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Heather Pie

October 28, 2009

First off, a big huge hug and thank you to Zesty Cook for not only his creativity and hard work but also for his patience with me AND WordPress yesterday. Zesty and I started working together early yesterday morning, and did not get my new blog up and running until late last night. Thanks again Zesty – lovin HEAB’s new look, and I was so excited that Abby’s winning photo made the banner. If you haven’t done so already, please stop by Zesty’s blog as he has so many amazing recipes as well as a ton of helpful tips for bloggers. His How to Take Amazing Food Pictures post is one of my favorites.

Now, onto pie. So, back in my stalking days, I used to woo CD with my raw desserts, or Heather Pies as he liked to call them. I used whatever I had on hand. Sometimes we’d end up with a fruit tart covered in cashew cream, and other times we’d dine on raw fudge with avocado ice-cream. Anyway, after we got married, the wooing with raw desserts stopped. (sorry CD, you know I still love ya!). However, the name stuck, and I became CD’s Heather Pie. 🙂

Yesterday, in-between working on the blog, walking the dogs, beating my beeping smoke detector with a hammer, and doing a little massage therapy, I decided I needed to make my husband a pie. I had all the ingredients on hand including one last fresh POM Wonderful pomegranate from my trip to California. I couldn’t wait to get started.

First I made the crusts.

This is my favorite raw crust recipe of all time, and I have no idea where I got it, the Internet maybe? So, if the following is your recipe….thanks! It’s great.
2 cups raw pecans
2 cups pitted Medjool dates soaked for 1 hour
Zest of one lemon
2 tsp Nama Shoyu (raw unpasteurized soy sauce)
Freshly grated nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in food processor and press into parchment-lined cake pans.
Next up, I made my pie filling.

Into the Vita-Mix went 2 cups soaked raw cashews, 1 1/2 cups water, 3/4 cup POM Wonderful arils, 1 packet stevia (not raw), and vanilla. I envisioned a lovely pink, but what I got was more purple. Oh well, still fun.
I then flipped my crust out of their pans and began to assemble my pie.
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In-between the 2 crust, I spread a layer of pie filling and topped it with cherries and POM arils. I then placed the other crust on top and covered it with another layer of filling plus more POM arils and one crushed square of Baker’s unsweetened baking chocolate (not raw).
CD’s Pomegranate Chocolate Cherry Heather Pie
How did CD like his pie? It was a hit, but thankfully he saved me some for Raw Wednesday.

My Breakfast: Raw Heather Pie on top of cooked vanilla protein oat bran. Perfect. 🙂

98 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2009 8:55 am

    That looks delicious!!!

  2. October 28, 2009 8:56 am

    I love your new look! And OMG I need to make a Heather Pie!!

  3. Katy T permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:57 am

    The new website design looks great! And so do the Heather Pies – yum!

  4. October 28, 2009 8:57 am

    The blog looks gorgeous. And OMG that pie. Please, please, please make food for me.

  5. October 28, 2009 8:57 am

    Heather Pie looks amazing.. very creative idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Also diggin the new design.. very almond butter-esque. I enjoy!! 🙂

  6. October 28, 2009 8:58 am

    That dessert looks amazing, what a great idea for the crust. I don’t have a Vita but I bet I could wing it with my food processor. YUM. Nice addition to your oat bran too.

  7. balancejoyanddelicias permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:59 am

    wooo!!! that’s an AMAZING pie!!!! How lucky is CD to try that! I don’t know if I can ever make Star to try any of my crazy creations! 😀
    I kind of miss pomegranate now… I don’t know… it’s so pretty and sweet! I can’t wait to receive our packages of POM.
    oh…. you should submit this recipe to the POM contest! I’ll vote for you 😉

  8. JessicaR permalink
    October 28, 2009 9:02 am

    You’re my hero. I am so making this for Thanksgiving. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a raw pie — I’m overdue! Might have to make two or three just to make up for the absence 😉

  9. October 28, 2009 9:03 am

    I don’t know what’s prettier, the pie or your new header!

    LOL I almost wrote “Your new Heather” 😉

  10. October 28, 2009 9:06 am

    LOVE the new look! Nice job!!!

  11. 24carrots permalink
    October 28, 2009 9:07 am

    That looks beautiful! I love the color of the pom seeds.

  12. October 28, 2009 9:08 am

    That pie!!! It looks amazing! I love the new blog layout/ makeover, too. It’s so fresh and clean!

  13. elleneatsbeats permalink
    October 28, 2009 9:12 am

    gosh that looks soooo good. It’s great to see that you can makes amazing desserts with healthy ingredients.

  14. October 28, 2009 9:14 am

    The header looks TOTALLY fabulous. Love it. And that pie? I cannot believe that is raw- looks totally jammin. Hope CD enjoyed every bite. You two are so cute. Happy Wednesday

  15. October 28, 2009 9:15 am

    That looks totally amazing! Love it 😉

  16. October 28, 2009 9:18 am

    I really like the new design. You and Zesty did a great job. Congrats!

    The pie looks luscious! Thanks for the recipe.

  17. October 28, 2009 9:20 am

    That pie is so creative! I love it!

  18. October 28, 2009 9:21 am

    Love the new site. That desert looks so tasty and creative. Very cool.

  19. October 28, 2009 9:22 am

    I was wondering how you became “Heather Pie” – so cute!

    LOVE the new blog and header. It’s you.

  20. October 28, 2009 9:27 am


  21. October 28, 2009 9:32 am

    The new look is great – well done Zesty!

    The Heather Pie is great – well done HEAB!

    Unfortunately, I’m going to assume it doesn’t ship as well as your oaties… 😉 Blast!

  22. October 28, 2009 9:58 am

    Love the new look!! You and Zesty did a great job!

  23. October 28, 2009 9:58 am

    Wow, that looks great! Yum!

    Love the new header!

  24. October 28, 2009 10:01 am

    Love the new look Heather! What an awesome looking pie too 🙂

  25. October 28, 2009 10:13 am

    Absolutely love the new look! Great job!

  26. October 28, 2009 10:14 am

    Your pie and site both look awesome!

  27. October 28, 2009 10:19 am

    Great new look for the blog! And the raw pie looks great. I would never think to put soy sauce…does it give a strong flavor?

  28. October 28, 2009 10:20 am

    I love the header and the pie looks amazing. I’m sure Hunni wouldn’t even realize that is healthy. I love stuff like that 🙂

  29. October 28, 2009 10:27 am

    Erika, Nope, not much flavor. Just adds a little salty kick.

  30. October 28, 2009 10:31 am

    Ohh I was just thinking about making homemade healthy pie too. Thanks for the recipes and ideas miss Heather.

    And props to Zesty Cook for the awesome new layout! Love the header.

  31. peaceandpeanutbutter permalink
    October 28, 2009 10:40 am

    Thanks for the recipe Heather!!!! This looks yummyy!!

  32. October 28, 2009 10:47 am

    Gorgeous! Yeah, the nama shoyu threw me too. Would have never thought of it.

    You know I love you, but I’m on the fence regarding your new header. I think I like it with the jar OR the almonds but not both. You know I’m nothing but honest – the rest of the site looks AWESOME!

    Don’t hate me – I’ll send you dates to make up for it! 🙂

  33. October 28, 2009 11:02 am

    The new look is so simple and fresh. I absolutely love it Heather!

    The Heather Pie looks so delicious! I love how you used the pom seeds!

  34. October 28, 2009 11:07 am

    Adore the new look! 😀

  35. Sarah R permalink
    October 28, 2009 11:14 am

    The blog looks great! But the pie, oh the pie…

  36. October 28, 2009 11:15 am

    Love the new look…and Love the Heather Pie! Yummo!

  37. October 28, 2009 11:15 am

    That is so sweet 🙂 I love the new look. We call each other “sweetie pie” and “honey bear”. Silly, I know – but it’s funny how nicknames like that always have to do with sweet things or desserts.

  38. October 28, 2009 11:16 am

    Can you please stalk me? I never would think to put soy sauce in pie crust, but I’m going to try it!!! The site looks fantastic.

  39. October 28, 2009 11:43 am

    love the new layout and love love love the pie!!! I’m going to try it for sure!

  40. October 28, 2009 12:02 pm

    Mmmmmm that does look yummy!
    Raw pies are the IN thing right now 😉 I made a Raw apple pie and a raw pumpkin pie to sell at the cafe and I got a text last night telling me that they were selling like crazy!

  41. greenbean permalink
    October 28, 2009 12:05 pm

    Hey HEAB, How long did it take for the crusts to set up? It sounds like the mixture would be soft, but the crust looks quite firm. thx!

  42. October 28, 2009 12:44 pm

    Tiffany, No hating from me ever. Thanks for the honesty. No dates required – I’m stocked already, and now I remember why I don’t buy them. 🙂

  43. Heather Eats Almond Butter permalink
    October 28, 2009 12:45 pm

    Greenbrean, I put them in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes – I forgot to mention that. I’ll add it to the post right now.

  44. October 28, 2009 1:30 pm

    Your pie looks amazing…love the layers and I love how the crust is raw. I am 90% done of the semi massive undertaking of transferring every single blog recipe I have created into a cleaner but still with pics separate PDF version. A cookbook may be in my future and am getting my ducks in a pdf row 🙂

    I just stumbled on an old raw vegan choc pie recipe RIGHT before I read this post. Your pie is gorgeous my dear!

    And so is your new site! Love it. Seems all the cute girls are re-doing their cute sites with fabulous even cuter final results 🙂

    I blog directly from blogger. I never could figure out wordpress properly, thus I am a blogger blog but do own my domain. And do it from a mac. So no wordprss or windows cool blogging tricks for me and that’s fine. The 2 software programs I used were costing me tons of time so I scrapped em. Tell me when you get up to speed w/ Ecto what you end up thinking of it!

  45. Carolyn permalink
    October 28, 2009 1:34 pm

    HPEABs !!!

    You’ve even managed to make your commenters look better by making their pictures bigger (right?)

    Love the new background color combined with the whole almonds up top 😉

  46. October 28, 2009 1:39 pm

    I LOVE the new header and layout, great job!
    Also, that pie looks incredible 🙂

  47. Tina permalink
    October 28, 2009 2:01 pm

    That looks… AMAZING! And so does your new header 😉

    Another hooray for Heather pies!!

  48. October 28, 2009 2:13 pm

    wow!!! i love your new design! and your heather pies 🙂

  49. October 28, 2009 2:14 pm

    wow!!! i love your new design! and your heather pies 🙂
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  50. October 28, 2009 2:15 pm

    The blog looks GREAT!

    Soy sauce in a healthy pie?! Did you write this for ME?! Salty..sweet…it’s my dream dish.

  51. October 28, 2009 2:20 pm

    I love your blog’s new look!! 🙂

    What an amazing looking pie! Made by a “sweetie” pie!! 🙂

  52. greenbean permalink
    October 28, 2009 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the reply.

    Also wanted to send you this link. Last week’s NYT healthy recipes all involved tahini!

  53. DiningAndDishing permalink
    October 28, 2009 3:59 pm

    Love the new blog look Heather!! Zesty did a great job :O)

    – Beth @

  54. October 28, 2009 4:22 pm

    Greenbean, Thanks for thinking of me – you’re the 4th person to send me the link to those tahini recipes. I think it’s definitely time I crack open a new jar. I also think someone from the NYT has been reading HEAB. 🙂

  55. Lauren permalink
    October 28, 2009 4:31 pm

    Blog and pie look wonderful!!!

  56. October 28, 2009 4:39 pm

    wow, gorgeous pie! and love the fresh new look 🙂

  57. joelygolightly permalink
    October 28, 2009 4:48 pm

    OMG the blog looks amazing!! Also amazing looking- that pie! Your pie-wooing story is precious.

  58. October 28, 2009 5:23 pm

    That looks so good!! 🙂

  59. October 28, 2009 5:24 pm

    the site looks amazing just like you!!!

    so today i was feeling bummy
    and want heather to make some food for my tummy!!

    as always, your wholesome tasties look delish!

  60. October 28, 2009 5:52 pm

    LOVE the new look!!! and that pie? absolutely fabulous 🙂

  61. October 28, 2009 6:40 pm

    i love the new look of the bloggy- so gorg and the pic in your header is amazing!
    i totally need to make a heather pie 😀 interesting that the crust has nama shoyu instead of salt! loves it
    have a wonderful night ❤

  62. October 28, 2009 6:52 pm

    Love the new header!!! I love your pie too. Looks mouth-watering. 🙂

  63. October 28, 2009 6:53 pm

    I don’t really know pomegranate. I bought 3 last week. Tonight I opened one. We tasted the arils. It’s great. But I’m wondering if you eat the seeds in the arils? Cause I saw that you put arils on desserts.

  64. October 28, 2009 6:54 pm

    oh and I forgot to tell you that I love the new header. 🙂

  65. October 28, 2009 7:09 pm

    Scorpionne, Yep, you eat the entire aril. 🙂

  66. October 28, 2009 7:27 pm

    Tiffany, Changed the header again. Let me know what you think. 🙂

  67. October 28, 2009 7:28 pm

    Love the new look! And your pie is just gorgeous too! H00ray!

  68. October 28, 2009 7:30 pm

    Love the design. Thanks for answering my questions about soy too. One more question -what about edamame – that’s soybeans right? Is that a ‘worst’ type of soy as well? Thanks! Oh and love the raw pies – they look so cute…I’d stick some ice cream in between them and make a sandwich 🙂 oops…

  69. Dawn permalink
    October 28, 2009 7:31 pm

    I think I see a book jacket in the glorious new look and the
    Heather Pie!!

    Love both–and the name too.

    Nice work!! I also approve of the pic of the almond butter
    on the right vs. the left.

    I had a jar of almond butter in my car for emergencies
    today. Then I saw a homeless man standing in the rain.
    I delivered it to him. Perhaps he too will soon feel the
    love of HEAB!

  70. October 28, 2009 8:04 pm

    Great new blog look!

    And holy god, that pie is amazing! Torture to gaze upon, from a distance 🙂

  71. October 28, 2009 8:14 pm

    that looks awesome!!!! very creative!

  72. October 28, 2009 8:15 pm

    I love the new header, Heather!

    I’m such a Virgo! I just couldn’t deal with them both on one side but it looks great now.


  73. October 28, 2009 8:43 pm

    Eatmovelove, Edamame is not a processed form of soy. It’s nothing buy soybeans. Compare that to the ingredients listed on the back of a box of Morningstar burgers. If you choose to eat soy, edamame is a good choice as it’s soy in it’s natural state. Plus, it’s really good dipped in garlic salt. Wish it didn’t bother my stomach!

  74. October 28, 2009 8:45 pm

    Dawn, You spread the love of almond butter today, and that makes me happy. 🙂

  75. October 28, 2009 8:54 pm

    I can’t decide which I like more… the new layout or the pie! (who am I kidding, I have to go with the amazing looking dessert) 😉

  76. October 28, 2009 9:44 pm

    Heather, my dear! I love the new blog look…something I would totally pick out for you..and for me!

    Also, that pie looks absolutely wonderful! Geez woman…you are talented!

    Got through the tough part of the cleanse and am now in the food testing phase, where we get to see the true effects food has on our bodies! I tested soy today and the soy milk, tofu and edemame did great…the homemade miso soup however did not treat the tummy so well…and made me yawn lots! Weird! Anywhoo…more revelation to come. Miss you and hope you are just great.

  77. Jess permalink
    October 28, 2009 9:47 pm

    OMG, I’ve been reading your blog for some time but that cherry pie compelled me to comment. that looks amazing! i must make that.

  78. October 28, 2009 10:15 pm

    Brilliant! Your creativity is boundless! Are you thinkin’ of goin’ raw, HEABs? ❤

  79. October 29, 2009 5:11 am

    I love the new look!!

  80. Carolyn permalink
    October 29, 2009 5:34 am

    Love the newest new header!! ….more feng shui or something with the balance both sides…

    Have a nut buttery day… 🙂

  81. October 29, 2009 5:53 am

    Jess, Thanks for reading. Yes, make the pie. It was yummy. 🙂

  82. October 29, 2009 5:54 am

    Farty, Nope, never. Tried the raw thing a few years ago. Not for me, but my love for making raw desserts stuck.

  83. October 29, 2009 6:31 am

    That raw pie is AMAZING! I can’t wait to try something like that, it is visually stunning and I imagine it tastes even better than it looks!

  84. October 29, 2009 6:33 am

    Voracious Vegan, It’s the crusts that really make that pie. Something about the lemon zest/fresh nutmeg combo. So delicious, and I can’t figure out why I haven’t made that recipe in quite a while. So delicious. Please let me know if you try it. 🙂

  85. October 29, 2009 7:00 am

    That crust looks like such a great base for a pie! And of course the filling looks show stopping! 🙂 Yummy–do you ship Heather Pies? Lol, just kidding, but it’d rock if you did

  86. October 29, 2009 7:08 am

    Thank you for the answer. Today I’m going to search recipes with pomegranate 😀 And I’m going to buy more pomegranate tonight 🙂

  87. Hanna M. permalink
    October 29, 2009 8:25 am

    I ❤ the new look of HEAB! Especially the picture with almonds and almond butter- perfect!

  88. October 29, 2009 8:36 am

    I love the new header! And of course that pie looks to die for!

  89. October 29, 2009 8:38 am

    Oh. Em. Gee. That looks amazing!!! Yuum!

  90. October 29, 2009 9:08 am

    Nice layout! (your previous one was nice too)

  91. October 29, 2009 10:24 am

    The site looks delicious and the pie layout is nice too! Hmm…that’s not right. Up way too early this morning. 🙂

  92. October 29, 2009 11:38 am

    LOVE the new layout…it looks updated and fresh! and those pies look to die for. i have a pomegranate waiting for me at home, and i think this recipe is calling my name!

  93. October 29, 2009 1:09 pm

    Mmm. that looks delicious. and I love the new banner!!

  94. October 29, 2009 9:27 pm

    way to brilliant!
    this looks delicious!

  95. October 29, 2009 9:45 pm

    that looks AMAZINGLY delicious!

  96. October 30, 2009 8:22 am

    those pies look soo good!

  97. October 30, 2009 1:12 pm

    Love the blog! I’m new to reading but already love it! And that raw pie crust… very original! And wow that cherry pom cake thing looks amazing! I will have to try this… tonight! Thanks for the post!


  98. October 31, 2009 7:38 pm

    Tyler, I just saw this comment – it was in my spam folder for some reason. Silly WordPress. Anyway, thanks so much for reading my blog. Your comment made my day. 🙂

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