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Raw Strawberry Pie

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Usually, I have a hard time coming up with healthy dessert when I teach vegan cooking classses.

Once you try this you will love the taste of strawberry pie with nutty taste!

Pie doesn’t have a reputation for being healthy until now! The Raw Strawberry Pie is a dessert you don’t have to desert!

Time to prepare: 6 hours, including set time

Yield: 6-8 servings

Vegan Recipe:

  • Crust Ingredients:
    1 cup raw pecans
    3/4 cup raw walnuts
    1 cup (packed) pitted dates
    ¼ tsp sea salt
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Filling Ingredients:
    3 cups strawberries
    ¾ cup raw cashews
    4 tbsp. maple syrup
    1 tsp. lemon juice
    1 banana
    Dash of salt

How to Prepare:

1. Place the crust ingredients in a food processor and blend until crumbly enough that the mixture holds itself together.
2. Place the mixture into a pie plate and press into pan.
3. Place the filling ingredients in a blender and puree for one minute or until smooth
4. Pour the filling onto the crust and cover with plastic wrap.
5. Set in the freezer for five to six hours.
6. Remove 20 minutes before serving.

This strawberry pie is a nice summer treat. Embrace its wellness as you beat the heat!

Enjoy this yummy treat in a picnic! It is perfect to take along.

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Keeler.

Healthy Mediterranean Salad for Spring

 

Traditional seven layer dips are staples of BBQs and other types of get-togethers. But they’re also filled with things that aren’t exactly great for you – like lots and lots of sour cream. The Greek Seven Layer dip is a good alternative for anyone looking for a healthier option.

The Mediterranean diet is well known as one of the healthiest around. This dip celebrates that, offering you wellness in tiers.

Time to prepare: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt (if vegan, use vegan Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed or Greek seasoning (this seasoning is found in specialty stores)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup hummus (of course!)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup seeded, diced cucumbers
  • 1 cup seeded, diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Pita chips, chopped vegetables, or flatbread

How to prepare:

  1. In a bowl, combine yogurt, dill weed or seasoning, lemon juice and garlic. Mix until the liquid is light and fluffy. Then spread into the bottom of a shallow baking dish.
  2. Spread a layer of hummus on top of the yogurt. Then create the rest of the layers in the following order: cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, scallions, and feta cheese. Cover the pan with a plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  3. Serve with pita chips, chopped vegetables, or flatbread.

This layer dip is a summery treat. Forget the Snow Cones and, instead, go Greek.

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Keeler.