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Raw Pecan Raisin Crust

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Raw-Pecan-Raisin-Crust-1There are many wonderful recipes that you can create using raw pie crusts.  Everything in between sweet and savory.  With this recipe or any of the others you can either make it for an instant dessert creation or you can store blank crusts in the freezer for future inspiration.

Just remove them from the freezer and load up with your favorite fillings.  For a few ideas you could use cheesecake fillings, raw chocolate pudding, blended Young Thai coconut meat, fresh fruit or even savory ingredients.

Which pan should I use?

There isn’t an answer for this because the possibilities are quite endless.  Pie pans, Springform pans, baking pans, tart pans… be creative and start to look outside of the “pan” for ideas.

How do I prepare the pan?

If using a pie pan and plan on serving it straight from there, I would lightly dust the pan with finely ground nuts or oat flour.  If you use a Springform pans or tart pans, wrap the base with plastic wrap.

Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

I for one am not going to stop you. :) But seriously, of course you can. You can literally use any nut and/or dried fruit but before you do, stop and think about the end flavor will be and will it compliment the filling. I always recommend adding the salt because it helps to elevate the flavors.

How to use this recipe:

With this recipe I can make a flat crust for a 6-8″ pan.  The larger the pan, the thinner the crust.  Don’t go too thin or it won’t hold up. If you want to go up the sides of the pan you will need to double the recipe. Or I can make 3 (4″) tart pan crusts.   It can be enjoyed instantly or dehydrated.

Ingredients:

Yields 1 1/2 cups of batter

Preparation:

  1. Start by re-hydrating the raisins.
    • To do this, place the raisins in a bowl with enough warm water to cover them.  Allow them to re-hydrate for 15 minutes.  Once done, drain and discard the soak water.  Hand-squeeze the excess water from them before adding to the food processor.
    • The re-hydrating process helps to soften the raisins so they blend easier and don’t stick to the “S” blades.
  2. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, process pecans, cinnamon, and salt until the pecans resemble a small crumble.
    • The pecans won’t break down to a fine powder due to the oils in the nuts, so be careful that you don’t over process them and release too much of their oils.
    • Always pulse the dry ingredients together after breaking down the nuts.  This will ensure even displacement of the spices/seasonings.
  3. Add the raisins and process everything together until the batter sticks together when pinched.
  4. Press the crust mixture evenly in the bottom of the dessert pan.
    • Do you best to make sure the the crust is the same thickness throughout, even if you go up the side.
    • Double the batter if you want to bring the crust up the sides.
  5. Crusts also are wonderful for creating a “crumble” to top desserts as well.
  6. The crust can be made 3-4 days in advance for time saving purposes.

Creating “fast food” kitchen staples:

Freezer option:

  1. To create a raw food staple, I made 3 small tart pan crusts and froze them for future use.
  2. Line the base of the tart pan with plastic wrap.
  3. Place 1/2 cup of crust batter in the pan and press the crust batter into the bottom and sides of the pan.
  4. To store for future dessert inspiration:
    • Place in the freezer for at least 2+ hours to firm up.
    • Once frozen, remove from the pan and lightly wrap the crusts individually with plastic wrap and place in an airtight container in a single layer.
    • Freeze for up to 3 months.
    • Remove from the freezer and fill with cheesecake batter, raw cacao pudding, blended Young Thai Coconut meat… the possibilities are endless.

Dehydrate option:

  1. Line the base of the tart pan with plastic wrap.
  2. Place 1/2 cup of crust batter in the pan and press the crust batter into the bottom and sides of the pan.
  3. Remove the ring of the tart pan and place the crust on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator, slide the plastic covered base out from underneath it.
  4. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F), then reduce to 115 degrees (F) and continue to dry for 10+ hours.
    • My reasoning for starting the crust off at 145 degrees?  Click (here) to read why.
    • The crust won’t get “Crispy-dry” so don’t have that expectation.
    • Dry times always vary due to humidity, the machine, how full it is, and how oily the nuts got during processing.  So please check in on them periodically.

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4 thoughts on “Raw Pecan Raisin Crust

  1. Kylie says:

    Hi Amie Sue, I have been reading your website for the last 4 months and honestly my fiance and I have been so inspired and are never ceased to be amazed by your wonderful recipes. I have been seriously ill for two years and conventional medicine have exhausted themselves on me. I have been on an all raw food diet for the last 4 months. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to buy a dehydrator but I noticed that your crust recipes are made without the need for a dehydrator :) I just wanted to ask, is it possible to substitute the nuts in your crust recipes for other types of nuts? For example, the recipe above is made with pecans, could they be substituted with cashews or walnuts etc? Kylie :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Kylie,

      I am thrilled that you and your hubby have found my site inspiring. I am so sorry that you have been going through some health issues. I understand the frustration and everything that goes with that. I do hope that you are finding healing and relief now. :)

      As far as the crust recipes goes… you bet! You can pretty much exchange the nuts out for different ones or even use shredded coconut or oats in place of the nuts. Always keep in mind what the flavor of the filling is and what nut/seed/etc. would best complement the filling. Be creative to fit your needs and tastes. If you ever question what would be best for a certain recipe, just shoot me a comment and I will help you out.

      Have a blessed evening and many blessings Kylie! amie sue

  2. Monique says:

    Hello Amie-Sue,
    I am looking for instructions to dehydrate grapes (to make raisins) Any suggestions for dehydration time and temp?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Monique,

      Rinse the grapes and dry the grapes.
      Cut the grapes in half and place on the mesh dehydrator sheets, cut-side up to prevent drips on the lower trays!
      Dehydrate at 115 degrees (f) for 16+ hours until they reach the desired dryness.
      The raisins will feel pliable when sufficiently dried.

      I hope helps. Have a great day, amie sue

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