To celebrate our brand new (3rd) compilation edition of Raw Fusion Living , which came out only a few days ago, I wanted to make one of the great desserts from the book.
Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Pie is one of those raw desserts that make even the most mainstream eaters fans of the raw foods lifestyle. Even when you tell them that it’s made with some unusual ingredients, like Irish Moss and Lecithin some of the extraordinary products and superfoods from my favorite online store, Living Tree Community .
Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Pie
1 cup hazelnut mash from making nut milk
1 1/2 cup walnuts
3-4 TB. agave (or any sweetener)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Directions: Make the nut milk first and then use the left over mash for making the crust. Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until everything sticks together. Press the crust into a lightly greased (with coconut oil) 10-inch pie pan.
1 1/2 cups hazelnut milk
1/4 cup agave
2/3 cup Irish Moss gel (see info below)
5-6 dates, pitted
1/3 cup cacao powder (increase to 1/2 if you want the chocolate to be darker and richer)
1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
pinch Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
1 rounded TB. non-GMO lecithin (Living Tree Community has an excellent rice-based brand)
3/4 cup virgin coconut oil
Optional: shredded coconut and extra hazelnuts for decorating
Directions: Put all ingredients in the blender and blend for 30-40 seconds. Pour into prepared crust. Cover and place in fridge until set (about an hour), then sprinkle with coconut/hazelnuts and continue chilling until complete set, about 1 more hour. Serve and enjoy.
This recipe was adapted from the original Chocolate Dream Pie in Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Healthy Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging and was created by Linda Wooliever of Vermont Fiddle Heads.
*Nut Milk is not hard to make – you can see me make some in this Daytime segment called “Vegan for a Day.”
I give instructions on how to prepare Irish Moss gel in the video below. Essentially you soak an handful in water for about an hour and rinse well to remove impurities. Then, using fresh water, put the soaked Irish Moss and about 3x the amount of water in a blender and blend for several minutes until there is no graininess. Place in a covered jar in fridge and it will turn to gel in an hour or two. Stays fresh for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. I store my leftover dry Irish Moss in the freezer.