Choc Protein Pie

Here at VPA we like to share good food recipes to help you live the best and healthiest life you can. Feel like having a cheat meal, but don’t really want to break your goals? Or are you going over to a friend’s place and need to bring dessert and don’t just want to bring a fruit platter? Whatever the reason, place or people you are meeting up with (or just want an indulgence for yourself) this recipe is for everyone. It is high in protein, tastes naughty, but is actually nice (you’re still on Santa’s good list). And its super easy!

Pie Crust Ingredients

1 ½ cups of nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews in any ratio- whatever you have at home)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil melted
1 cup of fresh dates (or dried dates soaked in hot water for 10min and then drain of excess water)
¼ cup dried prunes (dried apricots or dates are an alternative)

Pie Crust Method

Blend ingredients together in a food processor and press into small or large pie tin/s. Place in fridge or freezer until the filling is made.

Choc Pie Filling Ingredients

500g silken tofu
2/3 cup cocao
2/3 cup coconut cream
1/3 cup cashew nuts
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 scoops of VPA Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) (3 scoops chocolate & 1 scoop vanilla is what I used, but use your preferred combination)
½ tsp allspice
1 gelatine sachet with wot water (about 2 tbsp or as per instructions) mixed and cooled for 10min
1 banana
½ cup agave syrup or maple syrup (optional – if you like it sweeter. However use an extra gelatine sachet if using the sweetener to help the filling hold together)
2-4 tsp coffee powder (optional)

Choc Pie Filling Method

Blend together all ingredients and poor into pie crust and then let sit in fridge overnight. Take out of fridge 20min before serving.

Note: Protein is a healthy alternative ingredient as a thickener or flour replacement in many recipes. However, it can take a bit of experimenting as protein can be highly absorbent and sometimes the end result can be a little dry if not enough wet ingredients have been added.
Tofu facts: Tofu might not sound the most appetizing at first, but it is extremely silky in texture and has a significant health benefits. It is extremely high in protein, iron, calcium and even contains 8 essential amino acids. It also contains high levels of magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamin B1 and even minerals such as manganese, phosphorous, selenium. Another health benefit is that it is low in fat and carbohydrates. This highlights the overall benefit that can be obtained from including tofu into your diet and is usually a staple ingredient for vegetarians.