• Susan van Daal

TONIFYING CHESTNUT PIE

Updated: Feb 12


Ayurvedic Tonifying Chestnut Pie

This Tonifying Chestnut Pie I only make for special occasions since it takes some time and dedication to get this result, but it is a delicious result though. For me personally it works best to just combine recipes and improvise a lot. Maybe this is because of the fact I don't like to stick to recipes that much, I rather do what I feel like. :)

Recipe

Ingredients plant based pancakes:

  • 50g chestnut flour

  • 400 - 500ml of your choice of plant based milk (I use almond milk)

  • 1 - 2 tsp baking powder 

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 5 tsp ground flaxseed (ground mine in a blender)

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed

  • pinch of monk fruit extract (optional)  

The chocolate mousse:

  • 2 Avocado's

  • 1/2 cup of Raw Cocao Powder

  • 2 Dates

  • 3 Tbs of Monk fruit extract

  • A pinch of Cardamom and Cinnamon (to aid the digestion)

Topping:

  • Roasted Walnuts and Dates

  • Roasted Shredded Coconut


Instructions pancakes:


- First, combine the dry ingredients for the pancakes in a mixing bowl

- Add the milk and whisk altogether

- The batter will have consistency of a thick moist mixture

- Set aside in the fridge for 15 minutes

- Grease a pan with coconut oil and heat it over medium heat, then pour a ladle of batter into the pan.

- Tilt the pan to spread the batter evenly, then cook until the pancakes is golden and dry on one side.

- Flip the pancake with a spatula and cook on the other side.

- Repeat with the remaining batter (about 15 pancakes).


Instructions Chocolate mousse:


- Add all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a smooth texture arises

- Stack the pancakes and between every layer add some chocolate mousse






Ayurvedic nutrition review

Banana

In excess they can aggravate pitta due to a sour Vipaka (post digestive effect), but normally they reduce Pitta due to sweet and heavy qualities. It is a tonic fruit that functions as a laxative as well. They are high in minerals and can be used to treat anemia. In an unripe form they are useful for diarrhea and hemorrhoids.

VP-

K+

Virya= cooling

Chestnuts

The chestnuts are high in minerals and are building. They have a low fat content. Although Ayurveda doesn't focus on components of foods (all foods function as an union) I like to stress that they contain high amounts of Vitamin C. It boosts the production of white blood cells and therefore the immunity.

V-

KP+

Virya= warming

Avocado

This nutritive, tonic and heavy fruit is quite hard to digest. Therefore it should be taken in small amounts. it is a beneficial food for pregnant mothers. Avocados help to strengthen and restore the liver, lungs, plasma and skin.

V-

KP+

Virya= warming

This Tonifying Chestnut Pie is best for Vata types as the ingredients can increase as well Pitta as Kapha.


Monk Fruit

Did you know that Monk Fruit is quite one of a kind in terms of its low glycemic index? Maple Syrup has a glycemic index of 54 whereas Monk Fruit of 0. High glycemic index foods are known for causing blood sugars to spike and lead to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Besides high glycemic diets are linked to ovulatory infertility. Well that's sufficient info about the glycemic index. ;) Where does this magical wonder fruit with no effect on our blood sugar coming from? Monk Fruit is known as Luo Han Guo or Buddha fruit and grows in South East Asia (this is the downside of it since I prefer local). Here is the good part coming though, it has been used for centuries in Chinese Medicine to relieve a sore throat and to reduce phlegm. Moreover, it is an anti-inflammatory whereas most sweeteners are causing inflammations.

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