Berry Beautiful Berry Pie with Chocolate Crust

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It’s berrilicious. It’s beautiful. Oh yes, and it’s chocolaty! And guess what?! This is what it’s not. It’s not sugary, nor is it gluteny (I totally just made up that word), oily or anything harmful for you and me.  In the name of having our pie and eating it too (I know, I know it’s supposed to be cake, but when I write, I am not afraid to be shamelessly liberal with my usage of old English phrases), there is really nothing in this pie that will make you sigh due to post-consumption guilt. You can’t possibly feel guilty about eating something this good for you no matter how delicious it tastes.

This pie is super cool and would be Prom Queen of the High School of Healthy Desserts. Here’s why:

1) Duh. It’s amazingly, absolutely addictively delicious.
2) Totally Vegan.
3) Guten-Free.
4) Oil-Free.
5) Sugar-Free.
6) Heaven on this sweet, sometimes chocolaty earth.

Now I know I wrote some of these points in the above paragraph, but I was really feeling like I needed more lists in my life and I wasn’t above to neglect that desire. I think my desire for list composing succeeded at triumphing over my extremely weak wish to not be repetitive.

Goodness, I hope that you make this pie for the berry and chocolate lovers in your life so that they can have their pie and eat it too.

By the way, I was curious about where the phrase, “Have your cake and eat it too,” came from so I did a bit of Googling and found this NY Times On Language post about it. Yay for learning! CLICK HERE to read it.

 Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

 One note: Chocolate and coffee extract are easily purchased at most grocery stores and do add to the flavor of the crust, but it’s okay not to use them if you don’t have any. The crust will still come out nice and chocolaty.

Ingredients (makes about 8 servings):

Chocolate Crust

½ cup non-dairy milk

½ cup distilled water

14 soft medjool dates, pitted

1 ½ cup oat flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup ground flaxseeds

1 tablespoon coffee extract

1 tablespoon chocolate extract

Filling

1 ½ cups organic frozen strawberries

1 ripe medium sized banana

3 medjool dates, pitted

2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

Toppings

One medium sized banana, sliced

Fresh berries of your choice

Directions:

To create the crust, in a large bowl combine the dry ingredients: oat flour, ground flaxseeds, and cocoa powder. Put the bowl aside.

Place pitted dates in a small bowl with the water and non-dairy milk. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave (this makes them soft and gets them ready for easy blending). After heating in the microwave, place these ingredients in a blender or vita-mix along with the chocolate extract and coffee extract (if using). Blend until smooth. Pour this blended mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until a nice doughy ball forms. Place this dough in a pie pan and mold it into a crust.

To prepare the filling, simply blend the defrosted strawberries, banana, pitted dates and flaxseeds in the blender and pour over the pie, leaving extra room around the rim of the crust uncovered with the filling.  You’ll want to leave the rim of the pie uncovered with filling so you have room to place banana slices around the edge of the pie crust for garnish.

After the filling is poured over the pie crust, place banana slices around the rim of the pie and add assorted fresh berries on top of the pie filling (as pictured).

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F and voila, your pie is finished and ready for eating!

6 Comments

  1. Luanda says:

    Looks amazing!! Going to make this weekend, can’t wait!

  2. Cassandra says:

    This recipe looks great!! I just have one question. Do you garnish with bananas and berries before or after you bake the pie? The recipe as written sounds like you would do this before however I feel like the banana would be all brown and mushy. However your picture looks like the bananas and berries on top are fresh and not cooked. Can you please clarify?

  3. Hi Cassandra! Yes you are correct, I placed the berries on top of the pie after I cooked it. The berries in the picture are raw/uncooked and that’s the way I like to eat it best. You can either cook the berries along with the rest of the pie or place them on top post-baking. It’s really a personal preference and my preference is to eat the berries on top chilled and unbaked on top of the warm pie underneath. I hope this helps you!

  4. Raetea says:

    Can the dates be substituted for prunes?

  5. Hi Raetea, I haven’t tried using prunes in this recipe, so I’m not sure they will work. Prunes are not as sweet as dates, but it’s possible that they might work, the crust just won’t be as sweet. Let me know if you try using them and what happens!

  6. Amy says:

    My mom ended up making this pie for my birthday this year, and WOW! Seriously one of my most favorite Nutritarian desserts I have ever tried! Find a picture of our pie here: http://amysnutritariankitchen.blogspot.com/2014/06/birthday-and-berry-pie-with-chocolate.html

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