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Raw Pecan Pie with Almonds and Dates

Adapted from NaturalNews.com

If you are a raw food fan, you and your guests will love this healthy version. Rather than serve this pie in traditional slices, you may want to use a good knife to divide the pie into 2-inch squares.

Ingredients
2 cups (soaked for one hour, drained and dried) NOW Real Food® Raw Almonds*
3 dozen pitted dates, soaked for one hour, drained (save water)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon NOW Real Food® Organic Vanilla Extract*
2 cups (soaked for one hour, drained, and dried) NOW Real Food® Raw Pecans*
  1. Put almonds and 10 dates in a food processor and blend until they have a crust-like consistency. Add a small amount of water (saved from soaking the dates) if necessary to aid in bringing almonds and dates together.
  2. Grease a pie plate or 9-inch square baking pan with a light coat of coconut oil to prevent the pie from sticking.
  3. Use a spatula or the underside of a spoon to press the almond-date crust into the bottom and sides of the plate or pan, then put the finished crust in the freezer until time to fill it.
  4. Combine the remaining dates, fresh lemon or lime juice, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use a small amount of water (left over from soaking dates) if necessary.
  5. Spread the date filling evenly over the almond-date crust and arrange the raw pecans on top of the filling, pressing down lightly to keep the pecans in place.

Note: This pie can also be baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or else cooked on low broil for about five minutes for crispier pecans. Hint: Put a bit of raw honey on top of the pecans for a tasty glaze.

*NOW items available at your local health food store