Vegan Chocolate Pie and New Christmas Traditions

Soundtrack: Tripping with Nils Frahm

I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Vegan Chocolate Pie from Healthy Living James.

Star Rating: FIVE FUCK YEAH STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well it’s been a while since I wrote. My last post was pre-quarantine, pre-moving in with my boyfriend, pre-watching the madness of 2020 unfold in a way that would be comedic if it wasn’t so terrifying. We are very fortunate and are able to work from home and serendipitously had signed a lease on a place that has enough room for us to have our own workspace without being on top of each other before we knew we’d be both living and working together for at least a year. Remember when we were horrified to think we’d possibly be working from home until summer 2020?

Being home so much, I have cooked a lot this year. And with (theoretically, at least) so much more time on my hands you’d think I would have written more about the things that I’ve cooked, but alas… I did start another Instagram account to keep track of some of the better things I’ve made, so you can follow @Foodziemagoo if you’re so inclined. I don’t update it very often either.

Anyway, I made a ridiculously delicious vegan chocolate pie that I found on @healthylivingJames’ Instagram account, and it’s a winner. Full recipe can be found in this post, and I recommend following his account too because he posts loads of delicious looking food.

I made this pie a couple of days before Christmas because I like cooking and had some time to kill one afternoon. Turns out I only needed about 15 minutes to make the whole pie, and then it needs to sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours to set. I have literally no changes or suggestions to make to improve this pie – it’s bloody delicious as it is, and doesn’t need anything else. I would put some baking paper in the bottom of the tart pan because the base did get pretty clingy and hard to remove, but it’s possible if I’d greased the pan better this wouldn’t have been an issue.

I couldn’t find ground almonds, so I just put whole almonds into the Ninja blender and ground them up that way. They were a little courser than the ground almonds in the video, but I didn’t want to push it too far incase I inadvertently made some kind of almond butter instead. The chunky almonds in the base were super tasty and was a nice textural balance to the creamy filling.

I’ve now decided that this will become a Christmas tradition, preferably to be eaten while watching Klaus, which is hands down the best Christmas movie I’ve ever seen. We cracked into it on Christmas Eve Eve, because we’re goddamn adults and we make the rules around here. Now, days after Christmas there’s still about a quarter of the pie in the fridge because it’s pretty rich, and because Derek also had half a Yule Log to work his way through (a very kind gift from a friend who knew her and her husband wouldn’t eat a whole log by themselves) and some crack brownies left from the batch I’d made for our neighbours. There’s a fair amount of sugar and chocolate in our house right now.

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