Friday, May 25, 2012

Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with Granola Crust {gluten free}

 Memorial Day is just a few days away. I'm looking forward to the long weekend and spending lots of time with my family. Perhaps a beach day is in order.
What are your plans this weekend and Memorial Day? Any special patriotic recipes to share?
This guilt-free frozen pie made with a granola crust, frozen yogurt, and berry sauce is my favorite light and refreshing patriotic dessert. Use any white ice cream you like - I used plain frozen yogurt.

Yummy Hubby said this was the best crust ever. Ever. I'd have to agree... the nutty granola crust was perfect with the tangy frozen yogurt.

Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with Granola Crust
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Serves 8

For the crust: 
2 cups natural granola (make sure it's gluten free if you are on a gluten free diet)
1/2 cup walnut pieces
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon agave syrup

For the filling;
1 quart vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened to spreadable consistency

For the berry topping:
6 oz. fresh raspberries (about 1 1/4 cups)
6 oz. fresh blueberries (about 1 1/4 cups)
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 lemon
1 teaspoon cornstarch


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, pulse crust ingredients until combined and granola is ground to crumbs. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray and press crust into bottom of dish and up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, stir together raspberries, 1 tablespoon agave syrup, 1 tablespoon water, juice of 1/2 the lemon, and 1/2 teaspoon cornstasrch.

In another small saucepan over medium heat, stir together blueberries, 1 tablespoon agave syrup, 1 tablespoon water, juice of the other 1/2 of the lemon, and the other 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch. Simmer both saucepans of berries until berries have broken down and sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally with a whisk, about 10 minutes. Cool and pour each sauce separately through a fine mesh sieve into small separate bowls. Let sauces cool completely.

Pour sauces into resealable sandwich bags. Snip a tiny amount off one of the corners of the bags. Alternating bags, pipe circles about 2-inches apart over the pie starting in the center and working outward. Drag a toothpick from the center of pie outward to the crust so that the berry sauces are pulled upward. Drag toothpick back in the other direction (from crust to center) about 2-inches away from the first line. Continue around the pie. Freeze uncovered at least 3 hours. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve. Serve with additional berries and any remaining sauces.

Bookmark this pie for Memorial Day AND 4th of July!

38 comments:

  1. Loving this beautiful pie Marina!! I am in Telluride this weekend for Mountain Film Festival. Events kick off in 45 minutes. Yay! Enjoy time with your family and this pie!

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  2. This pie is simply gorgeous! Love this idea!

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  3. What a great idea! I love how simple this is, and it's so pretty!

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  4. That looks so refreshing!

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  5. Marina,
    Thanks so much for solving my 4th of July dessert dilemma. This is so pretty and sounds delicious. Great recipe.
    Karen

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  6. I love making ice cream pie! This one is gorgeous!

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  7. Well hello there pretty dessert, I need to try this! :-)

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  8. oh marina, how refreshing is this? i would drop in on you all the time if i lived closer so you are a very lucky lady! yummmmmmmm.

    michele

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  9. Oh my goodness, I soooo want to make this. Not sure I will get to it this weekend but certainly can shoot for July 4. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your holiday!

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  10. Anonymous8:11 PM

    If I wanted to replace the raspberries with strawberries can I just swap them out or would any other ingredients need to be changed?

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    1. Hi there! Replacing the raspberries with strawberries would be fine. I would just hull and slice them. Enjoy!

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  11. I am so lucky I have stumbled upon this a few days before Memorial Weekend. There is no treat more appropriate than this. I love this recipe! Thanks!

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  12. Beautiful! I love the granola crust. That's so unique. I'm bookmarking this to try very soon!

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  13. Wow this looks amazingly tasty...I'd love to try a slice!! I love the red, white and blue...it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee over here in England in a week or so...and this would be perfect for that too! :-)

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  14. What a gorgeous dessert. I love the vibrant colors in these pictures. Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

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  15. Beautiful, and oh, so fresh! Time to pin! :)

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  16. lovely! I'm making pies to go with the cookout...and I think I'll do something festive with the top crusts! Enjoy!

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  17. delicous! your images are fantastic! Happy weekend

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  18. This pie looks fantastic! Love the pictures. Come and visit us. We have some wonderful recipes to share this week.

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  19. You had me at granola crust!
    This looks so amazing. Could you make one for my Stella + Dot party on Thursday. I kid.
    Lucky you don't live nearby. ;)

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  20. Just pinned this to my "4th of July" board... XoXo

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  21. This looks divine!!!!

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  22. Oh yum, beautiful and delicious looking!

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  23. Anonymous2:18 PM

    so stunning! my family takes the 4th of July very serious, and I might just win the most tasty patriotic dish this year with this recipe! can't wait! :)

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  24. Anonymous9:01 PM

    Such a great recipe! I want to try it out tomorrow. I have never used coconut oil before, and just bought some today. It is refined (wasn't sure what the difference between refined and unrefined was? - should I have gotten unrefined instead?) and says it is for medium high heat up to 325 I believe. Is this okay to use and how do you suggest melting it? Sorry if this is a silly question, I've just never used it before. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi! I love coconut oil. It needs to be melted a particular way - it should say on the label, but may not. Fill a bowl with hot water from the tap and place the entire jar of coconut oil with the lid on in the water. The water doesn't have to come all the way up to the top. Coconut oil melts very quickly. On a hot day it will even be melted just sitting in the house. You'll get the hang of it quickly :) It will solidify again once the jar cools down. Never put it in the microwave, as this can hurt the oil.

      I usually use unrefined because it's less processed, but once accidentally picked up a jar of refined and didn't worry about it. The refined will be more stable for high heats, but I have used both for baking cookies, muffins, etc without any problem.

      Let me know if you have any more questions and enjoy the pie. It's one of my favorites :)

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  25. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Oh wow that's simple enough! Thanks for responding so quickly. So I should use the amount you put in the recipe as soon as it is melted, and the rest of it will solidify again, meaning I can melt it again at a later point in time? Cool!

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    1. Exactly! And you don't have to wait until the whole jar is melted just wait until you can pour enough out.

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  26. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Great, thank you SO much!

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  27. Anonymous10:25 AM

    Sorry one last question--I don't think I have a mesh sieve and am in the process of making the berry sauces. I'm looking for one, but would cheese cloth work? Thanks again!

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    1. no problem. You could certainly try cheese cloth. You just want to remove some of those seeds. If you don't mind them in there you could also puree in a food processor/blender. If you have a sifter that would work too.

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  28. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Hi Marina,
    This looks wonderful for the 4th of July! Could you tell me if I could substitute arrowroot powder for the cornstarch, and if so, how much? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! That's a great question. I would use just slightly less than the called for amount. So try using 3/4 to 1 tsp arrowroot. Enjoy!

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  29. Hi,
    This is a dumb question, but how do you go about putting the ice cream/frozen yogurt into the crust?? Do you just scoop out the softened ice cream into the crust and smooth it out?

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    1. Yep, that's exactly what you do :) Sorry I must have forgotten that part! Just let it thaw until it's softened and spread out with a spatula and then freeze until it's hard again. Enjoy !

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  30. Thanks for the great recipe! Made it for the 4th of July and it was a huge hit! I adapted it a tad, but it was super easy. I gave you a shout out in my latest post: http://wanderandwine.com/red-white-and-blueberry-fun
    Cheers :)

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  31. Interesting idea with the granola crust. Is that a granola with no dried fruit or nuts I presume? Or maybe just no fruit? The swirl is stunning, I remember always wanting a cake with a swirl in the icing for my birthday when I was little :P

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  32. Hi Emma, thank you :) Yes, I just used a plain honey granola without any fruit

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