Let them eat, pie. A raw vegan chocolate silk pie that is!
As many of you know, I have made the vow to give up refined sugar for 21-days. “Why” you ask? you can read about it here. With that being said, I have been finding alternative ways of getting my sweet fix everyday without actually consuming any processed sugar.
For the most part, I have been doing well with just consuming fresh and dry fruits and have been using honey and maple syrup to sweeten everything (in moderation of course).
My short lived vegan journey
A few years back, I had decided to become a raw vegan in order to cleanse and reset my system. It didn’t last very long as I noticed I wasn’t getting all the nutrients my body needed from vegan food alone and felt tired, moody, and sick.
At the time, I began slowly re-introducing meat and some dairy back into my diet and started to feel a bit better. Although raw veganism wasn’t ideal for me personally, it has a wide variety of health benefits. The drawback though is that you have to consume twice as many raw foods as you normally would (cooked foods) to reap the same benefits and neither me, or my wallet could keep up. If you can keep up though, I’d highly recommend it.
What I have learned through my short-lived vegan journey, is that there are so many different vegan recipes which look and taste like the “real thing”.
I remember recreating all of my favorite dishes, desserts, and even drinks, using non-dairy and meat free alternatives. In fact, I even created my first ever healthy dessert recipe eBook Bad Desserts Gone Good back in 2013 which included all of the different recipes I had created/recreated.
My Husband as I’ve mentioned before, is a finicky eater yet loved the desserts I was preparing even when they were made out of non-traditional dessert ingredients such as tofu, chickpeas, and even black beans.
Even though I still consume junk food from time-to-time (it’s all about that balance baby), I’ve noticed that when preparing my own sweets, I often gravitate more towards vegan recipes. This cuts the guilt in half and makes me proud of creating something so unconventional.
The good ‘ol days
The other day, I began reminiscing on my days of working at a restaurant and getting to take home all the unsold pies at the end of the day. Mind you, back when I was 17, I could eat a whole pie in one sitting and not gain a pound.
There was one pie in particular that was my weakness and to this day, I cannot pass up a slice. That is the chocolate french silk pie…yum! Something about it’s marvelous decadence and the way it just melts in your mouth sets my soul on fire. Ok I’m being a little dramatic here.
What I’m trying to say is that I love chocolate french silk pie damnit! but I am also trying to be as healthy as possible. So, I did what any normal health-nut french silk pie lover would do and created a vegan, refined sugar free version instead!
I hope you have as much fun putting this recipe together as I did. I do want to add that the chocolate chips in my case were used as garnish only so feel free to omit that part if you’d like 🙂