Raw Key Lime Pie (Less Sugar Than Soda)

After another great Whole Foods evening meal served with raw key lime pie dessert, I did some calculations on how much sugar is in the raw key lime pie vs. the conventional sodas we commonly drink today.

Sugar vs. Raw Key Lime Pie

Compared to the Big Gulp which has 10.66 tablespoons of sugar and no nutritional value, all the ingredients of an entire raw key lime pie is 6 tablespoons of sugar (most of which comes from dates).  Skip the soda & be guilt-free when having your pie.  Plate-licking optional…

Raw Key Lime Pie

Crust

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 6-8 dates pitted & chopped

Filling

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for 3 hours
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar (or 6-8 dates)
  • 1/4 cup coconut manna
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of 2 limes

Directions

CRUST:  Combine crust ingredients in the food processor and pulse until crumbly.  Press into base of 8″ springform pan or make individual pies within a muffin pan (make sure to include the muffin paper cups).

FILLING:  Combine all filling ingredients using a high power blender and blend until smooth, using water to thin the mixture so it will blend (NOTE:  if you have issues with this, blend in food processor first and add to high power blender to make it smoother).  Spoon filling on the crust and refrigerate at least 3 hours until firm.  If the mixture is not firm enough, cut pie slices after refrigeration and then add to the freezer.  OPTIONAL:  Serve with berry sauce (high-power blend frozen berries).

 

  • Brandon

    Hey, I just came to your site googling about metamatrix hair analysis and read through a lot of your posts. A couple of things came to mind reading through them that may be of interest to you or maybe you’ve already thought about them?

    Have you tried Auto-immune paleo? It avoids nightshades, nsaids, nuts (of which I noticed you consume quite a lot of) and others that can contribute to autoimmunity. Here’s a random googled page that explains a little http://autoimmune-paleo.com/?p=66 if you’re interested.

    Also, I’ve had debilitating joint pains and stiffness on and off and finally found a correlation with oxalates. For me they were the main cause, but in any inflamatory conditions oxalates can compound the problems many times over. If digestive/bacterial/fungal/absorption problems exist (ulcers, leaky gut, infections etc.) then there’s a good chance excess oxalates are absorbed and make inflammation worse. Just thought I’d mention this because I noticed after you trying some new things and reacting badly they were usually high in oxalate. Also some of the things you normally eat like spinach, nuts and dark chocolate (sadly) are high in this and inevitably I wake up the next day or even later that day unable to move my neck or get up from bed in pain if I eat too much. Small amounts of chocolate I get away with 🙂

    I believe there is also a version of scd with low oxalate, since I think you mentioned you were on that. You could look up scd / lod (low oxalate diet) if you wanted more on that.

    I was going to mention adrenal fatigue because of your waking up at night, but then saw you had the cortisol test done. I have the same problem and have high cortisol at night, waking up the same time every night. I ordered a product with Seriphos in it that is supposed to be very good at reducing cortisol spikes and supposedly after a month or so of taking it the hpc axis re-adapts to the normal cortisol rhythm and you can stop taking it. I haven’t received it yet though so I can’t say if it works for me or not.

    Anyways, I hope I didn’t throw too many new variables into the mix and screw things up, lol. Just thought if I could help with some of the stuff I know I should try. You can just ignore everything I wrote, too, considering you’ve done so much of your own research and testing. Good luck with the battle and best wishes.

    Brandon

    • brianzajac

      Brandon, thanks for taking the time to share other methods of curing / inhibiting the autoimmune response. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at http://100percenthealth.us/6-months-to-year-1/my-autoimmune-medical-breakthrough/ as it goes through the process of how I found out my main issue is digestive. I’ve read up on the oxalates before and when combined with SCD, your choices of foods are very limited. And, IMO, that can lead to other issues because of missing those vital nutrients. The other big issue is I’m underweight and thus can’t do the Paleo diet. Because of absorption issues with Crohn’s, I must eat oils and nuts everyday to get my caloric intake up. In fact, I’m going through a detox (essential supplements, simple exercise regiment) right now (will post about it within a week or two) and got sick….guess what? I lost 4 pounds and am now my lowest weight since I started the diet – very frustrating to say the least.

      Adrenal fatigue was interesting for me. With all the supplements out there, nothing worked. Only an organic vegetable, protein, and rice/potato SCD diet slowly got me through all that. Search on my site for Th1 / Th2 and you’ll see that both the adrenals & autoimmune balance of Th1 / Th2 happened as the diet progresses – like the SED rate, they were just markers to show symptomatically how far along I was. Modifying diet per the ND/MD’s suggestions didn’t work. I’d be interested to see if Seriphos does the trick for you and I do hope it does. Breakthrough can happen at any time…we all just have to keep moving and we’ll eventually find the right combination.

      In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my 1st quarter results of 2013 and it should shed some light on my progression.

      • Brandon

        Ok I hope you have made some good progress!

        A lot of people go to paleo for just those reasons (can’t gain weight, Crohn’s and digestive issues) and find relief. Oils are allowed and I get more than half my calories from easily digested fats like coconut oil, ghee, animal fats, olive oil, eggs, lard etc. Loads of veggies, some meat, fish and fruit round out the diet. Some also eat nuts, white rice and potatoes on some variations, and raw dairy. So it’s actually quite similar to scd.

        I don’t see why soybean and corn oil would be included as a part of any healthy diet though as they are devoid of nutrients and high in inflammatory omega 6. Nuts are also high in omega 6 and can be hard to digest due to all the phytate and other anti-nutrients. I see them undigested in my stool after eating, but they are ok on scd and gaps (which I think is a little better than scd) so if they work for you great! They are yummy…

        I started the Seriphos last night and it did some weird stuff but so far seemed better than any other sleep aid like melatonin, 5-htp etc that I’ve tried in the past. I’ll give it a few days or a week to really test it.

        One last thing I thought of when you said “organic vegetable protein and rice/potato”, was The Perfect Health Diet. It’s what I’ve been moving towards from paleo and after gaps. It includes “safe starches” like sweet potato, potato, white rice and a few others along with vegetables, protein, fruit, chocolate and recommends some supplements, but most of them are taken only once weekly to starve pathogens in the gut. I have their book and it explains scientifically why his macronutrient ratios are best and is very convincing.

        Just ideas to ponder if the current program doesn’t work out for you. I know I’ve been through my fair share of diets and probably stuck with some too long just telling myself I was in detox or still adapting…. Look forward to hearing your progress! Also, I’ll send you my email in case you wanted to continue off of your blog. I don’t mind either way.