Rich and creamy chocolate silk pie made with avocado, coconut milk, raw cacao powder, and pure maple syrup. This healthier take on the classic dessert is just as dreamy, while being vegan and paleo friendly!
When I was growing up, my family frequented a restaurant in Lake Tahoe that has the best silk pie on the planet. I always loved when we went out to dinner there, because I knew my chocolate-obsessed father was sure to order us all a couple slices of silk pie to share. I still go to Jason’s, still order the silk pie, and still go to heaven every time. Because I love recreating desserts at home, I’ve had a healthier version of silk pie on my to do list for years! I finally got around to making it a couple of months ago, and viola! Here she be!
If you’ve never had silk pie, it’s exactly how it sounds – silky-smooth and creamy with deep chocolate flavor, a nice crunchy crust, served with whipped cream and often chocolate sauce. It’s kind of like your tongue is being gifted the most relaxing and satisfying massage, but in food form…don’t make it weird. Only thing is, it’s jam-packed with cane sugar and dairy, making it a pretty big gut bomb, so the authentic version remains an every-once-in-a-while sort of affair.
Using avocados, coconut milk, raw cacao powder, and pure maple syrup, this lovely lightened up dairy-free version of silk pie was born. All you do is blend up the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pour it into your pie crust of choice. The only thing difficult about the recipe is waiting for it to set up in the freezer.
Let’s talk crust options!
I used this gluten-free graham cracker crust, which I developed for eHow, but you have multiple options here depending on your dietary needs. Keep the whole recipe vegan by using vegan graham crackers and vegan “butter” spread, or fashion up a nut-based crust to keep the recipe both vegan and paleo. Use the crust recipe from my No-Bake Banana Cream Pie or Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake. Plenty of options for your crustables! The filling portion of this recipe is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and paleo, so depending on your dietary needs, you can choose the crust accordingly.
So there you have it..a no-bake dessert recipe to quench your chocolate craving all summer long!
Git that tongue massage!
Avocado Silk Pie
Add the ingredients for the silk pie filling to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste mixture for flavor and add more pure maple syrup to taste.
Pour the silk pie filling into your prepared crust, and freeze for 3 hours to set up. When ready to serve, thaw silk pie and serve with a dollop of coconut whipped cream. Store any leftovers in the freezer or refrigerator.
*Use any liquid sweetener of choice, such as honey, agave, or coconut palm nectar
**Use your favorite crust recipe.