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Coconut Cream & Fresh Fruit Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Its definitely summer weather now…. and we’re up to 106 this weekend! Yikes! It all started with the 4th of July…at least we got some great family time in, went to the beach, the zoo and got some shopping in too! This pie was a result of the holiday weekend as well! And I have to say, it is amaaaazing! I made it with raspberries this time, but I’m going to do peaches next, then strawberries, and blackberries, etc as the fruit gets ripe! You could probably do it with any kind of fresh fruit or even a mixture. Make sure your fruit is ripe, so that each bite is nice and sweet and juicy! You can also make your own crust if you want, but one of the local stores had pre-made gluten free graham cracker crusts which is super tasty! S0, I’m off to the store soon to stock up! They are way better than I could make and who has time to make a pie crust?! I barely had time to make a stinkin pie! LOL, it was well worth it tho! I might try it with my yummy oatmeal crust too. The coconut cream layer is delicious and you can use up the rest of the whip cream on the top if you want, or use it all on the bottom with a  thicker layer, you cant really mess this pie up! Its the perfect mixture of crunchy crust,  creamy coconut whip cream, and sweet, juicy fresh fruit! Stay cool….and take the opportunity to play around with it….most of all though, enjoy! 🙂

Coconut Cream & Fresh Fruit Pie (Printable Version)IMG_5157

1 premade 9-inch GF graham cracker crust
2 pints (2 lbs) fresh fruit (berries, peaches, etc)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract (opt.)
Coconut whipped cream (see recipe below)

Wash the fruit. Mash 1 & 1/2 cups to make approximately 1 cup puree.
Combine mashed fruit with sugar, cornstarch and water in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, then remove from heat, add in the vanilla extract if desired and stir the mixture for about 5 minutes to cool it down.
Meanwhile, make your coconut whipped cream following the recipe below and prepare the fruit as needed.
Spread a layer of the coconut whip cream on the bottom of the pie shell and then arrange the fruit evenly on top. Pour the sauce evenly over the sliced fruit. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve. Top with leftover whipped coconut cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream

One 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon sugar or more to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla or more to taste

Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator and leave it there until well-chilled or overnight. Open the can of coconut milk. Scoop out the firm layer of coconut cream that has solidified at the top of the can. Stop as soon as you reach the water at the bottom of the can; don’t include anything but the solid cream.
Place the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl. Turn your mixer or hand beaters to high speed, and whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes. Whip until it becomes fluffy and light, with soft peaks. Mix in sugar or vanilla.


Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars (Gluten & Dairy Free)

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Who doesn’t love fresh peaches and blueberries?!  We’re fortunate enough to have a local blueberry farm close by where you can go pick your very own fresh blueberries. The same family owns and runs a local produce shop with fresh local produce, which is great for getting the freshest and tastiest fruits and veggies! It comes in handy when trying to eat healthy, and when that baby-driven sweet tooth craving demands that i bake something! I love desserts, and so if you’ve got to indulge, why not make it a little healthier with some fresh fruit? These bars are amazingly delicious! They taste like pie, which is one of my favorites,  but its got a nice crust and crumb topping. Might I add that its way easier to make then pie crust too! This dish is quick and simple to make, and you can use up those wrinkly peaches sitting on your counter…you dont even have to peel them! How easy is that?! LOL  This has become one of my new favorites, so I hope you’ll give it a try next time you’re having a dessert craving! Enjoy 🙂

Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars (Printable Version)

Ingredients:Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars


1/3 cup brown sugar
1 & 1/2 cups GF flour

½ tsp xanthan gum

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stick cold non-dairy butter

1 egg 


Fruit Mixture:

1 squirt lemon juice

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup chopped peaches (skins on, pit removed)

2 tablespoons GF flour

1/3 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400.

In a bowl combine brown sugar, flour, gum, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until it is crumbly. Stir in your egg. Divide in two. Press half on the bottom of a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. Turn oven down to 375.

Meanwhile in a separate bowl toss sugar, lemon juice, flour and fruit. Spread over the top of the baked crust.  Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.

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