Heather

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I'm Heather, a Registered Dietitian from Vancouver, Canada. Welcome to my blog. I'm so excited to share my favourite recipes and chat about nutrition with you! 

Silky Chocolate Pie (Penelope's Passion)

Silky Chocolate Pie (Penelope's Passion)

 
Silky Chocolate Pie
 

Serves 10

By popular demand, I've adapted this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie's Chocolate Infinity Pie (Her blog and cookbook are full of delicious treats - I've tried many over the years and they won't dissapoint). It's rich, chocolatey and silky smooth. It melts in your mouth, and you'd never guess it's not made with cream. I love love love all things chocolate, so for me this is a perfect decadent dessert. The crust is also much easier to make than traditional pie crust, provided you have a food processor. It's also gluten-free and vegan, so it works for many dietary restrictions -  a good choice if you have guests with tricky diets coming over. 

A girlfriend of mine (also a dietitian) loves this pie so much she bakes one for herself on special occasions. Yep- she makes her own birthday pie, and this is it! I've cut back on the sugar a little and adapted the crust. I tried the original version at Christmas and it was a favourite, so I made it again for Easter dinner with a few tweaks. Our family friend never eats desert, but she loved this one so much she had second helpings at Christmas and at Easter and requested that I name it Penelope's Passion. I think there might have been a few others at the table who felt the same way. 

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This pie is made in two steps, and doesn't require any cooking. It does require a food processor and/or a Vitamix to make though. It's gluten free, dairy free, and vegan and the secret silkey ingredient is tofu. Don't let that turn you off - I've converted many non-tofu eaters at this point, including my grandmother! Make sure you buy the silken kind of tofu - it has the smooth creamy texture that you're looking for. Silken tofu is higher in nutrients and much lighter on calories than cream, and makes a great sub for cream in many recipes. It firms up when cooled and blends in really nicely. I use it as the "cream" in blended soups, desserts, and sauces quite often. 

I hope you're just as passionate about this pie as Penelope!

Tools:

  1. Pie plate
  2. Food Processor
  3. Measuring cups and spoons
  4. Good spatula
  5. Sharp knife for cutting/serving the pie

Ingredients:

Crust:

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  1. 1 + 1/3 cups of nuts (I used 1 cup almonds and 1/3 cup hazelnuts, but you can use any combo. Pecans would be great!)
  2. 1 cup pitted dates
  3. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 Tbsp water

Filling:

  1. 1 + 1/3 cups chocolate chips or good quality chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
  2. 1 x 12.3 oz package of silken tofu
  3. 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  4. 1-2 Tbsp baileys, Kahlua, Amaretto, or other "flavour enhancer" (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Make the crust - process dates, nuts and cocoa powder and salt in a food processor until finely ground and even consistency. I add the water in part way through processing.
  2. Press the crust mixture into the pie plate forming the crust using a good spatula or your hands. Put the crust in the freezer for at least a few hours. You can also make the crust days or weeks ahead of time and keep it on hand.
  3. When the crust is set and ready to fill (after a few hours), melt the chocolate in a double boiler or using the melt setting in a microwave. Make sure you don't overheat and scald it!
  4. Put melted chocolate and remaining filling ingredients into food processor or high-powered blender (I use my Vitamix) and process until smooth. I find it sweet enough, but if you're using dark chocolate you may want to add 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey to sweeten.
  5. When the filling is completely smooth pour it into the pie crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to set.
  6. Serve and enjoy! :)

Optional topping ideas: Top with banana slices, pecan pieces, whipped cream or coconut whipped cream.


Nutrition:

Per 1/10 pie with 1 oz coffee liquer and no toppings.

Silky chocolate pie nutrition

Highlights:

  • Yep, sometimes you just have to indulge in dessert and enjoy!
  • This pie is rich, and not light in calories, but has a healthier fat profile than most traditional desserts (and no trans-fats) and it's made with whole food ingredients that are also full of fiber and nutrients so it offers you some goodness along with the treat!
  • Check out that fiber - a big advantage of a nut and date based crust over the traditional flour and butter.
  • Naturally gluten and dairy free, and vegan friendly!
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Enjoy!

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