This week, Kimberly sent us a sweet recipe for the holidays. The original recipe was from Erika, Kimberly made a few substitutions and from what I hear, the end product turned out wonderfully. This has more sugar than you would want to consume day-to-day; what with the dates, the cranberries and the honey, but it’s probably better than most other treats you’ll find at the office X-mas party.
Something Sweet for the Holidays (Thanks Erika!)…
1 cup raw pecans
1 tblsp grapeseed oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
6cups fresh cranberries
3 Tbs of honey
1 tblsp orange zest
Place pecans and dates in food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Pulse in oil and salt until mixture forms a ball. Press into 8×8 baking dish (I used a loaf pan). Bake at 350 for 8-12 mins until lightly browned. Place 4 cups cranberries, agave and orange zest in a pot on stove. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 10-15 mins until cranberries start to dissolve. Add remaining 2 cups cranberries and cook uncovered for 5 mins (I skipped this step, not a fan of whole cranberries). Remove from heat and cool for 10 mins. Pour over pecan crust and allow to set for 60-90 mins.
There seems to be a significant amount of sugar in these (depends on serving size) but they are really delicious and my roommate (my sugar-eater taste-tester) agreed, so they would be great to bring to a non-primal event and no one would be the wiser. As a side-note, I haven’t had time to cook much for supper or lunches this week…but it doesn’t matter because I did a big roast in the slow cooker Sunday and prepped veggies for salads. This is my way of saying don’t let the busy holiday season deter you from healthy eating, dinner doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, keep it simple and keep your sanity.