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Raw Coconut Cream Pie

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raw coconut cream pie

Two summers ago, I visited a 100% raw restaurant, Quintessence, in New York City. Ever since that visit, I’ve been dreaming of their raw coconut cream pie.

Sadly, I do not live anywhere near Quintessence, and therefore don’t have easy access to the pie. However, I do have two hands, a powerful blender, and a local Asian grocery store that put Thai coconuts on sale for $1 last week. Translation: time to make some coconut cream pie!

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Raw Coconut Cream Pie

  • 1/2 cup Thai coconut meat (about 110g)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw zucchini (250g) (For a pie with a more traditional “coconut cream pie” taste, or if you don’t want the green color, omit the zucchini and add that much more coconut meat.)
  • scant 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice
  • Optional: for a richer pie, you can add some coconut oil
  • Add 4tbsp cocoa powder for chocolate cream pie.

Click for: Chocolate Cream Pie photos.

Add all the ingredients together and blend very well. If you’re using a Magic Bullet, you might want to blend the zucchini by itself first so it doesn’t stay chunky. Taste and add more sweetener if desired. Transfer your mixture to a pie-crust (or pie pan for a crustless pie) and freeze. If you freeze it more than a few hours, thaw before eating.

Raw Grasshopper Pie: Add a few drops pure peppermint extract, as well as some cacao nibs (or chocolate chips) to the filling.

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Published on December 6, 2010

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  1. abby says

    i’ve made raw desserts!!! your raw cheesecake, for one. and more fudge babies than i can count. i am OBSESSED with fudge babies 🙂 🙂 :).

    • Valerie says

      Oh yes, we’re big fans of the Fudge Babies over here, too :). They’re great little snacks for the kids’ lunchboxes. And well, if a few pop into my mouth as I’m packing lunch… well, you can’t blame me, right?

  2. Nicole (Picky Nicky) says

    Yummm, that looks really good 😀 I’m not a fan of overly sweet things so I think I’d enjoy this! As far as raw recipes go for savoury food, I’m pretty much limited to salads 😛 I’m curious to see what others have to say!

  3. Lisa C. says

    I’ve made your fudge babies. Does that count?
    Oh, and like Nicole, I can say that I make a mean raw salad ;). I’m also a fan of raw veggies, as long as the dip is good. There’s a restaurant by my house that makes a delicious vegan ranch. But I don’t think it’s raw.

  4. Jennifer JCD says

    Looks beautiful. I’m surprised the zucchini made it so green like that. I’m also really happy you found a way to make the coconut pie you loved so much. Making this recipe for you has been on my list forever but I never could find coconut butter. Your version looks fantastic, and so festive too. Well done!

    As for raw recipes, we make a few every once in a while, but mostly desserts like you do. They are usually healthier and more tasteful than baked desserts. We’ve made a yummy grawnola once before too, but we don’t have a dehydrator so we can only make it when we ca borrow one from my parents.

      • Melissa says

        Yup. They are also called Young Coconuts sometimes. They are baby coconuts, basically, before the meat matures and gets all hard. They contain soft, squishy flesh and delicious, light coconut water. The water is pretty amazing stuff! It’s nature’s Gatorade and I actually took cans of the stuff with me for my recent marathon. It really helps with electrolyte balancing.

        Fun fact: they actually used coconut water to do blood transfusions in the past! It’s so close to the same balance as human blood that it would work in an emergency. Now that’s pretty awesome stuff! So, when you use the meat for this recipe don’t toss the water! Drink it! 🙂

  5. VEGirl says

    I like raw recipes! I won’t pretend all the nuts don’t freak me out (they totally do), but if I’m feeling up to it, I realize how yummy they are. I loveee fudge babies 🙂 and your sneaky veggie raw cheesecake is on my mental to-un-bake list ;). This one really appeals to me though, because it’s light and more fluffy. Too bad our local Asian market doesn’t have fresh produce (what’s with that?). Awww, well. If I move to Hawaii maybe! Or feel like spending about 5 bucks…. we’ll see, it’s awfully tempting!


  6. Inspired says

    Haha I’m the opposite from you! I have made a few not-sweet raw recipes, but not as many sweet ones. I guess it’s just because when I want something sweet, I usually want a bigger amount than those tiny raw desserts. (I love fudge babies though :))

  7. Melissa says

    Our local 100% vegan and raw restaurant makes a coconut cream pie that rocks my socks off. It’s got a date/coconut crust and is so light and fresh. I keep wanting to make it at home but all the recipes I find seem to fatty. This one, though, sounds like JUST the ticket. Thanks Katie!

    PS: If you ever come to MN, I am dragging your butt all over town feeding you. I imagine you’re like me (since we both run) and can eat about every two hours. Which makes you perfect company for me! I get so crabby if I let myself get too hungry! Heh.

      • Melissa says

        I know SO many people in TX, it’s insane crazy pants.
        My mom’s side of the family is in Amarillo and my friend Mandy moved to Austin a while back. 🙂 I keep meaning to drive to visit the relations with my SO (ROAD TRIP!) and I would totally swing into Dallas! 😉 Probably on the way to Amarillo so I could go to the WFM and get vegan food for my visit. Amarillo is not the most vegan friendly TX town. LOL. The cars run on beef.

  8. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    Tai coconut for $1???!!!!! Sheesh I want that store! I love drinking the juice out of the fresh coconut! It makes me feel tropical 🙂

    I LOVe raw desserts! Raw truffles, cheesecake, ice cream, nummy!

    When I first saw this picture, I was like, “Yay! Katie made a chocolate-mint pie!!! I LOVE Chocolate mint!!!” Oh well, coconut is amazing, too!

  9. melissa @ the delicate place says

    amazed. this looks so good! when i saw it, i thought key lime coconut?! that would be my next flavor experiment 🙂

  10. jessica says

    I love to make raw food! I follow a pretty traditional diet most of the time but went all raw for 30 days and had so much fun experimenting with new foods. Two of my favorite things to make are raw banana cashew cream with fresh berries and raw avocado chocolate pudding. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!

  11. Little Bookworm says

    That pie looks lovely, great colour as well! 🙂 Raw recipes – I have made raw brownies (from the Pure2Raw twins site) and love your fudge baby recipes of course! 🙂

  12. Sarah says

    Katie, it looks awesome! I love the green color, but I’m a little scared of zucchini in dessert, so I might have to try it with the extra coconut instead.

  13. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    Yum! That looks delicious, but I hate dealing with coconuts. They’re soooo tasty, but I get so angry every time I try to open a coconut. It makes me want to punch things….and I know that can’t be healthy. 🙁 I wish I could hire a coconut opener.

  14. Fi says

    I’ve made your raw carrot cake! And it’s soooo yum! Raw oatmeal ‘cookie dough’ and raw veggie spaghetti ‘meatballs!’ , loving the look of that cake though! Xxxx

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says

    love raw desserts and raw pies!

    I make raw cheezecake, chocolate creme pie, raw brownies, numerous raw dough balls, raw sugar/gingerbread/pumpkin/molasses cookies, raw entrees like pasta and thai wraps, raw soups, all vegan, all GF

    But i totally agree that raw desserts are THE BEST! And if I were making your pie, Id probably skip the zuke and add in soaked cashews…and oh, a good amount of agave or ahem, real sugar, LOL. I dont skimp on the sweetness. But seriously girl, this looks awesome!

    I went on a field trip to a local vegan ice creamery and the only thing in their ice cream is agave, thai coconut meat, and cashews…can’t go wrong w/ thai coconut meat!


  16. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    “Coconut meat”..I’ve never heard it referred to like that, but I like it. Do you watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Well, one of the character’s favorite food is milk steak. Totally gross and completely unrelated to coconut meat..but it made me think of it! lmho

      • chandra says

        It’s called Paneer steak!! It is soooo good, I learned about to make it in India. Basically you boil milk and “make cheese”- add lemon juice to the milk til it’s all crumbly looking, drain the curds and whey (or save it for soups later) over a cheesecloth, catch the cheese, press the cheese ball for a few hours, cut it in strips, fry in oil or ghee, and mix with a tomato sauce. MMMmmm

  17. Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) says

    Beautiful photos!
    BTW – this is first time I’ve been to your blog since it got a new do, and can I just say, Woo Hoo! Lookin’ good 🙂

  18. Namaste Gurl says

    You just made me want to hack into a young coconut a MILLION times more after reading this post 🙂 Gena’s a bad enough influence 😉

  19. Aimee says

    Hey Katie Kate :).
    I just made this for dessert. I’ll tell ya, the hardest part was waiting for it in the freezer! It was DELICIOUS!!! And I might be biased, as a healthy foodie vegan, but my husband and his BROTHER loved it too! No joke :). I took your advice for a “richer” pie, using all coconut (sadly, no green) and adding 2T of unrefined coconut oil. Definitely a keeper! 🙂

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