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  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie

    Fresh sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb fill a buttery gluten-free crust, topped with an oat and brown sugar crumb topping…need I say more? You can easily use wheat flour instead of the gluten-free flour if you prefer, simply sub it in 1:1 and leave out the xanthum gum (only used to help bind gluten-free baked goods)  The ingredient list and steps look really intense, but trust, me it’s not. Most of the ingredients are used in all three parts of the recipe so it’s actually quite simple. You can leave out the crumb topping if you want to save a few minutes, still delicious with or without. We harvested this rhubarb from the garden at our new home, and baked it into this pie a few hours later, so it was extra sweet. I hope you enjoy it too!


    Strawberry Crumb Rhubarb Pie
    Makes: 9" pie
    Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 45 minutes

    Ingredients:

    Crust:

    1 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour Blend
    1/4 tsp xanthum gum
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1/4 cup cold water, more as needed

    Strawberry Rhubarb filling:
    1 lb fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and diced
    1 large or 2 small pieces rhubarb, about 1.5 cups, diced
    1/2 cup brown sugar, or equal parts sweetener of choice (if liquid sweetener, increase corn starch)
    3 Tbsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free flour blend, or corn starch
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 Tbsp lemon juice

    Crumb topping (optional)
    1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if preferred)
    1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free flour blend
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 cup brown sugar, or sweetener of choice
    2 Tbsps coconut oil
    1 Tbsp lemon juice


    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 coarse 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. In another bowl, combine all ingredients for strawberry filling. Diced fresh strawberries and rhubarb, sugar, salt, flour and lemon juice. Stir well to combine and let rest for 2-3 minutes. If after this time you see liquid pooling in the bottom of the bowl, add 1 Tbsp more flour and stir in. You do not want the filling to be too watery or you will have a runny pie.

    4. Make the crumb topping by mixing all the dry crumb ingredients in a small bowl, adding the coconut oil, and mixing it gently breaking it up with your fingers until crumbs begin to form. Drizzle with lemon juice and toss again to form crumbs.

    5.Place dough in oiled pie plate and press gently in all directions to fill plate evenly, pushing it up the sides as you go. You want a crust about 1/4" thick, it's ok if it doesn't go all the way to the top or if the edges look messy, it's perfect and "rustic" :)

    6. Pour filling in and smooth, top with crumbs, and cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 45 until crust is golden and filling is beautiful and bubbly. You can remove foil for last five minutes to get a nice golden crumb if you like. As hard as it is, LET IT COOL THOROUGHLY before you slice into it. About 15 minutes should do the trick. You will have a perfect spring pie to devour by yourself or with friends.

  • 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!