Monday, 28 October 2013

RAW VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE with WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM


If you wish to find nirvana, search no further, fortunate fellow. I've made a couple raw pumpkin pie recipes before. In fact, raw pumpkin pie holds a special place in my heart because it's one of the first raw dessert recipes I ever made, over 3 years ago, and my memories of those times are still clear in my mind. Ah, the beginning of my journey; way back when I didn't think anyone read my blog (and no one really did) and my photos were just depressingly bad. I think my writing style hasn't changed much - I still ramble about nothing in particular. You guys seems to like my stream-of-consciousness prose though, and that is probably why it has survived. Of course, it's also just part of who I am, and it's very useful to me to write in this way; it provides me with a direct reflection of my inner being.


I write quite a lot of "poetry" or whatever you want to call it, and the amount of writing I do has increased in the past month or so. Mostly due to me getting out of a heart-breaking relationship and knowing that I need to reconquer my independence; not merely as a girl or human, but as a spiritual, living unit of energy in this universe. I am happy to say I have been successfully rediscovering old pastimes and finding renewed fulfillment in them. Some are yoga, meditation, writing, reading, and general arts and crafts. Music has also been playing a paramount role. Music done right is, in my humble opinion, the sound of the human condition, often begging a reaction. Fortunately I have friends who are offering up some amazing artists and albums, and currently my favourite way to spend an evening is by myself, lights out, incense and and candles lit, lying in corpse pose (or low-back Savasana) and meditating on an entire album.


My happiness comes down to my selfishness. I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a selfish person; because I think we all are, it's part of being human, but many of us don't want to admit as much. I care for others' and their well being deeply, but ultimately I put myself first. My logic is: I can't love anyone if I don't love myself. So, I am constantly working on improving me, so I can love myself in a more fundamental way. It seems (to me) that a lot of people don't love themselves enough or at all, so they don't feel whole unless they are with others who give them validation and affection. Obviously this is not practical. On the other end of the spectrum, we have those who only love themselves in an inflated way, and they don't give love to anyone else. The solution is a balance: find wholeness in you and you alone, then progress to sharing that wholeness with others. Be happy in being yourself, and love whatever you are. If you don't love what you are, work out what you would like to change and go from there. But certainly everyone deserves all the love in the world, there are no exceptions in my opinion. 


Now, where were we!? Ah yes, pumpkin pie. This Autumn, get healthy/jiggy with it and serve up a pie filled with whole food goodness and mind-blowing flavour. My mom bought a couple sugar pumpkins at the farmers' market and I immediately chopped them up, threw them on a raw pie crust and voila. Bliss in a bowl/plate/whatever. For real, all that is in this is walnuts, raisins, pumpkin, coconut oil, spices, and whatever sweetener you like. THAT'S IT. Ain't life magical? Here's where you answer, "Yes"! This recipe gets simpler every time I make it, and what we've got here is the truly bare-bones version. So go ahead and change it up as you want to. It's all about what you want. Let's eat.


RAW VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE with WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM

Crust:
2 cups walnuts
2 cups raisins
Pinch of salt (optional) 

Pie filling:
1 sugar pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 6-7 cups) 
1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
3-5 tablespoons coconut nectar or other preferred sweetener
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg, ginger and cloves 

Whipped coconut cream or cashew cream

To make the crust: pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they're crumbs, add the raisins and salt and process until it begins to stick together. Press into a pie dish and put in the fridge.

To make the filling: blend all the ingredients until smooth, adding however much of the spices you like. If it's quite runny, let it thicken in a bowl in the fridge. Spread into your crust and refrigerate overnight until it's set. Slice and serve with whipped coconut cream, cashew cream or your fave vegan ice cream!

29 comments:

Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate said...

I totally agree, we are all selfish. And I don't think it's always a bad thing, you need to work on yourself in order to improve and grow as a person. Sometimes too, you just need "me" time. Perhaps some "me" time alone with an entire raw pumpkin pie!

Suzanne @ hello, veggy! said...

Beautiful post and so true. Thanks for this, Emily!

leafgirl08 said...

This looks yummy! I have been looking for a recipe for raw pumpkin pie that calls for an actual raw pumpkin and not a can of pie filling, A lot of the recipes tell you to bake the pumpkin before adding it in and I was hoping not to have to do that.. Is it hard to work with when it is uncooked, or why does everyone say to bake the pumpkin first?

Unknown said...

So... I'm pretty sure I just found my soul's doppelgänger in this post. Not to freak you out but... Furrealz girl, you're like, me. With a kickass blog.
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Kathy Szczesniak said...

I love this post! Everything about it is beautiful and inspiring. The more I read your blog and indulge in natures beautiful food, the more I love the raw lifestyle and the beauty it brings!

Emily von Euw said...

Nah it's okay! Just be patient. Sugar pumpkins are easier to work with, I think.

Emily von Euw said...

Hehe glad you found me then :D x

Emily von Euw said...

<3 <3

Cracking The Oyster said...

This looks too good Emily! You are truly spoiling us in Halloween style :) Cannot wait to make it, thanks for posting! Ewelina
www.crackingtheoyster.com

Maisy said...

yum yum yum! this coconut cream looks sooo good! i really want to eat something uber delicious now, but... i'm at university. erm - not really listening to the prof right now though, lol.

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

Hear, hear! Couldn't agree more. Taking care of yourself is so important - it's not selfish at all.

I love the idea of making raw pumpkin pie but I seriously doubt whether my blender will take the blow. Someday, someday, I will invest in a good quality food processor...

Ty Felida said...

Just an idea, but, if you're missing the bright orange colour typically associated with pumpkin pie, perhaps you could mix a little beet juice into the mix?

Yaz said...

Sorry I have to ask but what is a sugar pumpkin? Is it what wet here is Australia call a butternut pumpkin? ( I think you refer to that one as a squash though?) Our regular easy to get pumpkins are Jap pumpkins, Queensland blue pumpkins and Buttersquash. I'm guessing it's the sweeter kind which I will need to research I guess. Thanks for the recipe

Koko said...

Girl, this pie is CRAY! I want it! It's so funny how the walnuts at first glance look like a perfectly crimped crust.

Your hobbies sound just like my hobbies!! Woohoo! Music, yoga, trying to further myself spiritually...there is nothing selfish about working on yourself. You can't work on anyone/thing else until you love you! I wish I had a little more time right now for that kind of thing....I'm currently working 6-7 days a week to save up. My New Zealand trip is coming soon. I can't wait to experience an entirely new country and learn through that hectic/exciting/scary journey!

Evelinas Ekologiska said...

Wow, yum!! :)

/Evelina - Evelinas Ekologiska

idapie said...

Yum yum in my tum tum!
All I can get my hands on are organic hokkaido pumps - reckon they're a-ok for the occasion?
Autumn greets from norwayland

zimt said...

YES! So stoked to eat this!!!!!! Or some variation thereof. Plus ice kream. It's all happening...

Emily von Euw said...

Yeah it's just a bit sweeter and smaller. Normal pumpkin WILL work though!

Kristen said...

This looks amazing!! Actually ALL your desserts look/sound delicious :)

Leslie said...

I was skeptical about raw pumpkin pie but this recipe is so good. I put the pumpkin in the food processor and once it was chopped very finely I transferred it to my Vita Mix. The combination of flavors with the crust filling, and the coconut whipped cream (so yummy) are stellar. I need to learn how to only eat little bits of your desserts at a time. They are so yummy I want to gobble them down in one sitting!

Anonymous said...

Would canned pumpkin work? love your blog!

Emily von Euw said...

Yep!

Emily von Euw said...

Genius!

Kayla HK said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Can raw butternut squash or any other type of squash be used instead of pumpkin?

Also how do you prepare the squashes? I would imagine it would be quite hard to cube them raw.

Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

@Anon - if you like the taste of other squashes, then use them :D
It seems a little daunting at first but you get into the rhythm of it and you're done in just a few minutes.

CJ said...

Hello! Is it possible to do a semi-raw version with cooked, canned pumpkin purée? If so, how much canned pumpkin should I use?

Btw, your blog is amazing! The Chocolate Caramel Cream Bars & the Lemon Bars were crazy delicous!! Can't wait to try more recipes from you!

Emily von Euw said...

@CJ - yeah that would work... I suggest adding the pumpkin in small amount until the consistency is thick and the flavour is good. You won't need as much other liquid either so keep that in mind. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love your webbsite. Someone explained to me there is selfish, selfless, and self-full. So sel-full is taking care of your self enough that you have more to give to others.

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