This dessert is insane.
Insane as in…one of the richest, smoothest, dark chocolateyest, dreamy mousse pies I’ve ever tasted.
Insane as in…this pie contains a whole cup of zucchini in it.
More crazy things: this contains pretty much nothing but good things! Cashews, almonds, walnuts, no refined sugars, flours, or dairy. Basically, this thing is unreal.
The original recipe I got this from, though, said it was a “raw chocolate cheesecake,” and the picture looks entirely different. So while I didn’t get what I was expecting, I think it was actually even better.
If it’s okay with you, I’m going to keep making these desserts that taste completely decadent, but are full of good-for-you ingredients
Too good to be true
Dark Chocolate Silk Mousse Pie (Vegan, Paleo)
Adapted from Detoxinista
For the crust:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the filling:
2 cups raw cashews (no need to soak)
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Prepare the crust by placing the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and grind them into fine meal. Add in the rest of the crust ingredients, and process again until well combined. Line the bottom of an 8- or 9-inch spring form pan with parchment paper, then press the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer to set while you prepare the filling.
In a high-powered blender or food processor, process the raw cashews until they are a fine powder. Add in the zucchini, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt, and blend again until a smooth and creamy batter is formed. Add in the melted coconut oil, and blend again to fully incorporate the ingredients into a uniform filling.
Pour the filling into the frozen pie crust, and allow to set for 8 hours, preferably overnight. Serve directly from the freezer, for best texture.
*Note: This will become quite soft if left out at room temperature, so be sure to keep it chilled!