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  • Fourth of July Berry Crumb Pie

    Here I have your go-to July 4th party pleaser, pure magic in a pie plate. Stuffed with layers of organic blueberries, strawberries & rhubarb, this pie tops them all. Your fourth of July will never again just be about BBQ and sparklers. So go to the store, get these simple ingredients, and spend about 1 hour making this pie. It is easy to prepare, and breathtakingly delicious. Your friends, family, and BBQ mates will adore you (especially since it's vegan, gluten and soy-free-which means most everyone can eat it, and no one will know the difference) Looks like a long recipe, but it's really not. You can simplify by using only one berry filling (just double the filling recipe), or making it with wheat flour (leave out the xanthum gum). Very easy, enjoy!

    Fourth of July Berry Crumb Pie

    Crust:
    1 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour Blend
    1/4 tsp xanthum gum
    1 tsp sea salt
    2 tsp sugar
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1/8 cup water (or as needed)

    Blueberry filling:
    1 lb fresh blueberries
    1/2 c brown sugar
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/3 cup white rice flour
    juice from 1 lemon

    Strawberry Rhubarb filling:
    1 lb fresh strawberries (de-stemmed, sliced)
    1 piece rhubarb (about 1 cup, diced)
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    1/3 cup rice flour
    juice from 1 lemon

    Crumb:
    1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Blend
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/8 cup coconut oil

    1. Begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees and lightly oiling a pie plate with a bit of coconut oil.

    2. Make your dough in a medium mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, whisk together. Add coconut oil and cut in with two forks or your fingers until it resembles crumbs. Slowly drizzle in cold water, mixing with your hand, until dough comes together in a moist but not sticky ball. Place in fridge to chill a bit while you make fillings.

    3. On the stove heat two medium pots or deep skillets. To one add all of the ingredients for the blueberry filling, and to the other all of the ingredients for the strawberry filling. Bring each to a low boil, stir well and let simmer on low heat, covered, for about 15 minutes until fruit breaks down and it is thickening, remove from heat and let cool on stovetop.

    4. Meanwhile, place dough in oiled pie pan and use your hands to press it into the place. You want it to be about 1/4" thick and evenly spread out. Use your fingers to shape the rim so it looks nice. Poke a few holes in the bottom with a fork and pre-bake in oven for 10 minutes while fillings continue to cool.

    5. Make the crumb topping by mixing all the dry ingredients in a small bowl, adding the coconut oil, and mixing it gently with your fingers until crumbs form, set aside.

    6. Remove crust from oven, fill with blueberry filling, then strawberry on top. Sprinkle with crumbs and cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then remove foil and bake another 5-10 until crust is golden and crumbs have crisped up. LET COOL THOROUGHLY before serving! Serve alone or with a scoop of your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream. Happy 4th!

  • Berry Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

    I will keep this simple. These berry chocolate cheesecake squares are delicious, easy to make, and relatively speaking, good for you. They are vegan, so no heavy cheese or cream, gluten-free, and soy-free. They are full of anthocyanins from the blackberries I use (flavanoids that protect our cells from damage), healthy fats from the nuts (cashews, walnuts, and almonds), and healthy antioxidants from the chocolate. No sugar is used, only Medjool dates and agave. If you make these for your sweetheart for Valentine's day, know you are doing them a favor by nourishing them with healthy plant-based nutrients like these. Think of it as a present for their true heart...the one that benefits most from such yumminess.

    the crust:

    3/4 cup raw almonds

    3/4 cup raw walnuts

    1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates, coarsely chopped

    1 Tbsp agave or maple syrup

    1 tsp sea salt

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    the filling:

    1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight in water

    1/4 tsp sea salt

    1/4 cup agave or maple syrup

    1 Tbsp lemon juice

    1 tsp vanilla

    1/2 cup melted coconut oil

    1/2 cup berries of choice (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)

    the chocolate:

    3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

    1/8 cup almond milk

    1. Begin by making the crust. In a food processor, process the walnuts,  almonds, sea salt, and cinnamon until a fine crumb is achieved. Add the pitted, coarsely chopped dates and process again until it comes together and becomes sticky. If you pinch the mixture it should hold together.

    2. Place parchment paper or plastic wrap into a 8"x 8" square baking dish, letting it hang over the sides a few inches so you can lift it out later. Press nut mixture into the bottom in an even layer. Put it the freezer to chill.

    3. Make the chocolate and the filling. Put chocolate chips in a small heat safe bowl. In a small saucepan heat almond milk and pour over chocolate, stirring to melt. Will take 30 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.  In a blender, put all filling ingredients. Blend 1-3 minutes until completely creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Add a little water if needed to make it totally smooth.

    4. Pour filling on top of nut mixture, and spread chocolate on top of that. Cover whole dish in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least one hour, but up to overnight. To serve, remove from freezer and lift the entire dessert out onto a cutting board. Remove parchment/plastic wrap from the bottom and cut into cubes. Let warm a little bit at room temperature and serve to your loved one!