August 28, 2017
We have been having fun in the kitchen this month with our visitors from Italy and New Zealand. It has been awesome having others who share my love of good wholesome food and love cooking.
Cristiana made this awesome No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie while she was here. However, on returning to Italy she found she could not find pumpkin. Today, Stevie and I worked on a substitute with carrots. We roasted the carrots until soft then pureed them. The result was amazing. You would never know this is not made with pumpkin. I definitely will use carrot instead of pumpkin again. I image sweet potato or a squash like butternut would also work.
While making the No Bake Chocolate Carrot Pie, we thought we might as well continue the pie theme and tried another no bake pie, this one with chocolate and peanut butter. Delicious. Another that Cristiana will really enjoy as she loves both chocolate and peanut butter.
Both pies can be made in about 10 minutes, although both need several hours to chill in the fridge before serving.
This oat crust is easy to through together with a food processor and makes enough for 2 pies. If you are only making one pie, either half the recipe or refrigerate the leftover mixture for later use.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (or other soft dates)
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Place 1 cups oats, walnuts and dates in food processor and process until grainy texture. Add remaining oats, coconut (if using) and cinnamon and process until finely ground. Add applesauce and a sticky texture is reached. (you can also remove the mixture from the food processor and mix the applesauce in by hand) If still too dry, add a tablespoon or two more of applesauce. Press into bottom of baking pan and fill with filling of your choice. Can be used with a baked or non-bake pie filling.
No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin (or Carrot) Pie
This is an adaptation of a recipe from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook by Kim Campbell
- 1 cup non-dairy semisweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 – 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (1 ¾ cups)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp powdered ginger or 1 ½ tsp fresh grated
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 Oat Pie Crust
Press pie crust mixture into a 9 inch pie pan. Melt chocolate chips in a small pan over low heat. In a blender or food processor, place all ingredients (except for pie crust) including melted chocolate chips. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared pie shell and top with fruit, nuts, and coconut or chocolate shavings. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
If you can’t find pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling) in a can, you can bake a whole pumpkin, then scoop out the flesh and puree until smooth. Then place the pumpkin puree in a strainer and let it sit overnight. Home baked pumpkin is often more watery than canned. You can also substitute sweet potato or baked butternut squash or carrots. Puree the carrots, sweet potato or squash before using in the recipe.
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
This pie is rich and filling delicious. The recipe is an adaptation from Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon.
- 1 Oat pie crust
- 1 – 14 oz can (400 ml) full fat coconut milk, chilled for 24 hours
- 1 1/4 cup non dairy chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
Prepare oat crust and press into 9 inch pie plate. Open can of chilled coconut milk and scoop out coconut cream and place into a saucepan. Save 1/3 cup of the remaining coconut water and place into the saucepan with the coconut cream. Use the remaining coconut water for another purpose (smoothie or soup). Add chocolate chips to the saucepan with the coconut and heat over low heat until the chips melt. Stir in the maple syrup, peanut butter and a pinch of salt. Mix in about 1/4 cup of the roasted peanuts. Pour into the prepared crust and top with remaining chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 to 6 hours.
You can substitute the peanut butter with any other nut butter, such as almond butter.