This might be my favorite recipe to share with you guys thus far in my blogging life. Not to brag (but I will), it is on par with something you would get at a very nice restaurant.
Deep, dark cacao powder is smoothed with raw cacao butter and coconut oil and then sweetened with maple syrup to create an intense chocolate pie that is so rich it forces you to take slow, grateful bites, allowing them to melt away and coat your entire mouth with chocolatey bliss. The best part of it all? It takes about 20 minutes active time to make, and is so incredibly simple.
Ultra Rich, Dark Chocolate Pie (VEGAN, slightly adapted from here)
For the crust -
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup Navitas Naturals coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup melted Navitas Naturals raw cacao butter
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1. To make the crust place almond meal, coconut sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Drizzle in coconut oil and pulse a few more times to combine. Evenly press into a pie dish (I used a 9 inch one) and stick it in the freezer while you make the filling (or at least 15 minutes).
2. To make the filling melt the cacao butter and coconut oil over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and pour into large bowl. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, cacao powder and salt. Whisk until smooth. Pour into chilled crust and put back in the freezer until ready to server (should let it sit in freezer at least 30 minutes).
I say that this serves 8, but it is extremely rich, so you could probably serve more. The piece you see in the photos I shared with the Food Snob, and it was plenty.
If you are having friends over or hosting a dinner party, I highly recommend making this for dessert. It is quick and easy to make, you can make it ahead, and the depth of it’s chocolate flavor is stunning. It is sure to impress your guests (plus who wouldn’t love a chocolate pie?!). For more tips on hosting dinner parties, check out this post.
You could also make this chocolate pie with a traditional pie crust. I would just bake the crust without filling and allow it to cool completely before adding the filling. A graham cracker crust would be another good option! Just be aware that a traditional or graham cracker crust would make this not vegan anymore. If you cannot find raw cacao butter at your grocery store, you can order it online from Navitas Naturals. It is basically the fat removed from cacao beans. I think it intensifies the chocolate flavor in the pie, but if you prefer you could replace it with an equal amount of coconut oil (that is what the original recipe called for).
This post is a series of posts where I am using Navitas Naturals products in my kitchen. Be sure to check the other recipe in this series, my chocolate covered strawberry smoothie. Also, be on the lookout for a Navitas Naturals giveaway soon!
*Disclaimer: I was sent the Navitas Naturals products I used in this recipe. All opinions, statements and photos are my own.*