This weekend, I was looking for an easy recipe to make a fruit pie. I searched online and in my recipe books, looking at various traditional recipes, but then I came across this no-bake version made with berries, nuts and seeds, chia seed pudding and vanilla.
1 cup of pitted dates (use less for less sweet pie)
1 cup of nuts or seeds (I used pumpkin seeds for nut-free pie. You can use pecans, walnuts, macadamias, Brazil, sunflower seeds, etc)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or real Vanilla (the black seeds from a pod)
a pinch of salt (optional)
For the filling
1 cup mixed berries or berries of your choice
1 ripe banana
3 teaspoons of Agave nectar or 3 dates (pre-soaked)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon real Vanilla
1 cup berries for decoration
For the crust: Soak the dates for 5 minutes. In your blender or food processor (I used my Kitchen Aid for this job), grind the nuts and/or seeds into a flour. Add the remaining ingredients and process until dough starts to form. Press the dough down firmly until it forms a crust on a 8-10 inches baking form (20 cm).
For the filling: Add all of the ingredients to your blender. Pour the filling over the base and spread evenly. Decorate with berries and other toppings (nuts, shredded chocolate pieces, etc.)
Keep in the fridge to chill a couple of hours before serving or overnight.