Hey folks,

Happy Wednesday!  We're almost there! 

I am so excited to bring you a guest post with a recipe!!   Natalia of www.nataliakw.com is gracious enough to share some of her raw dessert treats with us!  I had the pleasure of meeting Natalia at Vida Vegan Con and she kept her word about doing a guest post of some sort for me and I'm so happy that she did! 

I have had a few raw desserts in my time and all I can say is, don't knock 'em till you try 'em!  This is guilt-free eating at its finest.  She has given me quite a few recipes to share, so I'm going to share the first one today!  It sounds and looks so delicious!

Natalia says: When I begin to think of planning holiday meals, my mind goes straight to dessert--thinking of elegant finishes to celebrate a beautiful day shared with loved ones.  It doesn't hurt that raw desserts are my specialty and no matter what my omnivorous family has enjoyed throughout the meal, everyone can agree on my desserts.  From raw veganized classics to unique new treats, there’s something for everyone’s tastes.  Perhaps this year, one of these sweets would fit your holiday spread perfectly.

Cranberry Apple Pie
Serves 8

Ginger Cookie Crust

1½ cups raw Brazil nuts
¼ cup raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
pinch of salt
Place the Brazil nuts into your food processor and process until finely ground.  Add all remaining ingredients and process until sticky.  Scrape into a 9″ pie pan or an 8-9″ springform or silicone pan and press evenly into the bottom.  Place in the freezer to set.

Cranberry Apple Filling

1 cup roughly chopped apple
¾ cup raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen & thawed)
1½ cups finely diced apple
4 teaspoons ground chia seed

Place the roughly chopped apple, agave, cinnamon and ginger into your food processor.  Process to puree the apple.  Add the cranberries to the food processor and pulse to chop, but do not puree.  Scrape into a bowl.  Add the finely diced apple and chia seed to the bowl and mix very well.  Pour over your crust and place the freezer to set for 3 hours.  Once frozen, cut into 8 slices.  Thaw completely to serve.