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I Am Lovely Strawberry Apple Cobbler

Crust:
4 ½ cups dry pecans
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp well-packed, very finely chopped dates

Filling:
8 cups sliced apples
5 cups sliced strawberries*
¼ cup lemon
1 tbsp vanilla
pinch salt
Optional crème fraiche topping (see below)
*You may substitute local ripe seasonal fruits for the strawberries and apples.

1. To make the crust, fit a food processor with the “S” blade. Add 3 cups of the pecans, cinnamon, vanilla and salt, and process 1 minute. Continue to process while adding the dates in small amounts. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add remaining pecans. Set aside 1½ cups; press remaining mixture into a 12” x 10” x 2½” pan.
2. To make the filling, combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Evenly distribute on the crust, then crumble remaining crust on the top.

Serves 12. Analysis per serving: 273 calories, 3g protein, 21g fat (2g saturated), 6g fiber, 22g carbohydrates, 26 mg sodium

I Am Smooth Sweetened Crème Fraiche
1½ cups soaked cashews
1 tbsp + 2 tsp lemon juice
Pinch salt
3 tbsp + 1 tsp Sucanat*
½ cup fresh water
*A sweetener made of pure dried sugar cane juice.

Rinse cashews and place them along with all other ingredients into a blender. Begin to pulse slowly, and then turn up the speed; add water as necessary to keep mixture pulling down into the bottom of the blender. Makes about 1 2/3 cups.

Source: I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude by Terces Engelhart (North Atlantic Books, www.northatlanticbooks.com). Copyright © 2007 by Terces Engelhart; reprinted by permission of publisher. Photo by Cary Mosier.

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