I'm not a huge pie person, but when Paul brought Pi Day to my attention I felt I should channel my inner sweet tooth and get baking. I had one problem though .... make that 3 problems. Simon is teething, Savina has a cold and is asking to be potty trained (a good thing but I have lived in the bathroom lately) and Gabe, well, he's fine so maybe just two problems. Nevertheless, the time I had to make a pie was limited. The thought of a conventional pie crust was out.
As some of you may know, I love raw desserts. They are usually quick and easy and they taste amazing! I decided to go the raw route and I'm so glad I did. The kids were playing with their playdough, Simon was napping and it took me 35 minutes from start to clean-up until it was done. Not bad for a fresh pie!
Luckily, I already have two pizza crusts in the freezer that I can thaw. Pizza pies for dinner! Now, I just need to think about what pie to make for lunch. Maybe I'll try a spaghetti squash and quinoa pie. Watch for a post on that ... if it's any good that is!
Raw Banana Cream PieMakes 1 pie
Crust2 c walnuts
1 c oats
6 dates, about 3/4 cup
1 1/2 T raw honey or maple syrup
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t cinnamon
dash of salt
1/2 c coconut cream
1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 c cashews, soaked for 2 hours
2 T raw honey or maple syrup
dash of salt
cocoa powder and extra shredded coconut for the topping (optional)
First, make the crust. In your food processor, chop the dates until they are finely chopped. Next, add the remaining ingredients until they are the consistency of dirt. Press the mixture into a 9 inch pie pan.
Next, puree all the ingredients of the filling in your food processor. Once it is nice and smooth, pour the mixture onto the crust.
I sprinkled a little extra shredded coconut and cocoa powder on the top of pie. It made me feel so professional!
Let it set in the freezer for about an hour before cutting. You can leave it in there longer, but let it thaw for 15-20 minutes so it is easier to cut into.