“5 Delicious Raw Pie Recipes” By Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati “From a classic American Apple pie to our Tropical Mango Banana Pie, these simple, fun and raw Gentle World pie recipes put a new twist on both classic and exotic desserts. Each raw pie recipe uses a blend of delicious nuts, seeds, fruits and spices to create both familiar and innovative flavors. If you’re a raw food purist, be warned though: some of the recipes do include frozen bananas and maple syrup, but the maple syrup is easy to substitute for soaked dates* and the creamy texture frozen bananas give our pies is just too good to pass up. Even if you’ve never made a pie before, or a raw dessert for that matter, these dishes will be a cinch to perfect and enjoy. So next time you’re having friends over for dinner or a special lunch why not try your hand at one of these fresh raw party pies! * If you are substituting soaked dates for maple syrup then the ratio is approximately 1 date per 1/8 cup syrup. Soak the date in the water and then blend before adding to the dish. Just hearing the phrase “Blueberry Cream Pie” is enough to make your mouth water. Blueberry Cream Pie yields 1 pie Crust 1/4 cup dates, pitted, soaked 1/2 cup walnuts 1/4 cup almonds Filling 2–3 medium bananas 1 lb. blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup dates, pitted 1. In a food processor, using the “S” shaped blade, blend the crust ingredients well. 2. Pat mixture into the bottom and sides of a pie plate, forming a crust. 3. Slice the bananas into 1/4” rounds, leaving 1/4–1/2 of one banana for the creamy filling. Cover the bottom of the pie shell with a layer of banana pieces. 4. In a food processor, blend one cup of the blueberries with the remaining piece of banana and 1/2 cup of dates. Mix in the remaining blueberries (whole). Pour this over the sliced bananas in the pie shell. Garnish with walnuts. Chill and serve. Ever had a raw apple pie? After reading this recipe it may be hard to stop yourself from running to the store and grabbing the ingredients to make this great dish. It’s an American classic done raw, vegan and right! Raw Apple Pie yields 1 pie Crust 1/4 cup water (or date soak water) 3/4 cups walnuts, soaked 1/2 cup almonds, soaked 3/4 cups pecans, soaked 8 dates, pitted, soaked 1 cup raisins 1 1/2 cups oats 1 tsp. apple pie spice Filling 2–3 ripe bananas, sliced 1 tbsp. maple syrup 6 cups apples, peeled (3 cups grated, 3 cups diced) 1/2 raisins (optional) 1/8 cup lemon juice (optional), with additional sweetener 6 dates, pitted, chopped Garnish: pecans, strawberries, raisins 1. Soak all nuts, dates and raisins for 20–30 minutes. 2. In a food processor, using the “S” shaped blade, blend the oats and pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice combination) until it becomes like a flour. Remove from processor. Optional ~ blend in 1/4 cup of dry almonds. 3. Add the date soak water, dates, raisins and nuts to the processor and blend. Add the oat flour mixture to it. Batter should be fairly dry. If too wet, add some more oats. 4. Press into a pie shell forming a bottom and sides. 5. Slice two bananas into 1/4” rounds. Lay each slice flat next to each other to cover the pie shell bottom. 6. In the food processor, blend the remaining banana, maple syrup, and one cup of grated apples until creamy. 7. Add mixture to the remaining five cups of grated apples. Optional: add 1/2 cup raisins and/or 1/4 cup lemon juice (if adding lemon juice, add more maple syrup). Add dates. Mix. 8. Place the filling into the pie shell on top of banana slices. Garnish with pecan halves and raisins or strawberry slices. Chill for several hours and serve. This fruit pie offers a blend of exotic fruits you’ll be sure to enjoy. Raw Fruit Pie yields 1 pie Crust 2/3 cup whole oats 2/3 cup walnuts 1/3 cup cashew pieces 3/4 cup dates, pitted 1/3 cup almonds, soaked 15 minutes 2 tbsp. maple syrup + sprinkle of carob Filling 1 apple, peeled, diced small 1/2 cup raisins 2 ripe bananas, sliced 2–3 kiwifruit 1 large mango (or 2 small), sliced 2 tbsp. agar-agar 1. In a food processor, using the “S” shaped blade, grind the oats into a flour. Drain soaked almonds then blend all ingredients in the first column. 2. Sprinkle a little carob on the bottom of the pie plate, then press batter into it, forming a crust. (The carob helps to keep it from sticking.) 3. Place the apple, raisins, one sliced banana, half of the mango and one diced kiwifruit in the pie shell. 4. In a processor, blend the other half of the mango and one ripe banana. Add two tablespoons of agar-agar. Pour this mixture over the fruit and mix together. 5. Decorate the top with remaining sliced kiwifruit and/or strawberries and raisins. Chill for several hours before serving. Mango and banana in a pie, what’s not to love? Tropical Mango Banana Pie yields 1 pie Crust 3/4 cup almonds, soaked 15 minutes 3/4 cup pecans 3–4 dates, pitted 1/2 cup raisins, soaked 1 minute Filling 2 cups mango (2–3 mangoes) 1 1/2 bananas 2 bananas, sliced fruit of choice, sliced 1/2 cup raisins 1. In a food processor, using the “S” shaped blade, blend the crust ingredients. Remove and press evenly into a pie plate and chill. 2. In food processor, blend one cup of mango and 1 1/2 bananas. 3. Slice two bananas into 1/4” rounds and layer on the bottom of the pie crust. Slice remaining mango and place over bananas with sliced fruit of choice then sprinkle in the raisins. Spread in some of the mango-banana sauce and mix it with the fruit. Pour remaining sauce on top. 4. Decorate and chill for several hours. (Place in the freezer 1/2 hour before serving.) I scream, you scream, we all scream for “Nice Dream Pie.” This twist on an ice cream pie showcases the versatility and creamy texture of frozen bananas. Marble Nice Dream Pie yields 1 pie Crust 1/3 cup dried shredded coconut 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup almonds 1/3 cup raw carob powder 1/2 tsp. vanilla 6 dates, soaked 10 minutes 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 15 minutes 1/3 cup raisins 1. Blend crust ingredients in a food processor using the “S” shaped blade. 2. Sprinkle a little dry carob into the bottom of a pie plate. Press crust into pie plate. Carob Sauce 4 tbsp. raw tahini 8 dates, soaked 10 minutes 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 banana, peeled and frozen 3/4 cup raw carob date soak water, small amount In a blender, blend all ingredients until thick and creamy. Freeze until ready to use. ‘Nice Dream’ Filling 12 bananas, peeled and frozen 15 dates, soaked 10 minutes 5 tbsp. raw tahini 2–3 tbsp. shredded coconut 1. Homogenize using a food processor or a Champion® juicer, alternating ingredients. 2. Mix half of the ‘Nice Dream’ Filling with Carob Sauce, to make carob ‘Nice Dream’. 3. Put the carob and vanilla ‘Nice Dream’ into the piecrust and swirl. Top with shredded coconut. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from freezer five minutes before serving. For a soft freeze, serve immediately. No matter which pie catches your eye, these raw vegan recipes offer healthy vibrant alternatives to conventional non-vegan pie recipes, giving you a chance to make a treat that is both delicious and guilt free!”

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