CF, DF, EF, GF, GRF, MF, NUTF, SALF, SOYF, SUF*, YF
Tastes like maple syrup, but there's none o' that in here!
Caramel Hemp Nut Crust
"Maple Syrup" Filling
SUF* See Cat's Comments
To Make Crust:
---> Blend all in a food processor and press on bottom of pie plate.
To Make Filling:
---> Blend to a smooth consistency using a food processor or blender. Pour into pie crust. Refrigerate or freeze to set. Cut into pieces and devour!
The name of this recipe derives from the black beans used in the filling. When the jackets are removed and the beans are pureed, the resulting color is a dull gray.
A word about the beans: you can chose to sprout them first before blanching or cooking them. Alternatively, you can soak them first and then cook them. Either way, in order to get that smooth gray color for the filling, you'll be wanting to remove the black skins, or jackets, from the beans. To do so: once the beans have cooked, let them cool until still warm but you can still handle them. Place them in a large bowl and fill the bowl with water. Use your fingers and rub the beans to remove the skins, which will float to the top of the water. Remove the skins from the water and repeat a few more times. Note that sometimes during cooking the skins may come off, so feel free to use a sieve and scoop them away.
If you'd prefer to not do the work of removing the skins, do note that your pudding will have tiny black flecks in it.
For a SUF version, use an equal amount of Golden Lakanto for the honey (or more to taste) for both the crust and pudding. You'll have to add in a few TBsp of water to make the dough stick together for the crust. Do also use a bit more non-dairy milk when whipping up the pudding.
Wondering what gives this pie that maple syrup like taste? The lucuma powder! Lucuma is a fruit that sort of tastes like vanilla. When paired with the beans, the taste seems reminiscent of maple syrup. As well, the crust boasts using freshly ground vanilla, plus the maca gives it a caramel-like taste. These ingredients make for a delish pie sure to be enjoyed!
Last note: although the crust uses hemp "nuts" (also called hemp hearts) there are no tree nuts such as cashew, pecan, etc. used in this recipe, hence it is nut-free. Alternatively, you could use sunflower seeds instead of the hemp seeds.
As always, Enjoy :)
CF= Corn Free DF= Dairy Free EF= Egg Free FF= Fat Free GF= Gluten Free GRF= Grain Free MF= Meat Free NUTF= Nut Free SALF= Salt Free SOYF= Soy Free SUF= Sugar Free YF= Yeast Free
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