Black Cherry, Raw Chocolate Pie

About that raw chocolate pie I made last weekend. Passed down from a friend at a potluck for Summer Solstice years ago, herein lies my own twist on what was originally to-die-for. I often am experimenting with raw/vegan cuisine for various reasons. Shockingly tasty. One can indulge more or less healthily. No butter? No way! This is what my mantra most usually is. Although, the baking/non-baking of treats this way is very interesting to me as a foodie and slow thyroid avenger = slow metabolism. Especially when stumbling across such gluten-free, gourmet goddesses as  Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry. *Swoon* Of course, I still bake with all the unabashed; buttery, sugary, white flour tradition of our grannies. Because, it’s DELICIOUS. It pays homage. Some things should just not be messed with and it’s all about moderation. Right? I’ve never been one to conform, be restricted and convert to a disciplinary way of anything in life. Never mind food! To me, cooking and baking is creating. It is an art-form where love is a constant, major ingredient; in and of it-self.

Once one learns the basics and runs the gamut of following recipies point by point; success is eminent in creating one’s own signature dishes that nourish, satisfy and bring  joy to loved ones. Passion and a desire to learn required. When I come across a recipe that’s all healthy and what-not, I can’t wait to put my spin on it. Or be inspired by it and come up with something entirely my own. Especially during this wondrous time when Mother Earth is in such bountiful harvest. Ah, the fresh greens and sweet fruits of summer! Having a major love-affair/addiction to chocolate, the pairing of fruit and chocolate = pure  bliss. I am a serious chocoholic though, none of this candy bar nonsense. While I try not to discriminate, I do prefer the dark, potent, rich unadulterated kind. Light and milky, bah! T’is for the weak! Camimo is my fave, fair-trade, organic and totally decadent. Best with a glass of red wine. Slight digression here; while on the chocolate train, lets do get on with this raw chocolate pie business already, hmmm?


4 ripe avocado, mashed
1 1/2 cup of pitted, roughly mashed black cherries (we have 2 trees in our back of different variety. The other is a Rainier.)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup agave nectar
3/4 cup dark dutch cocoa
1 cup almond butter
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted


1 1/2 cup almond flour
2 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
6  tablespoons agave nectar
2 cup oats, ground

Grind oats in a food processor. Add the almond flour, cinnamon, 4tbp of coconut oil and 6tbsp of agave nectar and blend. Pat and smoosh the mixture into a 10 inch spring form pan to produce a crust.

In the food processor blend the avocado; black cherries, 3/4 cup agave nectar, vanilla, dark dutch cocoa, almond butter and 4 tbsp of coconut oil to make the topping. Spread on top of crust. Top with either raspberries/strawberries/cherries and garnish with fresh sprigs of mint. I used chocolate mint from my herb garden. Chill for 3-4 hours. DEVOUR (with), or gift (to) loved ones.


  1. Reply

    Yummers – that looks delicious! I love Elana’s Pantry as well – I have tried a few of her recipes :). She even tweeted at me once :P.

    • Reply
      Selena 14/07/2010

      oh girl it is deeeelish. you must try. re: elana, i have a serious lady-crush on her! she tweeted at me a few times too! *nerdy swoon*

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    Jen 28/06/2010

    Very interesting and very yummy looking.

    Stopped in to say hello and welcome to SITS.

  3. Reply
    AnnOnandOn 29/06/2010

    You have mixed together some of my favorites…. one word…. YUM!

    Welcome to SITS! We’re excited to have you join!

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    greedygrace 29/06/2010

    Ok, so it looks delicious. But avocado??? I’m a little scared! I guess I shouldn’t knock it until I try it!

    I came by to welcome you to SITS! We’re happy to have you with us!
    .-= greedygrace´s last blog ..You make the call- Whos crazy =-.

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    Rachel Cotterill 04/07/2010

    That looks fabulous – I’m intrigued by the avocados!

    Visiting to welcome you to SITS :)
    .-= Rachel Cotterill´s last blog ..Kalaallit Kaagiat =-.

    • Reply
      Selena 14/07/2010

      @jen, grace, rachel and ann, thanks for the welcome to sits! trust me on the avocado….odd combo yes, but sinfully good.

  6. Reply

    this looks and sounds delicious, and very healthy, but the ingredients seem to be ones that are often on the pricey side. I’ve read a bit about raw diets and have been meaning to try a few recipes, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet. I think I’ll have to check out Elana’s recipes!

    Stopping by from SITS!

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