Chocolate Cream Pie

Justine, my new pen pal in San Francisco, recently went gluten-free. We have been corresponding about her quest to find a good gluten free pie crust for the holidays. I have had much fun chatting with Justine via email, enjoying her determination and attention to detail. Justine, here is my take on a flaky gluten-free crust. Please let me know how it turns out.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

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  1. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a small bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry
  4. Pat dough into 9 inch glass pie dish
  5. Bake at 325°F for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown

Chocolate Cream Filling

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  1. Bring coconut milk and salt to a boil in a medium pot
  2. Sift arrowroot powder into the pot, whisk vigorously by hand or with a hand blender for 2 minutes
  3. Whisk in agave and vanilla
  4. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute
  5. Add chocolate, stirring vigorously until completely melted
  6. Chill in refrigerator for ½ hour until cool
  7. Place in cooled pie crust
  8. Serve
This is an all time favorite recipe of ours. I've made this literally at least 100 times over the years. I follow the recipe exactly and it never fails.

The idea for this delicious gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate cream pie recipe was inspired by Heidi of 101 Cookbooks. Although her recipes are not gluten-free, this site is currently my favorite food blog as I find Heidi’s recipes completely innovative and her photos mouth watering.

The gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan pie crust recipe above can be used, of course, for any pie, not just the chocolate cream pie. Enjoy!


90 responses to “Chocolate Cream Pie”

  1. I made your chocolate cream pie for Easter and it was so delicious! When I was making it, I couldn’t help myself and tasted the “cream” before adding the chocolate and I thought it tasted similar to coconut cream and was wondering if you’ve adapted the recipe for a coconut cream pie and if so, would you mind sharing? My husband and dad both love coconut cream pie. Thanks!

  2. I made the Chocolate Cream Pie recipe for Christmas dinner and, while it was very good, I was forced to put it in the freezer because it would not get firm. I followed the recipe exactly so I was wondering if anyone else had this problem.

  3. Hi,
    Elana, I have your cookbook.. I am looking for a sweet ginger-snappy pie crust for a pumpkin pie.. any ideas on how this pie crust could be modified for that flavor? Thanks!

  4. Thank you for yet another wonderful recipe. My dear friend loves the combination of chocolate and cinnamon so I added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon after adding the vanilla. It was divine!

  5. Anyone got any tricks so the crust doesn’t stick to the Pyrex pie plate?

    I made this pie crust with Elana’s pumpkin pie recipe from her book and it is amazing. Just wondering about non-stick tricks!


    • Me too but my crust burnt black! I followed the recipes completely. The only thing I did differently was I used a ceramic pie plate not glass……would that make a difference???

  6. I made dairy free chocolate mousse the other day by using coconut cream, agave (or stevia) and unsweetened chocolate powder. The key is to putting the coconut cream in the fridge to get cold first, then whisking vigorously (I used my kitchen aid) with the other ingredients. I then put in the fridge (covered) to set for 30 min and it was very thick and DELICIOUS. I am excited to try this recipe as well. Thanks for all your great recipes Elana – you are a lifesaver.

  7. I love to Bake and cook. Recently I have been changing the way I eat. Baking has been the biggest challenge as vegan and gluten free is a lot different from my old habits of baking. I found your site and have tried several recipes, including this one. I am impressed with the results. Thank you for sharing this as its really nice for people to share what has worked for them.

  8. So far, three of your recipes made and three recipes have passed the ‘husband test’ – you’re recipes are a winner! I’m wheat intolerant so to make it easier I just avoid gluten, and to find recipes for cake, cookie and dessert substitutes that are easy, delicious AND my husband also loves is fantastic :) Thank you so much!

  9. Elana,
    Have you tried this recipe using lite coconut milk? Do you think it would change the consistency?

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