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Raw Chocolate Cherry Pie

21 Comments 02 July 2013

Raw Chocolate Cherry Pie

Cherry season is here! You all know that summer fruit is one of my favorite things about summer. (Okay, maybe it’s a close tie between summer fruit and school being out!) But when cherries start showing up at the market, I know that summer has arrived.

I brought a Raw Chocolate Cherry Pie to our January Raw Foods Potluck. Now it was deep winter, so I had to use frozen cherries. But since fresh cherries are now plentiful I think this is the perfect time to share the recipe. What could be better than a cool slice of pie right out of the freezer on a hot summer day?

I have revised the recipe a bit, but with moving prep I did not have time for another photo shoot. Want to know what this Raw Chocolate Cherry Pie will actually look like? You’ll have to use a bit of your imagination. My original crust was made from almond pulp which made for a very wimpy crust. The new crust will be nuttier and chunkier. And the new topping is a frosting instead of the glaze above. What made such a big difference? COCONUT BUTTER! Luscious coconut butter. I’ll be sharing all about the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter soon.

The new frosting looks like this.

Much better, right? It’s creamy like a pudding. You can spoon it into the crust, and it will solidify in the refrigerator like a frosting. (Or you can just eat it from the bowl!)

Thank you for enduring the old photos with the new and improved recipe! It only took me 6 months to get it to you… Maybe someday I’ll reshoot, but for now, here’s the delicious recipe!

Raw Chocolate Cherry Pie

by Heather

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/3 c. raw almonds, divided
  • 5 dates, pitted, soaked in water for 30 minutes, then drained
  • 1 tsp. raw coconut sugar

Filling:

  • 2 c. raw cashews soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 c. pitted cherries
  • 3 T. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • 2 T. raw coconut nectar

Cream Topping:

Directions:

1. Place 1 c. almonds, dates, and coconut sugar in a food processor and process until a sticky dough forms. Then add 1/3 c. almonds and pulse, leaving some almond chunks. Press batter into a pie pan and place in the freezer while you make the filling.

2. Make the filling by placing drained cashews and all other filling ingredients in a food processor and processing until smooth.

3. Spread filling into pie crust and place in freezer for an hour while you make the topping (and clean up).

4. Place all Cream Topping ingredients in the Vitamix or high-speed blender and blend. Stop to scrape down the sides and blend again several times until creamy.

5. Spoon Cream Topping onto the pie and spread to the edges. Decorate with fresh cherries and freeze until served.

If serving another day, make sure to take the pie out of the freezer to thaw before serving.

Makes one 9-inch pie

Have a slice!

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite summer fruit?
  • What’s your favorite way to enjoy cherries?

Your Comments

21 Comments so far

  1. I love Cherries! That’s it, I’ve been admiring your dreamy raw creations for a while now… but I’ve never dared to make one myself – This will be the turning point and the start of my love affair with raw foods :-)
    I’ll report back…have to get hold of cherries first.

    P.S. My favorite summer fruit are peaches.
    And my favorite way to enjoy cherries used to be freshly baked waffles with creamy cherry topping ;-)

    • Heather says:

      Sandra, your flavor combos always amaze me. I’ve never had a waffle with cherry topping, but thanks. Now I have a craving!! And I have my fingers crossed that you’ll really like this pie! It’s not super sweet, but that’s probably good for anti-candida.

      • Hah, I made it – and it was LOVELY!

        The only mistake I made was not to write down the ingredients for the crust – so I ended up making a freestyle cashew/ sunflower seeds crust (nice flavor but soggy). That’ll teach me… Next time I’ll go with your almond pie crust.

        Fab recipe, thank you.

  2. Oh my Heather. That looks wonderful and I don’t even need an oven. Perfect for this type of weather. I’m so trying this with my next grocery order (when the cherries arrive).

  3. I’ve been enjoying cherries already and this recipe sounds wonderful! Maybe for the 4th of July? Yum . . . thanks for sharing. Sharing on FB.

  4. I love how chocolate and cherries have been dominating our blogs lately. You know you’re doing something right when these two are combined ;) This recipe looks fantastic!

  5. YUM! That pretty much says it all :)

  6. Amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    What a fantastic recipe! Cherries and chocolate…such a beautiful flavor combination. Just love this raw, healthy dish. I love how thick that slice looks…so thick and creamy. Drool!

    And my favorite summer fruit? Well, that would have to be strawberries. And I love cherries any way – in sweet or savory dishes.

    Glad to hear you’re settling into your temporary housing and getting adjusted. Good luck apartment hunting. :-)

    xo,
    –Amber

  7. Oh my freaking goodness! This sounds DELICIOUS!!
    I can’t believe cherry season is over here… I suppose I could break down and buy cherries from the *gasp* grocery store. Looks like it might be worth it ;p

  8. I am just obsessed with coconut butter so I’m not surprised it made you frosting so amazing!

    This whole pie sounds just wonderful. Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven!

  9. Looks delicious. I like your idea with the hint of cardamom. :)

  10. Maureen says:

    Cherries are my favorite too and a perfect match for chocolate.

  11. sarah says:

    OH MY! Chocolate and Cherry is my favorite combo this time of year. I am all about the daily cacao cherry green smoothie but this I need:) Thanks for sharing Heather! I can’t Wait to give it a try!

  12. Debi says:

    Chocolate and cherries are one of my favorite combos! I definitely need to try this soon. :D

  13. Kristina says:

    Funny, one of my favorite nighttime treats involves 6 or 8 frozen cherries, 10 or 12 dark chocolate chips, a tsp of coconut butter, and a microwave :D


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