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My Raw Superfood Pumpkin Pie recipe was created to do 3 fold:
1. Taste absolutely knock-your-toe-socks-off incredible! (Such a BRIGHT pumpkin flavor and classic pastry-like crust…for a raw style recipe.)
2. Contain Superfoods and Tonic Herbs which means that the more of this dessert you eat, the more therapeutic concentrations of minerals, nutrients and stress-reversing adaptogens you get! These grounding, nerve-calming substances go so well with holiday spice flavors and will allow your body to reverberate with holiday season cheer.**
3. Be a lower glycemic dessert! (The raw pumpkin pulp is said to be medium glycemic, but all other ingredients have very low sugar options.
Make my pie to top off an autumn dinner with friends, family, your date, or your very own fly self!
NOTE: This recipe makes a 6″ pie. Double to make an 8″ pie or triple to make a big 10″ pie.
First, make the crust:
2 cups organic macadamia nuts
2 1/4 tablespoons Peruvian sweet potato powder (This delicious powder is available at many Whole Foods Markets and online) or lucuma powder
1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (glycerin, maple sugar, sun-dried cane juice, honey, birch xylitol, organic erythritol, etc.)
2 teaspoons organic ghee and/or organic raw cacao butter and/or grass-fed butter
2 teaspoons Longevity Power Maca Bliss
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Blend in a food processor for about a minute until it becomes a paste-like consistency. DON’T over blend into a soft butter. Mold the “dough” into a 6″ pie pan (or a small plate will do just find) and make the rim tall and rippled using you fingers. Set aside and then make the pumpkin cream:
3 cups diced organic pumpkin (cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the inside with a large spoon and slice off the skin with a knife, then chop the inner flesh into cubes and pack into 3 cups)
1/2 cup young coconut meat or 1/3 cup Native Forest Classic Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons sweetener of choice (glycerin, maple sugar, sun-dried cane juice, honey, birch xylitol, organic erythritol, etc.)
2 teaspoons organic macadamia nut butter (you can always make this yourself by putting macadamia nuts in the food processor for several minutes)
1/4 teaspoon KAL stevia extract powder or more sweetener of choice, to taste
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (freshly micro-planed/zest-gratered sticks or powder) Note: Organic True Ceylon cinnamon is considered more flavorful and medicinal than Cassia cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 small pinches freshly ground organic nutmeg (It is always best to buy dried whole herbs and grind them yourself using a micro-plane/zester, especially with the delicate nutmeg nuance)
2 small pinches ground vanilla bean
small pinch freshly crushed organic clove bud (Buy dried whole cloves and take the bud (round part) off of the stem (twiggy part), grind it with your fingers and use about half the bud in this recipe)
optional: 1 crushed organic allspice seed
optional: 1 small pinch micro-planed fresh organic ginger or 2 small pinches organic ginger powder
Blend on high in a high speed blender using a push-rod to keep the ingredients caught in the blade. Continue blending for at least 3 minutes until warm and creamy. Spatula out the entire pumpkin cream recipe into the pie crust. Since it is warm, you may serve immediately or place in the dehydrator for up to several hours. Garnish with goji berries or sprinkles of cinnamon and ground vanilla bean.
To your greatest version of yourself!
Founder, Longevity Power
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This one’s going to rock your world.
The research is in: Herbal tea making does wonders for your immune system, induces bliss, cuts cravings, and builds resilience to stress.** That said, most people have replaced the 5000+ year old tradition of tea making with coffee, soda and really crappy beer. But if you’re reading this you know those crappy beer days are being happily phased out because making herbal tea is SO much more creative and fun, yet just as habitually simple and energizing.
I’ve made some pretty narly teas in my days. I felt so good from them, but the bitterness factor was in the “my family won’t drink this” level. I was boiling medicinal mushrooms, roots, green leafed herbs and very sour berries like schisandra berry all in one pot. Good times, still do it.
A’hem. Look, making myself and yourself healthier with bitter brews is just a small part of my mission. But the biggest part of my mission is to make really tasty (like gourmet hit-the-spot tasty) products that everyone loves AND are just as potent and life changing as the bitter stuff! Enter: My Ultimate Holiday Tea Recipe (So good, our mom’s will rave about it!)
This tea combines 2 of the tastiest teas humanity has ever created: chaga mushroom and mulling spices. Note: The ingredients are a cinch to get.
Mulling spices are nearly synonymous with pumpkin pie spice, chai spices, and wassail (a holiday alcoholic mixed drink – “Here we come a-wassailing…”) spices. You can buy organic cut and sifted mulling spice blends or you can buy each herb individually. Try you local natural food store for a blend. The basic organic mulling blend includes about equal parts:
Organic cinnamon (true Ceylon or Cassia)
Organic allspice berries
Organic dried ginger bits
Organic dried or fresh orange peel
OPTIONAL: Star anise, smaller amount of ground nutmeg, and vanilla.
I get almost all my tea making herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Chaga mushroom: This mushroom breaks every rule of being a mushroom. Rule 1: Taste. Instead of the weird earthy taste, chaga tastes like vanilla extract. It actually has naturally occurring vanillin in it. Rule 2: Accessibility. You don’t have to wildcraft chaga at just the right season, you can simply order it all year ’round HERE. Rule 3: Price. When buying wild-mimicked chaga (small pieces or ground), it’s surprisingly cheap for being such a precious mushroom. And, you can brew the chaga over and over and it still keeps saturating the water with its beautiful dark brown pigments and medicinal compounds.
Why use Chaga? Chaga is the highest antioxidant whole herb ever documented. It’s about tied with the antioxidant level of raw cacao. Chaga is loaded with polysaccharides – healing sugars that rapidly improve the immune system. Chaga is the quintessential herb of Russia that Russian scientists continue to study and use themselves. Out of all the medicinal mushrooms, Chaga seems to be in second place – Reishi mushroom taking first prize in all around health benefits. Learn more about chaga and reishi in my article about them HERE.
The Ultimate Holiday Tea Recipe in 3 easy steps:
1. Place a handful of mulling spices and a handful of wildcrafted chaga mushroom (small chunks, cut and sifted, or granules) into your pot. Add spring water and simmer for 15-30 minutes or more. Add more water if brewing for more time – it’s okay to brew longer.
2. Let cool slightly (not burning hot, just very warm) and pour through a very fine strainer (or nut mylk bags) into a ceramic mug.
3. Add a tiny pinch of sea salt and a few pinches or drops of stevia extract to taste. Taste test and serve to everyone (You don’t even have to tell them how healthy it is!) for the best holiday cheer as we advance into the new year!
For those of you not satisfied with just chaga and mulling spices (and you know who you are), you can add in my new product Longevity in a Bottle. Simply add in 1-3 teaspoons while the tea simmers. It will impart a bit of a root beer flavor to your holiday tea but it won’t throw off the flavor. Yes, you can heat/cook/simmer Longevity in a Bottle without messing with its properties. It’s a good and fun idea actually. Enjoy!
To you taking your health to the next level throughout the holidays this year!
Founder of Longevity Power Inc.
Author of ChristianBates.com