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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

Looking for an impressive dessert. This dairy-free chocolate pie is so creamy and rich in flavor. The pretzel crust adds a nice touch.

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 My family loves chocolate pie and every year that is what I make at Thanksgiving. This pie is a great change from serving pumpkin pie. There is nothing wrong with pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, my family just wants to enjoy a different pie as we already had pumpkin pie in October for my teen's birthday. My teen always requests pumpkin pie for his birthday instead of cake. 

 The Thanksgiving chocolate pie tradition started back in 2013 when I made this creamy mint chocolate pie and my family loved it. My family has from then on requested chocolate pie for Thanksgiving dessert. This year I had to learn how to make a dairy-free chocolate pie as I discovered that a milk allergy was the cause of my severe asthma symptoms. I was not going to let a dairy allergy get in the way of my family enjoying a delicious dessert.

 So I had to find a recipe for a dairy-free chocolate pie that my family and I could enjoy. I came across several online that were gluten-free and dairy-free but I can have wheat so there was no need to make it gluten-free. So I made some modifications and made a delicious pie that my family enjoyed. They could not even tell it was dairy-free. This is a pie that vegan lovers will enjoy.
They could not even tell it was dairy-free.

 Dairy-Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie is
~ Dairy-Free
~ Creamy
~ Full of Chocolate Flavor
~ Plant-Based
~ Can be made gluten-free

  Pretzels and chocolate come together for an amazing taste!

 My delicious creamy chocolate pie has a crust that is made from crushed pretzels. The salt in the pretzels just adds wonderful flavor to the chocolate pie, think salted chocolate! For the milk chocolate flavor pie filling, I used dairy-free chocolate chips along with coconut milk. Who knew that coconut milk could turn dark chocolate chips into dairy-free milk chocolate chips. The chocolate chips that I used were from Enjoy LifeYou can also use Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious Allergy-friendly Morsels. The Nestle Toll House chips are my favorite dairy-free chocolate chips. These chocolate chips are allergy-friendly and made for people who follow a vegan diet. If you follow a gluten-free diet you can make this delicious pie gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.

You will have a hard time believing this creamy chocolate pie is dairy-free

  This creamy chocolate pie did take a while to make but it was so worth it. I have already made this pie two times as my family loves it. I so thought that it being dairy-free would keep them from eating the chocolate pie but nope, once the pie is made it is gone in two days after everyone eats 2 slices. This pie also tastes great with homemade dairy-free whipped topping

 My family has already requested that I make this pie at Christmas and I will be doing just that but will have to use coconut milk for the almond milk as my daughter has a nut allergy. I may also add a peppermint taste to this pie with pure peppermint extract. I am glad that my daughter lives on her own as her nut allergy and my milk allergy can be challenging when we eat out.

Chocolate and salt make an amazing taste-think salted chocolate

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

3 1/2 cups pretzels crushed into small pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 (13.5oz) canned (not boxed) coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vegan butter


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
2. Place the pretzels in a large bowl and crush into small pieces with a potato masher. Pour into a bowl and add the brown sugar and vegan butter. Stir to combine.
3. Pour into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toasted. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before filling with the ganache.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave at 50% power for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir until totally smooth. Pour and spread over the bottom of the prepared crust. Let it set slightly before adding the pudding, about 30 minutes.

1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt. Over medium heat, while whisking, add the coconut milk and almond milk. Whisk until totally smooth. Continue to whisk until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Once the mixture bubbles continue to whisk and cook for another 2 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and vegan butter. Set the pan aside and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Pour the pudding into the crust. Smooth, then refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

Top with dairy-free whip topping if desired and or additional pretzels.


Konstantina Antoniadou said...

Looks like the perfect idea for the holidays. I haven't seen anything similar and I will definitely give it a try this week.

Unknown said...

This sounds like such a simple yet yummy recipe. Great post, thanks for sharing!

AiringMyLaundry said...

This sounds fantastic! I love that it's dairy free as well. My Mom can no longer have dairy, so she'll be happy she can have some.

Patricia said...

how unique is this! never heard of a dairy free pie! ill be curious to taste it, who doesn't like chocolates

Mom Knows Best said...

You need to make this pie for your mom

jessi joachim said...

This pie looks absolutely delicious! I will so be making it very very soon! It would be perfect for a Holiday party I have coming up.

Tisha said...

Pretzels and chocolate is seriously one of my favorite combinations! We have a milk sensitivity in our family too, so giving this a try may be in my future!

Carli McClure said...

That. Looks. Delicious. I am addicted to chocolate. It is my favorite thing to eat. I could eat chocolate all day every day. Obviously it isn't great for the waistline, but still.

Anna Nwa said...

Dairy does a number on my system, so I try really hard to stay away from it. I'm always looking for dairy free recipes that are actually good and this one looks AMAZING! I can't wait to give it a try :)

What Corinne Did said...

Ooooh this looks amazing! the sweetness of the chocolate with the saltyness of the pretzel must make it taste amazing!

Devyani said...

IMO dairy free desserts taste better than regular dessert. Love this recipe. Will try it soon.

Unknown said...

That looks SOOOOO good! I love a good sweet/salty mix!

Sandra said...

I love how this is dairy-free but it looks so delicious! I juest want to take one from the screen!! Oh em!

scaleitsimple said...

This is a feast for the eyes! I simply love this!

pradnya said...

Using pretzels as the crust is a very inovauve idea. Looks damn tasty. Will be definitely trying out this recipe.

Becca Wilson said...

This pie looks like it would be so amazing. I love chocolate pie and so adding pretzels is so perfect.

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

Your pie looks delicious. I bet the combination of the chocolate and coconut milk is amazing.

aisasami said...

This looks amazing. I can't believe that it is dairy free too!

kaypittmanknits said...

This looks so good! I have to try it

Vanessa of My Dominican Kitchen said...

Chocolate and pretzels go so well together. Can't believe it's dairy free.

Hannah Marie said...

Wow. I really love to eat but can't totally give up eating chocolate or any dessert. I think this vegan and dairy free recipe is perfect for me.

Unknown said...

Ok this chocolate pretzel pie looks so scrumptious! I need to try and make this asap :) xo, Suzanne

Toughcookiemommy said...

This pretzel pie looks so good. I really enjoy the combination of sweet and salty when it comes to some desserts.

Karen said...

Yum! This looks like a great option instead of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

Kathy said...

Wow, that looks amazing. I should make this for Thanksgiving. Yum!

Marysa said...

This looks pretty good - love the combination of the pretzels and chocolate! Nice to have a dairy-free version to try.

Lavanda Michelle said...

Your dairy-free chocolate pretzel pie is a game-changer in our dessert lineup! I can't wake to make it for Thanksgiving!

LisaLisa said...

This sounds like a recipe pie my daughter would love to try since it is dairy free and made with chocolat. It looks delicious and I bet the pretzels adds that extra flavor!

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea to make this yummy dessert for those with dairy allergies.

ShomaPat said...

This looks and sounds so yummy. I will add it to my must make list!

Gust si Aroma said...

I love how creamy this chocolate pie is! The best part is that it's dairy free!

Laura JL Books said...

This sounds so amazing, I must try the recipe for someone that is allergies to dairy product.

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