Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bread + Wine Project // Chocolate Cream Pie

Joining in on Oh Simple Thought's Bread & Wine Link Up today to share a decadent dessert with you! Each month we get together to share recipes with one another and talk about an aspect of gathering folks around our tables and filling our homes to glorify God and build community. 

We want our home to be a safe place for those who enter in. I like our home to be picked up but not to the point of being unrealistic.  Y'all know what I mean. My goal is to extend a sense of invitation and warmth. The other side of this coin is allowing our day to still rest in our homes so that those who come over know life is really happening over here. I never want to put out the impression that this ship runs smooth sailing every day, because it does not. This may sound simple in theory, but in reality it is truly hard for me to be vulnerable in this way. 

When I settle into what really matters, I make time to pray for people before they come over, whether they are close friends, family or strangers. Praying helps me to center the time on them, and off of myself, even if it's for 5 minutes while I'm preparing our meal or giving Reaghan a bath. My mind can be so busy with so many other things and forget to slow down. It's important for me to slow my pace before we have people over so that I can truly focus on their hearts and listen well. 

This dessert has been swimming around my head for a couple of weeks now. I decided this link up would be the perfect excuse to make it! AND I was having some girls from my small group over so I knew I'd have someone to eat it ;) 

Enter my super creamy, oh so dreamy chocolate cream pie. Made with healthy all natural ingredients (minus the crust...please forgive my sins!!***). It's a treat you can feel pretty darn good about.

***If you want to make your own crust, take a couple packages of graham crackers and crush them up, 1/2 a stick of melted butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 egg and a tablespoon cinnamon and mix it all together. Pack it down in a pie plate, bake at 350 for 10 minutes and call it a day. 


No-bake graham cracker crust
1 cup sliced frozen banana 
2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons cacao powder (unsweetened cocoa powder also works)
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

In a blender or food processor add your banana and pulse until all broken up. Add avocado and about 1/2 a cup of almond milk to get things blending. Use a spoon to help the mixture along as it starts to cream up. You may need to stop the blender and mix it up a bit to allow everything to come together. 

If you need more almond milk, add a bit more, being careful not to add too much, as you don't want the mixture to be runny. Once it is fully incorporated, add vanilla, cacao powder and honey until fully blended. With the blender still on and the feeder spout open, slowly pour in the coconut oil. This will allow the cream to become fluffy. Using a rubber spatula scoop chocolate cream into your pie crust. 

Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set up. Just before serving, top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cacao powder. 

Pile a handful of spoons on the table and tell your friends to dig right in! 

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  1. My great grandmother always made chocolate cream pie for holidays, and it was my absolute favorite! I love that this version is lightened up and has clean ingredients. Must try!

  2. This looks incredible! I love simple pie recipes like this! Pinning for later :)

  3. Thanks, Madison! It took about 5 minutes to put together ;)

  4. Aw that's really special Thanks for sharing that :) let me know if you get to try it!

  5. Sometimes 5 minutes is all you have! :)

  6. Oh man Natasha, YUM! Pinning for sure. Love what you said about making it evident that life happens in the walls of our home. I struggle to be vulnerable in that way also, but it is so important to be real with those that walk into our homes!

  7. It's SUCH a journey....I never want anyone to feel like they need to keep it all together when they are in our home. I learn every time more and more how scared of a place it really is.

  8. Oh my gosh this sounds DELICIOUS. I love healthier versions of my favorite things so I can't wait to try this out. I have a hard time allowing the life that happens here to show. I get really frustrated if I have unfinished projects around the house when people are coming because I just don't want them to see that I don't have it together all the time! But really, who does? Thanks for linking up with us!!

  9. Oh I hear you girl. Thanks for being honest about that. I used to be the same way and I remember one specific instance of pulling out all the stops with a dinner party and honestly making the other couple uncomfortable. It was embarrassing and not at all the point of coming together. I had to learn through that. Now I have toys all on the floor some nights and some sewing projects still out when friends come over! I just have to die to the image thing and say "oh well, this is our life now and we need to embrace it." Hope you like the pie! Let me know if you get to try it out! :))