Saturday, February 21, 2015

Recipe Redux: Thai Chocolate Cream Pie: Vegan Gluten-free


                  

Despite having a wicked sweet tooth, chocolate is not usually my go-to. I mean, I would never ever say no to chocolate, but it's not my automatic YES GIVE ME ALL THE FOOD response. This month's Recipe Redux theme however, was all about the good stuff:
Favorite Chocolate Matches 
Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.

So I obviously turned to my trusty Flavor Bible to see what new innovative flavors I could come up with. And there I pieced together this gem:
Chocolate + coconut + lemongrass + chilies 
holler! And I happened to have a Chocolate Cream Pie recipe I'd been wanting to play with, and hench this Thai-inspired Cream Pie was born. Is it authentic? Absolutely not. Is it decadent, but packs a kick afterward? Yes! And it just happens to have quite a bit more protein than you typical cream pie.

This was shockingly my first time making coconut whipped cream. The main reason being I do not own a standing mixer or any mixer besides a whisk. Because I am total fail at baking and don't think it's worth the investment. But luckily I have an amazing friend who happens to be the best food blogger in the world as well as the most generous person I've ever met. Thank you Ashlae for the hand mixer. Anyways, whipped coconut cream is probably the easiest thing in the world, can be adapted to many different flavors, AND holds it's texture sooooooo much better than regular whipped cream

Thai Chocolate Cream Pie
recipe adapted from Rouxbe 
                            
Crust:
  • 2.5 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 

Filling:
  • 1 1/2 bags of vegan dark chocolate chips (67% or higher)
  • 2 packages soft tofu
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Thai chilies, crushed

Whipped Cream: 

1. Make crust: In a food processor pulse peanuts and sugar into a fine meal (not quite nut butter consistency but close). Add in coconut oil and sea salt. Press and shape into the bottom of a 9"pie shell or springform pan. It's easiest if you just do the bottom--not up the sides.
2. Prepare filling: Melt chocolate chips. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor.. 
3. Pour into pie shell. Let set in fridge for at least 20 minutes
4. Make whipped cream, adding in lemongrass simple syrup to balance the coconut flavor. 
5. Enjoy! 






Friday, February 6, 2015

Weekly Love List: Hello February

Here's What I'm Loving:
Running: Everywhere in Colorado to train for my first ultra: Ragnar Relay SoCal (with 6 peeps instead of 12). If anyone has any ultra training tips I'm all ears. Luckily I have a badass crew to train with, whether it's 70 or 15 out. (This weekend will be 70. sorry East Coast). 


Drinking: Yaupon tea! I gave up coffee two years ago (except for the occasional cold-press from Corvus Coffee), and try to eat more locally/seasonally, but never stopped to think about how all of the tea I drink daily comes from a land far, far, away (and unless it's organic fair trade, probably not under the best working conditions).  So I was so excited to find out about Cat Spring Tea which harvests and sells yaupon tea from Texas. The only caffeinated plant native to North America, Yaupon is a cousin to the oh-so-popular yerba mate and guayusa. Owned by two entrepreneurial sisters, Cat Spring Tea creates more jobs in Texas (at fair wages). I LOVE the Stateside Chai blend, as well as Green blend.

Watching:
Until Sunday when the return of my shows starts again (looking at you Better Call Saul! you'll tide me over until Game of Thrones and Mad Men), I've been absentmindedly flicking through Netflix, failing at watching the movies I actually want to see, and staring into YouTube space. Luckily Carlene Thomas has a lovely new YouTube Channel, and in her first video she answers my favorite question: Should I juice cleanse?

Reading:
What have YOU been loving? Tell me pretty please!