Our coconut cream pie recipe is our superfood dessert version of the conventional coconut cream pie. Because this is a raw vegan recipe, we skip the cooking process and leave out the eggs, milk, butter and cream.
Instead of dairy we use our rich homemade almond milk in addition to young Thai coconut meat. This gives it a cream pie-like consistency and is the perfect combination when used with chia, coconut oil, cacao butter and irish moss gel.
There is nothing quite like a cream pie that uses raw coconut scrapped fresh from the coconut shell. Most cooked recipes add dried shredded coconut, not quite as exciting, flavorful or nutritious.
In addition, this recipe is not full of empty calories and refined white sugar like that of other more traditional cream pies, but is packed with whole super nourishing top superfood ingredients. It can virtually be consumed as a meal all on its own.
Most coconut cream pie recipes boil and simmer their ingredients before chilling the pie. This recipe is raw and not heated in anyway, which preserves the nutrients and enzymes needed for energy and digestion.
This pie includes a combination of two natural sweeteners, xylitol and stevia, plus a few dates processed into the pie crust. Xylitol is a low calorie, low glycemic, alkaline sweetener often used as a replacement for white sugar as it has a similar crystalline-type structure, but is a far healthier option.
is important when purchasing xylitol that you use an organic
source that does not come from genetically modified corn or other
vegetable extractions. The highest quality xylitol comes from the birch
tree and most brands will state this as a source on the label.
"A cream pie is a type of pie filled with a rich custard or pudding that is made from milk, cream, flour, and eggs." (Source)
This dessert is a high energy fuel source especially beneficial to those who are physically active.
Hemp seeds are a highly digestible complete protein-rich food and chia seeds are a hydrating "endurance food" helpful for slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, providing a long burning fuel source.
We soak and blend the chia seeds before using them and their gelatinous quality helps to firm up the pie and assists in creating a nice custard-like consistency. If you prefer a really "white" coconut pie, we would recommend using white chia seeds as oppose to brown.
Chia is one of those seeds we use a lot in other recipes, like our onion bread recipe as well as our raw protein bars.
Hemp and chia are two great fiber-rich seeds that help to counterbalance
the high fat content coconut cream pies are typically known for.
Both chia and hemp seed
are high in the hard to find omega-3 fatty acid and provide a nice
balance to the higher omega-6 content found in the coconut meat.
We use a standard 9" spring-form pan, but you can also use a regular pie dish if you prefer.
Other Pie Options
You can also add either carob powder or cacao to the recipe to create a chocolately cream pie version. Additionally, you can use other types of nuts in your crust base.
Another technique we use for the shredded coconut topping is to soak and dehydrate it with a dash of coconut nectar. This gives it a crunchy texture and a toasted flavor.
This coconut cream pie recipe is great for those special occasions. We've already made it for three different celebrations this year and its only May!
Like most of our raw desserts, it is fun to eat them as a main meal, since they are packed with energizing superfoods. But, desserts like this one are also a welcomed surprise at most any party, gathering or potluck.