This recipe was created by my dear friend and fellow holistic nutritionist Jaime Brideau, and originally appeared on our co-created blog The Feel Good Foodies. You can now find Jaime over at Wild Mama’s Kitchen.
Seriously. This one is awesome. This recipe was created with my amazing friend Jaime (of co-created Feel Good Foodies fame!). And raw pie happens to be one of our favourite breakfasts! You can’t really go wrong with pie for breakfast!
Cacao powder is an amazing superfood full of relaxing magnesium and free-radical-scavenging antioxidants. This is what is used to make chocolate. The key thing, however, it making sure it is RAW. Most chocolate companies roast their beans, both destroying a lot of these antioxidants, and turning its good fats rancid. Cocoa is a heat-processed version of cacao – note the subtlety of the spelling difference, but the magnitude of the product difference. Cocoa may taste good, but is practically nutritionally dead. Cacao is a deliciously beautiful health food.
Coconut is an amazing food slowly becoming more and more popular as the myths about its fat become debunked. Coconuts are an amazing source of a type of fat that boosts the metabolism and actually facilitates weight loss. It also feeds your brain and has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. …AND it’s delicious! It’s also among the safest fats to use for high-temperature cooking. If this beaut of a medicinal food isn’t in your cupboard yet, then please: get thee some coconut oil.
Raw Chocolate Coconut Pie
1/2 cup walnuts (or almonds), soaked
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp water, if needed
1 can coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup dates
1 tbsp stevia powder
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut for garnish
- Place walnuts or almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit on the counter to soak for 6 hours or overnight. Then drain the water and rinse the nuts.
- In a food processor, combine walnuts (or almonds), dates, and shredded coconuts until well mixed. It can be a little chunky. The resulting mixture should be a bit sticky. If it is dry, mix in 1 tsp of water at a time, up to 1 tbsp if necessary, until it becomes sticky.
- Pour the mixture in to a pie plate and spread to cover the bottom of the dish. Use your hands to press it down and into the shape of a pie crust.
- In your food processor, blend the Filling ingredients (not including the coconut flakes) until smooth.
- Pour the filling onto the pie crust and smooth it with a spatula.
- Sprinkle the coconut flakes on top.
- Let set in the fridge or freezer (depending on how firm you want it to be) for about 1 hour. Left-overs will keep longer in the freezer. …If you have any.
Optional: this pie is also awesome topped with fruit: strawberries, raspberries, goji berries… whatever tickles your fancy!
Enjoy your healthy indulgence!
Stick with good fats, friends!
Candace and Jaime