Nothing says gather ‘round like a warm, homemade pie.
I’m sure you can already tell from my earlier post on Blueberry Muffins that I have quite the affinity for these little purple (yes, they are actually purple) fruits. This happens to be incredibly convenient because blueberries have one of the lowest sugar levels of any fruit. So if chocolate isn’t hitting the spot and you’re looking for a more refreshing candida-proof treat, blueberries are a pretty good pick.
My fridge has had a big, blinking NO VACANCY sign up for the past two months. You can always tell how much pressure I’ve been under by how many Tupperware containers of baked goods I have in my refrigerator (or freezer) at any given moment. I get on a kick and soon enough my whole fridge is a city of reused takeout boxes stuffed to the brim with muffins and brownies and the like. When I can’t remove the water pitcher without triggering a collapse, I decide it’s about time to pull out the old knitting needles and give the kitchen a break.
As human beings, we are constantly undergoing a series of changes, both physical and emotional, and the more self-aware we are, the more it can seem like an added chore to try and process the things we’re experiencing.
That’s why it always helps to have an outlet. For me it’s baking (and writing), but the right stress reliever can be anything.
Give yourself the time to slow down. Allow yourself to feel fully focused on something purely out of pleasure, not obligation. I find the hardest part for me is not jumping down my own throat for not being “productive”.
Fact is, if you’re working on your own happiness, you’re doing good work. You can’t help others if you don’t first help yourself.
Take the candida diet for example. It’s a huge commitment to your health and wellness to make the shift to no sugar, but it can be so rewarding. So to everyone who is reading this, who is following the diet by the book or just making an effort to try and get healthy: I understand that it can feel like hard work, but it’s good work.
I hope my recipes help make your effort a little easier, and your journey to health and happiness a little sweeter. Now, without further adieu, I present my recipe for Can-Do blueberry pie.
This recipe makes one 9-inch pie.
For the crust:
2 ¼ cups almond flour
1 tsp salt
2 packets stevia, such as truevia
1 stick salted butter
½ tsp vanilla
Follow the ingredients as laid out in the Can-Do Candida recipe for Perfect Piecrust.
For the filling:
6 cups Maine blueberries (can be found frozen, if not fresh)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp stevia
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seed
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp salted butter
1 tbsp coconut flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine 6 cups of Maine blueberries with lemon juice, vanilla, stevia, nutmeg, cinnamon, chia seeds, and salt. Toss the berries lightly, either with your hands or using a kitchen utensil and a gentle folding motion, to coat the berries with the ingredients. Be careful not to burst or damage the berries.
In a large pan over medium heat, melt the salted butter. To the melted butter, add the coated berries and coconut flour. Over medium to low heat, cook this mixture on the stovetop for 5 minutes to soften the berries and allow the pie filling to thicken.
Pour this mixture of softened berries into the pre-baked pie shell. I recommend covering the exposed crust with tinfoil if you don’t want it to burn.
Bake the pie for 40 minutes.
Candida Alert: It is possible to have too much of a good thing. While blueberries are a low-sugar fruit, fruit sugars do make an impact when it comes to feeding yeast in your system. Be aware that in consuming a large portion of blueberries, you are putting an amount of sugar in your system that is not negligible. That being said, life is short, so enjoy yourself according to your best judgment.