National Pi(e) Day

March 15, 2016

 

Math was never my favorite subject, so when I found out today was National Pi day, I decided to celebrate by making a creamy chocolate pie! Food > Math. 

 

Ingredients: 

 

¼  cup almonds, toasted

1   cup 1-minute oats, toasted

¼  teaspoon salt

¼  cup wheat germ  

2   tablespoons brown sugar

4   tablespoons cold water

1  16 oz block silken tofu, such as Nosoya brand

2  cups dark chocolate chips

 

Procedure:

  

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

In a large non-stick skillet, toast almonds over low heat by stirring constantly using a wooden spoon. 

In another skillet, toast oats over low heat by stirring constantly using a wooden spoon.

In a mini food processor, pulse toasted almonds 10-15 times until they are ground to a course corn meal consistency with some larger chunks. 

Mix together ground almonds, toasted oats, salt, wheat germ, and brown sugar in a medium  bowl. Add cold water one tablespoon at a time until mixture is lightly moist and thoroughly combined. 

Pour oat mixture into a lightly greased pie pan and flatten the mixture with your hands until the crust is molded to the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350° until the edges and center are golden brown.  

To make the filling, place chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring often, until melted. 

Open package of tofu and drain off any excess liquid. Place melted chocolate  and tofu in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour tofu mixture into pie pan, spread evenly, and place in the refrigerator for one hour. 

 

 

Toasted Almonds, toasted oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, silkened tofu, and dark chocolate chips. I know what you are thinking, who the heck wants to eat a pie made with Tofu?! Trust me, all you taste is CHOCOLATE. 

 Process those toasted almonds until they are ground to dried oats consistency. 

 

In a large bowl mix your ground toasted almonds, wheat germ, brown sugar, toasted oats, salt, and cold water.

 So easy my toddler made half the recipe by himself! 

  

 Pour oat mixture into a a lightly greased pan, and flatten the mixture so it covers the bottom and side surfaces of the pie dish. This crust can also be eaten alone as a homemade granola bar recipe! :-) Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until the edges and center are a golden brown. 

 A picture just because....CHOCOLATE. 

 

Melt that beautiful dark chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring often until melted. 

 

Blend your melted chocolate and silken tofu together until smooth and creamy. 

 Pour filling into your baked golden brown pie crust. 

 Spread filling evenly and refrigerate for one hour. MMMMMMMMMMMMM! 

 If you have a toddler around, you don't even have to worry about clean up. Haha, finger licking good! 

 

Love Always, 

Kelsey Cassman 

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