Almond Mousse Pie
This is a perfect dessert to serve at a special occasion, a holiday meal, or any time you want to impress your guests. No one will believe there’s no dairy, eggs, or refined sugar in this amazing confection!
For the crust
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) organic coconut sugar
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) light or dark organic agave nectar or organic coconut nectar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) organic vanilla extract
- 1 tsp (5 ml) water
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp (270 ml) All-Purpose gluten-free organic flour
- 1/4 cup (35 g) organic brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup (40 g) Camino Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) powdered organic stevia
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking powder
- 3/4 tsp (7.5 ml) xanthan gum
- 1/8 tsp (.5 ml) fine sea salt
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) organic coconut oil, at room temperature (not melted)
For the Ganache
- 7 ounces (200 g) Camino unsweetened (100% cocoa) baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) smooth organic almond butter
- 1-1/2 cups (360 ml)** full-fat organic coconut milk (from a can)
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) plain or vanilla organic rice, soy, or almond milk
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) organic vanilla extract
- 40 drops plain or vanilla liquid stevia
- 1/3 cup (60 ml) organic coconut sugar
For the Almond Mousse
- 2 cups** (480 ml) full-fat organic coconut milk (from a can)
- 1 cup (240 ml) smooth natural almond butter
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) organic coconut sugar
- 60 drops plain or vanilla liquid stevia, about 1 tsp/5 ml
- 2 tsp (10 ml) organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) organic almond extract
- 1 level teaspoon (5 ml) xanthan gum
Bake the Crust
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch pie plate or 8-1/2 inch springform pan with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Mix the coconut sugar, agave nectar, vanilla and water in a small bowl and mix to begin dissolving the sugar. Set aside while you prepare the dry ingredients.
- In a food processor, blend the all-purpose flour, brown rice flour, cocoa powder, stevia, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt until well combined. Add the coconut oil and pulse a few times to break it up, then blend until well distributed (it will look dry and crumbly; this is as it should be). Pour the wet mixture over the dry and mix well until it comes together in a dough.
- Press the dough into the pie plate or on the bottom only of the springform pan (if it’s too soft to stay on the sides of the pie plate, refrigerate it for about ten minutes and then re-press; flute edges if desired.) Prick the bottom of the crust here and there with a fork.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-25 minutes, until dry and lightly browned on the edges. Allow to cool while you prepare the ganache.
Prepare the Ganache
- Place all ingredients in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pot over lowest possible heat. Heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary by adding more stevia, a drop or two at a time (you can add more coconut sugar if you like, but unless you continue to cook the mixture, it won’t dissolve and your ganache will be grainy).
- Measure out 2 cups (480 ml) of the mixture and pour it over the crust in the pie plate or pan; reserve the rest to drizzle on top of the pie.
- Place the crust in the refrigerator for at least an hour so the ganache can firm up.
To make the mousse
- In the container of a high-powered blender place all ingredients except for the xanthan gum. Blend for 30 seconds to a minute, until everything is well mixed and very smooth. Add the xanthan gum and blend on low speed until incorporated, then blend on high for 15 seconds or so, until the mixture firms up and appears to no longer be blending; this should happen fairly quickly.
- Turn the mousse into the prepared crust and spread evenly over the ganache (or you can swirl it into a fancy pattern on top if you like). Drizzle as much of the reserved ganache as you like in a random pattern over the top of the mousse.
- Refrigerate until the ganache and filling are both firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Cut slices from the pie plate, or, to unmold the springform pan, run a sharp knife along the edge before loosening the sides of the pan. Store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 5 days. May be frozen (freeze individual slices on a cookie sheet in the freezer; once solid, wrap each slice in plastic wrap, then store the wrapped slices in a ziploc bag. To defrost, remove the slices and allow to defrost, still wrapped, overnight in the refrigerator).