Low-sugar, no-bake strawberry pie is also heart-healthy with antioxidant-rich strawberries and topped with
refreshing mint leaves. The gluten-free pie crust consists of chopped almonds and Medjool dates.
Strawberries benefit the heart in many ways, including increasing HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which help protect the heart and are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. The no-bake strawberry pie is also great during the hot summer months when wanting to keep the house cool.
2½ cups raw almonds
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted and chilled
¼ cup olive oil or grape seed oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Place the almonds and dates in a food processor and blend until finely chopped and in a sticky consistency. In a medium sized bowl, transfer almond-date mixture. Next, gently stir in the oil and vanilla extract (if desired) into the almond mixture. Once mixed, place in a pie pan, pressing to cover bottom and sides.
Tip: Moisten your fingertips lightly with water to prevent sticking when pressing crust into pie pan.
½ (6 oz.) can frozen apple juice concentrate (unsweetened)
4 tablespoons arrowroot
5 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
Combine apple juice and cornstarch in medium sized pan and heat until thickened. Stirring constantly for about one minute. Add strawberries and simmer covered until strawberries are partially cooked. Pour strawberry mixture into unbaked pie shell - recipe above.
Allow pie to chill in refrigerator for at least an hour to help stiffen. Garnish with mint and powdered sugar if desired (as shown in above picture).
Makes 6-8 servings.
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