Natalie Norman

Chocolate Pie with Macadamia Nut Cookie Crust


Need a quick and deliciously sinful-tasting dessert to whip together for guests? Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a little chocolate yourself? Now you don’t need to feel guilty for indulging because this fast and simple pie is also nutritious, sugar-free, gluten-free, all raw and totally plant-based.

This rich, yummy pie can be stored in the freezer for up to two months! Serve chilled or at roughly room temperature depending on your preference.


Chocolate Pie with Macadamia Nut Cookie Crust


25 dates, pitted*
1 cup raw macadamia nuts
1 pinch pink salt or to taste
1 tablespoon coconut butter or coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder or extract

2 large ripe avocados (yup!)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or extract
¼ cup coconut butter
1 pinch pink salt or to taste
20 dates, pitted*
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1-2 tablespoons water, as needed

*Regarding dates: Average size 1” long dates, such as deglet noor. If you only have large medjool dates handy, cut the number of dates in half, roughly.


In food processor fitted with “S” blade, process crust ingredients until somewhat sticky, graham-cracker crust texture is achieved. Taste and adjust for salt if needed. Press mixture into pie pan of your choice; I used an 8” springform pan. Cover with tin foil and place in freezer.

Next, in Vitamix or other high-powered blender, add filling ingredients and blend until thoroughly mixed into creamy chocolate pudding-like consistency. It should be very thick. Taste and adjust for cacao, sugar, and salt to be balanced according to your palette. Remember, when mixing ingredients in either a food processor or blender, keep a sturdy rubber or plastic scraper handy to scrape down the sides periodically (while your machine if off!). It tends to be a stop-and-go process. Do not overprocess your filling, stop as soon as it is mixed. You don’t want to break down the avocado too much or you’ll be left with a bizarre texture. Fill your pie crust with chocolate filling and return pie to freezer to set.

Yours in delicious heath!

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