There have been few loves that have achieved legend status, household names if you will. Romeo & Juliet. Johnny & June. Chocolate & Peanut Butter…
Was there ever a love quite so beautiful? Chocolate and peanut butter, probably one of the most legendary and delightful marriages of them all. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, literally… Oh, you’ve never had dreams of dancing chocolate peanut butter cups? That’s just me then huh?😝 Well, either way, it’s a combo we all know and, unless you have an unfortunate peanut allergy, love. There is something about the creamy mellow sweetness of the chocolate and the salty peanut butter that just go together. They work in the most reliable way. There isn’t a chocolate or peanut butter I’ve ever come across that didn’t work together and I have yet to find a dish they don’t lift when paired together.
Individually, they shine, each with their own benefits. Cacao, or chocolate, is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and peanuts, if sourced high quality, are rich in minerals and fatty acids. But together… Together they tantalise, creating tiny explosions of pure bliss in your mouth, soooo good 😍. Unfortunately, there is one tiny problem when they come together, it is usually in the least healthy way and in the processed world of today, their beautiful relationship is usually crowded out with other additives, sugar, and chemicals of all sorts.
So is it possible to enjoy this legendary love in a healthy way? Why yes there is. You can eat my glorious Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Not only is it easy to make, but it is gluten, grain, dairy, and refined sugar free. Plus it is paleo, vegan and raw. Could you ask for anything more? Well, I’ll give you more, it tastes just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. In fact, it tastes so much like a Reese’s that my husband actually got upset that I hadn’t made it sooner because he had just eaten his way through a big bag of them and didn’t realise I could make healthy Reese’s. That’s always how I know a recipe has gone well; when the hubby compliments it.
Now, there is one final thing I will say about this pie before I send you off to make it, please do not eat it all in one sitting. I know it will be hard because it really is that good, but it is so rich and I don’t want to be held responsible for anyone exploding from pure joy and a full stomach. So, one slice at a time people. Even though this pie is healthier than your average dessert, it is still very high calorie and loaded with fats, but even good healthy fats should still be had in moderation. Alright, I’ve said my peace, now off you go, it’s dessert time!
- 1/2 Cup Flaked Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Flour *See note
- 3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
- 1 Cup Pitted Dates (Packed, then soaked)
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt (Omit if your PB has salt)
- 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
- 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Peanut Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
- 2-3 Tablespoons Peanut or Coconut oil
- Line the bottom of a pie tin or springform pan with parchment
- Combine all the dry ingredients and process in a food processor or blender
- Add in the oil and dates. Process to a pastey dough.
- Scoop the paste into your tin and using a plastic covered hand (glove or plastic bag works), press the dough into the tin to create an even base, bringing it up the sides a couple inches as well. You want this to be a deep base.
- Place in the freezer to chill while you make the next layer. At least 5 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients, mixing together thoroughly until it starts to firm and a dough forms.
- Spread the dough evenly over the base of the pie.
- Place back in the freezer while making next layer.
- Combine all ingredients and blend or process until smooth and glossy.
- Pour over the top of the peanut butter layer. Lightly tap the pan on your work surface to release any air bubbles.
- Mix the oil into the peanut butter until thin enough to drizzle over the top of your pie. Get creative with this.
- * Peanut flour is also known as peanut powder and peanut butter powder, however, peanut butter powder often has sugar and other ingredients added in, so try to avoid if possible. Peanut flour can be purchased in a lot of stores in the US and is widely available online now in the UK.