Pieeeeeee. As I sit here, it’s 9pm at night and I am having a sweet tooth like no other. It’s a rare thing for me, but it does happen. I’m sort of dreaming about going to the store and making another (raw vegan)fruit pie tomorrow. But we’ll see. Well, if I do it, it’ll be a different one. We make a few versions of this pie. The other ones we do tend to be more on the tropical side– well, with more tropical, harder to find fruit. For this recipe I wanted to use fruit that can be easily found (pretty much) anywhere. I know pineapples don’t grow everywhere… but they seem to be readily available world wide (and my favorite fruit too, if you didn’t know). I’m always on the fence about whether I should post recipes with more local to us (but otherwise hard to find) products. Alex always says I should, but I think I prefer not to because I want my recipes to always be approachable and attainable to everyone! You know?
Speaking of Alex, this used to be one of our favorite things in Miami. One of the farmers markets we loved makes them– well, similar, but different. Def. not nut free ones. We used to walk down to our favorite farmers market every Saturday and share (fight over) a fruit pie. It was good times. But now might be better, since I can just make a pie to my taste/health allergies and share it with my kid too 😉
This recipe is low in fat, nut free (can be made seed free instead of nut free if you prefer), gluten free, vegan, and suppppper easy. I mean, you could get super crazy and particular about layering fruit, in which came, that might make it a bit complicated, but don’t do that to yourself! Okay?! Also, you technically don’t even need any tools for this recipe– other than a good knife. A food process or blender would come in handy and make for a better texture, but not required.
One more thing before we start, I want to note that the lighting in these photos came out a bit funny.. not sure what exactly happened, but we’re going with it anyway. Let’s embrace the odd light, okay? Cool.
A tiny helping hand.
Seriously, love her. It always makes me happy when she wants to help me cook or make recipes 🙂 She spent half the time “making her own recipe” — aka chopping strawberries and mixing them with blueberries and coconut 🙂
-1.5 cups chopped strawberries
-1/2 cup shredded coconut, divided.
-1/3 – 1/2 sunflower seeds
-1.5 cups pitted dates
-1.5 cups blueberries
-approximately two – three RIPE (spotty) bananas
-kiwi /strafruit for decorating
-pinch of salt
-First things first, mix up your strawberries with your 1/4 cup shredded coconut and set aside to let it sit as you prepare the rest of the pie. Add fresh vanilla bean, if you’d like. (We do like 😉
-In a food processor, blender, or mortar and pestle (I mean, you could totally chop with a knife too), blitz the sunflower seeds. Then add dates and give those a good blitz too. You want to make a mushy, sticky, delicious mixture here. Remove from blender and add the rest of your shredded coconut. As mentioned, you don’t really need a blender… if you’re feeling up to it, it’s pretty easy to mush the dates by hand– especially when they’re really fresh 🙂 Add a touch of cinnamon and/or a pinch of salt if you’d like. This is your pie crust 🙂
-Press your pie crust in a pie pan. Place in fridge while you prep the rest of your pie.
-Thin slice your bananas and kiwi. For the pineapple you can thin slice it or cube it, however you like! I usually do bigger pieces because Marlowe doesn’t like pineapple and its easier for her to up. (She’s a crazy person– more pineapple for me). You can also use mango in place of pineapple or in addition to pineapple– it’s a delicious option! I wish I hadn’t become allergic to it!
-Take your RIPE bananas slices and begin to layer on the pie crust. Press your bananas into your crust.
-Take your strawberry mixture and later on top of your bananas.
-Now here is the fun part! Decorate your pie with your pineapple (or mango), blueberries, kiwi, whatever fun things you’ve chopped!
Voila! Here you have one of the healthiest and most delicious pies you can ever eat! And probably one of the easiest pies you’ll ever make too 🙂 Let me know if you guys make this!
Cheers friends! Happy healthy eating!
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