Wild Strawberry Chocolate Pie

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Greetings from the French countryside, where Veggie Magnifique has relocated to for a spell…

Ann and I were craving a break from busy (and wet) Paris. We were in need of some peace and quiet, in lush surroundings. So, we skipped down to the South of France.

And found exactly what we were looking for.

lota&c

We headed to the Lot region, where rolling green fields, curious cats, and braying donkeys abound. There was tree climbing, tractor riding, flower picking – and lots of foraging.

We’ve Gone Wild for Wild Food!

During our time in the country we foraged wild strawberries, lime blossoms, and chanterelles, and I daresay it’s the beginning of a lifelong passion for wild edibles.

Foraged food rocks because:

  1. You can’t get fresher than plants you’ve only just picked. Those precious, but delicate enzymes are fully preserved when your food comes straight from the earth.
  2. Wild foods grow in virgin soils that haven’t been depleted by farming. So they’re super rich in vitamins and minerals.
  3. Foraging requires that you spend hours in nature. All that sunshine and fresh air is excellent for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
  4. Foraging is a local and ecological way to eat – no transportation or packaging required.
  5. The act of foraging and eating wild food gives you a deep connection to nature.
foraging

My new happy place

We were so excited when we discovered a lush expanse of wild strawberries, ripe for the picking. We spent hours and hours collecting thousands of gorgeous berries, which the many hungry slugs graciously shared with us. (Don’t worry, we thoroughly washed our treasure before eating it!)

And during our foraging adventure we were lucky enough to have a close encounter with a roe deer and his somewhat alarming bark.

Wild strawberry plants are beautifully delicate. Their aesthetic perfection seems almost unreal. (But I often feel that way about plants.) I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a flower fairy flitting from leaf to leaf, collecting dew in a walnut shell.

strawberry fields

Here are the fruits of our pleasant labour:

wildstrawberriescropStrawberries and (coconut) cream, anyone?

We delighted in snacking on our abundance of wild berries all weekend.

We also made strawberry smoothies, strawberry ‘nice’ cream, and…

Our brand new Magnifique creation:

Wild Strawberry Chocolate Pie.

Now, this isn’t just any old pie. In addition to containing lots of delicious wild fruit, it’s also raw, vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free. And delicious. 

Feel free to make this recipe with organic strawberries from the market. It’d still be amazing. But, we’d definitely recommend adventuring into the woods for a strawberry hunt, if you can.

Wild strawberries have a subtle, musky aroma. They’re more acidic than farmed strawberries, but their unique flavour balances out the acidity. They can be found from May to October, and appear whenever the weather is fine, so we’re looking forward to more strawberry picking in the coming months!

The base of our pie is nutty, oaty, and fruity. It would make for a delicious vegan cookie dough in its own right, just saying.

Pie base

Irresistible fully raw pie crust

This is possibly the simplest pie crust in the world, ever. You just whizz it up in the food processor and then press it into the bottom of a pie tin. It takes literally five minutes to make. And it’s super duper healthy – no butter, white flour, or refined sugar in sight.

Then comes the chocolate-strawberry filling (five minutes, again) and then the fruity decoration.

Et voilà – a beautiful and healthy dessert to be mega proud of!

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Wild Strawberry Chocolate Pie

Foraging hours not included in total time! :)

Prep time

30mins

Cook time

0mins

Total time

30mins

Ingredients

For the base:

  • 6 medjool dates
  • 6 dried figs
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder/extract

For the filling:

  • 1 cup wild strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

For the topping:

  • Wild strawberries or strawberry slices
Instructions
  1. Place the base ingredients in a food processor and process until you get a paste. You will probably need to add a few tablespoons of water to get the mixture moving.
  2. Spread the base mixture out in the bottom of a cake tin using your hands to even and smooth it out. Place cake tin in the fridge to harden up.
  3. Process all the filling ingredients in a food processor. Taste, and add more of whatever floats your boat. We added more cinnamon, but we are massive cinnamon fans. Pour the filling over the crust, and place in the fridge to harden up.
  4. Decorate with wild strawberries/strawberry slices.
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We hope you enjoy making this delicious creation as much as we did! And definitely try foraging strawberries for yourself – it’s ever so satisfying to pick your own free food.

Love and wild berries,

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3 thoughts on “Wild Strawberry Chocolate Pie

  1. Juno Dunn says:

    Delicious. And I love the barking deer.

    1. Chloe says:

      Hope you get to try the pie soon! Yes the deer took us quite by surprise xxx

  2. Rebecca James says:

    oh my goodness – that looks delicious!! – and your pics make me want to head straight for the countryside :). I love making a tisane with the wild mint that shoots up everywhere near us à la compagne. I am going to look for strawberries next time!!

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