Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gluten Free Creamy Fudge Pie

I'm finding that you can enjoy a sweet treat every now and again on a healthier lifestyle journey! I know that I try and avoid sugar as much as possible because it makes me feel horrible if I eat a lot. Today I'm sharing a recipe with you from my sweet friend Donna & Co which is on the healthier side of a sweet treat and is vegan/dairy-free and gluten free!

My little boys were curious about tofu, and, since they'd never had it before, I thought that a fun way to introduce them to it would be one of their favorite things in life: dessert! 

This rich pie is easy, makes taste buds happy, and can easily be vegan and gluten-free! It’s firmer with regular tofu and more like mousse pie with silken tofu. No one will guess the main ingredient


Creamy Fudge Pie 

Ingredients

12 to 14 oz firm tofu (regular or silken)*
8 to12 oz chocolate chips (at least 1 1/3 cups & up to generous 1 ½ cups)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk (dairy or non-dairy) or coffee
1/8 tsp salt
2 to 4 tablespoons agave, honey, or maple syrup



Directions

1-Wrap the tofu in a few layers of paper towels; set on the counter and gently press down to get some of the excess moisture out. 
2-Melt the chocolate (on stove or in microwave)
3-Next, throw everything into a food processor. Blend until totally smooth; you shouldn't be able to see any flecks of tofu. It should look like smooth chocolate pudding! 
4-Pour into a pie crust (or into a lightly greased pie plate, if going crustless). 
5-Refrigerate uncovered for several hours until chilled well and firmed up. 

Kitchen Notes:

1-For the pie crust, I used a gluten-free recipe for a mixed-nut pie crust; you can also use a graham cracker/cookie crumb crust, a regular pastry crust, or just go crustless (works best with regular tofu, not silken).


Vegan, Dairy-Free and Gluten Free Tips & Q & A's

1-What makes this recipe vegan/dairy-free? It is vegan/dairy free if you choose non-dairy milk and non-dairy chocolate chips. (Enjoy Life is a popular brand)
2-What crust is best to make it vegan, dairy free and gluten free? If the nut crust is made with non-dairy butter or coconut oil it fit that category. This particular crust recipe is naturally gluten-free because of what's in it (or not in it), so unless you use graham cracker crust (which can be done with GF crackers) or a pastry crust (again, can be done with GF flour), it's GF by default.
3-There are a lot of recipes like this on the internet. Just tweak them to suite your needs. This recipe was inspired by my little boys wanting to try tofu and a recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.
4-Tofu Brand suggestion: Mori-Nu (Morinaga) silken-firm and silken-lite is known for its smooth texture and mild taste.

More Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Mixed Nut Pie Crust- check back this afternoon for this recipe which goes perfect with the Gluten Free Creamy Fudge Pie.



4 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow, this pie looks fantastic! My hubby, and now my daughter also, are GF, so it has been a challenge to find GF foods, especially desserts, that are good.

I'm going to give this one a try!

Lisa
www.thecourageousjourney.com

Randi@SowderingAbout said...

Oh my Yum! This looks amazing!!!

I hope you come by and linkup with us at
http://www.sowderingabout.com/2013/06/on-display-monday-linkup-6.html

Miz Helen said...

Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Kat Biggie said...

Congrats on being featured on Pin It Tuesday last week. This looks awesome! I can't wait to try it!

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