Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy 7th of July! (raw mango pie/ banana pie)


Happy 7th of July! For all of those who had too much fun on the 4th or not quite enough, we can now celebrate that it is all over. Independence day is behind us and this means that summer is in full swing, whether the weather behaves accordingly or not.

The 4th on Block Island is crazy, one might say ridiculous. People come out here to celebrate, ahem, get completely obliterated drunk, walk around with little to no clothes on, leave their trash behind, and those who do not pass out on the beach, make for a pretty obnoxious boat ride home. The 3rd of July, however, is quite nice. People still get drunk, but it is much more contained and more of a family day type celebration.

This past 3rd of July was a great day. Myself and 2 friends rented kayaks and took a nice long kayak around the Great Salt Pond. The sun was shining, the water was clear and cool and we had some fun running into friends on the pond. The annual Rat Island Music festival is every 3rd, this is a hodge podge of musicians that gather at a glorified rock (Rat Island) a few yards from the shore in the harbor. You either need to boat or swim to get to the "festival", and we were happy to catch a little bit of the action on our way back with our kayaks. After kayaking we went for lunch and and then I was feeling the bug of the warm summer weather and decided to make a tropical dessert. We had friends visiting and I thought it nice to entertain with a pie.

Our friends we ran into on the pond. They live on an island on the island, and boat to and from shore.
Rat Island Music Fest. The beginning of the festivities.

This pie recipe may seem familiar. It was borrowed from my friend Ali's blog, and I've decided to share a few variations for you to enjoy. The best part about it is the simplicity, set it and forget it.
Raw Mango Pie

Crust

2 cups almonds
1 1/2 cups pitted and soaked dates

Filling
4 bananas
4 mangoes

Whiz up almonds and dates in food processor until they form a big sticky ball.
Spread and press this into a pie plate.
Peel and slice meat off mango (or you can use frozen mango about 2 cups). Put into a food processor with bananas and mix until smooth. Pour into crust and freeze. This can be eaten slightly frozen or all the way.

Crust

Filling

Raw Banana Pie


Crust
2 cups walnuts
1 cup pitted and soaked dates
whiz em up press em in a spring form pan or pie plate
Filling
Blend 4-6 brown bananas and pour in spring form
sprinkle top with walnuts and freeze


I thought it would be pretty spankin special to add chocolate to this pie. There are some amazing raw chocolate recipes. Chocolate when not heated or treated in any way is an amazing superfood. It has one of the highest contents of antioxidants than any food, and is rich in minerals, nutrients and life force (I sound like a raw foodie now). Raw cacao is beautiful and I love using it, it is also pretty expensive. You can find it in most health food stores (also in the column to the left). If you were not too concerned with making the pie raw, I would say some high quality melted dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar drizzled over the crust before you pour the banana would be amazing. It would harden in the freezer, making a delicious frozen treat. For a raw chocolate ganash you may have to get a little more creative and some more obscure ingredients but you'll know its raw and therefore living!

1 1/4 cups cacao powder
1 1/8 cups grade b maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut butter (you'll find this online)

Blend all ingredients till smooth, then cover the crust with this mixture. Then the banana, yum.

2 comments:

Madeline Rains said...

Is that you! In the kayak, with a big belly in there somewhere? You go girl! I added the oil to the green smoothies and it worked. I am eating them every day!

persephone said...

No, I'm taking the picture...but I did get a funny tan line from my belly sitting on my lap.

I'm so happy the oil worked for you! Proof that sometimes I know what I'm talking about...aaaahhh.