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Raw Strawberry Pudding Pie

Posted in Breakfasts, Desserts by Janet M on June 30, 2012

I am a strawberry baby.

Being born at the end of June, my birthday usually coincides with the local strawberry season. My Mom went into labour while picking strawberries. I tell no lies.

This year, local strawberries are already finished as they had an early start. (Local cherries, though, are already here!). Rob and I still managed to sneak in some strawberry action, though, before he took off for the week.

No stranger to raw desserts, I know they can be pretty heavy. Nuts, coconut, avocado, you name it. They make for delicious desserts, but they can be truly decadent.

I had been pining a recipe for a nearly nut-free Strawberry Pie, so when we had a huge clamshell of strawberries, I couldn’t resist not making this. It was now or never. Next week, the strawberries may not be as good!

I couldn’t go nut-free with a crust, so I picked an interesting almond-vanilla-maple crust. However, since it was date-free, I didn’t find it kept its integrity as well as my go-to crust from the Raw Cashew Dreamcake. The recipe below has my standard crust which I think would work better.

In any case, the filling is really simple. A puree of strawberries and bananas with lemon juice is the base for holding more strawberries. Then it is topped with even more strawberries! Strawberry heaven, for sure. :)

This pie needs to be chilled so that the base firms up. In any case, I think it will be a messy cake no matter what you do.. unless you add a thickener like agar agar. My pie firmed up nicely after a few hours in the fridge but our initial foray after an hour left us with a goopy (yet still delicious) mess. Another less messy option would be to make and serve it in ramekins, like we did with our Tropical Mango Pie (oh so good!).

Since the highlight of the pie are the fresh strawberries, the pie cannot be stored in the freezer (hello, Raw Key Lime Pie!). Instead, the leftovers were my breakfast for the rest of the week.

This is my submission to Breakfast Club, featuring leftovers, to this week’s Weekend Wellness and to this month‘s Simple and in Season.

Raw Strawberry Pudding Pie
Adapted from Hallelujah Acres

Crust
1 cup raw almonds (pecans or walnuts will also work)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup dates, pits removed
1 tsp vanilla

Filling
2 lb strawberries, divided
2 fairly ripe bananas (1 cup)
5 soft pitted dates
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)

1. Place nuts in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop until they are to your desired fineness (process a finer crust longer than a chunky one). Add the dates and vanilla and process until well combined. Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands. If the ingredients hold together, your crust is ready to go. Scoop out crust mixture in a 9” spring-form pan (if you don’t have a spring-form pan, use a pie plate lined with saran wrap), and press firmly (fingers work well), making sure that the edges are well packed and that the base is relatively even throughout. Rinse food processor well.

2. In a blender, place 7-8 large strawberries, bananas, dates and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Remove and place in a large bowl.

3. Roughly chop all remaining strawberries, reserving 1 cup for garnish. Fold in majority of strawberries into the blended berries. Fill the pie crust with the strawberry mixture. Scatter remaining strawberries overtop. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until firm, at least 2-3 hours, preferably overnight.

Serves 6.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on June 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    what a cool idea to use bananas! i can almost taste this from here… my birthday is in july too – i wish we could get together to celebrate with this and your raw key lime! :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      Yeah, it is a shame we live so far away… and these treats do not travel well. :( We will have to live vicariously through each other’s blogs. ;)

  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on June 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    what an amazing looking dish- so simple and beautiful. I love things like this because each of the ingredients shine!

    that’s cool about your mom going into labour when picking strawberries. You were meant to love them :)

  3. Fuss Free Helen said, on June 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    This is my type of pie, and even better for breakfast! It seems to be a solider version of my usual smoothie?

    Thanks for taking part!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

      Yes, it could definitely look like your morning smoothie, just presented in a different way. I honestly thought of eating it from a cup when I first tried it (like a parfait), but thank goodness it firmed up. :)

  4. Dawn said, on July 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Yay! Another dessert I can add as a pot luck option. YUM

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 2, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      You’d have to serve it straight from the fridge, though, Dawn unless everyone loves a mess (or you add something like Mila to stiffen it up), hehe.

  5. Cara said, on July 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    yum! sounds so refreshing on a hot summer day :)

  6. laura@howtocookgoodfood said, on July 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    This is such a wonderful dessert and a perfect way to enjoy one of my favourite fruits. The crust sounds so good as does the filling. This is a summery celebration for sure!
    Thanks so much for entering Simple and in Season
    Laura@howtocookgoodoodfood xxx

  7. Joanne said, on July 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Wow you really ARE a strawberry baby! Literally. :) Perhaps chia seeds would help to firm this up a bit? Although as a gooey messy pie I’m sure it’s still delicious (and more fun to eat!).

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 2, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      I bet chia would work, too! But who doesn’t love a messy pie? Uh, well, people who want to photograph it.. but otherwise it tastes great! :)

  8. Mandee said, on July 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! And I love that your mum was picking strawbs right before you were born!

    I found your blog via link at the PPK ;)

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  10. Alaine at My GF & DF Living said, on July 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I love the idea of using bananas in the filling. This reminds me of a jello pie a lot of my friends and family make; however, this looks so much better and not to mention healthier! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Kammie said, on July 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Oh yum, great idea to use bananas too! Looks delicious and refreshing.

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