Welcome to day nine of the Sugar Free Challenge! Tomorrow is the last day for the challenge. Are you counting down the minutes or has it been easy for you?
Here is today’s sample menu:
Lunch: Heart-Stopping Chicken Salad
Dinner: Steak, Corn on the Cob, Mashed Taters, and Fresh Watermelon!
Dessert: Apple Pie with Cinnamon Cream
Grain-Free Apple Pie with Whipped Cinnamon Cream
~This recipe is from my Apple a Day Dinner menu. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free!
- 2 cups pecan meal (make your own by finely grinding pecans in a food processor)
- 4 large dates
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons water
- pinch salt
Blend dates in a strong blender or food processor until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine until well-mixed. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan and press the mixture evenly to the bottom and sides. Bake at 375* for 10-15 minutes or until browned.
- 8 sweet apples, like fuji or gala, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
In a large bowl, combine the apples with the water and cinnamon. Layer the apples slices in the pie crust. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes, covered, or until apples are soft. Increase heat to 425* and bake for 10 minutes uncovered or until the top is slightly browned.
Whipped Cinnamon Cream:
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Place your can of coconut milk in the fridge and leave overnight. Open the milk the next morning, and do not shake. The top of the can should be thick, scoop this out. About halfway through you should reach a point where the cream turns to water. Do not scoop out the water.
Whip the cinnamon and vanilla into the cream until well-combined.
- Apples: a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and it supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
- Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
- Pecans: They help boost your immune system, reduce LDL cholesterol, and protect against Breast Cancer because of the high levels of oleic acid. It contains vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber, as well as antioxidants.
- Coconut: Coconut is widely misunderstood because of it’s high fat content; however, coconut’s saturated fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These medium-chains are easy to absorb and digest, and are converted quickly into energy. This means that the body has no opportunity to store the medium-chain as fat. Coconut is also a great source of dietary fiber with a whopping 5 grams per oz!
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Quick! Answer this:
Favorite Pie? Pumpkin.
Pie or Cake? Cake.
Apples or Pears? Apples.