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Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan

Chocolate Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – Vegan

A wonderful decedent but not-too-rich pie with a press-in crust with a chocolate base and caramel top layer. Finished with coconut whipped cream, honey-sugared peanuts and toasted coconut flakes. Love at first bite! Gluten Free too!
Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan
Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – Vegan. Perfect for Thanksgiving! 
Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan
Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – Vegan
Is this a delicious pie that just happens to be Vegan? ALL will enjoy this one!
I cleverly use coconut milk instead of heavy cream.
Did you know: that 1 cup of coconut milk has 60% fat, while heavy cream contains 90% fat; both with the same amount of protein. What’s important too is that coconut milk has 91% less saturated fat than heavy cream!
Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan
I’m loving the texture and flavor of the caramel topping! Drips the perfect amount when cut to feel like a sauce!

This easy press in crust uses granola (I make my own… or purchase), melted coconut oil and toasted coconut – that’s it!
Pressed into a deep dish pie plate (I love this one!) ~ and popped in the freezer for 15 minutes, no baking necessary!

How to Make This Pie:

  • Process granola and toasted coconut in a small food processor (the one I use & love!) Add warmed coconut oil, mix and press into a pie pan. Freeze 15 minutes, no baking required!
  • Melt coconut milk with Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (these please!) Add vanilla, whisk until smooth.
  • Add chocolate mixture to bottom of the crust. Refrigerate 45 minutes.
  • Make Caramel Topping, cool, then add on top of the chocolate layer (I left a little opening in the center for contrast.) Refrigerate until cold and firm.
  • Make coconut whipped cream – can be made a day ahead of time. Dollop around the edge of the pie, or use a piping bag.
  • Make my “Karen’s Easy Honey Peanuts” or purchase. Top pie with Peanuts and Toasted Coconut flakes.
  • Can be made a few days I advance! (Yea!) I would add whipped coconut cream, peanuts & toasted coconut just before serving.
Ingredients for the Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan
Ingredients for the Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – Vegan 
Dark Chocolate, Coconut Milk & Vanilla - that's the chocolate layer, for into the granola crust
Dark Chocolate, Coconut Milk & Vanilla – that’s the chocolate layer, for into the granola crust… no extra sugar!
The finished Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust
The finished Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust

This pie has it all! Deep chocolate flavor, but not heavy or too sweet. The caramel layer adds that butterscotch-y  flavor, but uses no butter – coconut palm sugar lends the flavor.

Topping can be made in advance:
  • Coconut Whipped Cream, easy and a wonderful flavor.
  • “Karen’s Easy Honey Peanuts”  This is my recipe I love to make! You can purchase them too…
  • Toasted Coconut – just a few minutes in the oven will lightly toast them.
A yummy slice of the Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust
A yummy slice of the Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – toppings include Whipped Coconut Cream (it’s easy… really!), Toasted Coconut Flakes and Honey Peanuts (yes, you could add pecans or macadamia nuts.)

Enjoy a slice of heaven… just happens to be Vegan & Gluten Free!
Cheers to a delicious Thanksgiving,
Karen

Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan

Chocolate Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan

A wonderful decedent but not-too-rich pie with a press-in crust with a chocolate base and caramel top layer. Finished with coconut whipped cream, honey-sugared peanuts and toasted coconut flakes. Love at first bite! Gluten Free too!
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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Ingredients

Press-In Granola Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups granola (gluten free) see my recipe!
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil I use organic
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes* make 1/2 cup total; 1/4 cup for garnish

Chocolate Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk full fat not "lite"
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Layer:

  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 4 tablespoons filtered water
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot starch*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt I use pink Himalayan

Instructions

Press-In Granola Crust

  • Grind 1 cup of granola and 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes in a food processor (I used a 4 cup one) until fine-small crumbs, like graham cracker crumbs. Melt 2 T. of coconut oil.
  • Add the Granola crumbs to a medium sized bowl. Process the last 3/4 cup of granola into a little larger pieces, with more texture. Add the coconut oil and last batch of coarser granola to the bowl. Mix to combine all. Press into the pie pan, making a 1″ high edge. Freeze until firm, 15 minutes.

Chocolate Layer:

  • Add 1 1/2 cups coconut to a 3 quart pot. Bring to a simmer, take off heat. Add chocolate chips and stir with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Add vanilla extract, mix in.
    Remove the granola crust from the freezer and pour in the chocolate mixture, smooth the top. refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Caramel Layer:

  • While the chocolate layer sets, make the caramel layer. Combine the 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot and 1 1/2 water in a small bowl and combine with a fork - set aside.
  • In a 8" skillet add the 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar and 4 tablespoons water. Bring to a simmer stirring. Cook for 3 minutes at a low simmer - the sugar will be dissolved. Add 3/4 cup coconut milk, bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  • Combine the 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot and 1 1/2 water in a small bowl and combine with a fork. Add the arrowroot mixture to the pan, whisking quickly with a wire whisk - will thicken easily! Cook until thickened and set - 1 minute. Take off heat and add the vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and sea salt; mix in. Let cool.

Finish the Pie:

  • When caramel is cool (no longer warm), take pie out of the refrigerator and add the caramel on top - I left a circle open exposing some chocolate (see photo.)
    To Garnish: Top the pie with Coconut Whipped Cream (recipe below) in rosettes around the edge of the pie. Fill in with a row of Honey Peanuts. Add reserved Toasted Coconut Flakes on top of the whipped cream.
  • Refrigerate the pie until ready to serve. Can make a day ahead. If made a few days ahead- add peanuts before serving so they do not get soggy. Yes the pie can be frozen - place in the refrigerator a few hours before serving.

Notes

Toasted Coconut Flakes: Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Add 1/2 cup Coconut Flakes to a foil lined small baking pan. Bake in oven for 3 - 4 minutes until lightly golden. WATCH carefully, these can brown very easily, remove from oven, cool. Use half for the granola crust; half for decorating the pie. 
Coconut Whipped Cream: Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Scoop out 1/2 cup of top thick layer, add to a small - medium sized bowl. Add 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Using a balloon wire whisk - beat the coconut cream until thick. Alternately, use a stick immersion blender. Refrigerate if not using immediately. 
*Arrowroot Starch: a gluten free thickener, leaves a sauce clear and glossy. Has 2 times the thickening power compared to cornstarch. 
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: gluten free granola press in pie crust, vegan and gluten free chocolate caramel pie, vegan chocolate caramel pie
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan
Amount per Serving
Calories
387
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
20
g
125
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
0.3
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
82
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
362
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
3
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
115
mg
12
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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