Sunday, July 15, 2012

Raw Recipe: Key Lime Pie

Aside from environmental benefits, raw foods offer health perks such as increased energy, a boost in weight loss management and aid in the alleviation of common GI issues.  Mental clarity and emotional balance are also benefits people commonly find from consuming a raw diet.  Another motivating factor to incorporating more raw recipes into your diet is that by consuming live versus cooked foods nutrition consumption is maximized resulting in cleaner blood and healthier cells.

The other night I was watching the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and was intrigued when a spotlight on Divine Pie came up.  With gluten, sugar and dairy free crusts and fillings this delightful pie stand offers Portland raw versions of tasty classic desserts.  The idea of raw pies is something I haven’t personally experienced or actually ever thought of until watching this segment but, I find the idea is a unique way of incorporating live foods into your diet and one that is perfect for warmer months when lighter dessert options are always welcome.  While I am not planning to change my diet entirely at this point, it was all I could do to contain my enthusiasm until the next day (I watched this episode at 12:30 am) to get into the kitchen and start experimenting with raw recipes.

The plan started with the idea that I would get my feet wet by duplicating one of Divine Pie’s amazing creations but, I haven’t been able to locate recipes for any of their pies.  Motivated by the challenge and geared with essential knowledge of how these raw delectable’s are created I developed my own recipes taking inspiration from one of the pies feature on the show (and my personal favorite) Key Lime.   

Now, what makes this raw pie interesting is not only the ingredients used but the way they are prepared and the role they play in creating the same flavor and texture as the traditional version, and surprisingly enough the result is mind blowing.

Raw Key Lime Pie

1 young coconut - coconut milk reserved and meat removed
2 avocados
¾ cup soaked raw cashews
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
¼ cup soaked raw almonds
½ to ¾  cup key lime juice
Zest of 6 to 8 key limes
¾ cup agave nectar


1 cup raw cashews
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw macadamia nuts
1 cup coconut flakes
1 1/4 cup chopped dates
1 tbsp coconut oil

Soak the cashews and almonds (as specified) for 4 hours prior to preparing this recipe.  To make measuring easier I like to use one container for the portions needed for the filling and another for the portions needed for the crust. 

In a bowl, pour water over the nuts until just covered and then let stand at room temperature until ready to use.  Once soaked, using within a day or two is best for quality and freshness.

To prepare the crust; in a food processor using the S blade, pulse the fresh and soaked nuts together until they just start to break up (alternately you can pre chop the nuts), add the dates and pulse until the mixture when pressed holds its shape.  Add coconut flakes and pulse until just combined.  Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie dish and press to evenly to form the crust, cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Next, remove the top of the coconut with a serrated knife, pour out the milk and then using a spoon remove all of the flesh and pulse with the soaked nuts, avocado, lime juice, zest and agave until smooth.  *Depending on the ripeness of the avocados and how tart the key limes are you may need to adjust the amount of agave to reach your desired sweetness.  Once the mixture is smooth pour it into the pie crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving. 


  1. This pie sound delicious:) Great for a hot summer day. I love the flavors and the tasty nutty crust. I am going to give this recipe a try very soon. Thanks.

  2. I'd probably eat the crust first and then the filling. Yummy!

  3. I love this. Raw recipes are so wonderful - but a pie? Genius!

  4. I have to admit I was a little skeptical as to how it would taste but, was very pleasantly surprised at how amazing it turned out. :)

  5. This sounds like a really interesting version of key lime pie, I'd love to try it!

  6. Very different. The avocados are a real surprise in a key lime pie. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Good try! though i'll give you a little hint- there's no nuts in the filling... can't give away all my secrets!