Some Like It Raw

Raw Chocolate Avocado Pie

I am a big fan of raw desserts. They are dairy and gluten free and always use healthier sugar alternatives like dates or maple syrup. Oh, and did I mention they are also super easy to make, needing very few ingredients and no baking time?

Kitchen gadget-wise, it is best to have a good food processor  which can reduce nuts and dates to a smooth mixture. I just got a food processor but before that I was using a blender which can work, but isn’t ideal!

Because there are so few ingredients, it is essential to use the best possible ones. So real sea salt rather than refined salt (read more here), good quality dates (I often use medjool dates), good quality cacao (WITHOUT the fat removed), raw, organic nuts etc.

One of my favorite recipes is Raw Chocolate Avocado Pie. AVOCADO you think?  Yes, avocado actually gives a creamy texture that replaces the dairy used in many recipes. Of all the people I have made this for, only 1 person ever guessed there was avocado in this pie!


Crust: Combine the below ingredients in a food processor and pulse, then press into a pie dish and put aside:

1 cup dried shredded raw coconut

1 cup almonds (it is best to soak the almonds for a few hours to improve digestibility)

1/4 cup dates (preferably medjool)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 tsp coconut oil or olive oil

Chocolate layer: Combine the below ingredients in the food processor and mix until creamy, then pour over crust and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. I topped mine with cacao nibs for some added crunch. 

2 large ripe avocados

1/2 cup unsweetened and full fat cacao powder

1/2 cup maple syrup

dash of vanilla powder

1/4 tsp sea salt


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Here are some other great raw dessert recipes:

Raw Cashew Raspberry Pie – this comes out very sophisticated-looking :)

Raw Brownies – these are just amazing – so similar to the real thing!

Raw Cacao Fudge Bites

Raw Date Squares

Raw Cacao Nib Cookies


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One Comment

  • Nelly on Jan 29, 2013 Reply

    This is delicious!

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