Monday Munchies – Date Nut Fruit Pie

Recently I had the opportunity to watch the film, Forks Over Knives.  If you haven’t seen it and are interested in a healthier lifestyle and diet, I highly recommend it.  One of the doctors featured in the film, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing speak in person, and his son Rip Esselstyn is also interviewed.  Rip has his own book called the Engine 2 Diet, which today’s recipe is from.  It’s a whole foods, plant-based diet so you can be sure this rich and tasty dessert is better for your health than most pies would be 🙂 And it’s delicious!  Enjoy!

Date-Nut Fruit Pie

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for filling:

  • 2 to 3 bananas, sliced lengthwise
  • 4 ounces strawberries, blended into puree
  • 4 ounces strawberries, sliced
  • 4 ounces raspberries
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained

Directions:

Blend crust ingredients together in a food processor to achieve a sticky consistency.

Press blended crust ingredients into a pie pan.

Lay the bananas on top of the crust and press along the sides.

Place strawberry slices on top of the bananas.

Pour strawberry puree over the strawberries and bananas, and press into the gaps.

Place berries and mandarin oranges on top of the pie.

Cover and refrigerate for one hour or longer before serving.

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