This year I decided I was tired of buying my loved ones gift cards to random places. I wanted a personal touch to make them feel special. I ended up with cashew, almond and pecan nut brittle as well as a small box of this dark chocolate peppermint bark. It’s beyond simple to make, and looks very nice on a holiday table, or in a small gift box like I gifted to my family. Hope you enjoy ~
So, as always I saw my awesome momma for Thanksgiving this year, and as always there was a pecan pie. On the way home it was all I could think about. How come I didn’t have one and how would I make it a reality? I also wanted chocolate, because I can. So I brainstormed on the drive home and came up with an idea. Now, I just have to decide if I want to make a carrot cake for Christmas, or this delicious brainchild…
I couldn’t do it. I could not go any longer without creating something. I was standing in my pantry earlier, when I noticed a chocolate bar shoved in a crack between some veggie chips and some wheat gluten. Then I realized I had a few more half eaten candy bars shoved other places like some sort of Keebler Elf chocolate hoarder. So, I found the peanut butter and got to work. This is what I came up with..
The one thing I get asked often is … ” What do vegans do about Donuts ? ” Where I live no one gives a hoot about making any vegan friendly donuts, so I have to make them myself. Truth is, I never really ate many in the first place. I never bought them. Never worked in an office where they were readily available.. only probably ate about 12 of them my whole life. Now, of course it would be easy to fry some up and make them taste fairly close to the “real deal ” which will always be scarred into my taste bud’s memory. But I decided to tackle the challenge in a somewhat healthier way, by baking them. If you want a more traditional method with some added calories from frying, might as well Google it, because I’m not in too big of a hurry to write a recipe up for that. I’d rather have a cupcake or a pie if I want some guilty pleasure.
This pie is amazing. It’s quick, and it’s an original comfort food. I made the wise choice to make it for my very backwoods grandpa, because he loves chocolate. I was worried he would not be a fan, but he loved it and now he requests, DEMANDS it. He loves bacon, cheeseburgers, spam, deviled eggs… and this vegan chocolate pie.