I’m so excited to be doing this post and to be sharing this recipe with you that I don’t even know where to start. Giddy excited in fact. It may have something to do with how much chocolate peanut butter pie we ate, or maybe it’s the fact that it’s chocolate and peanut butter combined into this incredibly smooth and delicious pie.
It could also be because I get to talk about hemp hearts and offer you a GIVEAWAY. Yes I’m serious.
I have been a huge fan of hemp hearts for a couple of years now. They pretty much end up in every smoothie and smoothie bowl, in most of my raw desserts and often sprinkled on top of dinner and in salads. They are an excellent source of protein – the main reason I use them – and also offer Omega 3 and 6, and are high in fiber. You can add them to dishes for the protein boost without affecting the flavour, when you just add a couple of tablespoons, or you can add them in higher quantities and capture their earthy, slightly nutty flavour in your dish. Plus still get heaps of protein.
And then you can pair them with chocolate and peanut butter and have all the best things in one place. That’s what I did for this pie. It’s smooth and creamy, with a rich chocolate taste and the perfect hint of peanut butter. On top of the hemp heart crust, which is slightly chewy and packed with so many health benefits, I’m pretty sure you could argue this as breakfast pie. Or at least dessert before dinner pie. Sometimes that’s necessary. And sometimes it’s necessary to have an abundance of hemp hearts to make that happen. And that’s why I’m doing a GIVEAWAY, so you can have the chance to win a package of hemp hearts, courtesy of Manitoba Hemp Harvest and go crazy with all your hemp heart creations. And up your protein intake. And add them to everything. And have pie for breakfast. Oh yeah. Start with making the pie. And then the giveaway is waiting at the end!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Smooth, creamy chocolate peanut butter filling piled in a chewy hemp heart crust and topped with chocolate curls. Heavenly
Ingredients (Serves 8)
For the Base
- 2/3 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- 8 dates
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 2/3 cup raw almonds
- 2 tbsp raw honey
For the Filling
- 1 can coconut milk, refrigerated until separated – use only the top white, thick layer
- 1/2 large avocado, or one small
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 10 dates, soaked in boiling water, skin removed
- 2/3 cup cacao
For the Base
- Add all of the base ingredients to a food processor and pulse until ground up and a crumbly mixture forms. It should stick together easily when you push it down with a spoon. Do not over process as the mixture will go too smooth.
- Prepare your pan by cutting out a circle of parchment paper the size of the base to set inside.
- When your base mixture is ready, set the parchment paper circle inside a 9 inch tart shell or a 9 inch spring form pan, and dump the hemp heart base mixture on top. Spread it out evenly with your hands, pushing some up the sides to make the pie edge, and then pressing it firmly into place all over the pan.
- Set the base in the fridge to harden.
For the Filling
- Add the coconut cream (top layer of the can of refrigerated coconut milk), cacao, dates, avocado and peanut butter to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy, scraping often. It should be thick, with no lumps in it.
- When the filling is finished, pour it into the base, smooth it out and return the pie to the fridge to set for two hours. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, garnish with chocolate and hemp hearts and slice using a warm knife.
- Store leftovers covered in the fridge.
AND NOW FOR A GIVEAWAY!
Manitoba Hemp Harvest has generously agreed to send one lucky winner an 8oz bag of hemp hearts! That’s more than enough to make this pie! The contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA only, and closes next Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:59pm AST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll get your address so you can receive your prize! In the meantime, start thinking about all the great things you can make with hemp hearts . . . Here’s a few extras to get you started:
I received hemp hearts, courtesy of Manitoba Harvest to review for this post. All opinions and the recipe are my own, and hemp hearts are one of my favourite ingredients to use as part of a plant-based lifestyle!