I've been a little downtrodden lately about how terrible I feel after eating bar chocolate. My husband loves the stuff, and so do I. But even after a
few couple squares of dark chocolate, even the highest-quality organic/fair trade, I have a distinct chocolate hangover. Boo. Is it the soy lecithin they use as an emulsifier? Or the type of sugar they use? Who knows. All I know is that it was high time to find a chocolate alternative that I could enjoy without feeling like I've been out drinking all night.
Enter this amazing chocolate pie. I found the recipe in my 2012 Natural Grocer's recipe calender, made a few ingredient adjustments, and voilá! The best chocolatey, puddingy, confection EVER. No seriously, I mean EVER.
What's better is it fits within most of the silly dietary rules that so many people are following these days. It's vegan, paleo, and gluten-free friendly. So grab a spork and dig in!
Crust: 2 1/2 cups organic walnuts or pecans 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, melted
Filling: Flesh of 2 large, ripe, organic avocados (pit and skins removed) 1 cup water 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter 1/3-1/2 cup local honey (or organic maple syrup for a little "darker" flavor) 3/4 cup organic cocoa powder 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, melted 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, combine nuts, baking soda, and salt. Blend until finely ground.
Add coconut oil and pulse until well-mixed.
Scrape the batter into a 9" pie plate and form into a crust with your fingers.
Place the crusted pie plate onto a cookie sheet (to keep the bottom from burning) and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before filling.
Blend all the pudding ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
Grab a spoon and eat the pudding and feed the pie crust to your dog. Don't tell anyone.
When the crust is completely cooled, pour the pudding into the crust and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, both of which are important to promote a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that maple syrup can also be useful for muscle recovery and immune system support. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.
Nutmeg: Nutmeg has been used in traditional medicines as an anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive aid. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium, and B-complex vitamins including Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and Vitamin A. In small doses it’s great, but don’t overdo it! This powerful spice can be toxic if consumed in large amounts. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Walnuts: Walnuts are powerful medicine. They are packed with valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper. Walnuts have been studied and proven to help decrease risk of certain cancers, including prostate and breast. They also help prevent cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.