You can’t have the holidays without pumpkin EVERYTHING!! But for those of us trying to stay away from dairy, gluten, and refined sugar – the holidays can feel like the 7th circle of hell – running into temptation at every corner!
So after some recipe testing, we finally found a delicious holiday classic that’s actually PALEO APPROVED!!! May we present our Paleo Tahini Pumpkin Pie and Maple Cardamom Coconut Whipped Cream:
Paleo Tahini Pumpkin Pie
3 cups mixed nuts, toasted (we used walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and cashews – you don’t have to use those, but just make sure you choose some nice softer and buttery types of nuts!)
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 (14.5 ounce) can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup canned full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 generous tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, grind down toasted nuts. If you do not have a food processor, you can use a rolling pin to crush them (it’s easiest when they’re still warm after getting toasted). Toss with coconut sugar and then press into a pie dish. It can crumble easily, but it’s also buttery enough to stick together well so gently press it up the walls and throughout the bottom of the pie dish evenly.
Put in oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until a darker golden brown, and then remove. Be careful not to burn crust!
Pull out and allow to cool while you make the filling.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for filling. Whisk together well until thoroughly combined. Pour into nut crust, and place in the oven. Bake for an hour, or until filling sets and doesn’t leave traces on a toothpick.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving, maybe whip up the cream…
Maple Cardamom Coconut Whipped Cream
1 (14.5 ounce) can of full fat coconut milk (OR coconut cream, if your store carries it) – if you can’t find coconut cream, it’s not a big deal, but try to find a full fat coconut milk that’s super thick! You can usually tell by shaking the can and if it feels solid, you’ve got a good one!
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
a dash of cinnamon (cause you can never have too much!)
In a medium bowl, scoop out coconut milk. If you found a nice thick one, then the water should’ve separated from the cream! ONLY scoop the cream into the bowl and discard the remaining fluid. Add in all remaining ingredients (syrup through cinnamon) and whisk well until desired consistency!
Serve a huge dollop on top of your Paleo Tahini Pumpkin Pie – or even on top of your coffee! OR both!
What if I told you that I know you’re going to blow it this holiday season and I’m going to give you a pass?
That’s right…I’m not going to nag you about making sure you get your veggies in, note going to harp on you about eating sugar or imbibing a bit too much at your holiday office party.
That is if you take your Just Juiced Greens!
Taking just ONE serving of Just Juiced Greens each and every day will help insure your consumption of the foods you need to get–veggies and fruit. And honestly NOT taking anything, could set you up to get sick!
Listen, the holidays are stressful enough with all the stuff that throws our schedules, bodies and lives for a loop. Why WOULDN’T you take something to help your body get the nutrients you need but aren’t getting?
Now is the time, too. You’ll get FRE*E shipping
, now matter how many you buy!Love,
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From Cheating to Planning Treats
by Leanne Ely C.N.C.
It’s the holidays and the temptations for goodies is never as great as it is right now. Cakes, cookies, pies, fudge, candy, drinks, sweet breads and so much more are easy to find around any corner. But it’s not just the holidays when we are tempted. So what’s a gal to do? First lets talk a bit about the mental head trash that happens when we indulge in these temptations.
You’re trying to stick to a diet. Maybe you want to lose a few pounds or maybe you just want to eat healthier. You have a so-called moment of weakness and cheat. (Ever notice how the word “eat” is in the word “cheat”?) Now you feel bad about your choice. You’ve blown your whole plan. The day is a total loss, might as well eat more right? What’s the point? Here comes the binge and the guilt and the feeling of being totally out of control. The problem with treats is that normally if we have a “cheat” mindset we eat too much during the “cheat” and then we continue eating too much later to stuff down our guilt. STOP!
Everyone needs a treat now and then. So lets change our mindset shall we? Instead of calling it cheating lets call it planning for treats. We’re going to incorporate these planned treats into our eating plan. We’re going to set our minds on a positive track rather than a downward spiral of beating ourselves up.
I have a 90/10 rule. 90% of the time I eat healthy. 10% of the time I treat myself to something divine. Since it’s only 10% of the time I make it count! No cheap cans of frosting or packaged cookies for me. I’m talking something that really satisfies. It can be anything you enjoy. The secret is to plan for it and make it worth your while.
When we change our way of thinking from an all or nothing approach we give ourselves some wiggle room without adding too much jiggle to our bodies. You’ve taken the word “cheat” right out of your vocabulary and now you’re planning for special occasions.
Are you planning on having a slice of Aunt Ruby’s homemade pie? Or how about that plate of home baked cookies from a friendly neighbor? Go ahead! Enjoy! Make it worth your while. Savor every morsel so that you get the full benefit of the rich flavors and textures. And know that your next meal will be back on the 90% side of the plan so you’re OK and can enjoy yourself.
May your homes and your lives be blessed as you enjoy all the holiday season has to offer.
From my kitchen to yours,