicious, Ayurvedic exclamation point to any holiday gathering.
Although the sometimes harsh holiday weather can make in-season ingredients a bit scarce, both apples and pecans are harvested through December, so these basic Ayurvedic ingredients make this dessert an easy, time-saving recipe for your holidays.
Since it’s a no-bake recipe, however, make certain to choose apples you and your guests already enjoy. The almond butter and honey in the filling can provide a slightly gooier, almost caramel-like texture if you’re looking for something a bit more fun. A bit of cardamom can also be added if you like.
No-Bake Pie Crust
- 2 cups pecans
- 10 Medjool dates, pits removed
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 6 apples
- 6 medjool dates, pits removed
- 1 lemon, juiced
- pinch of salt (Himalayan is preferred)
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (optional)
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- dash of cardamom (optional)
- For the crust, start by roasting the pecans. This isn’t an absolute must, so for those that prefer a raw taste and texture, feel free to skip the roasting. Set the pecans aside, and then use an electric blender to macerate the dates. Slowly add the coconut oil and spices and thoroughly mix. Afterward, add the pecans and lightly pulse the mixture three times, enough to break up the pecans and mix well with the dates but not enough to turn the mixture into a butter.
- Remove the crust mix from the blender and press into a pie dish. Find a plate that can completely cover the pie dish and place it over the crust, with the plate facing upwards so it presses into the crust. If time is of the essence, put the covered crust into the freezer for an hour. Otherwise, place it in your refrigerator to properly set before adding the filling.
- Now for the fun part. To make the filling, start by blending the dates on high-speed until they are well mashed. Then, juice your lemon into the dates, making sure to set aside one tablespoon to sprinkle over the finished pie. Blend the lemon juice, spices and optional almond butter and honey until well blended. Now slice your apples and add to the mixture, blending until it starts to look like a very thick applesauce. Next, add the chia seeds and pulse a few times until the mixture is thoroughly blended. Afterwards, pour the mixture into the pie crust, being sure to spread evenly, then cover the pie and allow it to set in your refrigerator for at least four hours.
Of course, aside from being absolutely delicious, this tasty dessert can also help your body release toxins, support a healthy colon, is anti-inflammatory and is also good for your blood, eyes, and skin, all by using apples as the primary ingredient. So go find your favourite apples, break out that blender, and consider yourself better prepared and balanced for this holiday season.