Vegan Mexican Chocolate Pie

Vegan Mexican Chocolate Pie

In The New York Times by Famous Chef, Mark Bittman

YIELDS: One 9-inch pie

TIME: 30 minutes, plus chilling

INGREDIENTS:

For the crust:

10 whole graham crackers (approximately 5.5 ounces)

3 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon plain soy milk or almond milk

For the filling:

¾ cup sugar

1 pound silken tofu

8 ounces high-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted (at least 60% cacao)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon chile powder, or more to taste

⅛ teaspoon salt

Chocolate shavings (optional)

PREPARATION:

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the graham crackers in a food processor and process until finely ground, about 30 seconds (you should have about 1¼ cups of crumbs). Add the sugar and salt, drizzle over the melted coconut oil and soy or almond milk, and pulse until the mixture begins to clump together.

Pour the crumbs into the pie plate. Press the crumbs into the sides of the plate first, then work your way down to the bottom. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until firm and slightly golden. Let the crust cool while you prepare the filling.

PREPARATION for the filling:

In a small pot, combine sugar with ¾ cup water; bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.

Put all the ingredients, except for the chocolate shavings, in a blender and purée until completely smooth, stopping machine to scrape down the sides if necessary. Pour into the cooled crust and press a piece of plastic wrap directly to the top of the pudding. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours and up to overnight. If you like, garnish with chocolate shavings before serving.