Raw Blueberry Apple Pie

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I’m obsessed with desserts. No matter how I am eating I enjoy sweets. However, sugar isn’t my friend. Even so-called raw sugar makes me gain weight. I suppose it’s not truly raw unless I squeeze it from the cane myself. My sweet tooth has been satisfied with alternatives like grade B maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract, stevia, dates, bananas and other fruits. I still have to eat all those in moderation because inside my body it turns into sugar.
I am focused on my growth virtue of self-discipline.
The following is a refined sugar-free sweet and tart apple-pie.

Tools: Blender, food processor and dehydrator* if making your own banana chips.

Crust
° 8 dates
° 1/2 c raw almonds
° 2 c dehydrated banana slices
° 1 Tbsp lemon zest
° 1/2 tsp sea salt
° splash of coconut water
Filling
° 1/2 c blueberries or raisins
° 4 dates
° 3 c apples peeled and chopped
° 1 tsp cinnamon
° 1 tsp nutmeg
° 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean
° 2 Tbsps lemon juice

Soak dates and raisins for 20 mins.
To make crust process almonds, banana chips, lemon zest, salt, and 8 of the dates until you get a sticky dough. Press date dough evenly into 9″ pie pan.
To make filling blend 1c apples, 4 dates, blueberries or raisins cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla until smooth.
Process remaining 2c apples in food processor with lemon juice keeping mixture chunky add blended filling and pulse until mixed.
Pour filling into pie crust and refrigerate or dehydrate for two hours. Serve with raw vanilla ice dream.

* I don’t own a dehydrator but I use my gas oven and an oven thermometer to dehydrate my foods. Here’s an article that helped me. How to dehydrate without a dehydrator

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Vegan Raw Pudding!

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I love this simple delicious dairy free dessert recipe. Experiment with your favorite toppings and flavors when trying this recipe. I love berries with this pudding.

(adapted from Raw Foods for Busy People)

· 1 c cashews (soaked 8 hours)
· 1/2 c coconut water or spring water
· 1 frozen or fresh ripe banana or 1/4 c dates soaked 10 mins
· 2 tbsp raw carob or raw cacao powder
· 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
· 5 sliced strawberries for garnish

Put all ingredients except strawberries in blender and blend until smooth. Top with fresh berries.