Friday, March 2, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Pie

I decided to try this recipe from this blog I like to read called Chocolate Covered Katie.  I really don't have a huge sweet tooth at all, but I thought this recipe sounded interesting and easy, so I figured I didn't have much to lose by trying it.  I originally bought a chocolate graham crust I was planning to put the pie mix in, but when I tasted the filling, it was so rich on its own that I decided the chocolate crust would make it too rich and sweet for me.  So I ended up just putting mine in a container.  The recipe uses tofu, which if you aren't familiar with buying tofu, I bought this in my local grocery store:
The original recipe calls for 12.3 oz of tofu, and I think this container is slightly more than that, so I just cut a small piece of tofu off (what I estimated to be about 2 ounces) and added it to a stirfry I had made earlier).  I'll tell you more of my thoughts on it once I give you the recipe:

Chocolate Fudge Pie
1 package firm tofu, drained
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 T milk (any kind, I used coconut milk, but regular milk would do)
1/8 tsp salt
8-10 oz chocolate chips (I used 1 1/3 cups of Ghiardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Melt the chocolate (either on the stove or in the microwave), then throw everything into a food processor and blend until super-smooth. Pour into a pie crust if desired.  Fridge until chilled. This gets firmer and firmer, the longer it sits. (It’s firmer if you use firm tofu and more like mousse pie if you use silken.)

My thoughts on the finished product--it was much richer than I thought it would be!  This would certainly satisfy your sweet tooth.  I thought it was really good without being sickeningly sweet.  Mark liked it at first (he didn't love it), but then I told him it had tofu in it and he won't touch anymore of it.  I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with the rest of it since I don't have a huge sweet tooth, but I thought it would be really yummy with a banana. I think it's cool that this recipe is vegan.  Even though I am not, I do try to be conscious of what I eat, so it's nice to know animals were not used in the making of this product.

Apparently, it's not too bad for you either.  The nutritional info for this, calculated using 8 slices, according to Katie's website is:
  • 143 calories
  • 6 grams fat
  • 2.5 grams protein
  • 0mg cholesterol
Update:  I wrote this post shortly after I made it, but it's been about 3 days since I made it.  I've been eating it with a banana, just like you would peanut butter and banana and it is delicious!  I would definitely make it again, but I would probably halve the recipe. 
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