Here you have it folks, delicious and simple raw vegan mini cherry pies! Growing up in the South, I’ve definitely had my fair share of pies. So I guess you can call me a “pie connoisseur”.
Lately I’ve been craving a naturally sweet, fruity pie and obsessing over experimenting with making raw vegan desserts. I had some cherries leftover from my cherry garcia banana ice cream so I thought why not satisfy my craving the healthy way?
The pie crust is simple, just 2 ingredients: dates and almonds. Honestly, it tastes a little like cookie dough. Okay, a lot like cookie dough. I could eat it just on its own!
Completely 100% naturally sweetened with dates, the filling only has 5 ingredients: cherries, dates, coconut, chia seeds, and vanilla. It’s dangerously delicious. I had to stop myself from eating it right out of the bowl.
Sweet red cherries give these mini pies a sweet taste with a little hint of tart. Plus, they’re known to be filled with a unique set of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties and have a calming effect. They have a lot of melatonin which soothes irritability, insomnia, and headaches.
So, if you’re having an overly stressful and busy day, just eat some pie and you’ll feel better!
I decided to make mini pies because not only are they absolutely adorable, but they’re the perfect snackable size. So you can have a couple and it’s no biggie! This makes a big batch of a little over a dozen pies which lasted me for the whole week.
But if you’re feeling extra generous, have a potluck to go to, or are heading to dinner with your family, you FINALLY have an easy option that everyone will enjoy.
After making the 2-ingredient crust, you pop them in the freezer. Then, after you add in the cherry filling, you have to put them back in the freezer and wait a couple of hours for them to firm up. It’s worth the wait!
I had a friend taste-test these this weekend (qualifier: she’s not vegan, gluten-free, or anything, she’s just trying to eat healthier and has a major sweet tooth). She LOVED these and kept asking me if she could have more.
I guess you could say these have the official seal of approval! You don’t have to be vegan, gluten-free, or refined sugar-free to indulge in wholesome desserts. For those of you avoiding sugar, a little every now and then doesn’t hurt. My biggest piece of advice- just live a little & treat yourself because you deserve it!
- 1 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 1/2 cup dates
- 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- Pulse the almonds in a food processor until it becomes a flour-like consistency.
- Add the dates and process until it sticks together.
- Line a muffin tin with saran wrap and press the crust into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
- Place in the freezer while you make the filling.
- For the filling, process cherries, dates, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth.
- Fold in the shredded coconut.
- Spread the cherry mixture evenly into your crust.
- Freeze for 3-4 hours.
- Enjoy your pies!