If you follow me on Instagram, then you know we were in California last week driving down the coast, hunting redwoods, sipping wine and meeting Billy. It wasn’t all just for fun, although we did have a blast. We were in San Francicsco filming a course all about food blogging! And guess what? It’s going to be available soon and we’ll gush all the details when it’s available.
Just know in the meantime you’ll get lots of face time with John and I via video. Expect crash courses on food photography, monetization, meaningful growth, and finding a niche. Fair warning, we can be slightly awkward on camera as we’re rather used to the camera being turned the opposite direction (wink).
What does this have to do with pie? It all comes together. Trust me.
In California we ate some seriously good food. From San Francisco to wine country to Humboldt county, we stuffed ourselves silly.
While on vacation I like to seek out bakeries and try their best offerings. I’ve curbed my everyday sweet tooth quite a bit so when I’m traveling I indulge a bit more.
At Tartine I had one of the best walnut brownies of my life.
At Craftsman and Wolves I had a seriously bangin’ chocolate chip cookie.
At Dandelion we split a chocolate bar that was so complex I almost cried.
At Downtown Bakery I noshed on one of their world famous sticky buns.
But you know what? Of all the sweets I had last week (and there was obviously a lot), I still swoon for this pie. If you’re a chocolate peanut butter lover, you must give this recipe a go!
It all starts with a creamy peanut butter-tofu filling made light and airy with coconut whipped cream. Pour that over a crispy, sweet graham cracker crust and top it with a vegan chocolate ganache and you’re in straight up vegan paradise.
This pie is outrageously delicious and a small slice is MEGA satisfying. It’s:
Not too Sweet
Reminiscent of a giant PB cup
Slightly crispy from the peanuts and graham cracker crust
And totally irresistible
I could not trust myself around this pie, so you better believe I was passing it off on any friend within arm’s reach. But the great thing is, you can store this gem in the freezer and then just take a little bite when you’re craving something sweet.
I froze my pie and then about 30 minutes before serving set it out to get ultra creamy. SO good. When you take one bite and your eyes roll into the back of your head, you know it’s a winner. Enjoy!
- 1 sleeve graham crackers (or sub similar gluten free cracker/cookie)
- 4.5 Tbsp melted vegan butter or coconut oil
- 12 ounces firm silken tofu, slightly drained and patted dry
- 1/2 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or sub honey if not vegan)
- 1 14-ounce can (~ 1/34 cups) full fat coconut milk OR coconut cream, chilled overnight (no shaking the can! You want the cream and liquid to remain separate)
- 1 cup semisweet dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used full fat coconut, but almond milk is fine, too)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly oil a standard glass pie pan (8 inches x 1 1/4 inches).
- Add graham crackers to a food processor and process until you achieve a semi-fine meal. A little texture is OK, just remove any large pieces that didn't get ground. Add melted butter and pulse to combine.
- Add to greased pie pan and press down with your fingers to flatten. You can lie a piece of plastic wrap over the top when pressing down to ensure a more uniform layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Add tofu, peanut butter, maple syrup or agave to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more agave for added sweetness or a pinch of salt if your peanut butter wasn't very salted.
- Next, scoop out the cream of our coconut milk or cream and whip into whipped cream in a large, chilled mixing bowl. Find trouble-shooting tips here. Optional: sweeten with a little powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Fold the peanut butter-tofu mixture into the whipped cream.
- Pour filling over crust and pop in the freezer to chill. Once it's fairly chilled and slighty firm (about 1 hour), prepare your ganache.
- Add chocolate chips to a bowl and heat your non-dairy milk to a low simmer. Then pour over chocolate chips and don't touch for 5 minutes to allow it to melt. Then stir gently with a spoon or rubber spatula until a smooth ganache forms. If it doesn't quite melt, you can also heat it in the microwave in 10 second increments until smooth and melted.
- Spoon over the top of the pie and spread in an even layer with a knife or spatula, working quickly as the ganache will get clumpy if it sets too long.
- Top with crushed, salted roasted peanuts (optional) and pop back in the freezer to set. 20-30 minutes before serving, remove from freezer and serve. Alternatively, you can chill this in the fridge, but it is much more delicate to slice and serve, but just as delicious.
- After the initial chill, make sure you cover the pie with plastic wrap to keep it fresh.