This Raspberry Lemonade Pie is delightfully sweet and tart. And best of all.. Pretty in pink! 🙂 No food coloring needed. 100% naturally colored with fruit! (Free from gluten, dairy, eggs & refined sugar. Vegan & Paleo)
Dye-Free Colorful Deserts
For all my pink loving friends, this is for you. I love making colorful desserts, especially for my daughter’s birthday parties. But I don’t love using artificial food coloring. (You can read more about why here <–I’ve learned a lot from that website. Good stuff especially for real-food beginners!)
So.. sans the gross artificial dyes, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to color desserts 100% with fruit! (See below for how!)
You can use as little or as much as you want to achieve the color you want. More fruit = more vibrant color!
And more delicious raspberry flavor. Sweet and tart. Light and refreshing. To me, it tastes like sunshine and rainbows, lol. It reminds me of pink lemonade but has a distinct raspberry flavor. Delicious.
Delicious without gluten, dairy or sugar!
Natural, wholesome ingredients can create spectacular taste! The no-bake coconut flour crust tastes like a light pound cake and the whipped coconut cream + coconut oil filling taste like a creamy mousse. Yummm.
Fresh lemon juice & zest adds a terrific tartness that is balanced by a touch of maple syrup and the richness of the cream. Add as much zest as you like (I like a to use a lot!) It really compliments the raspberry flavor.
Top it off with lots of pretty fresh raspberries. I only wish I had used more because the texture of the berries with the creamy mousse was so perfect.
If you love raspberries, too, check out my Raspberry Cheesecake! I LOVE raspberries, don’t you?
The secret to vibrant color without food coloring…
The beautiful pink color comes from freeze dried raspberries! These are not JUST *dried* berries, they are *freeze* dried. So there is zero moisture left. They are very light and crispy in texture as opposed to chewy like dried fruit.
How to Use Freeze-Dried Fruit as Food Coloring
- Pour the entire contents of a bag (typically about 1 ounce) into a small blender.
- I used my little Ninja personal size blender. A smaller blender works better to blend small quantities. If you use a large blender, you may need to scrape down the sides a few times to get it all blended.
- *never add any liquids and make sure your blender is completely dry before using)
- Blend into a fine powder consistency. This takes about 20-30 seconds with a good quality blender. It may take a little longer depending on the power of your blender.
- That’s it! Quick & easy!
Where to find freeze dried fruit:
You can find freeze dried raspberries at Target, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and many health food stores. Even Aldi carries freeze dried fruit now. You can use any fruit you like– strawberries, blueberries or blackberries would all go well with lemon. And the colors are gorgeous!
EASY, No-Bake Dessert
Besides the delicious taste, you’ll LOVE how easy it is to make. NO baking, no cooking of any kind!
Mix the crust and press it into a pan. Chill to set. (no need to bake it!)
Mix the filling and spread on the crust. Chill until firm and you’re ready to enjoy!
Pretty in Pink
This pink pie is perfect for Valentine’s Day! If you have a heart shaped pan, that would be even more perfect.
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Raspberry Lemonade Pie (Paleo & Vegan)
To make the crust:
- Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Press into a 7" pie plate.
To make the cream:
- Blend freeze dried raspberries into powder using a small blender.
- Scoop out solid cream from a can of coconut milk into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the raspberry powder, syrup, zest, lemon juice and vanilla and whip with hand mixer. (Using a blender or food processor is not recommended because it changes the texture.)
- Pour in melted coconut oil last and stir briefly to incorporate (Do not overmix or it could clump together)
- Pour cream over crust. Decorate with berries and extra zest.
- Chill for 1 hour or until set. Enjoy!
To store: Keep refrigerated. The color will deepen slightly over time. Should last about a week in the fridge.