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Chocolate Cream Dreams

Chocolate……………sorry, had to pull myself back from the dream state, that even the word induces for me. Since I doubt very seriously, I am alone in these feelings about this wonderful food. I decided to make one of my most favorite cream pies, the chocolate cream. But, before I get to the recipe, I thought I would talk a little bit about chocolate itself.

As a species we have been enjoying chocolate as far back as about 2000 B.C. But, aside from its wonderful flavor and aroma; dark chocolate also has health benefits.  According to the Harvard School of Public Health the flavanols in dark chocolate have a positive impact on the blood vessels that can help reduce high blood pressure and has a nice fat content that helps us feel full (2018). In addition to this dark chocolate is rich in iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and antioxidants such as thiamine and riboflavin. Though there is still some debate about its benefits, chocolate also contains some caffeine. Yay! something I love is good for me too!

It is important to note that dark chocolate is considered 70% or higher. The darker chocolates have the highest levels of flavanols. Milk chocolate as the name suggests is full of milk, and also sugar. White chocolate, much to my dismay (though now it would probably not taste as good as I remember) though derived from chocolate; isn’t really chocolate at all. It is basically, cocoa butter, milk, and sugar.

So, now that you know a bit about chocolate and its benefits, I hope you will give my recipe a try and enjoy it as much as we did!

Keto Chocolate Cream Pie

Course Dessert
Cuisine Keto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
chill 2 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 347 kcal

Ingredients

Crust

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp keto friendly sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp nut or seed flour

Filling

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 oz intense dark chocolate 90% or higher
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp gelatin
  • 1/4 cup keto friendly sweetener
  • 4 avocados ripe

Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp keto friendly sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. and prepare deep dish pie plate by greasing or spraying.

  2. Separate eggs, putting whites into mixer bowl and yolks into a medium saucepan (set yolks aside for filling). Add cream of tartar to white and beat on high until stiff peaks form (this works better if eggs are at room temperature).

  3. Fold remaining crust ingredients into egg whites, being careful not to deflate the whites too much.

  4. Spread or pipe crust mixture into pie pan (to make a prettier crust you can use a cake decorating tip).

  5. Bake for 35-40 mins or until the crust has crisped somewhat and browned around the edges.

Filling

  1. When crust is about 15 mins from being done baking, add all filling ingredients except the avocados into saucepan with yolks and mix well

  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until chocolate is completely melted, cocoa powder is well blended and mixture starts to thicken slightly.

  3. In blender or food processor add the peeled and seeded avocados. Pour hot chocolate mixture over the avocados. 

  4. Blend on high until avocado is completely blended into chocolate mixture and smooth.

  5. Crust should be done by now, pour chocolate mixture into crust and allow to cool, then chill for an hour or two before serving.

Whipping Cream

  1. Just before serving pie. Whip cream until stable peaks form. Add sweetener and vanilla. Spread over chilled pie.

Recipe Notes

total fat 31.1 g

net carbs 5.1 g

protein 9.6 g

Here are a few of the keto friendly sweeteners. You can use Stevia or a blend of stevia, but the measurements may not be the same as those used above.

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