Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

These paleo no-bake raspberry cream pies have a super smooth and creamy filling and a cashew and toasted coconut-based crust. Vegan, grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.

I wasn’t really sure what to call these. They’re not like vegan cheesecakes and they’re not like regular raspberry pies… they’re something new and different. :) I guess they’re sort of mousse-like? But not really.

Because of the large amount of berries (3 cups!) in here, they have a bit more water in them than regular vegan “cheesecake” recipes and are therefore softer and not as firm.

Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Mr. Texanerin said he didn’t like the soft texture of these. He wanted the mixture to be thicker, like cheesecake. Well. I wanted the filling to be super raspberry-y and changing the recipe to add something else to firm up the texture lessened the raspberry taste.

Besides. I love the texture! It’s soft and creamy. If you make them and decide you want the filling firmer, just freeze the pies for a while. But if you freeze them for 6+ hours, they’ll need about an hour to defrost at room temperature.

The pies are totally smooth with the exception of raspberry seeds. By the way, I used frozen raspberries and 4 cups was 384 grams. That’s more like 3 cups of fresh raspberries. If you just weigh the ingredients, you won’t have to worry about that. :)

Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

There’s also a ton of fat. I guess you could consider these (healthy) fat bombs! If you want even more fat, you can up the coconut oil to 1 cup. They taste just the same and the texture is weirdly almost exactly as firm, too.

And if you hate coconut, don’t make these. With the unrefined coconut oil and coconut cream, they have quite a bit of coconut taste to them!

One thing that’s important is to make sure all your filling ingredients are room temperature or even a little warm or else the coconut cream and coconut oil won’t blend together properly. I’ve done that a few times and it’s really not a nice texture.

Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

To be on the safe side, I suggest very lightly warming everything together. If you decide to bypass that step and your ingredients are too cool, creating a gritty texture after blending, pour the filling mixture into a little saucepan and lightly heat until warm.

It should then be smooth, but if it’s not (like if the raspberries didn’t get blended because you used frozen raspberries), then put it back in the blender for a little more processing.

The filling makes enough for 14 pies but that’s an awkward number so I recommend making 12 pies and then pouring the remaining filling into two ramekins or some kind of glass that you can enjoy right away. Or just eat the remaining filling from the bowl with a spoon!

The crust is the exact same one I used in these paleo no-bake key lime pies. I loved it in that recipe and it fit these perfectly and I didn’t feel like fiddling with something that wasn’t broken. :)

Paleo Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)
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  • Yield: 12 mini pies + 2 ramekins

Please read the full recipe including the notes at the bottom before starting!

Ingredients

    For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup (43 grams) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (145 grams) roasted cashews (mine were salted)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • For the raspberry filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups (218 grams) roasted cashews, soaked for 1 hour1 (mine were salted - there's no sub for the cashews)
  • 3/4 cup (168 grams) unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) coconut cream (the top, solid part from a can of full-fat coconut milk that's been refrigerated overnight)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 cups (384 grams) fresh raspberries, room temperature (do not use cold raspberries!)2
  • 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons (70 milliliters) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners. Prepare the crust. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the coconut. Stir frequently until nicely toasted. Do not walk away from the pan as the coconut starts to burn very quickly! Pour the coconut into a small bowl and let cool for about 5 minutes. You can skip the toasting step but I think it adds so much flavor to the crust!
  2. Place all the crust ingredients in a high-powered blender and process at low speed until the mixture starts to clump together. Don't process so long that it becomes pasty. When you pinch some of the mixture between your fingers, it should easily clump together. If it doesn't, add a tiny bit of water and process again until it does.
  3. Divide the mixture between the liners (17 grams per liner) and use the bottom of a shot glass or your fingers to press the mixture firmly over the bottom of the liners.
  4. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
  5. In a medium saucepan or pot, mix all the filling ingredients together and warm them over low heat just until they're slightly warm and the coconut cream and oil are melted.
  6. Wipe out the blender jar using a paper towel and pour the filling mixture in the blender. Blend for about 30-60 seconds at high speed until totally smooth. The mixture should be totally smooth, with the exception of raspberry seeds.
  7. Pour about 1/4 cup (45 grams) of filling over each crust. Pour the remaining filling in the ramekins or another kind of dish.
  8. Refrigerate for about 6 hours or until firm. If you're in a hurry, place the pan in the freezer.
  9. Refrigerate the pies in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you freeze them overnight, they'll need about 70-80 minutes at room temperature to defrost or about 1 1/2 - 2 hours in the refrigerator. Once properly defrosted, they should be totally creamy.

Notes

  1. Place the cashews in a small pot, pan or mug and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 1 hour. Drain the water.
  2. If you use frozen raspberries, you'll likely need 4 cups to reach 384 grams. You'll also want to thaw them first or quickly heat them in the pan before adding the rest of the ingredients in Step 5.
  • I haven't tried this recipe with other types of berries and am not very hopeful that it'd work well without reworking the recipe.

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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43 comments on “Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)” — Add one!

  • Lorraine says
    April 11, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

    If using frozen berries do you have to let them thaw in colander first to get rid of all the water from freezing

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    • Erin replies to Lorraine
      April 11, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

      When I defrost mine, hardly any liquid comes off of them. If the same isn’t true of yours, then definitely get rid of the water. :) Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Nicole says
    March 20, 2017 @ 9:33 pm

    These look yummy, but I’m allergic to maple. What would you suggest as a substitute?

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    • Erin replies to Nicole
      March 20, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

      Thanks! You could try honey or agave, though I haven’t tried them in this recipe. I’d add 6 tablespoons to the filling, taste and add more, bit by bit until it’s sweet enough for you. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Rashmini says
    March 5, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

    These look wow! I am looking forward to making them next weekend.

    Is possible to freeze these pies? I’d like to make them on Sunday to be served on Wednesday?

    Many thanks

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    • Erin replies to Rashmini
      March 5, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

      Thanks! And yes they can. :) There are directions on how to defrost them in instructions. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Terry
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    February 12, 2017 @ 2:44 am

    There is nothing like putting your money, heart and soul into a recipe and find it was all worth it! My daughter made your cream pies……They were, over the top deliciously outstanding! Unlike my daughter and myself, my husband and son are sweet food junkies and reject anything wholesome….well, they loved them. Thank you Erin for a beautiful and scrumptious recipe!♥

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    • Erin replies to Terry
      February 12, 2017 @ 11:17 pm

      Thank you for such a nice comment! :) I’m thrilled that your entire family loved them. I know the boys can be hard to convince when it comes to healthy sweets so it’s great that they liked them, too. Thanks again for your comment!

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  • Christy
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    December 26, 2016 @ 3:05 am

    THANK. YOU. I made this last night to serve at today’s Christmas meal, and it was a real hit. “Divine,” “perfect,” and “beautiful” were words used by my family to describe it. I made it with strawberries instead and I added about a scant tablespoon of nutritional yeast to add a cheesecake taste to it. I’m saving this recipe for sure! Merry Christmas!

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    • Erin replies to Christy
      January 5, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

      First of all, I am so sorry for my slow reply! I’m happy to hear that the pies were a hit. Your nutritional yeast addition is really interesting! I’ll have to try that. Thanks a bunch for your super thoughtful comment (and sorry again for the slow answer!).

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  • Ellie
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    December 19, 2016 @ 9:25 am

    These were a hit! Thank you so much for the recipe. What a beautiful mousse like consistency. And the colour is just divine!

    Whilst I’m very keen to try adding some Gelatin Powder like another reader had, I wanted to keep this vegan so I can make it for my Sister in Law. So my tip would be to add 1/4 cup of chia seeds when you pop it in the blender.

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    • Erin replies to Ellie
      December 19, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

      I’m happy to hear that it worked out well! And I love your chia seed tip. I’ll have to try that! I’m excited to see what it does to the texture. Thanks a ton for your feedback. :)

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  • dawn wood says
    December 15, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

    hi just wondered if these could be made in advance and frozen, they will be perfect for my vegan visitors on christmas day

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    • Erin replies to dawn wood
      December 15, 2016 @ 6:17 pm

      Hi there! They can be frozen. The last step tells you how to defrost them. :) Hope your visitors will enjoy them!

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  • Jane Moucha says
    October 8, 2016 @ 3:24 am

    what do you mean by ‘roasted’ cashews..do you buy them that way or do you roast them yourself & then soak them?

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    • Erin replies to Jane Moucha
      October 8, 2016 @ 9:33 am

      I buy them that way. They’re roasted and salted and can be found near the peanuts. I recently made some other cashew-based recipes with raw cashews and that worked out well, too! They may give you more of an intense raspberry taste in these pies (which I think would be a nice thing! :))

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  • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish says
    August 23, 2016 @ 3:23 am

    They look perfect to me!!!! Party perfect :)

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  • Gale says
    August 22, 2016 @ 12:54 am

    These are delicious and so beautiful. I will use this crust for other things like mousse. I don’t eat grains so this works perfectly. I added a tiny bit of collagen gelatin and I think it helped set the raspberries a little. It worked perfectly. Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m looking forward to trying more.

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    • Erin replies to Gale
      August 22, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

      Interesting! How much collagen gelatin did you use? And which brand? I’ll have to try that, just because I’m curious. :) Thank you so much for your comment! I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes just as much.

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      • Gale replies to Erin
        August 22, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

        I used Great Lakes – the one in the orange container because it’s thickening. I threw in about a tablespoon. It doesn’t take much.

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        • Erin replies to Gale
          August 23, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

          Awesome! I actually have that one. Thanks! :)

  • Jen @ The Weary Chef says
    August 17, 2016 @ 8:20 pm

    OMG! These are gorgeous! I love the color and flavors!

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  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    August 17, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

    I’m totally with you on this one! I would want soft and creamy with these! The color is beautiful too!

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  • Karyn Granrud says
    August 17, 2016 @ 5:07 pm

    I LOVE pink food!! These little raspberry pies look so pretty and I bet they tasted great with all of that fruit! Yumm-o!

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    August 17, 2016 @ 9:48 am

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute and look utterly delicious. I could eat a dozen of these.

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    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      August 26, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

      Thanks! By the way, I’m normally a pig but could only eat 2 of these at once. They’re so filling!

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  • Elaine @ Flavour and Savour says
    August 17, 2016 @ 7:00 am

    I love and appreciate your honesty and all your helpful tips! That crust sounds like one I will use over and over!

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  • Maryanne | the little epicurean says
    August 17, 2016 @ 4:45 am

    Love the natural color of these raspberry cream pies!

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    August 17, 2016 @ 4:18 am

    Love the abundance of berries in these!! They look just perfect. Great tip on using all room temperature ingredients!

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  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    August 17, 2016 @ 4:15 am

    Oh my goodness, I can only imagine how refreshing and FLAVORFUL these are! And that texture….wow!

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  • patricia says
    August 17, 2016 @ 3:25 am

    I know you said that there is no substitute for the cashews….but, would macadamia nuts work?

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    • Erin replies to patricia
      August 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

      I thought that cashews were the only kind of nut that worked in making vegan cheesecake (although these pies really aren’t like cheesecake at all) but I just looked into it. It seems that people have used macadamia nuts the same way they use cashews! So I guess it could work but I’m not positive as I haven’t tried it. It at least sounds like a yummy combination. :) I’d love to hear how it goes if you try it out!

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  • Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny says
    August 17, 2016 @ 2:47 am

    oh my gosh! these look like such a great treat!

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  • Charlotte Moore
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    August 17, 2016 @ 1:24 am

    They sure look creamy and I love the color. Ha!! I am a PINK person!

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  • Miranda
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    August 17, 2016 @ 12:38 am

    They look perfect no matter what they are! I love how light and fluffy they look!

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:29 am

    I don’t care what you call them, I totally want one! And I am with you, the soft and creamy texture sounds amazing!

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  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia says
    August 16, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

    These are so pretty! And I love that they are paleo!

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