Spinach and feta cheese pie • Low Carb Pies #1

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This spinach and feta cheese pie is perfect for those occasions where you need to make something in advance.

For me, it works great because I can freeze a few slices and have them on the days I’m super busy and can’t cook. (sad days, I know!)

It works great when served with a beautiful salad, for either lunch or dinner.
This recipe is also gluten free and nut free!

And you can use your creativity to make any type of filling you like. Super versatile!

Ingredients
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 cup (260g) of tahini (or almond butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 80 grams of feta cheese
  • 250 grams of spinach, chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • A drizzle of olive oil
Directions
  1. In a pan toss spinach and onions with a drizzle of olive oil until cooked. Reserve.
  2. Next, in a bowl mix together eggs, tahini, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Grease a cake tin with coconut oil and place a parchment paper on it. Then, pour half of this batter in. (here I’m using a 24cm square tin)
  4. Next, add a layer of that cooked spinach we made before and crumble some feta cheese on top of it.
  5. Finish by gently covering everything with the remaining batter.
  6. Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F) and bake it for 50 minutes or until golden brown. ⏰
  7. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Did you know?
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A and K, not to mention also rich in dietary fibre.

Banana and chocolate ganache pie #glutenfree

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This is that kind of recipe you can make for a celebration and rest assured everybody present on the day will be super impressed and be instantaneously tempted to try it. 🙂

I know it might seem like a lot of work at first glance, but hang with me for a second; if it’s something you’re making for a special occasion, it needs to be pretty, delicious and, of course, perfect! Let’s be honest, you don’t have a gluten-free banana and chocolate ganache pie in front of you that often, do you? So why not treat yourself and your guests by having this beauty for a party?

Ingredients
  • For the pie
    • 1 pie crust (recipe here)
    • 1 cup of chocolate ganache (recipe here – this is optional and just for the record, I’m using the dairy free version)
  • Cream cheese filling
    • 250 grams of cream cheese (at room temperature)
    • 10 pitted dates, soaked (at least 2 hours)
    • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
    • 1 cup (250 ml) of pure cream, whipped
    • 2 ripe bananas, sliced (or enough to make a base)
    • ¼ cup (40 ml) of melted dark chocolate (I’m using here 90%)
  • To garnish
    • Some leftovers of the sliced banana we used for the filling
    • Juice from 1 small lemon
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) of pure cream, whipped and flavoured with vanilla extract
    • Some shaved dark chocolate (again, using here 90%)
Directions
  1. Pie crust
    1. Get your pie crust recipe and make sure to prepare it in advance as we need this crust completely cool.
  2. Cream cheese filling
    1. In a food processor add the cream cheese, dates, and vanilla extract. Blend everything until smooth, reserve.
    2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer (or your hands if you are in the mood to work out), whip the pure cream until firm.
    3. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture very gently. Reserve.
  3. Chocolate ganache (optional)
    1. Get your chocolate ganache recipe here and make sure to prepare it in advance as we also need the ganache completely cool.
  4. Assembling the pie
    1. Get the melted chocolate and brush all over the interior of the pie crust. This is to isolate the crust and to prevent it from getting soaked.
    2. Make a bed of sliced bananas, just enough to cover all the surface.
    3. Pour in the cream cheese filling then the chocolate ganache layer at the top. If you feel the first layer is not firm enough, just pop the pie into the fridge for around 30 minutes to set before adding the chocolate ganache.
    4. Cover all the surface with more sliced bananas. Next, brush over them the lemon juice (this will prevent the bananas from getting darker).
    5. Garnish with whipped cream and some shaved dark chocolate.
    6. Enjoy this treat in moderation – if you can. 😉

How to make: sweet pastry crust (pie crust) #glutenfree #paleo

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This Gluten free Sweet Pastry Crust recipe it’s very handy in the kitchen. You can use it for pies, tarts, and any other thing that you would need a good pastry recipe.

It’s also very soft and easy to handle, which helps you to create different shapes or some nice decorations for your pies using cookie shape cutters. Ah! You can also make a chocolate version, just add some cocoa powder to it and it’s done!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • ½ cup of tapioca starch
  • 200g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar (or any sweetener you like)
  • a pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor and put it to work until smooth. Tip: in case you want to make a chocolate version, just add 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  2. Grease a pie plate/tin and, using your fingers, press the mixture into it as evenly as possible.
  3. Use a fork and make small vertical holes throughout the mixture, then pop it into the freezer for 1 hour before baking.
  4. In a pre-heated oven, bake the frozen crust for 10 to 12 minutes at 180C.
  5. Done! Let it cool down completely before adding your preferred filling.