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April Fool's Day
April 1, 2010 - Jill Anderson
How could I possibly let today go by without a comment? It's just too bad I didn't think ahead and make a Summer Fool to photograph. Maybe later...it is delicous anytime, not just on April Fool's Day.
I got to thinking about the word fool and I'm not sure why but it always makes me laugh. We use it in all sorts of ways. Some years ago, I had a cantankerous 83 year old widow who lived up the street from me. She had a habit of referring to people as "educated fools."
There is the ever popular maxim, "Fool me once...shame on you. Fool me twice...shame on me!" Abraham Lincoln is responsible for "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." I love that one by the way.
Today's recipe could be approached with two attitudes; so easy a fool could do it or foolproof and it IS a fooler! Deceptively simple never looked or tasted so good.
Church Supper Jello Salad Memories
Who has not had one of those babies eh? The flavor of the jello doesn't matter, only that its red. There is crushed pineapple, chunks of banana, pecans, shredded coconut and my grandmother always made a graham cracker crust on the bottom of hers. Some people added the cream to the salad and froze it while others served it in all it's jiggly glory with that powdered whipped cream substitute (that you mix with milk and vanilla extract) plopped on the top.
The reasons that dish is not particularly good for you are too numerous to mention. However, as a child I didn't know that and it sure tasted good to me. My grandmother was the blue ribbon champion of jello salads.
Now I am grown up (some might argue that point) and TRY to cook healthy foods as much as possible but there is a certain nostalgia associated with the FLAVORS of Church Supper Jello Salad. I put on my thinking cap one day and determined to create a healthy dessert reminiscent of that dish.
The result was a pie made from fruits, coconut, coconut milk, dates, almond meal and some pecans and it is NOT cooked. It doesn't even have any sugar... get out of here! Of course there is natural sugar from the dates and other fruits but no refined sugar of any kind.
Tropical Fruit Pie With Date Nut Crust
There is a second shocker with this recipe. It has a crust with NO grains. Yep...no flour whatsoever. By now you are probably thinking this sounds a little suspicious and probably tastes like sticks and leaves but you must trust me when I tell you that it gets RAVE reviews. Even the skeptics have to agree that it DOES taste like Church Supper Jello Salad Dessert.
Prepare The Date/Nut Crust:
Tropical Fruit Pie Filling
This dessert is dairy-free, grain-free (unless using oat bran or wheat germ in crust), processed sugar-free and BEAUTIFUL! The bonus is that it LOOKS like you really did something and tastes amazing. But the food processor did most of the work. Yeah...you sliced a few bananas and some strawberries okay. Then it just hung out in the fridge until you were ready for the great reveal. How foolproof is that?
I really hope you'll give this recipe a try and not be "scared off" by unfamiliar ingredients or techniques. Coconut milk is available just about everywhere. Coconut oil and flour are readily available in healthfood stores (as is almond meal) as well as online. Some markets do carry them in their organic sections. Fresh medjool dates are readily available in both local supermarkets and wholesale clubs.
Happy April Fool's Day!
Todays Food Quote
"Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing." Walt Kelly
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Tropical Fruit Pie with Date Nut Crust