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GF strawberry chunk pie {vegan MOFO}

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Vegan Mofo is doing a number on my pants size…or maybe that’s just how it goes when the world is full of delicious ingredients! Today’s theme is my favorite late summer food. Since it’s end of winter here in the Southern hemisphere and we’ve skipped over Spring (as usual) and gone straight into the twilight zone, I decided to go with strawberries since it’s one of the few times a year we cross paths with the North and get their end-of-season produce. I’ve been tormented all winter long with berry this and berry that, but I hope I’m not being cruel and that you can still get some in the shops or markets to make this easy and frakkin delicious mini pie!strawberrypie5

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I really am a sucker for strawberries and buckwheat, either separately or combined. Both have such unique, deep flavours and make a great pairing. I’ve been using strawberries rather shamelessly in my breakfast smoothie bowls and as a snack and I can say that it is a real treat that is not unappreciated. Also, Man-thing doesn’t like them raw so more for me! ;DstrawberrypieThe awesome thing about buckwheat especially is that not much can go wrong. I strolled into the kitchen during a study break and processed some ingredients together and it worked out deliciously, and of course the berries are by themselves just tasty. Admittedly I had wanted to do a super traditional latticed-top pie with all the trimmings, but then I got my hands on nuts and started going a bit crazy with the crumble topping. I love a bit of crunch with my desserts anyhow, and it goes down great with the silky strawberries.strawberrypie6 strawberrypie4Ingredients (makes 6 – 8 small slices at most):

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup pear purée or applesauce
  • 2 TBSP nut butter/seed butter of choice (I used PB_
  • 2 TBSP liquid sweetener of choice (something thick like agave, molasses)
  • 1.5 droppers NuNaturals Liquid Stevia Vanilla
  • 1 vegan egg (chia, flax or powdered is fine)
  • lots of cinnamon

Filling:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1.5 droppers NuNaturals Liquid Stevia Vanilla
  • 1 TBSP powdered sweetener or sugar
  • 1 TBSP of the crust mixture
  • Optional: 1/8 cup dark chocolate chips

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup nuts of choice, crushed (I used pecans)
  • 2 TBSP of the crust mixture
  • 1 TBSP liquid sweetener
  • lots of cinnamon

How-to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Blend your crust ingredients in a food processor until you can pinch together the mixture and it sticks together.
  3. Spray a 12cm round springform tin.
  4. In one bowl mix your filling ingredients and scoop in 2 TBSP of the crust mixture.
  5. In another bowl mix your crust ingredients (including the crust mix).
  6. Press the crust into the bottom and sides of the baking tin. Scoop in the filling and evenly spread the topping.
  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Chill for an hour before slicing and serving with vegan ice-cream or a sweetened tahini drizzle.
  8. Store in the fridge. Tastes better the next day!

strawberrypie9I love baking in tiny tins – there’s no pressure to eat mountains of cake or pie (not that it’s a hardship), and you can fit smaller slices easily into lunchboxes. I’m so psyched about all the berries yet to come our way in the shops that I can already see this transforming into a blueberry cheesecake crumble pie or a raspberry cream cake. The base and crumble pretty much lend themselves to any filling!strawberrypie10 strawberrypie1Speaking of filling, I am so hungry right now! I’m trying to decrease my rubbish intake and focus on protein again and whole foods but I am going to claw down the walls any minute now since it’s day 1 and I’ve packed silly nibbles. I have actually eaten lots today but my body is so hyped on constant feeding and fake sweeteners that it needs a bit of a readjustment period to appreciate feeling hunger first and then responding rather than eating just because it’s a certain time of day. Ergo, crankiness! Luckily this cake, even with the sweetener, is actually full of happy ingredients and thus falls into the “eat more!” category. The best kind! strawberrypie7 strawberrypie11My walking pal and I have also decided to be a bit more dedicated to keeping on track, just in terms of getting some exercise on a daily basis. Between the two of us we’ve been ill, over-stressed and over-worked, so it’s fallen to the side for a while, but now it’s action time. There is nothing better than getting out of the house and coming back feeling accomplished – sometimes you need to take what you can get in terms of small moments of happiness and calm during the day!

What fruits and veggies are you looking forward to for the upcoming season? Do you have any special dishes planned around them?

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

8 thoughts on “GF strawberry chunk pie {vegan MOFO}

  1. Strawberries my favorite fruit (well maybe blueberries). This looks so good. Here in the USA fall is almost here so any kind of squash is my favorite, especially Butternut roasted. Like eating candy. Thanks for another great post.

    Arlene

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    • Squash is absolutely amazing – and definitely candy! When you bake it like a beast it gets almost caramelized…nom nom! If I’d known about its possibilities as a kid I would have been a real veggie beast 😀

      Have a great day Arlene!

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  2. Fresh air does wonders -I’m about to go for a run! I hear you on the MoFo pants 😉 luckily I have a housemate/partner that is a huge eater, they’re loving the MoFo overflow. This is a lovely homage to strawberry’s and buckwheat!

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    • Hahah I was wondering if anyone else was noticing a side effect of all this delicious food that’s splashed around the internet – I get my stretchy pants out just thinking about getting around to testing other people’s recipes! Having food monsters really helps with portion control – I follow the principle of 1/3 for me and the rest for Man-thing 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on veggiewitch and commented:
    This is wonderfully tempting. I must make it! ♥

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    • Yay thank you so much for sharing! 😀 Hope you make it and let me know how it turns out – luckily the crust is all edible raw so you can taste it and adjust to your level of sweetness 🙂

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