Being the only female in house full of big male energy can, at times, be a little overwhelming. Sometimes it feels as if I am an alien living on a very strange planet where no one speaks my language. Sometimes I feel like the dominant male energy will surely drown me. And sometimes I just wish someone would change the toilet paper roll!
I get my female energy fix from three of the most adorable little girls on the planet…my beautiful nieces. Each one of them is so special to me that my heart just sings when I think of them and is quite simply awash with love when I see them.
My eldest niece, Fiona, is 8 years old. She is gentle, feminine and a genuine sweetie pie. In the past year, Fiona and I have made a magical connection…over Key Lime Pie of all things. My sister, Margie, (Fiona’s mom) is not a dessert person. Unlike me, Margie does not find it hard to resist the sweet and indulgent end of a meal. She does, however, have a curious weakness for Key Lime Pie.
Last December, for Margie’s birthday, I volunteered to make a Key Lime Pie for her birthday party. And because I wanted to indulge right along with her, I decided to find a recipe for the raw/live version. After a few hours of pulling together a number of recipes I came up with an absolutely divine version of Margie’s favourite and it was a smash hit, not only with my sister but also with her beautiful daughter.
So now whenever I arrive at a family party, Fiona’s first question, while we are in mid-hug, is; ‘did you make a Key Lime Pie?’
My sister called me the other day with an adorable Fiona story. With about six weeks to go before Christmas, our family Secret Santa draw had been done and Fiona discovered that Max (my eldest) was to be her Secret Santa. Apparently, in a quiet little voice and with a sparkle in her eye, she said; ‘Mommy, I know what I want for Christmas…a Key Lime Pie’.
A Key Lime Pie…for Christmas! Not a Barbie, a Furby, a video game, an iTunes card, make-up, hair accessories or clothes.
She wants a Key Lime Pie!
We had a family party today to celebrate Michael’s birthday. The birthday boy requested a gluten-free/dairy-free Mile-High Brownie Cake from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe in Burlington (yum!). So, with no baking to do, I decided that I would make a raw Key Lime Pie for my beautiful niece so that when she asked me what we were having for dessert, I could watch her face light up with the answer!
Watching my son bask in his birthday and my niece in her Key Lime love made this an incredibly special day that I will tuck carefully into my great big happy heart!
Raw Key Lime Pie
- 1 cup Fine Almond Flour
- 3/4 cup Coconut Sugar or Maple Syrup Powder
- 1/3 cup Coconut Butter
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla (optional)
Melt the coconut oil gently. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then slowly add the melted coconut oil. Press into a pie plate and chill for at least an hour.
- 3/4 – 1 C fresh squeezed lime juice (app. 7 limes)
- 3 tbsp lime zest
- 1 1/2 C Avocados (app. 3 large)
- 1/2 C raw honey
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 C coconut oil
Blend in your blender all ingredients except the coconut oil. Add coconut oil and blend until creamy. Pour into pie crust and chill for 6-8 hours or until firm. Decorate with kiwi fruit and colorful berries if desired.
Makes about 8 servings.