This Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie is really easy to make, super indulgent and secretly healthy! A chewy, crunchy chocolate crust with rich, creamy chocolate filling topped with fluffy clouds of coconut whipped cream.
Why you’ll love this Chocolate Silk Pie
Unlike a traditional Chocolate Silk Pie recipe, this one is suitable for a wide range of dietary requirements. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also:
- refined sugar free
Plus, it’s super easy to make as there’s no baking required, and it takes just 35 minutes to throw together!
How to make this Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie
It all starts off with a crust made using fudgy dates, crunchy walnuts (you can alternatively use pecans or brazil nuts), salt and cocoa powder. The crust comes together easily in a food processor, and has a buttery, crunchy texture and a wonderfully salty-sweet, chocolate flavour.
Then all you need to do is press the crust into a pie dish using your fingers and it’s done!
The filling can be made in the same food processor (no need to wash it out) and it’s just as easy to make. The filling was inspired by my Peanut Butter Pie (this recipe has been very popular by the way, so you definitely need to try it!), and it’s made using quite a surprising mixture of ingredients.
It may sound strange to use sweet potatoes in a pie filling, but trust me, it works! I’ve used sweet potatoes in lots of desserts like this Chocolate Buttercream and this Chocolate Ice Cream, and it works so well. The natural sweetness and creamy texture of the sweet potatoes makes the best base for a luxuriously rich pie filling.
The sweet potatoes get blended up with coconut yogurt, which adds even more rich creaminess, as well as a slightly tangy, fermented flavour reminiscent of real cream cheese!
I used almond butter instead of the peanut butter that I used in my Peanut Butter Pie recipe, as it has a milder flavour, but still creates a seriously thick filling with a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture. But peanut butter still works super well!
You can add maple syrup (or any other sweetener) to taste, because how much you need will depend on how naturally sweet your sweet potatoes are. You’ll be surprised how sweet the mixture will already taste even without adding any extra sweetener!
Then you just need to top the pie with some light, fluffy clouds of coconut whipped cream, which is surprisingly easy to make – just make sure to follow the recipe instructions carefully. You can then decorate it with cacao nibs or dark chocolate shavings, and you’re good to go!
Equipment you need to make this Chocolate Silk Pie:
- food processor – for making the crust and the filling
- pie dish – I used a 22.5 cm/9 inch pie dish
- glass mixing bowl – to pour the coconut milk into to make the coconut whipped cream
- electric whisk – to whip up the coconut milk to make coconut whipped cream
How long does this Chocolate Silk Pie keep for?
This Chocolate Silk Pie should be stored covered in the fridge. It keeps well for a good few days and its taste and texture will remain unchanged, which means it’s a great dessert for entertaining as it’s perfect for preparing in advance.
More gluten-free vegan no-bake desserts:
- Blueberry Cheesecake
- Cashew Chocolate Truffles
- Peanut Butter Pie
- Healthy Snickers Ice Cream Bites
- Key Lime Pie
- Chocolate Pudding Pots
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Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie (Gluten-Free)
For the crust:
- 65 g walnuts, pecan nuts or brazil nuts
- 90 g pitted dates
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
For the filling:
- 200 g sweet potato (roughly one medium-sized sweet potato)
- 150 g coconut yogurt (or sub any other plant-based yogurt)
- 65 g smooth almond butter (or sub peanut butter)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup to taste (or sub any other sweetener)
For the coconut whipped cream:
- 400 g tin of full-fat coconut milk *
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
To decorate (optional):
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs (or dark chocolate shavings)
For the crust:
- Add all the ingredients for the crust to a food processor and blitz until you get a crust that easily sticks together but that still has some texture
- Use your fingers to carefully press the mixture across the bottom and up the sides of a pie dish (I used a 22.5 cm/9 inch pie dish) - press down with your fingers, the back of a spoon or the bottom of a small cup or glass to make it as compact as possible
- Place in the fridge while you make the rest
For the filling:
- Cook the sweet potato by boiling, steaming or roasting
- Discard any skins and add to the same food processor (no need to wash it) and whizz until completely smooth
- Add the almond butter, coconut yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup, and blend again until smooth
- Taste and adjust amount of maple syrup and/or cocoa powder if necessary
- Place the filling in the crust and place back in fridge while you make the rest
For the coconut whipped cream:
- You’ll need to keep your tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight for the rich creamy bit to separate from the watery bit at the bottom. Make sure it is full fat coconut milk, otherwise this separation won’t happen and you won’t be able to make this cream!
- Open the tin upside down – the coconut cream will be at the bottom and you can just pour off the watery liquid (save this for adding to smoothies)
- Place the thick, creamy part into a bowl with around 3 tablespoons of the water
- Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract
- Use an electric whisk (or a manual one and a bit of elbow grease) to whip up the coconut cream until light and fluffy
- Carefully top the pie with the coconut whipped cream
- Sprinkle with cacao nibs or dark chocolate shavings to decorate, if desired
- Can be eaten immediately, but leaving it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up before cutting is advisable
- Keeps well covered in the fridge for up to a few days
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