Overview

This is my go-to, standby raw pie crust. I like this recipe even better than carob or cacoa crusts. Some people call this recipe a "shortbread" pie crust recipe, and that's a great analogy. That salty sweetness takes me back to my childhood! Coconut, walnuts, dates and sea salt combine in a food processor to make a
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    35 min
  • Suggested Servings

    6 servings
  • Yield

    6 slices
  • Shelf Life

    4 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Place all raw pie crust ingredients in a food processor and blend until well processed but still slightly mealy/chunky.
  • 2. Press down into your pie plate!
  • 3. Fill with your desired filling and refrigerate for at least two hours to allow crust to firm up.
  • 4. After refrigerating, garnish your delicious pie with your favorite berries and enjoy!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw pie crusts are an integral part of your raw recipe arsenal!

I just love this raw pie crust recipe. I mean, four ingredients and the taste of this raw pie crust is to die live for! I wouldn't change a thing about this one. The flavors and measurements are perfect, IMO.

This raw pie crust recipe is my go-to, standby raw pie crust. I like this recipe even better than carob or cacoa crusts. I have heard some people call this recipe a "shortbread" recipe, and this one raw pie crust recipe does remind me of shortbread... that salty sweetness takes me back to my childhood!

It is so simple and you can whip it up in a flash with some pretty basic ingredients. It also presses down very easily into a pie plate.

This recipe makes enough for one pie crust. You can top this crust with anything you like. I prefer topping this raw pie crust with thawed rasberries and other wet berries. I often keep the crust on its own, and I don't top it until we're ready to eat it to avoid the crust getting soggy. (I hate soggy pie crusts!!)

Nutrition Overview

B+grade
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin B6.

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Made a strawberry pie (not raw). Had to use dried, soaked figs - couldn't find any dates in Portugal. But worked well! Absolutely delicious recipe. Thank you!

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Hi Kahontiyo, sunflower seeds would probably work okay, but pumpkin seeds would be better because they are a bit oilier and a bit more similar to walnuts. A combo of both would be fine too. Good luck!

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Can i change the nut to a seed (sunflower) ? I want to make it for a function but there is a no-nut policy :(

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Just made this crust and it came together so easily and nicely! My dates were a bit dry so I soaked them just breifly before processing, and added a couple tablespoons of water to the mixture as they were churning. The crust turned out great, was easy to work with and very tasty. Thanks for such a straight forward recipe! I also appreciate how theres only 4 ingredients to it lol.

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Good tweaking, Alice. I'm glad the crust worked for you! :)

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Hi, I made your piecrust recipe and it came out amazing. I used blackstrap molasses instead of dates however, because i don't have a food processor, and it came out the most delicious crust I've ever had anywhere. Now my question is about the nuts. I've read alot about the topic of soaking nuts to eliminate the phytic acid and other toxic compounds. I have never soaked walnuts, pecans or pumpkin and sunflower seeds before, only almonds. I think soaking most nuts is a pain. However i wonder if i should. What is your take on this? Do you think it's important to soak walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds? Or if not, do u rinse them in water before eating or using in recipes like you would with fruits and vegetables? please let me know.

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Hi TJ! So glad you enjoyed the crust. I am with you about nut-soaking being time consuming and annoying.

Re: nut soaking, I am not much of a soaker since it can be so time-consuming. In general, with my recipes, soaking is not required unless it is explicitly stated (as you know)--and when it is it is usually for texture. That being said, the general idea behind soaking of nuts is to two-fold: (1) easier to digest when presoaked and moist; (2) removal of enzyme inhibitors.

So… soaking is a good thing, similar to buying 100% organic produce. But sometimes it's not feasible/realistic to do either. But ideal to do both - for sure.

Also, I don't like for people to get too caught up with doing everything "perfectly" because it can cause overwhelm and eventually falling off the wagon.

Therefore, I recommend not soaking unless I explicitly say SOAK IT!

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Hello, I have a raw recipe I want to make. The crust ingredients starts with 2 cups of almonds, soaked overnight. Can I substitute with 1 cup of walnuts to 1 cup of almonds? And if I do, would you not soak the walnuts (as suggested in your recipe here) but still soak the almonds?
Thank you!

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Hi Dianne.

1. Why dontcha just make this pie crust recipe?? lol

2. I am sure you can substitute as you suggested - most crusts are pretty forgiving.

3. soaking is optional - kinda like whether you buy organic or non-organic. I wouldn't bother soaking either the walnuts or almonds.

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what else can i replace the dATes with

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Hi Amy, you can use prunes instead (or raisins or dried apricots, but dates/prunes are best)

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Hi! I have one other question:
Is it better to use medium or finely shredded cocunut?

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Either is fine, but I use finely shredded

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hi, I am going to try make your raw piecrust recipe!

Question: i do not have a food processor, i do everything by hand, no machines in my kitchen. Grinding the nuts is easy for me with a rolling pin. But how would i make a date paste without a processor? i tried before but the dates kept clumping and wouldn't mix well with other ingredients. But perhaps it will work in the piecrust if i cut dates and mix with hands? Please let me know!
Also, can i substitute coconut oil (semi-solid) for grated cocunut?

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Hi TJ,

Date paste is not going to happen without a food processor. Said with love though! <3

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Hi, thanks for reply!
However, I am confused. In the directions for this recipe you say to put the dates along with the other ingredients in a food processor. But in rely to my question you say a food processor won't work for the dates. Which one is it?

You see, my situation is that i don't have a food processor, no blender, no machinery. But I want to make this raw pie crust for mother's day. So please let me know how i can grind the dates for the crust.
As per the walnuts and the other ingredients I am totally fine. I grind nuts by laying them out between 2 sheets of parchment paper and then use a marble rolling pin to crush them finely for the crust, works great! i just need to know how I can grind the dates for the crust
Please let me know, thank you!

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Hi TJ - sorry for the confusion. I meant to write "not going to happen *without* a food processor. (I just edited my post above and corrected my typo.)

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