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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie

Tara Parker-Pope  
 Yield Makes one 9- or 10-inch pie crust.; One 9-inch pie.

This is your grandma’s puddin’ pie, only it’s vegan — a smooth, cool and creamy pudding in a classic graham cracker shell. To make life even easier, you can use a store-bought crust. For added grandma love, serve with vegan whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Featured in: Can You Bake A Vegan Pie?.

For the crust:
1 ¾ cups finely ground graham crackers (made from 10 ounces of whole graham crackers)
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons melted nonhydrogenated margarine, melted coconut oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon plain soy milk or almond milk

For the filling:
3 cups almond milk
¼ cup cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
 Big pinch of salt
¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the crust
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham crumbs and sugar. Drizzle in the oil or melted margarine. Use a spoon to blend the mixture thoroughly to moisten the crumbs, then drizzle in the soy milk and stir again to form a crumbly dough.
3. Pour the crumbs into the pie plate. Press crumbs into the sides of the plate first, then work your way down to the bottom. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until firm. Let the crust cool before filling.

For the pie
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, remove it from the oven and let cool.
2. In a small (2-quart) saucepan off the heat, combine 1 cup of the almond milk and the cornstarch. Use a fork to whisk until the cornstarch is good and dissolved. Whisk in the remaining almond milk, the sugar, cocoa powder and salt. It’s O.K. if the cocoa is a bit clumpy at first; it will dissolve eventually.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Keep a close eye because once boiling, you want to lower the heat and bring it to a slow rolling boil. Whisk consistently until the mixture is thickened, which should be about 7 minutes.
4. Add the chocolate chips and mix to melt. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the pudding into the prepared pie shell and let cool for about 15 minutes on the counter, just until it stops steaming like mad. To keep a skin from forming, place a circle of parchment paper over the filling. Refrigerate and let set for at least 3 hours.

From "Vegan Pie in the Sky"

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)
697 calories; 30 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 2 grams trans fat; 8 grams monounsaturated fat; 7 grams polyunsaturated fat; 101 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams dietary fiber; 50 grams sugars; 9 grams protein; 528 milligrams sodium

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