Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gluten Free Raw Berry Blueberry Pie & Pudding Recipe

I really like pudding. It was one of my favorite foods as a child and I still love it. Unfortunately most puddings are made with milk, which is a no-no. They are also usually very processed and contain ingredients that I no longer want myself or my family to eat.

I've attempted making coconut milk pudding in the past, but I wasn't able to perfect the texture and flavor. After doing a little research, I realized that chia seeds (which I had only been tossing into smoothies) can naturally thicken up a non-dairy pudding or pie filling. Chia seeds are a great natural vegetarian alternative to gelatin to create a gel-like texture to foods. They are often used in egg free baking because ground chia meal and whole chia seeds become gelatinous much like an egg white when mixed with warm or hot water. Chia seeds are a great source of super healthy soluble and non-soluble fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and are an excellent vegetarian source of protein.

I wish I had thought of creating this recipe while my nephew Christopher was visiting with us. He loves yogurt and I think I could have convinced him to eat this wonderfully healthy "pudding!" Especially if I had put it in a Dan-o-nino cup... lol...

This was my first non-smoothie experiment in my new (refurbished) Vitamix. I am so impressed that it completely pulverized the chia seeds into a beautiful & delicious pudding! (Reconditioned Vitamix's are still on sale for only $374, a STEAL compared to their regular price! They are selling out quickly so act fast if you'd like to get one at the reduced price! I don't make any money from recommending them! It's just such an amazing price, if you have been pining for a VM... now's the time!)

Purists may not consider this a raw recipe since I used simmering water mixed with the chia seeds to create the texture for the pie. I'm okay with that. I love the fact that this is such a healthy "dessert" that comes simply from berries, chia seeds, and a little agave.

I will post my almond flour pie crust later this week. I need to tweak the liquid measurements just a bit to get  a better texture. Please stay tuned for a super easy pat-in-the-pan, low glycemic, gluten free pie crust that is perfect for this berry pie!

Raw Berry Blueberry Pudding & Pie Filling
Created by Carrie @ Gingerlemongirl.com
Free of gluten, soy, dairy/casein, grains, eggs, granulated sugar, and yeast
Printer-friendly recipe.

1 quart fresh strawberries, tops removed
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar -or- sweetener of choice
1 prepared 9" gluten free pie crust

Heat 1/2 cup of water until it just comes to a simmer. Remove it from the heat and add the chia seeds. Stir quickly as the mixture becomes gelled. If the mixture is too stiff stir in up to 2 tablespoons additional water until it is pourable. Add sweetener to the chia mixture and stir until combined. Add chia mixture to your blender or vitamix. Add strawberries & blueberries. In the Vitamix, slowly bring up to 10 and process for 1-2 minutes until mixture is completely smooth and blended. Pour mixture into your prepared pie crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (and up to overnight for the best flavor and texture). Cut into slices and serve.

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  1. I can't wait to try it, Carrie! I'll be waiting for your almond flour recipe first. :)

  2. First YEAST free pizza dough, and now this???

    Like you, I am GFCFSF...I used to work at a pie shoppe for years in high school: Bakers Square... I can still taste the Coconut Creme, Strawberry Cheese cake...


    Running my self to find chia seeds STAT.

  3. That looks terrific Carrie! I can't wait for the pie crust recipe. I've never used chia seeds so I'll have to look for them.

  4. hunterslyonesse - Thank you!! I'll be working on that pie crust again this week!! :-) Hopefully will post it on Friday!

    Momnivore - Yay!!! YES, I'm thinking a chocolate pudding pie will be coming up soon! lol!

    Linda - Thank so much! Chia seeds are really wonderful!

  5. wow this looks great! its easy to find chia seeds in Cancun, so look forward to try this, very summerly!!!
    my kids will rock!
    we are all gfcfsf...so this recipe comes great for the heat at home!

  6. This is great. I have a child who we have put on a gluten free diet and I am raw...perfect!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  7. This looks like it turned out perfect! I love Chia seeds. I put them in everything - smoothies, yogurt, granola, on my kids nut butter sandwiches, in my french toast batter, in my pancake batter..... you get the idea! I had never thought about doing something like this though! What a great idea! I will totally be making this recipe and I am totally sure my kids will love it!

  8. Perfect pie! Chia is so much more than the "hair" for chia pets, isn't it? LOL Oh, and yep, I bet your nephew would have gone for the pudding filling in the "special" cup. Marketing really works ...


  9. Elizabeth- you are so welcome! I love raw foods! Especially in the summer!! I hope your kids love this!

    Kim - IT DID! I was hoping to try the crust again last night, but I didn't get a chance becuase the next pie I want to create is a chocolate pie with the chia seeds! That's next on the list! I heart pie! Let me know what you think!

    Shirley! Thanks my friend!! Isn't it funny how well marketing works! lol... Can't wait to see you at IFBC!

  10. This looks amazing! I love your creativity.

  11. Great recipe! So easy and very tasty. The best blueberry pie I've ever had - the blueberries held up fabulously.

  12. Sarah - That is AWESOME!! YAY! I'm so glad you liked it!! If you have a picture, please post it to the Facebook group!

  13. Thanks for the great recipe. I'd love try this. I am going to print this recipe out. Thanks for the share!

  14. I don't have Chia Seeds on hand. Is there a substitute that might work? Thanks!

  15. Judy -- YES! If you aren't opposed to using gelatin, you can use 1 tablespoon of plain gelatin -- knox brand works well and mix it with 3-4 tablespoons of HOT water and then pour it into the rest of the berry mixture to puree. Pour quickly and refrigerate because it will set fast!