Recently I have been really inspired to make raw desserts. Maybe its the change in the weather, but I want dessert all of the time and I want it cold and I don’t want it to make me feel heavy and full. And the best way that I have found to get all of this yummy goodness is with raw desserts…..and, the best part is they are really good for you.
I was really inspired a few months ago with a raw carrot cake I had at local Pittsburgh restaurant, Eden. Then I was further inspired by this raw brownie recipe I recently made for a friends birthday. Let me tell you, they were both divine. So, I wanted to experiment a little and I came up with this recipe for a raw coconut cream pie. I served it to a group of friends the other day and it was very well received.
You will need:
1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least four hours
1 cup walnuts, soaked at least four hours
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 Tbs. maple syrup
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. raw cacao powder
1 creamy part of a can of coconut milk, separate the water out by refrigerating for at least two hours
3 Tbs. coconut spread
1 Tbs. powdered sugar, or stevia, or some other sweetener
Place the soaked nuts, coconut, maple syrup and lemon juice in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Sprinkle with cacao powder.
Place in freezer for at least two hours.
In a bowl, add the creamy part of the coconut milk, the coconut spread and the sweetener. Beat with a hand mixer until super creamy. Pour over top of the pie that has been frozen. Put back into the freezer for at least another two hours.
Cut and enjoy.