CRUST Grind nuts finely in a food processor and set aside. Place the dates in a food processor or blender and grind to form a paste. With the motor still running, add the ground nuts & blend until the mixture forms a ball (if needed, add a few more dates). Press this mixture evenly on the bottom of a lightly oiled 8-inch pie pan. Refrigerate until ready to fill. FILLING: Toss the strawberries with the maple syrup. Spoon into the pie crust. Cover with waxed paper and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.