Maple Sweet Potato Pie with Brazil Nut Crust

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $0.98
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2Large Sweet Potatoes, halved
1/2 cupLow Fat Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cupMedjool Dates, pitted and finely chopped
1 tspGround Cinnamon
1/2 tsp eachGround Nutmeg, Ground Allspice
1/2 cupMaple Syrup
1Flax Egg (1 tbsp Ground Flax + 3 tbsp Water, combined a few minutes ahead of time)
1/2 cupBrazil Nuts
2 tbspPure Cane Sugar
1 cupLarge Flake Oats
2 tbspGrape Seed Oil


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes cut side down on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for about 25 minutes until soft. Allow to cool.
  3. In a food processor, combine the brazil nuts, large flake oats and cane sugar, and pulse until well combined. Add the flax egg and grape seed oil and pulse until combined again. Remove the mixture and press into a greased pie tray. Bake for about 7 minutes, remove and cool.
  4. Scoop the cooled sweet potato from the skin and add to a food processor with the ricotta, eggs, spices and maple syrup. Combine until smooth. Stir in the chopped dates and pour into the pie shell. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for about 35 minutes, until the filling is firm and slightly golden brown.
  5. Top with pomegranate arils (seeds) and some crushed brazil nuts.


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