Sunday, May 10, 2015

Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie!


INGREDIENTS:

Pie Crust:
  • 1 pie crust 

For Filling:
  • 3 Tbs cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 cornstarch
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/4 organic sugar
  • 3 Tbs agave nectar (optional but recommended)
  • 1 + 1/4 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk (the higher the fat content the better)
  • 100 grams/4oz 70% dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Tsp vanilla (alcohol free is preferred for better taste results) 
  • vegan whipped cream of choice
  • extra chocolate for topping


Method:

  • 1. Make and bake your favorite vegan pie crust.
  • 2. Whisk cocoa powder, cornstarch, organic sugar and salt in saucepan.
  • 3. Whisk almond milk and full can of coconut milk into dry ingredients. (The coconut milk used in this recipe had a fat content of 14%). 
  • 4. Over medium heat, whisk constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
  • 5. Whisk constantly at a boil for approximately 2 minutes until thick like pudding. Do not over cook. Remove pan from stove. 
  • 6. Taste test to see if you would like to add a sweetener such as organic agave. Add sweetener and stir. 
  • 7. Add chopped chocolate and vanilla. The heat from mixture will quickly dissolve chocolate pieces. 
  • 8. Pour pudding mixture into pie crust and let cool for at least 3 hours in fridge.
  9. Serve with your choice of vegan whipped cream. This pie was served with So    Delicious Vegan Coco Whip and yes, it was so delicious:)

Note: Pie is more easily cut if it has been in fridge for more than the required 3 hours resulting in a more presentable pie slice if you're shooting for presentation when served. 

I was really happy with the way this pie turned out. I didn't know if it would be too bitter having used 70% chocolate but it wasn't bitter at all. I ended up adding agave because during the taste test it lacked sweetness. Rather than add more sugar, I chose to add agave to keep things a little healthier. I don't think the recipe would have turned out nearly as well had I not added some additional sweetener. 

Try it, I think you and your family will love it vegan or not!


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