Everybody’s Working for the Weekend    November 4 2010

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Three rounds for time of:
135 pound Hang power cleans, 15 reps
15 Burpees

For all of your holiday entertaining needs! Check out Bethany's Pecan Pie. For those of you not on the Paleo part of the challenge, I think you could work some butter into this recipe! What do you think?

Bethany’s Pecan Pie

Alright Roots Crew, you’re in this WTF Challenge and you’re kicking butt, but the holidays are just around the corner and winter entertaining is heating up.  What do you do?  Bethany provided this great recipe for Pecan Pie.  Now, to be clear, it still has a shit ton of sugar in it (because let’s be fair, Pecan Pie IS sugar) and it is sort of what we call Paleo or Challenge Junk Food. Remember, sugar, whether it comes from a banana or a date or a Snickers bar is still sugar.  It’s just the natural sources exist in a far less concentrated variety than processed ones (that last sentence was for you Eric) so we eat less of it, naturally.
To compare, this entire pie recipe that could feed roughly 8 people, has FAR less sugar than 2-3 Snickers bars!  A serving has the same amount of sugar as 4 cups of broccoli.
So, have your pie and eat it to – just not everyday:)
Ingredients:
2 cups almonds
3 dozen pitted dates, soaked for one hour, drained (save water)- (the soaking part is optional, it just makes them more soft)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups raw pecans
1. Put almonds in a food processor until they are ground med-fine. Then add 10 dates and blend the mixture until you get a crust-like consistency. You can add a bit of water if needed (can use leftover water from soaking dates).
2. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a pie pan or 9″ square dish. (put in the freezer to harden while mixing the rest.)
3. Combine the remaining dates, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla in the food processor and mix until smooth. Fill the crust with this mixture, spreading it out with a spoon or spatula.
4. Top with whole pecans.

  • Odie

    Mmmmmmm…I am gonna have to try that. I had a serious sweet tooth the other day so me and my roommate made coconut butter bars.
    Pecans, dates, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, coconut butter…put it in a food processor and then stick it in a tupper ware (pack it down), then throw it in the freezer. SO GOOD!

  • Chris D

    On the flight back from DC last night, while watching the Food Network, this pumpkin pie alternative recipe came up that is a must try. Yes it has sugar but it is probably much healthier than standard pumpkin pie. Here are the directions but to see the short video and all the info, go to

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sweet-potato-pie-recipe/index.html

    Ingredients
    1 pound 3 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
    3/4 cup packed, dark brown sugar …. (I am going to try this with dates!)
    1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
    5 egg yolks
    Salt
    1 (9-inch) deep dish, frozen pie shell
    1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
    1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
    Special equipment: steamer basket

    Directions
    Put cubed potatoes into steamer basket and place steamer basket into a large pot of simmering water that is no closer than 2 inches from the bottom of basket. Allow to steam for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Mash with potato masher and set aside.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Place sweet potatoes in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment. Add yogurt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, yolks, and salt, to taste, and beat until well combined. Pour this batter into the pie shell and place onto a sheet pan. Sprinkle pecans on top and drizzle with maple syrup.

    Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the custard reaches 165 to 180 degrees. Remove from oven and cool. Keep refrigerated after cooling.

  • shane

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40015155/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

    “The study showed obese people have the potential to create a ripple effect among their non-obese peers, Hill said. That’s because the more non-obese people an obese person comes into contact with, the greater the chance those people will become obese.”

    Let’s hope this works in the opposite direction as well.

  • Caps

    I’m gettin fat just being near Shane

  • Olivia

    “beat with the paddle attachment” hahahahha

  • Bethany

    You can also whip up some homemade whipped cream to top the pie if you want :)
    Just whip some heavy whipping cream until it gets thick and add some cinnamon.
    Obviously…if we could have sugar, we would add some agave or something, but for now, just plain will have to do.