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Carol Kicinski
Make your resolution to get healthy and fit just that much easier with this guilt-free pie!

Resolve to eat pie this New Year

Author Byline Image   It seems this is the time of resolutions – everything from “sticking to my gluten free diet 100 percent” to “becoming organized” to “getting a body like Jennifer Aniston or Ryan Reynolds.”
   According to the dictionary, “resolution” means a firm decision to do or not to do something. There is nothing wrong with resolutions; they are certainly the start to quitting smoking, losing weight, and getting out of debt. But I like to do a little more at the beginning of a New Year than just make resolutions; I like to dream my dreams first. I find that resolutions are easier to keep if they have a purpose – if they serve to fulfill a dream.
   Every year the hubby and I take a little time away from the house and we look at what we hoped to accomplish the year before. We acknowledge the things we did get done and decide if we still want to do the things that we didn’t. Then we dream our dreams. We don’t worry about whether they seem obtainable or not, we just dream and we dream big! After all, if we shoot for the stars and don’t quite make it, we still end up soaring a lot higher than if we were just aiming for the treetops!
   Dreaming has to be followed up with action and I think this is where resolutions come in. If we dream of having that perfect body, we have to make some resolutions
Gluten-Free Guilt-Free Chocolate Banana Pie
Serves 8
For the crust:
1½ cups blanched almond flour
5 large medjool dates, finely chopped
Large pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut or grapeseed oil (maybe a bit more)

For the filling:
5 small, ripe bananas, cut into pieces
5 large medjool dates, chopped
1 cup light, unsweetened coconut milk
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, measured then sifted
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup sliced almonds
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped or shaved with a vegetable peeler
   Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray.
   Prepare the crust by combining the almond flour, dates, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the dates and almond flour are well combined. Add the oil and process until the mixture starts to come together like dough. If the mixture is too dry, add some more oil, a few drops at a time. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust has browned; it may seem soft but it will harden up as it cools. Let cool completely.
   Prepare the filling by combining the bananas, dates, coconut milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla in a food processor. Process until smooth. Pour the mixture into the cooled pie crust, top with the sliced almonds and chopped or shaved chocolate, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours. Can be made 1 to 2 days ahead.
   About ½ hour before serving, take the pie from the freezer, remove the plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature until it is soft enough to cut. Slice and serve.
to get there – go to the gym and work out every day, eat clean, cut back on sugar and fat, whatever it is that you need to do to get where you want to go. And remember – the definition of resolution contains the word “firm” in there – we need to stick FIRM to those decisions.
   Whatever your dreams and resolutions are this year, I hope they include getting or staying healthy. And I hope that I can help you keep them. As is my way, I think getting healthy is a lot easier to do if I can eat chocolate pie while doing it. This guilt free chocolate banana pie is gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low in fat, high in protein, and just plain
delish! It is also pretty darn easy to make.
   This year I am all about getting healthier and simplifying my life. Every year I am all about eating yummy food – so this recipe fits right into my life – the one I have and the one I want to have.
   Oh, and by the way – if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance and you haven’t done this yet, it IS time to take control of your health and make the resolution to stick to your gluten free diet 100 percent! It doesn’t have to be a difficult resolution to keep – trust me!