Sunday, 27 May 2012

Dairy-Free Coconut Pie




There is great debate whether or not coconut oil is good for you. This is because about 90% of coconut oil's fat content is saturated. Don't panic though! The Lauric Acid (a Saturated Fatty Acid) present in coconut oil has many health benefits such as skin and hair care, weight loss (click here for more details), cholesterol level maintenance, and many more.


This pie is very easy to make, quick, and tastes great! It has a dense, decadent texture and a flavor to match.





Fat isn't always your enemy. Fats have been shown to increase metabolism and thyroid functioning, so indulge a little!

Dairy-Free Coconut Pie

(16 servings)
Slightly adapted from freecoconutrecipes.com

Ingredients:




Crust:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener of choice (I used 1g stevia)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (preferably vergin)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk*
Filling:
  • 1 cup sweetener of choice (I used 24g stevia)
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute (like egg beaters)
  • 1/4 cup flour (or coconut flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk*
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut flakes 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method:




Crust Directions:


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Cut in coconut oil with a pastry blender (or two knives) until oatmeal-like consistency. Add coconut milk a little at a time until a dough forms; you may not need it all. If your dough seems sturdy, turn onto a floured surface and kneed several times. Roll out dough and place into a 9-inch pie plate sprayed with nonstick spray. If you prefer, you can just press your dough into the pie plate (this is what I did, because my dough didn't seem "rollable"). 
Filling Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix together eggs and sugar. Add oil and flour, mix well. Add coconut milk and vanilla. Fold in 1 cup coconut flakes.
  • Pour filling into crust, then sprinkle with remaining coconut flakes. Bake for 50-55 min.

* I made my own coconut milk for the freshest option. To do this, blend 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes with 1 cup very hot water for 2-3 min. Strain the liquid through cheese cloth; return strained liquid to blender, add 1/2 cup very hot water and blend 2 min. Strain again.


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
(For 1/16th of the pie)
  • 212 Calories
  • 16g Carbohydrates
    • 5g Sugar
    • 1g Fiber
  • 15g Fat
  • 2g Protein

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