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Quick & Healthy Recipes: Ridiculously Easy Pie Crust

dates crustI always enjoy experimenting with new pie recipes (especially of the vegan variety), but find pie crust to be an often-times challenging obstacle.

Most ready-to-use pie crust products on the market have horrid ingredient lists.

If I choose to make my own at home, it’s either taking out the rolling pin I do not own, or mixing together crushed graham crackers with butter.

Alas, this recipe not only makes a delicious pie crust in minutes, it’s also chock full of nutrients.

Whenever I have served pies made with this crust in the past, the only comments I get are how delicious it is.  Busting the “health food tastes like cardboard” myth one dessert at a time!

YIELDS: One 8 or 9 inch pie crust

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/3 cups almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pitted dates

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in blender and process until coarse texture is achieved.

Add dates, process until all ingredients are evenly mixed.

Press onto pie plate with fingers and chill for two or three hours.

NUTRITION FACTS: (per 1/8 slice)

215 calories
1.2 grams saturated fat
75 milligrams sodium
4 grams fiber
5 grams protein

Excellent Source of: Copper, magnesium, manganese, riboflavin, vitamin E

Good Source of: fiber, potassium

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7 Comments

  1. janine said on June 25th, 2009

    great recipe – i’ve been trying to find one using almonds! Question however; with the addition of the pitted dates what would be appropriate fillings that would compliment the pie crust flavour?

  2. Andy Bellatti said on June 25th, 2009

    Anything, really! The dates simply give the crust a hint of sweetness…. I find that this works really well with fruit pies, and VERY well with pumpkin pie!

  3. Leah said on June 25th, 2009

    I’ve been looking for something to do with these dates I acquired. This looks great!

  4. Liz said on June 25th, 2009

    Yum. If you want a tropical spin on the crust, a similar recipe I’ve used in the past calls for 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup unsweetened coconut, and a pinch of salt and spices to suit your fancy. Throw it all in the blender or food processor dry, and you’ll end up with something that resembles white flour cut with butter. Take it out and knead with a tablespoon or three of water, press into pie plate and toast until golden in the oven before filling with fruity goodness… or chocolate… or both!

  5. Andy Bellatti said on June 25th, 2009

    That sounds great, Liz. Thanks for sharing it! Great crust for a mango or banana-centric pie!

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