Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries (Gluten-free & Vegan)

Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries

I’m baaaaaack! After taking a couple of months hiatus from the blog, I am back with a new fantastic recipe that is perfect for your upcoming summer BBQ party. I tell ya, if you’re the one who has been assigned desserts for the next pot-luck – this Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries is perfect! Decadent, creamy, cool and utterly satisfying, this pie will do the trick to win over the hearts of your friends and family. Of course, check about nut allergies before you bring it – wouldn’t want a serious allergic reaction to ruin your fun…

Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries

Who knew that chocolate and blueberries went so well together? Anyone? Anyone? Why have I never had this combo until now?!?!?!?! This combination is perfect, especially when the blueberries are fresh and from your local farmer. We have an earlier harvest season here on the West Coast compared to the East. And lucky us we get to have blueberries at a very reasonable cost so early in the summer.

Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries

Chocolate is back in my diet…in small amounts. How I was dealing as a new mother with no dark chocolate (or wine!) is beyond me! Seriously, as much as I love my kale, let’s be honest, it’s NOT chocolate. And everyone deserves some chocolate in their lives. I still have to watch my intake and not have too much or Baby A will be refluxing for several hours.

Every summer since we moved to British Columbia we go to an organic blueberry farm and pick blueberries. It’s only a half hour drive to get to the farm, which really is not far to have fresh blueberries in the fridge. We buy buckets full. And I mean buckets. Literally. My husband LOVES his berries and has to eat them every day. So we usually make to trips to pick, one near the beginning of the harvest and one near the end. The batch we buy at the end of the harvest gets pack and frozen so we can use the berries through the winter when the cost to buy them in the store is not affordable. It’s great for the family to get out picking, connect to nature and see how our food grows and gets to our table.

Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries

What about you and your family? Do you go blueberry, strawberry or even apple picking at harvest time?

Chocolate Cream Pie with Fresh BC Blueberries (Gluten-free & Vegan)
 
Ingredients
  • CRUST
  • 20 pitted dates, soaked 15mins in warm water
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • ¾ cups raw walnuts
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (don't skimp on this part!)
  • ½ cup GF flour blend (I used Trader Joe's for this recipe)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp chis seeds soaked in ¼ cup water for 5mins until a thick gel
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 heaping tbsp coconut oil
  • CREAM FILLING
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for min 3hrs
  • ¾ cup full fat coconut milk (Thai kitchen's brand has mini cans that work perfectly)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (again, don't skimp on this!)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • TOPPING
  • 1-2 cups of fresh, cleaned blueberries
Instructions
  1. Get your cashews soaking. Set aside and make crust.
  2. Soak your dates in warm water for 15mins. In a food processor with an 'S' blade, take your pecans and walnuts and grind them until it resembles a meal-like texture. Place in medium sized bowl.
  3. Next, take the soaked dates and drain water. Place in food processor and make into a paste, scraping sides with a spatula if necessary. Add to nut mixture along with remaining crust ingredients and mix until well blended.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Take a 8" spring-form cake pan and grease with a little coconut oil.
  5. Take your raw crust in a ball and place in the middle of the pan. Then gently press the dough around the bottom and sides of the pan until completely even & smooth.
  6. Bake for 10-15mins, keeping an eye on it so that it does not burn. When done, let cool completely still in the pan before you put your filling in.
  7. For the filling, drain water from cashews and place all cream filling ingredients in the food processor with and 'S' blade and blend until smooth. This can be done with a high powered blender as well. Once completely smooth, pour into cooled crust, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 4hrs to set.
  8. When ready to serve, remove spring-form and allow the pie to thaw for 30mins or longer if it was in the freezer for more then 4hrs. Pour blueberries on top. Using a sharp knife (run under hot water for 1min for a clean cut) cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Toast Smoothie – Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook

Training for my first 10K race since getting pregnant with my second child has been a reminder of how much clean eating plays such a large role in my life. I have 8 more days until race day and I am feeling better each day. Slowly I am improving with my time and stamina. I’m not competing against anyone else but myself in this race so it will be an accomplishment to finish. Did I mention that I have been training with baby A in the the jogging stroller? I’m hoping that the extra 30lbs being taken away on race day will aid me – although I may miss the little one, who often “cheers” me on while we are out running. At least, that’s what I think she is doing while she loudly vocalize while running the track. ;)

Cinnamon Taost Smoothie Vibrant Life Cookbook

I had two major concerns when starting this process; one was not to injure myself and the other was that I would decrease my milk supply while nursing baby A. So what am I doing to maintain energy for this run and assure I can still feed my baby? I am now eating more calories (I know it sounds crazy, but I need 2000 calories for breastfeeding alone), drinking a ton of water and fueling myself with smoothies and juices from the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook to achieve my goal.

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Leanne Vogel from Healthful Pursuit launched her new book Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook a few weeks ago and I could not have got my hands on it at a better time! If you don’t know Leanne, she is a holistic nutritionist for real people, the real deal. I’ve followed Leanne’s blog for the last two and a half years and fell in love with her passion of creating empowering cookbooks and resources that show just how simple it is to fall in love with life, food allergies and all.

Seeing as I am training for this run and still breastfeeding baby A, I am not doing a full cleanse program at this time. My body requires too many calories and an all liquid diet is not the way to go. However, I have been using the recipes of juices and smoothies to enhance my daily nutrition and aid me in feeling energized throughout this process. I’ve had her ‘Cinnamon Toast Smoothie’ (recipe below) in combination with a post run snack. I also find that starting my day with the ‘C Punch’ green smoothie is a great way to reduce sugar cravings that come along with training.

If you have ever thought about doing a cleanse program you will like this book because it is a comprehensive guide to a cleanse. A lot of cleanse programs out there are down right scary and can be dangerous to your health. I remember this past Christmas one of my brothers told me about a cleanse he had done on his own (which I did not agree with) and I remember screaming at him “Go to Leanne’s site and do one of her cleanses!!! At least you will be giving your body nutrients instead of starving it!!!!”. His naturopath was also not impressed. I have said it in the past, do not be afraid to reach out to your health care team when you are trying to improve your health. That’s what they are there for!

This book has it all laid out for you with beautiful pictures for every recipe (which always draws me to a cookbook), full shopping lists depending on what cleanse program you choose (7, 9 or 11 day programs), and how even to choose the right equipment just to name a few. Leanne also takes you through the process of preparing your body before a cleanse and slowly bringing your body back down from the cleanse and when to ‘Abort!’ the cleanse.

Here is a sneak peak:

Inside-The-Book

In other words this book will show you how to:

• Effortlessly use juices & smoothies to boost your health
• Listen to your body and know when you’re legitimately
satisfied
• Move into, through, and out of a cleanse safely, and
with shining results

Check out this sample cleanse from the book to get an even better idea:

Sample Cleanse

Over 55 dairy-free, vegan & gluten-free juice & smoothie recipes, 7-, 9- and 11- day cleanse programs plus all the tools you need to cleanse with success. All right here, waiting for you. Grab a glass and get ready to take better care of yourself, honor what your body actually wants, and discover what healthy really feels like.

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Cinnamon Toast Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Option: add two cups of spinach or kale to up the nutrient content.
Author:
Serves: 1/500ml
Ingredients
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the jug of your high powered blender in the order they are listed.
  2. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.
  4. To store:: pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, pour into a plastic container and freeze for up to 1 month.