You do not have to bake this pie. I repeat, you do not have to bake this pie. This is not a test. It’s prime time folks, the countdown to Thanksgiving is closing to Go Time, and it’s all happening. While you’re getting ready to have family/friends over, lacing up your sneakers for your Turkey Trot, or looking at a staggering To Do food-prep list, I am here bearing gifts. An unbelievably easy, NO BAKE!, raw vegan, paleo, gluten-free pumpkin pie (that’s full of fiber, and lower in cholesterol and sodium, even if not significantly less in calories, ~300 calories per slice/the amount of calories you’ll burn off during your 5K Turkey Trot). It’s an across the board people pleaser AND super easy to make (pretty much the best thing you can ask for during the holidays). It has a little something for everybody: there are no excuses to NOT eat this pie (egg, dairy and wheat-free). And best of all – it’s DELICIOUS (/f***ing awesome, but we all know Mom doesn’t like those curses)!
The only caveat is that you need a food processor (or something intense enough to chop up whole nuts) and a blender. Other than that, it’s easy as pie, really. 😉 (Yup I just did that).
I made this pie while still wearing PJs at 1 pm yesterday afternoon, and was blasting old school Hip Hop jams loud enough to be heard over the food processor (and dancing up a storm – there’s video evidence on Snapchat). Cooking should be fun, especially around the holidays when life gets a little crazy and stressful. So, the only thing I ask is that you do what you can to have fun while you’re whipping this sucker up. If you make it with a smile, it tastes better. I swear. 😀
Raw Vegan/Paleo/Gluten Free/F-in Awesome Pumpkin Pie
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pecans (/hazelnuts…my pecans were already open from the pumpkin muffins so I just used those)
- 3/4 cup dates (about 18 medium), pitted
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut
- A sprinkle of sea salt, if desired
- 2 cans (16 oz) pureed pumpkin (or 4 cups of cooked sugar pumpkin)
- 10 dates, pitted
- 1 medium banana
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- A small handful (~1/4 cup) raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut, for topping
Step One: Prepare the Crust. In a food processor, add all of the crust ingredients and blend until crumbly (~1 minute of mix time). While mixing, break it down and dance your socks off.
Step Two: Pour the “dough” into a 9″ pie pan, and form it into a crust by pressing it down with your fingers. Don’t forget the sides! When you’re done, place into the fridge while you make the filling.
Step Three: Prepare the filling. In a blender, add all of your filling ingredients (minus the coconut topping). Give it a good stir to incorporate the spices throughout prior to blending. Blend until smooth (~a few mins). Dancing while blending is encouraged.
Step Four: Transfer the filling into the crust. Scoop all of the filling out of the blender into the crust and smooth out so it fill the pan from edge to edge. Sprinkle the coconut on top, and place into the fridge to chill for a few hours.
Step Five: Enjoy!! 😀 (I mean, it’s pretty freakin’ amazing, so it’s impossible not to). 😉
Um, this pie is so legit. You guys are going to LOVE IT! I am a big fan of pumpkin pie, and this one tastes even better than a traditional pumpkin pie. There are no words to describe just how amazing that crust is, so you’re going to have to try it out and experience it firsthand. YUM. I brought this pie into work today to get feedback from my non-vegan, non-paleo, non-gluten free co-workers as a dry-run before I whip this guy up again for Thanksgiving. So, check back here later today for their reactions. I’m pretty stoked, since they all think I’m a little out there with my veg/super healthy/run obsessed lifestyle, so I CANNOT wait to see their faces when they try it and realize just how amazing it is – <<insert cackle here>>. Is it lunch time yet??
I hope that you guys have an AMAZING Monday today, and try to find your little space of zen in the craziness of Thanksgiving week. I went to yoga last night so I am feeling the power today – ba-BAM! I am ready, and I will send all of you my overflowing positive vibes today.
Love, warmth & stellar vibes,
L ❤ xo
PS: Happy Birthday Dad!! You’re the best, I love you!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤