For those of you who like to try new things, I defy you to taste this and believe that it’s healthy! This is a great Valentine treat that is decadent, rich, chocolate creamy goodness with NO GUILT…and it is great for vegan or paleo diets as well. Enjoy!
For the crust:
1 cup walnuts (pecans work well too)
1 cup almonds
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or Agave
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the filling:
2 cups raw cashews (no need to soak)
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or Agave
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Prepare the crust by placing the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and grind them into fine meal. Add in the rest of the crust ingredients, and process again until well combined. Line the bottom of an 8- or 9-inch spring form pan with parchment paper, then press the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer to set while you prepare the filling.
In a high-powered blender or food processor, process the raw cashews until they are a fine powder. Add in the zucchini, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt, and blend again until a smooth and creamy batter is formed. Add in the melted coconut oil, and blend again to fully incorporate the ingredients into a uniform filling.
Pour the filling into the frozen pie crust, and allow to set for 8 hours, preferably overnight. Serve directly from the freezer, for best texture.
*Note: This will become quite soft if left out at room temperature, so be sure to keep it chilled!