Raspberry Cream Pie (Grain/Dairy-Free)

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Raspberry Cream Pie (Grain/Dairy-Free, Paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

Raspberry Cream Pie (Grain/Dairy-Free, Paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

This recipe was 100% the impulse of a moment. When the calendar flipped to August a few days ago, I happened to think “I wonder which weird holidays happen in August?” You know, weird holidays in the International Bacon Day or National Donut Day category. Well, the first one I found was National Raspberry Cream Pie Day! Too hilarious to pass up. So, I invented this recipe late July 31st… and really the “cream” in Raspberry Cream Pie here is misleading, because there’s no cream. At least, not the type that comes from cows. BUT if the think stuff on the top of a can of coconut milk counts as cream to you, then there’s for sure cream in this Raspberry Cream Pie.

I also decided to make it raw, and to use chilling as the setting mechanism instead of baking (although the filling is still reasonably firm at room temperature IF you let it set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours initially) because who wants to turn on their oven in the heat of August? Maybe that’s why National Raspberry Cream Pie Day is this month: because no one wants to use their ovens. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!

Anyway, this came out extremely well for a recipe developed on the spur of the moment in sole honor of National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. The filling is softly sweet plus a little tart, with a wonderful, unusual whipped quality to it. The crust is where the real heavy-hitting sweetness is (I’ve heard the term “fruit is Nature’s candy”, and that’s definitely true of dates). Combine them with cacao powder and you’ve got a result that tastes startlingly like chocolate! Be sure and take the Raspberry Cream Pie out of the fridge a half hour before you intend to serve it, however, or the crust will be too firm to cut.

One note about gelatin, which may be used regularly in your kitchen: gelatin is a translucent, colorless, flavorless substance derived from the collagen found in animal bones. It is commonly used as a “setting” agent in food, pharmaceuticals, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing. It really has interesting properties, and can be a great ally when you need to firm up or set something in cooking or baking without using eggs or some other binder that will effect taste, or texture, or the balance of wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

You may have seen gelatin in your local grocery store, and may be tempted to purchase it because it’s inexpensive and readily available, but it is important to remember that healthy food cannot come from unhealthy animals. Conventional gelatin is a by-product of conventionally-raised animals, which (in our current food system) unfortunately means the animals spend their short, uncomfortable lives in the unnatural conditions of feed lots. Prone to infection from standing crowded in their own waste, these animals are pumped full of antibiotics…which results in imbalanced gut flora and a situation ripe for food-borne illness such as E.coli contamination. Another issue is that the conventional feed which most livestock eat largely consists of genetically-modified grains, which is a cause for concern by many who are attempting to eat a natural diet.

That being said, there are many health reasons to consume gelatin, provided it comes from healthy and humanely-raised animals! Benefits include skin health, anti-aging, and the prevention of stretch marks and cellulite (gelatin is a rich source of dietary collagen), strong teeth, hair and nails (due to gelatin’s abundance of minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus), liver detoxification, hormone balance and good digestion (the glycine in gelatin assists the liver in detoxing from exposure to chemicals in our modern environment, prevents the body from producing excess estrogen, and assists the stomach in the healthy absorption of nutrients). In addition to these, there are many more ways in which the minerals, proteins and amino acids in gelatin work to improve health. The gelatin that I recommend can be found here

Raspberry Cream Pie (Grain/Dairy-Free, Paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

 Enjoy the health benefits and deliciousness of your Raspberry Cream Pie! Happy National Raspberry Cream Pie Day to you. 🙂

Raspberry Cream Pie (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)
 
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Serves: 8
Inspired by National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, this dessert is a grain-free and dairy-free riff on the concept (raw and sweetened only with fruit and honey).
Ingredients
  • [b]Crust[/b]
  • 35 large dates, pitted
  • 1 ½ cups [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/cocoa/” target=”_blank” title=”cocoa”]cocoa[/url]
  • ½ cup [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/coconut-oil/” target=”_blank” title=”coconut oil”]coconut oil[/url]
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/shredded-coconut/” target=”_blank” title=”shredded coconut”]shredded coconut[/url]
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  • [b]Filling[/b]
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/coconut-milk/” target=”_blank” title=”coconut milk”]coconut milk[/url]
  • 6 oz raspberries
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/gelatin/” target=”_blank” title=”gelatin”]gelatin[/url]
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredient for the crust in a [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/food-processor/” target=”_blank” title=”food processor”]food processor[/url], pulse until it forms a sticky, clumpy mixture that is well-combined.
  2. Press into a [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/9-5-inch-pie-plate/” target=”_blank” title=”9.5 inch pie plate”]9.5″ pie plate[/url], set in the refrigerator to firm while you make the filling.
  3. Sprinkle the gelatin over a half cup of cold water, set in the refrigerator.
  4. Combine the rest of the ingredients for the filling in a [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/blender/” target=”_blank” title=”blender”]blender[/url], puree until very smooth (3-5 minutes). Add the gelatin, puree for 1 minute longer until fully combined.
  5. Pour the filling mixture into the cold pie crust, allow to set in the refrigerator for minimum 2 hours until firm.
  6. A half hour before serving, remove from the refrigerator and allow the crust to warm enough to cut and serve.
 
Notes
If you can’t find a [url href=”https://food52.com/shop/products/273-pour-la-tourtiere-d-annette-stoneware-pie-plate” target=”_blank”]9.5″ pie plate[/url], a 9″ plate will work just as well.

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19 comments

Tina from Oh Snap! Let's Eat! August 5, 2014 - 2:09 am

Daaang check out that yummy looking raspberry cream pie! It looks amazing, Rachel!

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Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen August 6, 2014 - 8:30 am

Such a pretty pie!

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Susanne Runion August 7, 2014 - 4:26 am

This looks AMAZING! I am definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for posting this.

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Feed The Clan August 14, 2014 - 4:26 am

This looks beautiful! I bet it tastes amazing too 🙂

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Raia August 14, 2014 - 9:00 pm

This sounds delicious, but I never have that many dates, would raisins work?

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Grok Grub August 14, 2014 - 9:37 pm

The concern would be that raisins aren’t as sticky as dates (and that stickiness helps bind the crust together). Maybe try half dates, half raisins?

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Feed The Clan August 15, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Do you have prunes? I’ve subbed them many times 🙂

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Grok Grub August 15, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Prunes might work! They’re pretty sticky (which is the important part).

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linda spiker August 14, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Yum! Looks like a delicious summer treat!

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stacey August 26, 2014 - 5:49 pm

This looks insanely yummy!! <3

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Carrie December 7, 2014 - 12:33 am

do you mean 3 to 5 dates, or is it really 35 dates?

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Grok Grub December 8, 2014 - 8:05 pm

It’s 35 dates! Crust is pretty much made of dates.

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Jan P October 9, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Going to try this tonight for a gym potluck tomorrow!!! Looks amazing and people are excited for this!
Do you think I can add a bottom layer of baked paleo nut crust before I put the dates in? I think the dates will prevent the gelatin from moistening the nuts too much yes?

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Grok Grub October 12, 2015 - 1:10 am

OMG! Sorry for the delay in responding, totally missed this. How did it turn out?!

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Emily Recipes to Nourish June 2, 2017 - 11:29 pm

This looks so good! Raspberries are a favorite in my home, in fact a little pint won’t last long if my youngest gets her hands on them. My family would LOVE this pie! I’m going to have to make it soon since berries are in season here.

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