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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie {Pantry Basics} And Giveaway!

Before talking about our pantry basic for today lets talk fashion for a little while.  I am clueless when it comes to fashion and have bought very few pieces of clothing in the past 6 years that didn’t have the word maternity on the tag.  Most days I am sporting the yoga pants and sweatshirt look.  I finally decided it was time to update my wardrobe.  My friend Nancy became my fashion consultant and emailed me a list of wardrobe basics to get me started while still not spending a fortune.

This weekend hubby was nice enough to take me shopping for some new clothes!  I got a great start on my new wardrobe.  One major purchase was a pair of skinny jeans.  They will definitely take some getting used to but I am trusting Nancy on this one!!!  I still have a few things to get to complete my list but I do have a birthday coming up :)

Ok, now onto a totally unrelated topic.  Peanut butter.  Peanut butter is definitely a staple in our house.  I love to put it in smoothies, on my oatmeal, or in a sauce.  And the kiddos eat PB&J sandwiches about 4 times a week.  Or “peaner and jelly” as they like to call it.

Peanut butter is a good source of protein for a vegetarian diet with 8 grams of protein in 2 Tbs.  It also contains fiber so it makes you feel full faster and longer.  2 Tbs contains 188 calories and healthy unsaturated fats so it should be used in moderation.  According to Livestrong ”Peanut butter contains resveratrol, the phytochemical that protects plants from disease. Found in grapes and red wine resveratrol may also help minimize inflammation, which can cause various diseases. The presence of phytosterols, namely beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol, also helps to block the absorption of “bad” LDL cholesterol.”

One piece of advice is to make sure that your peanut butter is oil free and doesn’t have a lot of added sugar or salt.  No one needs extra fat in their peanut butter!

Peanut butter was also made to go with chocolate.  Some of my favorite desserts combine peanut butter and chocolate.  (Like Reese’s!)  I created a peanut butter and chocolate pie that you could actually argue to be healthy.  This pie is refined sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free.  And delicious!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 1 c dates, pitted
  • 1 c nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • For the Peanut Butter Filling
  • 1/2 block silken tofu (I used Mori-Nu Extra Firm
  • 2/3 c peanut butter
  • 1/4 c non-dairy milk (I used Silk Almond)
  • 2 T honey, agave, or maple syrup
  • For the chocolate layer
  • 1/2 block silken tofu
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 c honey, agave, or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

    For the crust
  1. Place the dates in food processor or blender and pulse a few times to break them up.
  2. Add the nuts, vanilla, and cocoa powder.
  3. Process until chopped fine and well mixed.
  4. Press into bottom of pie dish.
  5. For the Peanut Butter Layer
  6. Place 1/2 the block of silken tofu, the peanut butter, honey and milk in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add a little more milk if it isn't blending well.
  7. Pour on top of the crust.
  8. For the chocolate layer
  9. Place the other half of the silken tofu, the cocoa powder, milk, honey, salt, and vanilla in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  10. Pour over the peanut butter layer.
  11. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. The longer it refrigerates the better it will thicken.
  12. Top with vegan "cool whip"
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Now you have an opportunity to win some peanut butter of your own!  The good folks at Krema sent me two jars of their fantastic peanut butter to try.  What I love about this peanut butter is that it doesn’t have any added stuff.  No extra oil, no salt, no sugar.  Just peanuts.  It is very creamy.  You do have to stir it when you first open it but after that it is good to go.  If you want it a bit thicker, store it in the fridge.  And now Krema wants to give 2 of my readers a chance to try their peanut butter too!  2 lucky people will win 2 jars of Krema peanut butter.

Giveaway Details:  Giveaway is now closed!!!   Congrats to Meryl and Trisha!

This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 or older.  2 winners will each receive 2 jars of Krema Peanut Butter.  Giveaway will end March 13, 2012.  Winner will be chosen by random.org. Winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

How to Win

Mandatory Entry:  Leave a comment on this post.

Extra entries.  Leave a separate comment for each.

  1. Visit the  Krema website and tell me which recipe you want to try.
  2. Like Thrifty Veggie Mama on Facebook.  Leave me a comment telling me you are a fan.
  3. Follow Thrifty Veggie Mama on Twitter
  4. Tweet this giveaway
  5. Pin this post (Use the Pin It button in the sidebar on the left)
  6. Follow Krema on Facebook
  7. Follow Krema on Twitter
Good Luck!
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45 Comments

  1. I had no idea peanut butter contained resveratrol. (Not that this will stop me from also getting a good does in with a glass or 2 of red – LOL!) Love this recipe!

    In addition to try it, I’d like to try Krema’s sweet potato soup. I’ve been eyeing that dish for months on several blogs. It’s long over due!

  2. I follow you!

  3. I follow you and I’ve been pinning a lot of your recipes, including this one. Mmmm!

  4. Is there something I can use in place of tofu? I try to keep down on the soy intake.

    • I have made a pudding out of avocado so you could try blending up an avocado in place of the tofu in the chocolate layer. Maybe in the PB layer use a can of coconut milk, put the can in fridge overnight and use the thick top layer that forms. Let me know if you try it!

  5. I didn’t realize I hadn’t “Liked” you on FB yet. So I did that too. :) I have had a few friends lately asking about healthy family friendly meals, and I recommended your blog, so maybe you’ll get a few readers that way.

    • Great! Thank you for sharing TVM with your friends

  6. My sister had this peanut butter before and I know her family loved it. I would love to try.

  7. I know that the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies would be a big hit with my family,.

  8. Krema crunchy is SO HARD to find around here!!

  9. Ooh, as much as I like peanut butter, a lot of their recipes have sugar in them so I’d love to try the dog treat recipe for my dog, Sully!!

    • I am sure he would be very happy! My dog loves PB.

  10. I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

  11. The pie was wonderful thank you for making it.

  12. You had me at peanut butter and chocolate!!! Can’t wait to try this! Wonder if we could sneak my mom some! lol

    • It doesn’t have any beans!

  13. I visited the Krema site and think the Krema Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies look good.

  14. I am a Facebook fan

  15. I tweeted your page.

  16. I am following on Twitter.

  17. Think I’m going to need to try the Krema Hot & Spicy Chili!! So many new adventures!

    • That sounds good and definitely adventurous.

  18. Fantastic recipe! I’m looking at the cocoa kisses as my next project. I love kisses and something like that appeals to me and to my male who doesn’t have to watch his gluten but indulges me in making him healthier! I’ve tweeted and liked everything. Still learning how to Pin it all. *grins*

    • Cocoa kisses sound delicious! Watch out on Pinterest, it is addicting!

  19. AMAZING recipe! Sign me up for the giveaway :) I can’t wait to make this!

  20. I would love to try the natural crunchy :D!

  21. Peanut butter and wine everyday… I am doing good! :)
    Most always have miniature Reese’s in the freezer. Love them.
    A must have in my wardrobe is jeans, yoga pants, and t-shirts. HA Not too exciting. I work from home, and I want to be very comfortable each day.
    I do have a couple of dresses for the rare occasions. :)

  22. I follow you…I love peanut butter…

  23. I love Krema Peanut Butter!

  24. I’d like to try the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  25. The Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies sound great.

  26. this looks REALLY delicious I can imagine myself eating the whole pie

  27. I’ve never tried this brand! I’d love to try it, as I am a fan of all nut butters!

  28. I would get the crunchy peanut butter. My husband’s favorite.

  29. The dessert looks amazing!

  30. I follow you on Twitter.

  31. Also follow Krema on Twitter…. great giveaway!

  32. Yes- totally agree that pb and chocolate were meant to go together!!

  33. I’m following you on twitter!

  34. I’m curious about their spicy chili recipe, yum!

  35. Chocolate and peanutbutter are my favorite flavors (well, aside from chocolate and sea salt). I can’t wait to try making this! Pinned!

  36. This pie and the SRC helped me overcome my fear of tofu!! The pie was creamy and delicious and my whole family loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

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