What is better than chocolate pie? How about healthy chocolate pie? How about chocolate pie that is loaded with nutritious, all-natural ingredients? How about a pie that is safe for anyone who is trying to be gluten-free, or refined sugar-free, or dairy-free? How about a pie that requires no baking at all?
This pie meets all of those requirements, and to top it all off, it tastes delicious!
Check it out after the jump by clicking the title of this post or the "read more" link.
I should probably mention that I am not following any kind of gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free diet. However, this pie meets all those descriptions. It actually does have sugar in it, but not the refined kind. The sugar in this pie comes from pure maple syrup, and of course the natural sweetness of dates and bananas.
This pie comes so easily together. There is no baking required. All you need is a food processor and a pie pan. You also need a couple of hours for it to set in the fridge. However, you can speed up that process by sticking it in the freezer for a bit.
This pie is great by itself, but I actually love topping it with fresh berries. It's filling, thanks to the nuts, avocados, and bananas, but it is not at all heavy! It's very light tasting. It's truly awesome and I would love to hear your thoughts if you get a chance to make it for yourself.
Just a note: I'm able to call this "raw" chocolate pie because I used raw cacao powder. It is exactly like cocoa powder, with the same deep chocolatey taste. However, regular cocoa powder has been heated and processed to the point where nutrients are depleted. Raw cacao powder retains its nutrients. If you cannot find raw cacao powder (which is at most health food stores) you could use regular cocoa powder.
Here is the recipe:
Raw Chocolate Pie
For the Crust:
For the Filling:
- To make the crust, place all ingredients in the food processor. Pulse a few times to get it going, and then turn onto higher speed and mix for a few minutes until a crumbly mixture is formed.
- Press firmly into the bottom of pie pan to create a nice base for the pie. (Make the crust as thick as you'd like it. If there is extra nut mix, you can save for later use)
- Place all filling ingredients into the food processor and mix well.
- Pour on top of the pie crust and spread evenly.
- Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours until set.
- Top with fresh berries.