Chocolate Hazelnut Pie

Reminiscent of pecan pie, this melt-in-your-mouth dessert is simple as—well, pie! Just whirl everything in your food processor, and you're all set.

February 17, 2017
chocolate hazelnut pie
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Adapted from Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Cookbook

Reminiscent of pecan pie, this melt-in-your-mouth dessert is simple as—well, pie! Just whirl everything in your food processor, and you're all set. 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
(Makes 8 servings)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts, skins removed (see tip)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon celtic or pink Himalayan salt

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces pitted dates (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toasted hazelnuts, crushed, for garnish (optional)

Directions:
1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts into a coarse powder. Add the coconut oil, coconut flour, maple syrup, and salt and pulse until the mixture holds together. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Pierce the bottom of the crust all over with a fork and bake until the edges are browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely.

3. For the filling: Soak the dates in boiling water for 15 minutes. drain off the water and add the dates to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break up the dates, then add the coconut oil, cocoa, maple syrup, and vanilla. Process until the mixture is mostly smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread into the cooled crust and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

4. Garnish with crushed toasted hazelnuts, if desired.

Tip: To remove hazelnut skins, preheat an oven to 350°F. Spread the hazelnuts on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast until the skins begin to pull away from the nut, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a large kitchen towel and use the towel to rub all the skins off.