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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Almond-Coconut Crust

Posted in Desserts, Favourites by Janet M on December 27, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Almond-Coconut Crust

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Back at work for me, already.

Rob and I returned to Canada, in all of its ice storm, power-deficient stateprovince. Over half a million people lost power in the days leading up to Christmas and just before we scooted back to Houston, my brother lost his power, for the second time, on Boxing Day.

With a few short days in the GTA, we explored Toronto as tourists: fast and furious. We met up with many friends and family, reminding ourselves why we love Toronto so much. Despite the cold, the warmth comes from our social network. We cooked, we ate at both new and old (favourite) restaurants and relished in multiple Christmas feasts.

As I said, I didn’t have enough forethought to bring any treats with me from Houston. Nothing lost, as I was oftentimes filled to the brim with good food, and had no desire to cook. However, while in Woodstock, I spotted a few pantry staples that could easily be whipped into a shockingly simple dessert. I could not resist. I am shocked I am sharing another dessert with you all, but in case you are looking for a fun party dessert, this could be your treat.

I threw together almonds, coconut and dates for a simple raw pie crust. The salt and vanilla accentuate the sweet maple syrup and dates. You could replace the coconut with additional nuts, but I enjoyed the textural foil next to the rich smooth filling. The filling was super simple: a bag of melted chocolate chips mixed with canned coconut milk and lots of peanut butter. At first I thought the peanut butter was a bit odd, but when you consider that the majority of raw cheesecakes are made with an abundance of cashews whipped into a butter, the leguminous peanut butter made sense. Combined with chocolate, you have a winning treat. It is rich and filling without being cloyingly sweet. And I even used semi-sweet chocolate.

Are you back at work, too? This is my shortest Christmas holiday yet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Almond-Coconut Crust

This is my submission to this month’s We Should Cocoa.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Almond-Coconut Crust
Filling adapted from Mayim’s Vegan Table (original recipe here)

1 cup almonds (I used ground almonds)
1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut (I used finely shredded)
1/2 cup chopped (pitted) dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp water (optional, depends on the moisture from the dates)

2 cups chocolate chips
14 oz can coconut milk (I used lite)
1.5 cups peanut butter

1. In a food processor fitted with its S-blade, pulse almonds and coconut until coarsely ground. Add dates, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and pulse until combined. Add additional water until it sticks together when pressed between your fingers. Press dough uniformly into the bottom of a 8″-inch springform pan (I think I used a 9″ inch pan, but I sampled a bit too much dough for it to completely cover the bottom..)

2. Meanwhile, in a double boiler or in the microwave on medium heat in a medium-large bowl, melt the chocolate chips, stirring occasionally so they do not burn. Stir in the coconut milk and peanut butter. Mayim suggests this can be done in the bowl, but I had better results after adding it the food processor to blend until smooth and combined. Pour prepared batter on top of the crust and smooth the top. Place in fridge to set, at least 2 hours.

Serves 12+.

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  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on December 27, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Wow this sounds so rich and delicious! So lovely of you to whip something up :) Glad you had such a wonderful time in Canada! See you next time!

  2. Joanne said, on December 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I heard about those power outages…crazy!! But I’m glad you guys made it there and back in one piece and had a good time. This pie looks A-MA-ZING!!

  3. Laura said, on December 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Sounds like a great time! Thus pie sounds delicious!

  4. Leslie said, on December 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Oh my wow! I can see why you snacked on the crust — it’s delicious! I just made this and it’s chilling in the fridge. I thought your chocolate tofu silk pie was great, but this one might be a new favourite. Thanks for the recipe and all the best in 2014!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on December 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Leslie! Please let me know how you liked it after it chilled. It is definitely more decadent than the chocolate tofu pie but how could I rank them over each other? They are both good!! :) Here’s to more great recipes in the new year! :)

  5. Matt said, on December 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    It was great to see you guys!! Looking forward to visiting in Houston in February. :)

  6. Hannah said, on December 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Still shaking my fist at the heavens for that stupid stupid ice storm! So sorry I missed seeing you both. Big, big big hugs. Next time! And give an extra big smile to the Texan sunshine in my honour today. x

    • janet @ the taste space said, on December 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Hey Hannah, No worries! We will try to hook up next time. We left a treat for you with Gabby. Unless she ate it all.. HAHAHA! :)

      • Hannah said, on December 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Hahaha! I wouldn’t blame her, but here’s hoping :P You’re so lovely!

  7. kimmythevegan said, on December 28, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    This sounds awesome! I think I may just try making it this week. Why not?
    We didn’t make the trek back to Ontario for the holidays… it made me sad as I missed my friends and family, but I can’t say I missed the weather or yucky circumstances :/
    Hope you had a great Christmas!

  8. coconutandberries said, on December 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Woah this looks decadent!
    It sounds as if you should have brought your family down to you in Texas! I’m sure it was nice to visit old haunts though, even if it was stormy and snowy ;)

  9. Gaby said, on December 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Oh how weird! It seems great minds are thinking alike! I commented on your most recent post before even reading this as I”m catching up and reading backwards. I had no idea you’d just posted a PB pie too! I really do have 2 tabs open on my computer right now for tomorrow, one is Keepin it kinds spinach artichoke soup and the other is an almond, date, cocoa crust with peanut butter tofu filling and chocolate drizzle on top.
    After having peanut butter magic shell on my vegan sundae last night, I’ve decided I need to have that on hand at all times too. I plan on simply mixing coconut oil with pb to pour on anything cold!

  10. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on December 31, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    The contrast between Toronto and Texas must be particularly stark at this time of year! I’m sorry you had such rough weather back home, but am sure your family appreciated your whirlwind trip. I also have no doubt that anyone who got to taste this would have appreciated it too!

  11. […] our trip back home during the holidays, not only did I make a delicious dark chocolate peanut butter pie (delicious, definitely check it out), but I made this dish a few times. Basically, it is a simple […]

  12. Laura said, on March 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    This looks so elegant and indulgent – a perfect treat! Thanks for much for sharing it with We Should Cocoa =)

  13. Choclette said, on March 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    A healthy chocolate pie, what could be better? It sounds delicious too.

  14. Jac -Tinned Tomatoes (@tinnedtoms) said, on March 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    This looks great and I love the peanut butter in it. I made a vegan one this week, with a shortcrust pastry base and the filling had tofu in it. I used melted chocolate and cocoa powder for a really chocolatey taste. The pastry shrunk too much, so I didn’t take a photo, but we loved it, so I shall make it again and post it.

  15. Lucy said, on March 28, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Yum! I’m looking all the references to your other chocolate pies (and the choc avo cake) too, will bookmark this and the check ‘em out!

  16. […] Janet of The Taste Space made the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Almond-Coconut Crust. […]


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