The ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie is so incredibly rich and delicious, none of your guests will ever know it’s vegan! Only 7 ingredients and super easy to make! NO tofu! I served it on my Homemade Gluten-free Vegan Pie Crust, but you can use store-bought easily, if preferred.
VEGAN CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
One bite in and my daughter declared this Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie the best dessert I’ve ever created. She then asked for a 2nd piece promptly! It seriously is the best vegan chocolate pie ever. That is saying a lot, considering I’ve created hundreds of desserts that she loves! But the girl loves chocolate and whipped cream, so this one stole her heart! Your guests will NOT believe you if you tell them it’s vegan. In fact, they will probably accuse you of lying, haha.
Unlike most vegan chocolate cream pie recipes you will fine online, this is a vegan chocolate cream pie without tofu! So, yay for the soy-free peeps! No tofu my friends! The filling is only 6 ingredients, plus optional espresso.
She’s such a beauty too, right?!
THE PERFECT TEXTURE
The texture is a dream. Rich, decadent, creamy, lush, soft yet firm. Not blob-like at all. Y’all know how I feel about blob pies. I expressed my take on those on my Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie post, haha. Pies that are so soft they are like pudding on a fork. Nope, nope, nope. Or they melt within 5 minutes of removal from the fridge. No, we need a pie we can take out and serve guests on the holidays or special occasion without panicking it will melt. This vegan chocolate cream pie stays firm beautifully! It will soften a tiny bit over time, but it never melts into a blob. Many chocolate cream pies melt too fast for my taste.
I mean, look at this texture….
This vegan chocolate cream pie is not for those who are wanting low-fat. This is not the recipe for that, haha. It is decadent to the max. This is a recipe that I would only make for special occasions or holidays because it is very rich. But, it is so worth it! A tiny slice will satisfy.
INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
- Dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips: You can use Enjoy Life or another brand like Trader Joe’s or the Heb brand. Just make sure it is vegan without milk in the ingredients.
- Raw cashew butter: I always make a batch for this using my tutorial here since it is probably my favorite nut butter to use in desserts. It gives impeccable flavor and richness while also firming up really well. Other nut butters do not firm up. It also only takes 10 minutes to make. If you don’t already have a batch made, you can make it the day before the pie to save time, so it has cooled off.
- Full-fat coconut milk: Sorry, but there is not much getting around this one. In order for it to be creamy and set, it needs this milk. But don’t fret, it does not leave a coconut taste whatsoever. The chocolate is all front and center. If you are allergic to coconut, you can try to sub with another high fat milk like macadamia or cashew or oat, maybe. Just keep in mind, it will not have the same creamy, light texture. It will be more hard/dense like a tart, so do not sub unless allergic. Also, it may not hold its shape quite as well in the fridge or at room temp, so you may need to keep it in the freezer and remove a bit before serving.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder: A touch of bitter cocoa powder helps offset some of the sweetness from the chocolate chips.
- Vanilla extract
- Espresso powder or instant coffee: This is optional, but does enrich the overall chocolate flavor.
- Pie crust: Use store-bought or a crust of your choice. I used my new vegan gluten-free pie crust.
- Dairy-free whipped cream: I used the Reddi-Wip non-dairy almond whipped cream from a can because it’s easy to use and holds its shape well. You could also use So Delicious cocowhip or make your own if you like from full-fat coconut milk.
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
Step 1: Melt the chocolate chips and milk together in a large bowl.
Step 2: Add the melted chocolate to a blender or food processor.
3. Add the remaining filling ingredients and blend until completely smooth.
4. Pour filling into prepared prebaked 9 inch pie crust.
5. Place in the freezer 1 hour to do a quick set and then transfer to the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight for the best set texture. If you don’t have room in your freezer, just place it in the fridge overnight.
6. Once ready to serve, garnish with non-dairy whipped cream. I like to use the Reddi-Wip non-dairy almond whipped cream and spray around the chilled chocolate pie in a swirling motion. Top with shaved dark chocolate, using a chocolate bar. Use a really sharp knife to carefully cut each slice and serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the fridge! I like to cover my pie with a flipped over large plate instead of foil, since foil will mess up the topping.
MORE VEGAN CHOCOLATE DESSERTS
- Best Vegan Fudgy Brownies
- Vegan Gluten-free Double Chocolate Muffins
- Grain-free Chocolate Coconut Cookies
- Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- Vegan Zucchini Fudgy Brownies
Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie (No Tofu!)
- one 9 inch pre-baked pie crust I used my gluten-free homemade one, but you can use store-bought as well, just make sure to use one that isn't too shallow or the filling may be too much
- 400 grams dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life) SEE NOTES BELOW-DO NOT use dark chocolate
- 1 13.6 oz full-fat canned unsweetened coconut milk (I use & recommend Thai Kitchen brand)
- 1/2 cup (128g) raw cashew butter (I always use my homemade b/c no added oil)
- 2 tablespoons (12g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground espresso or instant coffee (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
- dairy-free whipped cream, I used Reddi-wip Almond from the can (can be purchased at Walmart, Target) SEE NOTES
- You really want to weigh these ingredients, so your filling sets up right, if possible.
- I use this scale
- Have your prebaked pie crust ready before making the filling, so it has a bit of time to cool first. If using a store-bought one, bake according to the package directions.
- IMPORTANT: With the coconut milk, sometimes, the cream separates from the water in a can or is really chunky. To make sure you get the correct amount and texture, I like to blend up the can of milk to a smooth consistency first and then measure.
- Add the chocolate chips and coconut milk to a large bowl. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and heat in 15 second intervals, stirring in between each, until it is about 90% melted.
- Whisk until completely smooth and melted and pour into a blender or food processor.
- Add the cashew butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, espresso (if using) and salt to the blender of chocolate.
- Blend until fully smooth and pour over the prebaked pie crust.
- Place in the freezer 1 hour (no longer!) to do a quick set and then transfer to the fridge to chill completely and firm up for several hours or overnight for the best set texture. If you don’t have room in your freezer, just place it in the fridge overnight. Note: This pie will become firm and fudge-like in the fridge. This is the texture I like in my chocolate pie. But take it out an hour or so before serving to soften some for guests and if you prefer it to be a bit softer. It will not melt like other chocolate pies, so don't worry!
- Once ready to serve, garnish with non-dairy whipped cream. I like to use the Reddi-Wip non-dairy almond whipped cream and spray around the chilled chocolate pie in a swirling motion. Top with shaved dark chocolate, using a chocolate bar. Use a really sharp knife to carefully cut each slice and serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the fridge. I like to cover my pie with a flipped over large plate instead of foil, since foil will mess up the topping.
- CHOCOLATE: It is crucial to use the correct listed semi-sweet chocolate here. Do not use dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has a higher amount of cocoa butter in it and will make the pie too hard, not to mention, quite bitter.
- NON-DAIRY WHIPPED CREAM: I used the non-dairy Reddi-Wip Almond Whipped Cream from a can to decorate the top of the chocolate pie. I used this because I love the flavor and so does my family. It also holds its shape fairly well stored in the fridge, as leftovers. Alternatively, you can also use the tub of SoDelicious cocowhip. Just make sure to let it soften a bit from the freezer first and then gently spread on top of the pie right before serving. I find that this stuff melts really fast though, so that is why I prefer the can. You could also use homemade coconut whipped cream if you like. I did not want any coconut flavor to this pie though for my guests, so that is additionally why I opted for the canned variety.
- Prep time does not include preparing or baking the pie crust.
- Nutrition stats do not include whipped topping or crust, since that can greatly vary depending on what crust you use or brand of whipped topping.