The best gifts are the ones you make yourself. As you make it you put your best intentions and energies into it. It can be a necklace, or a mixed tape… or a dessert! It really means a lot to that special person of yours when you invest your time into creating something for him/her. After all, you are gonna spend few hours in the kitchen getting your hands dirty covered in chocolate just to make him/her feel happy. That is love!
Now let’s talk flavors. Crunchy peanut butter, or indulgent dark chocolate that melts in your mouth. Let’s make a giant Peanut Butter Cup! You can create this raw pie for any occasion. I made the one in the photo for a friend’s Superbowl party. I also prepared one for a birthday occasion. And for Friday’s Valentine Day (shhh) I will prepare one for my hubby too.
This dessert has a 3 different stages. Follow the steps by first making the crust, freezing it for 30 min to an hour. Then the Peanut Butter layer, freeze it. Then the top chocolate layer.
With this recipe under your sleeve, there’ll be more than one wanting to be your Valentine this year!
Raw Peanut Butter Cup Pie
– 1 C of Almonds*
– 1/3 C of Shredded Coconut
– 1/4 C of Agave
– 2 Tbsp of Almond or Peanut Butter
– 2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
– 2 Tbsp of Cacao Powder
– 2 Tsp of Vanilla
– 1 Tsp of Sea Salt
Peanut/Almond Butter Layer
– 1 C of Almond or Peanut Butter
– 3 Tbsp of Maple Syrup or Agave
– 3 C of Cashews*
– 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
– 1/3 C of Maple Syrup or Agave
– 1/4 C of Coconut Oil, melted
– 4 Tbsp of Cacao Powder
– 1/2 Tsp of Sea Salt
– Place all ingredients in food processor, blend till achieving a paste-like texture. It can be grainy, crumbly. Adjust the texture to your liking.
– When done, press down onto mold.
– Freeze for 30 min to 1 hour.
Peanut/Almond Butter Layer
– It’s easier to blend in a food processor, but a blender will do.
– Blend Almond Butter with Agave or Maple syrup till smooth.
– When done, remove pie from freezer and pour nut blend onto pie.
– Freeze again.
Chocolate Top Layer
– Mix all ingredients in a high speed blender. You can do so in a food processor too, but the texture will be a bit grainy. I like it smooth.
– When smooth, remove pie from freezer and top with chocolate layer.
– You can use a spatula to even out this top layer.
– Freeze for 3-4 hours.
For decoration I pulse in the food processor 1 C of Almonds. Then using my hands I sprinkled on the edge of pie and then press down onto the chocolate layer for the crumbles to stay.
Remove from fridge 20 minutes before enjoying.
*All nuts, grains, seeds and legumes must be soaked in water with a bit of lemon or vinegar before eating or cooking with them. Soaking time varies according to the grain. All seeds are covered with a protective layer called Phytic Acid. It protects the seeds from harsh climates, and predators. The seed will sprout when it knows it’s the right time and conditions to do so. When it sprouts is when we can benefit from its nutrients. Not before, not after. Phytic Acid it’s also harmful to our system. It prevents us from absorbing essential nutrient for our health.
*Cashews soaking time: 4-6 Hours. After soaking, rinse well before using.
*Almonds soaking time: Overnight. After soaking, rinse well before using.
Inspired by The Lunchbox Bunch