Original vs. Substitute Sam
Common misconceptions about the taste of healthy foods are starting to shift, especially as people begin to realize it doesn’t mean we have to give up “sweets” we just have to find a new way to make them. After a few tweaks to this recipe I think we’ve got a damn good substitute to traditional pie crust if I must say so myself.
The crust produces a delightfully dense texture that works well with pudding and mousse fillings. The light nutty and cinnamon flavors fill the house with comfort smells, which is exactly what I needed tonight.
As I sat on my Love Sac listening to some tunes, tinkering around on Pinterest, and basking in the aroma I noticed the lights begin to flicker. Being I live in an apartment with a history of electrical issues I didn’t think much of it and continued to imagine my vocals were on par with B.O.B. by playing music so loud I couldn’t hear myself sing… until a thunderous CRACK showed me up.
I looked towards the courtyard and notice a storm that combines the monsoon rains from the final scenes of Jumanji and the winds from Twister. Naturally, I getup to try and get a better view when I notice the northwoods version of a Giant Redwood laying directly in front of my friend Derek’s patio door.
I immediately call him to see what’s going on and–staying with the movie theme–like Dane Cook’s “Car Accident” bit, we’re both describing exactly what we were doing when we heard the “accident”.
Turns out the wind had its way with our pool furniture while our tree murdered a wooden table, falling just feet away from Derek’s window.
Did I mention the pie crust turned out awesome?
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Mix chia seeds with water and let stand for 10+ minutes while prepping the other ingredients
- 2 TSP Swanson’s 100% Pure Chia Seed
- 6 TSP water
3. Combine oats, flaxmeal, cinnamon, and salt in mixing bowl
- 1/2 C quick oats (gluten-free options available)
- 4 TBSP Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- 1/4 TSP salt
4. Add in syrup, water, oil, and chia mix stirring until evenly distributed
- 1 TBSP sugar-free syrup
- 2 TBSP hot water
- 3 TBSP coconut oil
- chia mix from step 2
5. Coat 9-inch pie pan with oil or spray and press crust mixture into pan using a spatula
6. Bake for 20 minutes and use a toothpick to check the center and determine if its cooked through (may require another 5-10 mins)
I love cooking food that’s healthy and delicious, but I’ve got a lot to learn and it’s way more fun to hear ideas for recipes and improvements from YOU!