Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pie - Can you guess what the surprise ingredients are inside?
As I have mentioned before, what has helped me transition to a vegan lifestyle is the fact that there are amazing desserts like this that are actually made with healthy ingredients. Eating healthy food without feeling deprived has helped me take control of my weight and health.
Last weekend I made the most amazing vegan dessert! I found a chocolate pie recipe on the website EleVegan.com. (There are a lot of other amazing looking recipes on this site I definitely want to try out sometime.) One of the shocking features of this pie is that two of the ingredients you would not associate with dessert at all. Those two ingredients are *insert drum roll here* avocado and sweet potato. Yep, that's right! Avocado and sweet potato are the base of the pie filling. Blending these ingredients with chocolate and pure maple syrup, create a delicious chocolate pudding. The crust is made from oats, dates, nuts or seeds and vanilla extract. Just making a batch of this filling alone and serving as pudding would be a great way satisfy your chocolate cravings.
I highly recommend trying this recipe if you are looking for a delicious healthy dessert.
Below is the version of ingredients I used in my pie. Click here to see the original recipe, which includes a video of how to make it.
Vegan Chocolate Pie
3.5 oz nuts or seeds of choice (I used 1/2 a cup of walnuts)
1 1/2 cups of oats (use gluten free if needed)
A pinch of salt (optional, I didn't use in mine.)
7oz of pitted dates (I used 1 cup of dates soaked in hot water for about 30 minutes)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of dairy free chocolate chips
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
2 small ripe avocados (peeled and cored)
1 cup of cooked mashed sweet potato (peeled)
3 tsp of cocoa or cacao powder
Line a 7-inch springform pan or pie pan with removable bottom with parchment paper and grease it with a little oil. Set aside. (I used a 9-inch springform pan because that is the only size I have and used coconut oil.)
Cook or boil one sweet potato until it's soft and let it cool completely, then mash it with a potato masher.
Process all crust ingredients in a food processor. Start with the nuts (or seeds) and oats and then add the dates and vanilla extract. Process until the mixture sticks together when you press it between your fingers. If it's too dry, add more dates.
Press the crust evenly into the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in the microwave and process all cream ingredients in a food processor or blender until completely smooth and creamy.
Spoon the cream on the crust and spread it evenly. Put the pan in the fridge overnight to set. You could also freeze it until it firms up (check after about an hour).
For the optional chocolate drizzle, simply melt chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in the microwave and pour it over the pie. Spread immediately. (I garnished with chocolate chunks after spreading the drizzle over the pie)
Refrigerate or freeze for some minutes, then cut into pieces and enjoy!
Tips & Notes
You can use all kind of nuts or seeds. I used walnuts in my pie. You can use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to make this recipe nut-free. Coconut flakes can work also.
You can use regular oats or certified gluten-free oats.
The dates need to be soft. You can soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes to make them soft.
You can use vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.
Instead of maple syrup, you could also use rice syrup, Yukon syrup, agave syrup or any other liquid sweetener.
The avocado should be ripe, that’s really important. If it’s still unripe, the chocolate pie will have an avocado taste but not if the avocado is ripe. Avocado makes the pie super creamy and smooth, plus it adds healthy fat and fiber.
The sweet potato can be orange or white, both will work. It adds texture and also creaminess.
Let me know if you tried this recipe out and what you and what variation of ingredients you used. Enjoy! :-)
Jennifer Shlomovich is a Vegan Nutrition Coach who helps others transform their eating habits without feeling deprived. Click here to learn more about her work.