Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Hazelnut Blender Pie34
Well..my five weeks of bliss with my family has unfortunately come to an end. We had a wonderful time together eating, laughing and shopping our way around L.A, and I am so grateful to have had this special time with them. But in true piggy fashion, I wanted more time. It took all of my father's strength to pry my co-dependent hands from around my mother's neck. So there I was, after my best "desperate monkey routine" bawling like a baby frantically waving good-bye to my parents as they disappeared behind the security area. Talk about ripping my heart out of my chest...
After drowning myself in cheesy 80's love songs (my go-to antidote of choice when I find myself in the depths of self-pitying misery) as I drove bleary-eyed all the way home down the 405 I still found myself in desperate need of comforting. It was then that I felt a familiar rumbling in my piggy tummy as I was reminded of my trusty family motto and all-too-familiar achilles' heel, "Some chocolate a day keeps the heart-ache away". Just the mere memory of this trusty default position (that has never failed to take the sting out of any painful situation but can eventually lead to dietary purgatory) was all the invitation I needed to grab my blender with one hand and the cacao powder with the other. The leftover hazelnuts caught my eye in the door of the fridge as I grabbed for the hemp milk, and what can I say? I started shaking with excited anticipation, became possessed, and a proud month of chocolate sobriety went out the window with one whirl of the blender as another s'blended gluten free dairy free chocolate creation was born.
"Hello, my name is Tess and I am a gluten free chocoholic…and I must admit to suffering a relapse brought on by my broken heart". It is really embarrassing. I actually stood in the kitchen for the whole hour the pie was baking, peaking in the oven every 10 minutes as my snout anticipated it's long-overdue "chocolate fix". Those of you who have been following me for a while would be familiar with my chocoholic's 12-step program that started with step 1 and 10 with the chocolate chilli mousse and raw vegan chocolate mousse, and then moved onto step two with the raw chocolate butter. Today we discuss step 3, "We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the healthy blender power as we understood it, and trusted it would steer us towards a chocolate alternative that would remove the need to coat-check our colons and livers". I don't know about you, but I have decided that step 3 is a lifesaver. In fact, I might need to work on step 3 for quite a while.
Just with the chocolate chilli pepper mousse, raw chocolate cinnamon mousse and the raw chocolate butter, this easy-peasy chocolate hazelnut pie is a beacon of hope for all of the chocolate addicts who are not inclined to spend more than 5 minutes preparing their fix. Trust me -- absolutely anyone can make this quick easy blender pie. Just like the lemon honey blender pie, pecan blender pie and pumpkin blender pie, It absolutely epitomises the "blend and chow" philosophy we are so fond of here at healthy blender recipes. It is literally child's play. Just throw everything into the blender (I like to use my Vitamix to get a really smooth consistency) bake, chill, gobble, and let your inner addict sing. You can make this blender pie as rich, sweet and decadent as you like. I found that 3/4 cup of cacao and 3/4 cup agave struck a nice balance for me. But some of my friends preferred a richer chocolate hazelnut pie and added in 1 cup of cacao and 1 cup of agave. I used coconut flour, but you can also use sweet rice flour. This pie tastes s'blended either way. This blender pie is very dense with a delightful smooth texture. This chocolate hazelnut pie is just pure decadence with every lift of the fork. Dress each slice up with fresh berries, vegan cream, shaved coconut, chocolate or nuts to complete your heavenly experience. For those of you looking for gluten and dairy free recipes or allergy free recipes, this easy peasy blender pie is for you! This chocolate hazelnut pie is gluten free, dairy free and sugar free, and is absolutely to die for! Trust me, this is one of the best Vitamix recipes and tasty blender recipes out there!
I must say a big "thankyou" to one of my favourite gluten free companies, Udi's Gluten Free Foods, who featured my honey lemon blender pie as their recipe of the week on their Facebook page a couple of weeks ago. That post sent over 10,000 new visitors to the site. I was happily overwhelmed with grateful emails about the lemon pie and pecan pie, and the site in general. Thankyou to all of those lovely readers who contacted me. I really appreciate the support and encouragement.
I also received an email request for an easy chocolate blender pie. So, Jill - this one's for you! I am off to a meeting with a piece of chocolate hazelnut pie in hand. For all of you raw and vegan piggies out there -- don't despair. I will post my Raw Chocolate Cherry Ripe Pie In A Glass and my favourite Raw Chocolate Cookies next week. After all…we gluten free chocoholics have to stick together, and I don't want to leave any piggy wanting.
Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Hazelnut Blender Pie
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts with the skins removed
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 3/4 - 1 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 organic eggs
- 2 cups hemp or soy milk
- 1/2 cup / 1 stick of vegan margarine (Earth Balance of Nuttelex) melted
- 3/4 - 1 cup raw agave nectar to taste
- 2 tsp natural vanilla extract
- a pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Preheat your oven to 150 C / 300 F.
- Roast the hazelnuts on about 200 C / 400 F for about 8 minutes until fragrant. Be sure not to burn them.
- Set aside to cool and then roll off the skins.
- Throw all the ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and mix on high until smooth and creamy. The mixture is very thick.
- Grease a 9 inch / 23 cm pie plate and pour the mixture into the dish.
- Bake for about 40-60 minutes (depending on the temperature of your oven) or until just set.
- The pie will continue to set while cooling.
- Allow to cool completely and then chill in the fridge.
- Serve with dollops of vegan cream, berries or shredded coconut. YUMMO!
Piggy Cooking Tips
remove hazelnut skins and catch the nuts in one fell swoop
After allowing the roasted hazelnuts to cool, place them in a recycled plastic mesh bag with small holes like you buy lemons, limes or oranges in. Tie both ends and then rub the bag between your hands over the sink or trash can. All of the skins will slip through the bag leaving the whole naked treasures inside. Now that is better than the dirty tea towel approach!