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Friday, September 7, 2012

Frozen Chocolate Pie




This pie is healthy enough to eat for breakfast, but tastes like dessert. 
It's full of fiber, so it will keep you full for a while. 
It does, however, have one secret ingredient....

 black beans.

It's become pretty common for bakers to use black beans in brownies, but how about pudding?
One of my favorite treats is a simple chocolate pudding made with black beans, almond milk, and cocoa. I incorporated this pudding into my pie to make a frozen "dark chocolate" layer.

Don't be afraid; I swear you can't tell the beans are in there!

I then covered the pudding with "ice cream" and a chocolate drizzle.
The pie makes 8 servings, each under 200 calories.

Ingredients:

-Crust:
  • 1/3 cup Grape Nuts
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup melted Bestlife buttery spread
  • 2 tbs. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs. water
  • 8 drops stevia extract
-Pudding:
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia extract
-Ice Cream
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbs. cocoa powder
-Chocolate sauce:
  • 1 tbs. vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs. unsweetened almond milk
Make sure to spread each layer evenly!

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375º
  • Combine crust ingredients in small mixing bowl
  • Press crust into oiled pie tin and bake for 10 mins.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes
  • Combine pudding ingredients and pulse in food processor until smooth
  • Pour into pie crust and place in freezer
  • Combine ice cream ingredients and blend in food processor
  • Combine chocolate chips and 2 tbs. almond milk in small mixing bowl and microwave for 50 seconds, stir, and then 30 more seconds 
  • Remove pie from freezer and spread ice cream over top
  • Drizzle chocolate sauce across pie and freeze for 30 mins.
  • Slice and then re-freeze
  • Thaw before eating, or just microwave for 35 seconds (if you're impatient like me)

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