The Pecan Pie is a national American dessert and I obviously revisited it in a vegan and healthy version. It is a rich and tasty dessert, that will please everyone, vegans and non-vegans, ideal to be enjoyed as a dessert after dinner.
Pecan nuts are a food that helps to fight high cholesterol and stress. The high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, vit. E (α-tocopherol) and phenolic compounds (flavonoids) determines the reduction of total cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol (LDL), as well as the tumor predisposition.
In addition to fat, Pecan nuts are also rich in dietary fiber, a nutritional element that protects the integrity and function of the intestine. Moreover, these products abound in iron and potassium, while for what concerns the vitamins are rich in thiamine.
Despite the many positive aspects, remember that nuts Pecans are greatly calorie foods; therefore you have to eat small portions, few grams a day would be ideal.
For the base:
100 gr of whole flour
50 gr of finely chopped pecans
8 dates (or 50 grams of brown sugar or agave syrup)
50 gr or coconut oil
Vegetable milk to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the filling:
2 teaspoons of starch
A teaspoon of cinnamon
25 gr of pecans, chopped
A handful of pecans
Dark chocolate chopped
For the base, combine the flour, the pecan flour and cinnamon. If using sugar or syrup, whisk it with the oil and add the mixture to the flour . If you prefer dates, blend with a bit of milk and the oil until creamy and add it to the flour. Mix well until you obtain a firm and compact dough. Adjust the consistency by adding milk if too dry or flour if too wet.
Roll out the dough into a baking pan (I used a 22-cm diameter) and bake at 180 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.
While the base is cooking, prepare the filling. Mix the dates with a glass of milk plant until creamy. Put the cream in a pan and turn the heat very low. Add two teaspoons of starch, a teaspoon of cinnamon and the chopped pecans. Mix for about 5 minutes. Add vegetable milk if the mixture is too thick. You have to obtain a creamy consistency, spreadable.
When the base is ready, fill it with the dates and pecans cream and decorate the surface with a handful of pecans and chopped dark chocolate. Put in oven for another 12 minutes at 180 degrees. Enjoy!