Strawberries are truly one of summer’s treasures!



Most of us aren’t thinking about how healthy strawberries are as we relish in their bursting sweet flavor, but strawberries do have a whole lot to offer. They are chock-full of antioxidants and other nutrients. These low-sugar fruits satisfy your sweet tooth while supporting your immune system and helping reduce your risk of heart disease as well as other inflammation-related health problems.

Unfortunately, strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed foods grown in the USA today. They are now also Genetically Modified. Thank you Monsanto.

To avoid numerous harmful pesticides, try and find an organic local farm to pick your berries from. If organic is not an option, you will want to select fresh, local strawberries grown with love.

Washing Tip – Add 2-3 drops of Be Young Lemon Essential Oil to some water in your kitchen sink, fill with water and add strawberries. Allow them to soak for just a few minutes. Rinse well. This will not only clean your berries but it will extend their shelf life considerably.

This Strawberry Pie recipe was created with LOVE for my husband on Father’s Day. It’s a lovely little treat that you can indulge in without feeling the least bit guilty. My goal when creating recipes is to always ensure that they are loaded with only wholesome lovin’ and honest to goodness real foods!  For extra awesomeness, this recipe includes gelatin.  About three years ago, I started to incorporate this amazing superfood into my family’s REAL food diet and try to use it as often as I can!

Gelatin (which is just cooked collagen) is a flavorless, translucent substance derived from the processing of animal connective tissue and bones to extract collagen, an insoluble fibrous protein. It’s derived by the selective hydrolysis of collagen from the skin, the connective tissue and/or bones of animals.  Once extracted and powdered, gelatin dissolves in hot liquids and becomes more solid as it cools.  Gelatin contains half of the 18 essential amino acids, needed for survival.

Note: Not all gelatin is created equal.  The one I’m loving and recommending right now to my clients is Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin – it’s made from pastured-raised, grass-fed cows. 

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These are just some of the benefits associated with gelatin (again, same as collagen just used to make things “gel” together).

  • Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, and texture.
  • Gelatin can help with the aging process. As we age our bodies make less collagen and gelatin provides more elasticity!
  • Gelatin has been shown to improve nail strength and growth.
  • Gelatin has been shown to help digestion and even heal digestive disorders.
  • Gelatin can help with overall joint and bone health (and reduce arthritis pain).
  • Gelatin is a cost-effective and nutritious way to get more protein in your diet.
  • Gelatin has also been shown to help you sleep better.
  • It’s also been associated with improved metabolism, reduced cellulite, and as a treatment for non-seasonal allergies.
  • …And SO MUCH MORE!

So, there you have it.  Who knew a strawberry pie could taste amazing and be filled with only GOODNESS? This is a dessert that you will find yourself looking forward to all year-long. Promise!

Fresh Strawberry Pie – Paleo Style with Gelatin
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
Crust
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  • ½ Cup Coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 Tablespoon Raw Honey
Filling
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  • 4-6 Cups Strawberries, Hulled and cut in half. (If your berries are smaller, use closer to 6 cups.)
  • 3 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon Raw Honey
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • ½ Tablespoon Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Grass Fed Gelatin
Instructions
For the Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl beat coconut oil, eggs, honey and salt together with a fork. Then add coconut flour. Stir until dough holds together.
  2. Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to a greased pie dish and slowly pat down until your crust has been hand-formed. You could use a 9”, 9.5'' or 10'' pie pan for a thinner crust. Prick the dough with a fork. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely before filling.
For the Filling
  1. In a small saucepan, heat 2 cups of halved strawberries, raw honey, maple syrup and lemon juice over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, place the remaining strawberries. With a slotted spoon, remove the berries from your sweet sauce and add them to remaining strawberries. Allow the sweet sauce to cool for around 5-8 minutes.
  3. When using gelatin, it sets fairly quickly and so you have to work fast. Once your sweet sauce is still very warm to the touch but not crazy hot, stir in arrowroot, whisking it well. You may need to put the saucepan back on the stove and turn to simmer for a moment. Slowly add one tablespoon of gelatin at a time, thoroughly whisking in. You do not want to do this more than 2 minutes at the most as it will start to set up immediately. Remove from heat and slowly pour over bowl of berries. Stir to incorporate all ingredients evenly.
  4. Carefully pour filling into cooled pie crust. Cover and place in refrigerator and serve chilled.
  5. For best results, allow assembled pie to chill for at least 1-2 hours before serving. If you are in a hurry to serve it, sometimes putting it in the freezer for half an hour helps.
  6. Garnish with homemade raw whipped cream or coconut cream, if desired.

Love Yourself Fiercely,

Tonya

I’d really love to hear from you! Tell me what you think of this strawberry pie recipe!