Decadently Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

I made this recipe originally thanks to Chocolate Covered Katie, a wonderful, vegan, healthy blog! I also adapted her crust recipe found here.

I have made a few modifications that I personally like, and have made time and time again 🙂 I am sure I will continue to tweak and modify it, because that is what makes cooking fun! In fact, that is one of the best things about this recipe, with no baking involved, it is really hard to mess up! So don’t be afraid to get creative. I’d love to hear what new twists you will put on this recipe!

You will need:

Some kind of pan. I actually have never made this in a pie tin, but I have used 6 deep muffin tins, and I have used a rectangular bread pan! For a wider radius such as a pie tin, it will be thinner, and I like the layers nice and thick! I find it easier to assemble this way. You will need a food processor as well, or a vitamix or something sturdier than a regular blender.

Filling:
3/4 cup nut/seed butter of choice (I have always used peanut butter!)
12 oz yogurt of choice (I use plain SoDelicious Coconut “yogurt”)
1 tbs vanilla
1 cup cooked sweet potato, Kabocha squash, butternut squash, or pumpkin; you will use about 1/4 cup of this in your crust below (I use a roasted Kabocha squash, cut into cubes)
1/8 tsp salt to taste, (if I use salted PB I omit!)
1/8tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

For the crust:
about 3 one inch cubes of squash from above
1/3 cup pitted dates
1/8 tsp salt
2tbs cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1/3 cup nut or seed of choice (I have used walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds)

Topping: 1/2 to 1 whole dark chocolate bar or equivalent in chocolate chips 🙂 (For my last batch I used 1/3 of a 100% dark chocolate baking bar)

Start by making the crust. Blend the above ingredients in a food processor. If it’s too sticky, add a little more nuts/coconut, if too dry, add another chunk of squash. You basically want to be able to press it into your pan using some wax paper and have it smush down into something compact. I usually spray the pan with some olive oil spray so it comes out easily.

Then, throw the filling ingredients in the food processor, and scoop onto your crust, spreading out evenly to make a flat surface.

Finally, melt your chocolate topping (I usually do 30 second increments in the microwave in a glass bowl, stir, and add a few seconds if not yet melted), and drizzle or spread on top! The darker the chocolate, the thicker and harder to spread it will be, but there’s no wrong way. Look at my photos of the various patterns you can do!

Then all that is left is pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours to let it firm up! If you use the muffin shape, use muffin liners, otherwise you will need to freeze them a little in order to pop it out in one piece. The rectangle bread pan works well for just cutting out a serving in my experience. Try it out! Just try not to eat it all in one sitting, it is that delicious 🙂

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Vegan Phyllo Dough Pockets

These are so versatile, and almost as fun to make as they are to eat in all their flaky goodness! I used SEVERAL variations of this recipe, and really the sky is the limit with these little babies! Fill em with whatever your hearts so desires!

I made one basic recipe using tofu, spinach, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and peppers sauteed on the stove before stuffing.

I did one with peppers onions and cabbage with a lemon tahini sauce.

I stuffed some with my dal recipe (recipe to come…) and veggies.

And then finally the sweet ones! I did one with apples cinnamon and chocolate, and one with banana, coconut, cinnamon, and chocolate! The chocolate “sauce” I made by combining cocoa powder with coconut milk, boom, no sugar added!

Actually in all of these fillings, there was zero sugar added, and only a little coconut oil in the pan for sauteing onions and garlic. That’s it. And while most recipes I have read using phyllo involve oil/butter/spray between ever layer, i found a tiny sprits of olive oil spray between every other layer did the trick! So there’s some healthy tips for your own creative endeavor!

Another tip is to cover the dough not in use at the moment with a very light weight damp towel. They are so thin that they dry out very easily, and weight will make them stick together. You’ll see and learn how to handle them delicately 🙂

I used Trader Joe’s phyllo from the frozen section. I used 4 sheets of dough, cut into 4 quadrants to make mine, (so nutrition-wise, each “pocket” is one sheet of phyllo and one tiny sprits of olive oil spray). Stuff em, press the corners together, and bake! I did 375 for about 20 min until tops golden brown, but this will depend both on your oven, and how full you fill the little guys. Enjoy!!!

PS: my personal favorites were the cabbage/onion/pepper ones, and the banana, chocolate, coconut. Try these and invent your own to share with me 🙂

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Slightly Sweet Broccoli Salad With Spicy Savory Granola Topping

We are starting backwards: Making the spicy savory granola topping for your salad first!

You will need:
3-4 cup raw peanuts
Chia seeds 4 tbs
Sesame seeds 2 tbs
Flax seeds 3tbs
4 large sliced chili dried mango slices, chopped finely

Throw these into a bowl, mix the items below in a cup then pour and mix into dry ingredients:

1tsp worcestershire sauce
1tsp liquid aminos
1tsp honey
1tsp sugar fee syrup
1tbs sriracha sauce
1tsp Dijon mustard
1tbs olive oil
1tbs parsely
1tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper

Stir well, pour into pan
Bake 400 degrees in preheated oven, 20 min, flip. 20 min more, until crispy and golden brown!

While these are baking and cooling, begin the salad itself!

You’ll need:
1/3 cauliflower
3/4 large stalk broccoli
8-10 baby carrots

Process each of the veggies above in food processor on pulse to create a fine rice-like texture. I left my carrot pieces a little larger than the broc/cauli.

Mix in:
1 cu cranberries
4tbs chopped cilantro

Then blend your sauce until creamy, and mix into the salad:
1 large lemon juiced
1tbs olive oil
1tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs vegan mayo
1/2 avocado
1 ‘cutie’ juiced

Viola! Sprinkle with some of the savory granola topping and enjoy!!

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