I am currently on a diet. It’s a sad time for me.
My brother is getting married in two weeks, and I’m going to be a bridesmaid–my goal is to undo most of my “freshman fifteen” by then. (I’m almost halfway done!) Because of this, any opportunity to eat food makes me unnecessarily excited; I keep finding myself spending much of the day dreaming up new recipes I can try and fit into my diet plan to make myself feel like I’m still eating all the gourmet food I want.
This time, I dreamt up a pie. A paleo, gluten free, mostly raw, vegan chocolate mousse pie, to be exact. So I woke up and I fiddled around in the kitchen until that pie-dream became a reality. And it ended up not only being one of the most nutritious breakfasts of all time, but one that tasted like a decadent, explosively calorific dessert.
But it wasn’t all that calorific at all, considering it was filling enough to be both my breakfast and lunch. And it may have earned the title of the best breakfast I’ve ever had. (Though that could just be the diet talking.) Not to mention it has 20 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein!
Sadly, my cute mini pans are all back at college, so I couldn’t make the crusts continue up the sides like a normal pie–so these photos weren’t very pretty. But, the experience did prompt me to go buy a mini pan today to keep at home!
Makes one 6″ pie
For the crust:
- 1 tbsp almond flour
- 1.5 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed (I used golden)
- 1 tbsp protein powder (can replace with any of the above ingredients)
- 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut butter, or almond butter
- 1 tbsp or more of coconut, almond, or soymilk
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- **You could also add dates if desired
For the filling:
- 1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 cold avocado
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8-1/4 cup coconut, almond, or soymilk
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 pinches cinnamon
- Sweetener and/or salt (optional)
- Add-ins & topping options: espresso powder, sea salt, coconut shreds, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dates
1. Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the flours, flax seed, protein powder, and salt if desired. Add the nut butter and mix until evenly combined. Add non-dairy milk of your choice until it turns into a dough like consistency; the amount will vary depending on your protein powder.
2. Press crust into a small pie or springform pan, and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until it begins to crisp up and turn golden at the edges.* You can either press the crust just into the bottom of the pan (like I had to for these photos), or have it continue up the sides like a normal pie. Remove from the oven to cool.
3. Make the filling: Place all the filling ingredients (except for toppings) into a food processor and blend until smooth.
4. Once the crust has cooled, spoon the filling into it. Eat it on the spot, or store it in your fridge or freezer. Serve chilled!
*If you want to make it raw, freeze the crust instead.
Calories per pie: ~450