1 tsp honey (optional; agave nectar or coconut nectar may be used. I did not use either and using agave nectar does make this pie non-raw I believe.)
1 cup pecans
½ cup medjool dates, pitted
2 tbsp honey (optional; agave nectar or coconut nectar may be used; but either sweetener is optional. I did not add either and using agave nectar does make this pie non-raw I believe.)
A few dashes of ground cinnamon
⅓ cup water (may use less if dates are very juicy)
Place 1 cup of frozen pecans in food processor; process 15 to 30 seconds, until mostly ground. (Should not be finely ground, should have a few small pieces still.)
Add coconut oil and honey (or other sweetener, if used). Process a few more seconds until the pecans and coconut oil are blended.
Press into 5-inch pie plate (or similar serving dish).
Soak medjool dates in ⅓ cup of water for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
Add dates, pecans, and water (after the 10 minutes have passed) to food processor.
Process 15 to 30 seconds or so, slowly adding honey (if used).
Pour filling into crust. Garnish with pecan halves, etc., if desired. Serves 4.
Freezing the pecans is supposed to make them bind better with the shortening to make a more viable crust. I'm not sure if that's really necessary. I froze my pecan halves fairly quickly by spreading them out on an uncovered cookie sheet in the freezer. However, you can try them without freezing and just process with the coconut oil a shorter amount of time.
I liquefied my coconut oil just by having the small amount in a bowl on top of my stove while I baked something else. Melted butter (dairy or non-dairy) can be used instead of coconut oil. (Of course, with the addition of dairy butter, this pie would neither be dairy free nor vegan.)
In the filling, ½ cup of raisins and ½ cup pecans can be added instead of 1 cup of pecans. [br ]Finally, I used sliced raw almonds and dried cranberries for garnish.
Pie crust adapted from recipe from About.com. Filling adapted from a recipe included in newspaper article attributed to Beth Wood, Creators.com.
Recipe by gfe--gluten free easily at http://glutenfreeeasily.com/raw-pecan-pie/