raw fruit pie
The vegan summer* continues. As it’s been an unusual month, throwing my blogging mojo way off centre, excuse me starting in the middle rather than the beginning of the journey.
As a student for four years in my 20’s, most of what I cooked was vegan by default. All the shared houses were nominally vegetarian (what we ate outside of home varied somewhat). There was the odd egg but the sparse kitty could rarely stretch to seafood.
Recently I unearthed my hand written recipe collection from that time and revisited what I used to eat. Beans, lentils, curries, pies, risotto, tofu balls and soups appeared to be on high rotation. But desserts, bar the odd cake, didn’t get a look in.
One exception being a raw fruit pie introduced to me by a flatmate who’d grown up in the 70s with an older, hippy sister who went on a raw food diet (somewhere between rebirthing and following some guru or another). It’s more than 20 years since I made the “pie” and the recipe is a tad vague but strangely legible. I remember there being oats in the base, yet they’re only mentioned as an after thought and I don’t recall ever cooking with fresh coconut. The size of pie dish, consistency of filling and other details remain absent.
I tweaked the original recipe a bit but stayed true to the memory of the dish. It must have been good because we had seconds, barely leaving any for breakfast.
The original recipe is at the end of this post, for what it’s worth.
Raw fruit pie
3/4 c rolled oats, ground
1/2 c raw pistachios, ground
1/2 c raw almonds, ground
(other nuts or seeds can be substituted)
1/2 c dates, pitted and chopped
(other dried fruit can be substituted)
3/4 c desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 cup coconut milk
Water, if needed
1/4 c honey
Soak oats and dried fruit in coconut milk and a little water, for about half an hour until softened. Combine with remaining ingredients and blend in a food processor.
Grease a pie dish (I used a 25 cm flan dish) with coconut oil. Push the rather sticky base into the bottom of the pan. It seems too little but will make it to the outer reaches with gentle coaxing. Rest it in freezer for 15 minutes.
3 medium sized apples, grated
2 tabs lemon juice
3 bananas, mashed
1 tsp coconut cream (the solids in the canned coconut milk)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
Blend ingredients in food processor and spoon onto the base. Refrigerate til ready to serve.
Before serving decorate with fresh fruit. I used slices of kiwi and banana but any fruit will do such as fresh berries or orange segments.
A quick outdoor shot at 7.30 pm, excuse the dullness of the photo
The original recipe (somewhere between rebirthing and guru worship)
1/2 c dates
1/2 c sultanas
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 c almonds’
1/4c fresh coconut (its not clear if this was the juice or flesh)
1/4 c desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
Soak fruit 1 hour. Grind nuts and seeds. Combine ingredients til smooth in food processor. Press into pie dish to form a crust. Put in freezer ~ 15 minutes.
*Oats ok with fruit and substitute to substitute (note the ingredients list has no asterisks to indicate what can be substituted)
2 grated apples
2 tab lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh coconut
2 mashed bananas
Stir in 2 sliced bananas and add to crust.
Decorate with 1 kiwi fruit, sliced and 1 – 2 mandarins
* The Significant Eater (SE) is currently vegan. This summer all home cooking has been animal product-free.