I first baked this amazing pie at a 2010 bake-off sponsored by the American Heart Association, called the Sweet Heart Dessert Challenge. The winning dessert would be served at the Heart of the Hamptons Ball. After some serious taste-testing, the 100+ AHA voters chose my Heart Healthy Chocolate Pie as the winner!
I was nervous at first, because I was competing against so many talented Long Island bakers.
But I knew I could do a great chocolate pie. Dark chocolate is already heart-healthy, and you don’t have to add a lot of not-so-healthy ingredients to make it taste great in a pie. For this recipe I use low-fat cream cheese and tofu, which are healthy alternatives that liven up the taste of the pie and give you the beautiful fluffy texture that a chocolate pie should have.
For the graham cracker crust, I like to use almond butter because of its moisture, low cholesterol, and high fiber content. Very healthy for your ticker. (For more fiber, I make the crust out of ground nuts & dried fruit instead of graham crackers.)
The topping I make in the video at the top of the page wasn’t included in the Sweet Heart Dessert Challenge, but I think it really adds something special to the pie.
The day of the event, Ilona from Sugar Sugar helped me decorate my dessert plate with the raspberry sauce in the photo above (I’ve never been very artistic.) I was so touched that my “competitor” voluntarily came over to help me make a prettier presentation! Definitely the most memorable moment of the day.
This pie can be baked or not baked – both ways are delicious. Read more and print the recipe, or watch the video at the top of the page and bake along with me!