Raw Chocolate Cream Pie with Vanilla Maca Layer

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YIELD: 8-10 servings | Prep: 30 mins, Set time: 1 hr

 

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 2 c. walnuts
  • 1 c. pitted dates
  • 1/2 c. coconut flakes
  • 1/4 c. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Vanilla-Maca Layer:

  • Flesh of 2 young coconuts
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c. cashews (soaked for 1 hour/drained)
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T honey or maple syrup
  • 1 T maca powder
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean (optional)

Chocolate Cream Layer:

  • 2 c. cashews (soaked for 1 hour/drained)
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 c. coconut water from the young coconuts
  • 1/2 c. raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Directions:

Add walnuts, dates and coconut flakes to a food processor and process until you have an even mixture.  Add cacao and sea salt and continue processing until you create a dough-like consistency.  Press the dough into a 9in spring-form pan or pie pan until you have an even layer of crust, going up the sides as well.  Chill in the freezer while making the next layer.

Make the vanilla-maca layer by combining all ingredients into a high-powered blender (Vitamix) and blend until perfectly smooth.  Pour into crust and return to the freezer while making the next layer.

Combine all ingredients for the chocolate cream layer into the high-powered blender and blend until smooth.  (Due to the higher amount of cashews in this layer it can be helpful to blend them first with the coconut water to make a cashew cream and then follow up with the rest of the ingredients to prevent any unwanted chunks or texture).

Check that the vanilla-maca layer is firm enough to pour over and carefully spoon on the chocolate cream layer, filling the crust and smoothing it out with a spatula or a good "wiggle".

Freeze for at least an hour and defrost for 20 minutes prior to serving.  Return any leftovers to the refrigerator or freezer for longer storage.