Chocolate Avocado Pie

Chocolate Avocado Pie

Chocolate Avocado Pie

This is a classic pie that I originally modified from a vegweb recipe. This pie actually has quite a funny story to go with it, but the taste is nothing to laugh at. The story first… my family doesn’t like avocado, and my mom asked me to make a pie for Thanksgiving 5 years back. I come from a family of chocoholics, so when I stumbled upon a chocolate avocado pie I could not resist the temptation into tricking my family into eating avocado. The crazy thing was I never expected the pie to taste so good!!! Extremely rich like a chocolate torte, and if you add more melted chocolate into the mixture, it is even truffle-like. I was very surprised when my family wanted seconds, and only then did I reveal its avocado secret. Now I get requests for this pie all the time. Here is the recipe… so very simple and quick it really shouldn’t taste as good as it does…

Chocolate Avocado Pie

Filling:

  • 2-3 ripe avocados (depending on size)*
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips (check label to make sure no dairy ingredients)

Crust:

Raw version:**(gluten free)

  • Raw almonds, or any raw nuts, dates, agave, salt

Make crust by using food processor or chopping nuts and dates by hand.  The crust needs to stick together when pressed into an oiled pan.

Baked version: (contains gluten)

  • Pre-make a flour or graham cracker crust.

Bake and let cool before putting filling in.

Directions:

Use a double boiler to melt bag of chocolate chips.  (Can also just use raw cacao nibs and agave with vanilla if you want to make this pie truly raw). Blend avocado until creamy and smooth in blender, mixer or food processor. Stir avocado into melted chocolate. Pour into crust and refrigerate until pie is set, at least 3 hours.

*For creamier consistency use more avocados, for richer consistency more like a truffle use less avocado and more chocolate.

**Crust can be made from any variety of nuts, for example: coconut and almond; pecan and dates, with a hint of cinnamon. Then press into oiled pie pan. Be creative and use what inspires you!!!

My cat trying to get a piece of the pie...

My cat trying to get a piece of the pie...

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Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

When I am craving something sweet, or just to make in the morning to pour over some oats, buckwheat, nuts and chopped up fruit… I make Vanilla Almond Milk. The sweetness comes from the dates and almonds which have a naturally sweet taste. There is no added sugar, but let me tell you it sure tastes like it!

Vanilla Almond Milk (yield: 2 cups)

  • 3 TBS raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 dates (medjool or california dates)
  • 2 cups water

If you have a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) then just blend all ingredients on high speed until nice and creamy like milk (1-2 minutes). Otherwise grind up almonds in a coffee/herb grinder until fine and powdery. Then add water, almond meal, vanilla and dates to blender and keep blending until frothy. Enjoy!!!

Vegan Caramel Apples

Vegan Caramel Apples

Vegan Caramel Apples

Okay so I definitely have a sweet tooth… It doesn’t help that my mom and grandma are the best bakers ever and will accommodate my vegan diet. When I am in the mood for something healthy and sweet I go for my vegan caramel recipe… it is ridiculously simple and oh so delicious! At room temperature it stands up to dipping apples in, and when you refrigerate it for a bit it can be rolled up and dipped in melted chocolate for vegan chocolate caramels or even better vegan turtles! Anyway here it is…

Caramel Apples (serves 4)

  • 2-3 apples of your choice
  • ½ cup raw almond butter
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup

Cut up apples into slices to dip into caramel. To make caramel simply mix the almond butter and brown rice syrup. If you want the consistency to be stickier and more caramel like then add more brown rice syrup. You can also use this caramel to make vegan candies and it is delicious!!!