Oh yes, I did. This thing is the bomb. And it’s seriously easy. And very low in processed sugar. And vegan. And gluten-free. And full of chocolate, pecans, and bourbon. I don’t, however, recommend eating a slice for breakfast the first thing in the morning. Not that I did. Or felt at all woozy. Sheesh.
Last June I attended the BlogHer Food conference, where I met the folks from American Heritage Chocolate, a division of Mars. I’ll be telling you more about the chocolate during Friday’s giveaway, as they have put together a fantastic little gift basket for you. American Heritage Chocolate is an authentic chocolate recipe that was consumed during Colonial times, and includes an intriguing mix of spices that include anise, annatto, red pepper, and orange. If you’ve had Mexican hot chocolate, it’s somewhat similar. It’s sold online and at historic heritage sites like Colonial Williamsburg. Since I’m also a museum consultant, it was fascinating to meet them at a food bloggers conference.
After receiving some of their chocolate, I wanted to develop a recipe for a chocolate pecan pie that is vegan and gluten-free, and needs no apologies at the holiday table. You don’t even have to tell anybody it’s Special. I did a half recipe taste-test and took it to some friends, who scarfed it down, declaring it delicious and “just the right amount of boozy.” The espresso powder adds an incredible richness to the chocolate. It’s a tip I picked up from Joy the Baker.
I wanted to develop a new pie crust recipe that didn’t use xanthan gum, as some people are sensitive to it. The crust is very tasty, more like shortbread, flaky and buttery, and uses psyllium husk powder to help bind the flour in place of the xanthan gum. It didn’t hold together terribly well during the transfer from the waxed paper to the pie dish, so I recommend you press it in by hand. Or you can use my regular gluten-free pie crust recipe. If you want more healthy Thanksgiving ideas, please check out the Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge hosted by What Would Cathy Eat?
All of our recipes are gluten-free, sugar-free, and made with plant-based ingredients to help you build a healthy life. We support Meatless Monday. Look for midweek essays and Friday how-to and giveaways (when available).
Can’t find espresso powder? Here it is: