{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

Have you ever tried to find the end of a rainbow?  Somehow it always disappears as you get close.  It’s almost like it’s a trick of the light or something…

So I don’t know if there’s ever been a pot of gold sitting at the end of a rainbow, but that’s what they say.  I’ll let you know if I ever see one in person. 

This mint chocolate cream pie couldn't be healthier - and it's easy to make! Recipe at FitCakery.com
This mint chocolate cream pie couldn't be healthier - and it's easy to make! Recipe at FitCakery.com
Healthy Mint Chocolate Cream Pie Bars - gluten-free and vegan recipe at FitCakery.com!

In the meantime, I’ll still consider myself pretty lucky if I happen to have a panful of something both chocolatey-delicious and absurdly healthy in the house.  It’s like getting a guilt-free pass to have dessert every night for an entire week.

Don’t you agree?  Well, if the food coloring is made from fresh spinach and mint, the crust is free of added sugar and made primarily from nuts and oats, and the pie topping is a protein-packed avocado-tofu cream… That’s certainly enough to make me feel like it’s a solid choice, anyway!

This mint chocolate cream pie couldn't be healthier - and it's easy to make! Recipe at FitCakery.com
Healthy Mint Chocolate Cream Pie Bars - gluten-free and vegan recipe at FitCakery.com!

Yeah, it sounds weird.  I know.  You don’t have to tell your friends what’s in it before they try it.  Trust me, they’ll be blissfully unaware, thinking it’s some creamy dream bar.  Well, unless they’re like me, and healthy stuff makes them want it even more!

Fortunately, this dessert really is for everyone – it’s gluten-free, vegan, easy to make sugar-free if need be, and made with healthy plant fats to satisfy your sweet tooth without making you want to overdo it!

I like to call it my little end-of-the-rainbow consolation prize.  I’m feeling fortunate already!

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Healthy Mint Chocolate Cream Pie Bars - gluten-free and vegan recipe at FitCakery.com!

 {Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

gluten-free, vegan {makes 8-16 servings}

Ingredients:

Cookie Crust:

  • ½ c. raw cashews
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ½ c. oats
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • ½ c. (55 g) chopped dates
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. mint extract
  • 2 T. (1 oz) coconut oil (or butter,) room temperature
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 T. unsweetened almond milk (or, for an Irish twist, Bailey’s liqueur or even whiskey!)

Mint Cream Pie

  • 1 c. packed (40 g) fresh spinach
  • ½ c. packed (10 g) fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ c. water
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  • ¾ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. stevia powder*
  • 1 (12.6 oz) package extra-firm tofu
  • 6 oz whole (or 4 oz w/o skin or pit) avocado
  • 1 tsp. mint extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
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  • 2 T. mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • *replace up to an additional ½ c. sugar with stevia, if you like

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and coat an 8 x 8” pan with cooking spray.

In a food processor, combine all ingredients for the cookie crust.  Dump the crust mixture into the prepared pan and press it down evenly to the bottom.  Bake in the oven for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the minty “food coloring” by processing the spinach, mint leaves, and ¼ c. water.  Pour the contents of the food processor into a mesh colander/sieve over a bowl.  Squeeze out as much water as possible from the leaves.  You should end up with about 2.5 oz green, minty liquid.

Add this to the remaining ingredients and process everything together until it is very smooth.  Pour that on top of the cookie crust, and spread out.  Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired.

Bake the pie for about 25-30 minutes.  It will still be jiggly when it’s done – don’t worry that it doesn’t look solid!  Cool to about room temperature before covering and placing in the refrigerator for a few hours, until it is chilled.  Best if served under a rainbow. 

Makes 8 proper slices of pie OR 16 wonderful snack-sized bars

Nutritional info for pie slice: 274 calories (w/ ½ c. less sugar: 226); 14 g fat (4 g saturated); 35 g carbs (w/ ½ c. less sugar: 22 g); 4 g fiber; 8 g protein (Bonus: 200 mg potassium; 8% DV vitamin A; 11% DV iron)

Nutritional info for snack bar: 137 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated); 17 g carbs; 2 g fiber; 4 g protein

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Need some more mint and/or chocolatey inspiration?  Check out:
Peppermint Latte Scones (vegan)
Fudgy Beet Brownies (gluten-free, low-carb)
Port Reduction Cheesecake Bites (gluten-free, vegan-friendly)