Blueberries and blackberries. Let’s begin by giving a loving acknowledgement to these two wildly impressive health food superstars.
Blueberries. Oh blueberries. When you think of blueberries you should immediately think of your brain. In fact, let me assist you with what to say to yourself, “I want to look hot and always be healthy. Dang, I better eat lots of blueberries and blackberries if I want to do this. Preferably in the form of ultimate deliciousness, like a super easy, highly delicious blueberry blackberry pie!” Now that was easy. Goodness, this pie really is the easiest thing in the world to make. I’ve become a little bit obsessed with this recipe and I’ve made it twice just in the last few weeks.
Blackberries and blueberries are absolutely incredible and I hope my excitement about them rubs ever so easily onto you. I have every reason to literally jump for joy about the youth-promoting compounds in both blackberries and blueberries and I am delighted to share with you some of my favorite facts about them from my book, Love Your Body! Check out the berry interesting lowdown:
“What is truly special about blueberries is their ability to keep our brains healthy. Blueberries have been shown to prevent mental decline in later years and also reverse abnormal brain activity. They contain huge helpings of tannins, which are linked to the reversal and prevention of age-related mental decline. There is no question that our brains are our sexiest body part! Our wits may be our most memorable asset, but only if we use them wisely and keep them in tip-top shape. And this means keeping mental stimulation and eating the right foods. Researchers have found that eating blueberries is not simply a preventive measure for optimal cognitive functioning later in life. There are tangible benefits to consuming blueberries for optimal brain health in our youth, too. Think an increase in cerebral blood flow and acute improvements in cognitive functioning that lead to increased mental clarity and improvements in spatial working memory. Now that is what I like to call delicious information!” Pg. 170-171
“It is no surprise that blackberries can do impressive things for our bodies. IF you want glowing, smooth skin (who doesn’t?), you will be thrilled to learn that consuming blackberries on a regular basis promotes a healthy tightening of tissue, which is an excellent nonsurgical method to keep our skin firm. Scienctists have attributed the ellagic acid in blackberries as a potent, youthful-skin-promoting compound, but we can also thank the high vitamin C, A and E content of blackberries for helping to keep our skin looking rad both now and as we age. Ellagic acid is also present in strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and even some nuts, such as walnuts and pecans ~ it not only promotes skin health, but has been shown to reduce genetic damage caused by carcinogens like tobacco smoke and air pollution. Talk about disease-prevention enlightenment! Ellagic acid is one dynamite carcinogen fighter that has been shown to cause cancer cell death in laboratory studies as well as the removal of toxins from our bloodstream.” pg. 167
Now you know why I possess such exuberant love for these berries. They love my body just as much as I love to eat them. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I loved creating and eating it. Let’s face it though, I had much more fun eating the pie than preparing it. The chocolaty hemp seed-walnut cream is decadent and the chocolate nuttiness of the cream is scrumptious with the warm berries on top. This recipe is a keeper!
You can make it really easy on yourself and purchase a 100% whole-wheat or gluten-free pie crust from your local health food or grocery store. You can often find them in the freezer section along with other frozen desserts. Just make sure it is a 100% whole grain crust! Spelt flour is a whole grain and I often see spelt flour crusts sold in stores. However, you can make your own healthy nut-date crust and it is very easy! It’s almost as easy as going to the grocery store and picking up a pre-made crust. Check out how easy this crust recipe is:
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw pecans, cashews or almonds (basically combine any raw nuts of your choice as long as it adds up to 2 cups)
2 cups soft medjool dates, pitted
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup raw oats (make sure they are certified gluten-free if you are gluten intolerant)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence or 1 teaspoon ground Tahitian vanilla
1/3 to 1/2 cup water (depending how much is needed)
For chocolate, hemp seed cream layer
1/4 cup raw hemp seeds
1/2 cup raw walnuts
8 soft medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
A few tablespoons water or nondairy milk (read below)
Process ingredients in a food processor until completely blended (this should take less than a minute). If a bit too thick/difficult to process evenly, add one or two tablespoons of water or nondairy milk of choice. Store in the freezer for at least an hour or in the refrigerator over night (at least 6 hours) in order for the mixture to harden just a bit more. It should harden into a soft, thick spread, with a texture similar to nut butter.
Filling (note: you can use any combination of berries as long as it adds up to 4-5 cups)
2 cups of fresh or defrosted frozen blueberries (ideally organic)
3 cups of fresh or defrosted frozen blackberries (ideally organic)
1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
If using defrosted frozen berries, make sure not to incorporate any excess liquid from the defrosting process and just use the whole berries.
Place the dates, vanilla and 2 cups of blackberries into a food processor (leaving remaining 1 cup of blackberries aside) and process until you have a completely smooth paste. Scoop this into a bowl and stir in the remaining 1 cup of blackberries and 2 cups of blueberries.
Once the crust has baked for 15 minutes, spread the filling into the crust using a spatula or large soup spoon.
The second time I made this, I used mixed berries and didn’t have any bananas. It came out just as smashingly delicious as the first time. It’s true that you can be flexible and use any of your favorite fruit to make a delicious pie! How pretty do those strawberries look against the darker hue of the blackberries and blueberries?! Just gorgeous. I think I’ve got a new favorite recipe on my hands and I hope you love it as much as I do! Berry Happy Eating to you!