Looking for a little something special to make for a special occasion but don’t have time or skills in the kitchen? This, my friend, is your answer: Healthy raw lemon pie. Plus, it looks so darn good, people will be amazed! Bonus!!! 😉
This couldn’t be any easier to make, you don’t need any mixing bowls, or lots of utensils, and not including the time for the nuts to soak, the actual pie is made and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Although I do recommend cooling it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes after in order to hold better (this isn’t like cooked crust), but if you can’t wait and just want to eat it right away, then go ahead, don’t let me stop you! haha! Just be careful serving it as it will be very fragile (i.e., you’ll need a spoon to eat it)
The filling is green in colour, but the taste is all creamy lemon with a hint of vanilla. You don’t need any fruits on top, but come on! Look at it, isn’t it so cute with fresh organic blueberries on top?? Yum! You could also use fresh organic strawberries or raspberries, or even kiwi slices, or…. you get the idea!
It’s so fresh and yummy, I scooped every little bits I could find in the food processor after it was done, and ate it all! MMmmm….
Try not to drool too much while looking over the pictures.
This is a raw pie because there is absolutely no cooking involved and pretty much all of the ingredients were also raw, so you get to benefit from all the nutrients and enzymes. In the strict “raw diet”, I don’t believe that maple syrup and vanilla extract are allowed, so if you are trying to follow that, I suggest using raw honey and vanilla beans, or search for more appropriate alternatives.
Healthy Raw Lemon Pie | Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
This is a raw pie because there is absolutely no cooking involved and pretty much all of the ingredients were also raw, so you get to benefit from all the nutrients and enzymes. In the strict "raw diet", I don't believe that maple syrup and vanilla extract are allowed, so if you are trying to follow that, I suggest using raw honey and vanilla beans, or search for more appropriate alternatives.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 5 Medjool dates pits removed
- 1 tsp raw organic coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp grey sea salt (fine, not coarse)
- 3 avocados
- 5 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- You'll want to soak your cashews and hazelnuts in spring or filtered water for at least 3-4 hours, or overnight.
- Put the soaked nuts, dates, coconut oil and salt in a food processor and whizz until smooth. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth, but smooth enough to create a sticky paste. It should only take 30-60 seconds.
- Transfer the nut mixture into a clean pie pan with removable bottom (it's mandatory, otherwise you'll never be able to get it out later) and using your (clean) fingers, push it down and around, moulding it to the pan all around. Once it looks good, put it in the fridge to set.
- While that cools down, wash the food processor, and then make the filling.
- Simply scoop the avocados into the food processor, along with the fresh lemon juice, vanilla, maple syrup, and chia seeds, if using. Blend until creamy and smooth. That should only take 15-30 seconds.
- Take the pie crust out of the fridge and scoop the avocado-lemon mixture into it with a spoon. Add fruits on top (if using), and put back in the fridge to cool down for 30 minutes (or more) before serving.
Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 503kcal | Fat: 37g | Saturated fat: 5g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 939mg | Carbohydrates: 41g | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 22g | Protein: 9g | Vitamin A: 3.5% | Vitamin C: 19.6% | Calcium: 7.1% | Iron: 17.6%