Just wanted to share one of the fabulous recipes from the McDougall Celebrity Chef weekend. Every chef did a tremendous job in an informative and entertaining way. All the recipes demonstrated were delicious...I don't think there was anything I did NOT like! They ranged from extremely simple to more elaborate/gourmet, and all were without any animal products or added oils. Some were richer because they used higher fat items such as avocados or nuts, so for me, they'd be more of a special treat.
This recipe came from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks. It was a hit with everyone and so easy to make. The crust contains nuts, so it will be higher in fat. But if you need to take something special to a summer outting and don't want to spend alot of time, this is a surefire winner with everyone who tries it
PS: Though it says OPTIONAL in regards to the chocolate, I'd say the chocolate adds the magic to this! Instead of chunks, it could be done as shavings, too.
No-Bake Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks
This delicious, easy-to-prepare pie calls for the sweetest strawberries you can find. It is also best when served within an hour or two of preparing it, since it is at its most fresh then, but it holds up just fine in the fridge.
2 cups raw almonds or pecans
3/4 cup pitted dates, preferably Medjool
5 cups sliced ripe strawberries
5 pitted dates, soaked 10 minutes in warm water and drained
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Dark chocolate chunks (non-dairy!), preferably from a good, organic, fair-trade bar (optional)
1. Place the nuts in a food processor and grind until theyâ€™re a coarse meal. Add the 3/4 cup of dates (for the crust) and process until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into a non-stick pie plate or spring form pan.
2. Arrange 4 cups of the sliced strawberries on top of the crust and set aside.
3. In a food processor or blender, combine the remaining 1 cup of strawberries with the 5 soaked dates and lemon juice. Puree until smooth. Pour the sauce mixture over the strawberries.
4. Arrange the chocolate chunks on the top of the sauce (optional), and refrigerate the pie for 1 hour before serving. This will help hte pie set and will be perfect for slicing.
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