Heather Pie

by HEAB on 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. 🙂


Lori October 30, 2009 at 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!


Jenna October 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

those pies look soo good!

Annabel @ www.feedmeimcranky.com October 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

that looks AMAZINGLY delicious!

Devan Geselle N October 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

way to brilliant!
this looks delicious!

Food-Fitness-FreshAir October 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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

Holly October 29, 2009 at 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!

Quix October 29, 2009 at 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. 🙂

Damjana October 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

Nice layout! (your previous one was nice too)

molly @thevegandorm October 29, 2009 at 8:38 am

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

Tina October 29, 2009 at 8:36 am

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

Hanna M. October 29, 2009 at 8:25 am

I <3 the new look of HEAB! Especially the picture with almonds and almond butter- perfect!

Scorpionne October 29, 2009 at 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 🙂

CaSaundra October 29, 2009 at 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

The Voracious Vegan October 29, 2009 at 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!

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 29, 2009 at 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. 🙂

Carolyn October 29, 2009 at 5:34 am

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

Have a nut buttery day… 🙂

Gina October 29, 2009 at 5:11 am

I love the new look!!

fartygirl.blogspot.com October 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Brilliant! Your creativity is boundless! Are you thinkin’ of goin’ raw, HEABs? <3

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 29, 2009 at 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.

Jess October 28, 2009 at 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.

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 29, 2009 at 5:53 am

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

Jillian October 28, 2009 at 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.

Steph October 28, 2009 at 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) 😉

Tiffany S. October 28, 2009 at 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.


Melissa S. October 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

that looks awesome!!!! very creative!

Gena October 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Great new blog look!

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

Dawn October 28, 2009 at 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!

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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

eatmovelove October 28, 2009 at 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…

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 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!

Meredith October 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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

Scorpionne October 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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

Scorpionne October 28, 2009 at 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.

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Scorpionne, Yep, you eat the entire aril. 🙂

Pure2Raw Twins October 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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

gina (fitnessista) October 28, 2009 at 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 <3

Shannon October 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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

faith in food October 28, 2009 at 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!

Diana October 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

That looks so good!! 🙂

joelygolightly October 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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

Emily October 28, 2009 at 4:39 pm

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

Lauren October 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Blog and pie look wonderful!!!

DiningAndDishing October 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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

– Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

greenbean October 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for the reply.

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


Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 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. 🙂

homecookedem October 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I love your blog’s new look!! 🙂

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

Lara (Thinspired) October 28, 2009 at 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.

Tyler October 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 31, 2009 at 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. 🙂

Tyler October 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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

Tina October 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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

Another hooray for Heather pies!!

Jessie October 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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

Carolyn October 28, 2009 at 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 😉

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 28, 2009 at 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!

greenbean October 28, 2009 at 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!

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 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.

Marissa October 28, 2009 at 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!

Juicy Jessy October 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

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

Mama Pea October 28, 2009 at 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.

Maggie October 28, 2009 at 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.

Ashley October 28, 2009 at 11:15 am

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

Sarah R October 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

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

Whit October 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

Adore the new look! 😀

Shelby October 28, 2009 at 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!

Tiffany S. October 28, 2009 at 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! 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 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. 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 7:27 pm

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

peaceandpeanutbutter October 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

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

Bekah October 28, 2009 at 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.

missyrayn October 28, 2009 at 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 🙂

Erika October 28, 2009 at 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?

Heather Eats Almond Butter October 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

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

Evan Thomas October 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

Your pie and site both look awesome!

Rose October 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

Absolutely love the new look! Great job!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) October 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

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

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

Wow, that looks great! Yum!

Love the new header!

Leah October 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

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

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) October 28, 2009 at 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!

VeggieGirl October 28, 2009 at 9:27 am


brandi October 28, 2009 at 9:22 am

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

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

Chelsea October 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

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

The Foodie Diaries October 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

That pie is so creative! I love it!

MelissaNibbles October 28, 2009 at 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.

Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 28, 2009 at 9:15 am

That looks totally amazing! Love it 😉

Erica October 28, 2009 at 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

elleneatsbeats October 28, 2009 at 9:12 am

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

Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

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

24carrots October 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

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

Shari B. October 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

LOVE the new look! Nice job!!!

Chocolate-Covered Katie October 28, 2009 at 9:03 am

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

LOL I almost wrote “Your new Heather” 😉

JessicaR October 28, 2009 at 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 😉

balancejoyanddelicias October 28, 2009 at 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 😉

Graze With Me October 28, 2009 at 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.

Abby October 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

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

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

Dori October 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

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

Katy T October 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

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

Jessica October 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

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

savorysimple October 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

That looks delicious!!!

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