I celebrated my birthday last week and what better way to celebrate than with a creamy, dreamy, high-vibe freezer pie topped with some of my favorite summer fruits? Easy-peasy, no-bake and beautiful to boot—score for a lazy, hot summer day.
I whipped this baby up after breakfast, stuck it in the freezer and headed out for a day of fun in the sun. After dinner all it needed was a quick thaw on the counter and a sprinkle of fresh mint from my garden (and maybe a little chocolate drizzle to make it extra special, cuz why not?) It was a delicious end to an awesome birthday—no achy tummies or crazy blood sugar spikes here—pure, whole and totally satisfying.
This pie base lends itself well to almost any fruit combination you can dream up. Whatever your favorite fruit of the season, it will likely taste divine atop this creamy cheesecake-like filling. Why not try fresh figs or nectarines this summer, pears in the fall or persimmons in the winter? Anytime you have a hankering for a cool creamy treat, look no further.
Don’t have room in your freezer for a full pie? Use cupcake liners, ramekins or mini spring form pans to make single serving pies. The crust is flexible as well. I’ve used almonds and walnuts here but you could use almost any nut or seed.
As always this recipe is gluten- and dairy-free, chock full of nourishing whole food goodness; sure to please sensitive tummies and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Cherries on Top
Cherries are an excellent source of anthocyanins—antioxidants that give cherries powerful anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties shown to reduce pain and inflammation associated with gout, arthritis and exercise soreness and inhibit the growth of colon cancer. As a matter of fact, the anthocyanins in cherries work in a way similar to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin and ibuprofen, except without the side effects. Darker Bing cherries are a richer source of antioxidants than Reinier cherries (as much as 4 times) and much more affordable.
How to Buy Cherries
Get the freshest, organic cherries you can find to take advantage of the quick depleting nutrients and reduce your exposure to pesticides. Conventional US cherries are heavily sprayed, more so than imported cherries, surprisingly. Pick fruits that have greener, flexible stems and skip ones that are brown and rigid. The stems are the best indicator of freshness.
I want to know. What are you piling on top of your creamy dreamy freezer pie?
 Murray, Michael and Pizzorno, Joseph. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, Atria Books. 2005 p.265. Print.
 Robinson, Jo. Eating on the Wild Side. New York: Little, Brown and Company. 2013 p.288. Print.