Wild Blueberry Date Pie

Care of Amy Symington Ingredients: 2 cups spelt flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder 1 tbsp ground flaxseed 1 cup coconut oil ½ cup water 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 cups wild blueberries 1 cup chopped dates ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup chopped almonds 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp vanilla ½ a lemon, zested Directions: In a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt and flaxseed and fully incorporate.  Cut in the coconut oil using a fork or potato masher and fully incorporate. Next, make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the water and vinegar.  Using your hands, knead the dough until all the liquid is completely incorporated.  Divide the dough so that one piece is 1/3 the dough and the other 2/3.  Next, with the larger piece, on a well-floured surface using a well-floured rolling pin roll out the dough into a 1” thick crust. Place into a 9” pie plate.  Trim edges if needed. Roll out the remaining dough into a 9” top crust.  Set aside. Next in a large bowl add the remaining ingredients and mix.  Evenly distribute the blueberry mixture into the pie crust shell. … Read More

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How about a date?

Care of Amy Symington The date palm tree is cultivated for its succulently sweet fruit.  Found in dried, fresh, crystal or syrup form its uses are unending. The date fruit is the most widely known use of the date palm tree, however there are an array of additional uses as well.  The tree is also tapped for its sap which is made into sugar and molasses, its leaves are harvested and eaten as vegetables and its seeds are ground and used for bread. Dates are a very good source of potassium and antioxidants, rich in iron, protein and fibre and contain significant amounts of trace minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium.  When consumed they also provide a more stable increase in blood sugar levels than other sweeteners like sugar. Dates are used in many culturally diverse cuisines from Moroccan to Libyan to South Asian.  Anything from couscous dishes, to tagines to curries are fair game and date friendly. Some other delish date delicacies include eggplant “bacon” wrapped dates, almond stuffed dates, date glazed tempeh and fresh dates with cashew cream.  Of course who can forget what dates are most infamous for: sweet treats.  Date nut bread, date squares, date tarts,… Read More

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Raw South Asian Date Balls

Care of Amy Symington        Ingredients:  3/4 cup raw cashews 10 medjool dates 3 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut 1 tbsp orange zest 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cardamom Directions:  Make certain all pits are removed from dates. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until it becomes a firm dough, about 2 minutes. Remove sticky dough and form into bite size balls by rolling between your hands. Roll in extra coconut for garnish (if desired) or leave as is.      Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow the balls to firm up. Makes 10-12 balls. Read More

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