Tangy Raw Strawberry Yogurt Pie

Strawberry Cheesecake

After buying the delicious raw cheesecake in our local whole foods every other week, we decided it was time to try to make our own.  This recipe is loosely based on the recipes in Alissa Cohen’s book Living on Live Food, but with the sugar content drastically reduced.

It was yummy and healthy, hower, it didn’t quite live up to the whole foods version, mostly because it was too liquidy to completely hold together, even after many hours chilling in the fridge.  I think it is because we added a cup of water to get our crap blender to actually blend.  Now we have a ultra fantastic vita-mix so hopefully next time this won’t be an issue.  Did you know a vita-mix can blend an iPod?  I know it’s true because it’s on the internet.

This version gets a 3/5 happy monkeys because it needs some work in the firmness area.  The crust was fantastic and gets 4/5 happy monkeys all on its own.

Crust:

1 cup pecans
1/2 cup dates (pitted, soaked & drained)
1.5 cups shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla

Filling:

4 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen, we used both)
4 cups cashews (soaked & drained)
2 tsp vanilla
juice from 1.5 limes
1 cup water

Directions:

To make crust: grind pecans until fine, add dates and blend until creamy, add the rest of ingredients and blend well.  Press into the bottom of a pie pan.

To make pie filling: blend all ingredients together, pour into pie pan on top of crust.  Chill.

Next time: try a more complex base than straight cashews (maybe add fresh young coconut); soak cashews first; do not use a cup of water; if use any water, use coconut water or date water instead of plain water; use vita-mix!

Also, I really want to try Rawmazing’s Raw Strawberry Cream Pie next time we get strawberries and I have the foresight to soak my cashews for 6 hrs first–it looks sooo good!

6 Comments

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6 responses to “Tangy Raw Strawberry Yogurt Pie

  1. Your pie looks beautiful and very yummy. I just recently started a raw food way of life. This being my first day I enjoyed all my raw foods. I will be on my way to Whole Foods to buy one of the their Raw Pies. Eventually I will attempt one myself.

  2. That looks delicious – please share if you figure out how to improve the filling!

    Now I’m curious to see if my Whole Foods has a raw cheesecake….

    • No Food Dietician

      Zmama – thanks for your comment! I will definitely share as we experiment further.

      Debra – Congrats on going raw! I’ve been raw for about two weeks and so far I’m loving it. The only trick is making sure I have enough food on hand so I don’t get hungry. Alissa Cohen’s book is great for that – I highly recommend it.

      I do have to warn you both that not all whole foods carry pre-made raw foods. I’m lucky enough to live in LA where we have local raw restaurants supplying the local whole foods. I did go to St Louis recently and was happy to see that their whole foods had raw foods, but unfortunately it only had packaged goods like crackers and snacks. Hope you both have a rawsome weekend!!

  3. I’m in LA, too. :) I know my WF has a raw foods section (I am also lucky enough to live 5 minutes from 2 different Whole Foods!).

  4. Echo

    vuagly reminds me of something i tried recently…i started by combining fresh strawberries with a bit of splenda and truvia, and some lemon zest.

    after letting sit for a while i stirred it, along with more truvia and splenda into a two cup tub of fage from wholefoods. then lined a strainer with a coffee filter and dumped the now pink yogurt into the coffee filter, placed over a bowl, and left to sit, covered with a towel, in the fridge for about 24 hours…it now had the consistancy of a sweet, strawberry flavored goat cheese, which is why the result of this process is called yochee (yogurt cheese) i spread it into mini grahm crumb shells from the store, it tasted awesome, but i swore nexxt time i would make it with a coconut crust…very thick and rich though, be warned

  5. Echo

    also, nasty as it sounds, you should reserve the extracted fluid freeze it into cubes for use in a smoothie or something, its pure whey, protein through the roof

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