Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, Raw}

I’ve been thinking of a good holiday dessert for this time of year {so many parties, dinners, guests, and reasons to share yummy treats…} and German Chocolate Cake has been resoundingly coming to mind. I’ve already got a classic German Chocolate Cake cupcakes recipe worked out {which you can find in my book}, but wanted to do something new with this amazing flavor combo this year. And so I ended up with this delicious and incredibly decadent raw vegan German Chocolate Pie {that’s also naturally gluten-free, paleo, and refined sugar-free}.

Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

If there’s anything I’ve learned from my raw baking adventures is that you can always count on the incredible flavors of pecans, chocolate, and coconut, and in this recipe these flavors really come together to create an amazing dessert made from nothing but wholesome ingredients. After making this pie, I can happily report that although a good traditional German Chocolate Cake is still high up in my books, I’m also more than happy to ditch the extra flour, dairy, and sugar in the cake in favor of this tasty German Chocolate Pie — made from simple good for you ingredients and without any baking! Plus this recipe is so easy to make, you really can’t go wrong {a fool-proof recipe can be a real life saver when it comes to a good dinner party dessert ;) }.

Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

So let’s get to it, shall we? ;)

Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

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Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo}
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Makes: 7" pie {double for a 9-10" pie}
 
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1½ cups raw pecans
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, liquified or very soft {but not hot}
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract {or ⅛ tsp raw ground vanilla bean}
  • 4 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice {I used maple syrup}
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder {or raw cacao powder}
Chocolate Layer Ingredients:
  • ½ cup coconut oil, liquified {not hot}
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder {or raw cacao powder}
  • 3 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice {I used maple syrup}, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
German Chocolate Topping Ingredients:
  • ¾ cups chopped pecans
  • ¾ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice {I used maple syrup}
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, liquified {but not hot}
Instructions
  1. Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture is well-combined and sticky. Transfer into a 7" tart pan with removable bottom {or any dish of similar size; a springform pan can work well here}. Form the mixture into a pie crust by pressing it down with your hands until it's even all around the edges and the bottom is flat. Place the pan into the freezer to firm up while working on the next step.
  2. Place all chocolate layer ingredients into a glass bowl and stir the mixture until everything comes together into a uniform liquid chocolate substance {keep stirring until all lumps are dissolved!}. Pour this mixture into the prepared pie crust and place the pie back into the freezer to firm up while working on the next step.
  3. Place all topping ingredients into a mixing bowl, and mix everything to combine. Once the chocolate layer in the pie is firm {should firm up within about 10-15 minutes of being placed in the freezer}, spread this topping mixture on top evenly. Place pie in the fridge and allow it to set about an hour. For a smooth consistency, bring to room temperature prior to serving {let sit at room temp for about 15-20 minutes} {pie will keep it's shape well at room temp unless it's extremely hot where you are, in which case keep chilled}. The pie can also be enjoyed right out of the fridge, though the chocolate layer will be firm. Enjoy!
Notes
For an un-raw upgrade variation, feel free to first lightly toast the pecans and coconut for the topping ingredients to play up the flavors in this dessert even more.

Another variation suggestion: mix in a little bit of whipped coconut cream into the topping for a more traditional moist topping. I skipped this step personally and was quite content, but I thought I'd offer that option in case you love the traditional moist goodness of a German Chocolate Cake topping. Just whip the coconut cream with the sweetener, vanilla, and coconut oil prior to mixing in with the remaining ingredients.

Note: when working with the chocolate filling layer, make sure your ingredients are at room temp {if you use cold ingredients the filling will firm up prematurely; if that happens you'll need to re-heat the mixture to liquify the coconut oil and then stir everything to combine}.

Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

See — told you it’s simple! ;)

xo Audrey

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This Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie recipe has been shared with Natural Family Friday, The Hearth and Soul Hop, The Let’s Get Real Party, Sweet and Savoury Sundays, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Gluten-Free Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, and Fat Tuesday.

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