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CHOCOLATE PUDDING PIE w/ OREO CRUST & a Mixed Berry Coulis

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Oreo Crust & a Mixed Berry Coulis.

Did you catch all of that?

A few weeks ago I saw that Chocolate Pudding Day is coming up. I generally do not partake in all of the national food days but this one intrigued me. I have always enjoyed pudding but realized I have NEVER had pudding since going Vegan.

That was almost 8 years ago!

My Quest To Figure Out a Vegan Pudding Recipe Began…

and what vehicle would I present it in?

As I continued working on this beautiful creation, a pie popped in my head but not just a regular pie. What if I used graham crackers? While I LOVE a graham cracker crust & you can use one, I stumbled upon the “oreos,” at Whole Foods one day or as they call them, Chocolate Sandwich Cremes.

YES!

But wholly moley, that is A LOT of Chocolate!

Enter Fancy Time…

Why not cut the richness of the chocolate with a tart Mixed Berry Coulis?

Brilliant!

I present to you a silky smooth Vegan Chocolate Pudding Pie with an Oreo Crust and a Mixed Berry Coulis

Vegan Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pudding Oreo Pie with Mixed Berry Coulis

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Berry, Chocolate, Coulis, Dessert, Pie, Pudding, Vegan

Equipment

  • Food Processor or Gallon Zip Loc Bag with Rolling Pin
  • Pie Pan
  • Oven
  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Hand Mixer (optional)
  • Spatula
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Fork
  • Sieve
  • Glass Container for Coulis (with cover)

Ingredients

Step 1: OREO CRUST

  • 25 Oreos or 365 Chocolate Sandwich Cremes
  • 4 tbsp Vegan Butter, melted

Step 2: CHOCOLATE PUDDING

  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch,
  • 1/2 cup Cane Sugar
  • 1 can Coconut Milk, full fat
  • 1 1/4 cup Non-Dairy Milk, unsweetened. I use Soy Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips. I use Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Step 3: MIXED BERRY COULIS

  • 200 grams Frozen Mixed Berries (a little over 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar. You can use cane sugar if necessary.
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • pinch Salt

Instructions

Step 1: OREO CRUST

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
    In to your food processor, add 25 "oreos." Blend until cookies are completely broken down. You may need to stop and clean the sides once to ensure all cookies are getting blended. (OR, crush the cookies in a gallon size zip loc bag with a rolling pin). Drizzle in butter. Doing this while the machine is running is most ideal or you can stop it drizzle around the the top then immediately start again. Once completely incorporated, stop the food processor.
    Pour the "oreo" blend in to your pie pan. Initially pat down with a spatula then switch to using the bottom of glass or measuring cup. Gently but firmly pack down the "oreos" pushing to the edges slightly.
    Use your fingers to pack the edges down firmly.
    Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
    Place on cooling rack until needed next..

Step 2: CHOCOLATE PUDDING

  • In a medium saucepan, add cocoa powder, cornstarch & sugar. Whisk to combine.
    Turn the heat on to medium(no higher).
    Add non-diary milk & can of coconut milk. Whisk!
    This is where patience is a virtue. You will want to turn the heat up higher to hurry the process but I promise, you do not want to as the pudding may burn. Continue to whisk. You will see the liquid and ingredients combine then turn in to a beautiful silky chocolate pudding. Once it starts to boil, start a clock for 2 minutes and continue to whisk. Immediately, after the 2 minutes, remove from heat.
    Gently pour on to your Oreo Crust. Use a spatula to smooth the top layer. Put in the refrigerator.

Step 3: MIXED BERRY COULIS

  • Over medium/high heat, add all sauce ingredients in to a small saucepan. Mix & cover for 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium. With the back of a fork, check the berries to see if they are still frozen and smash down to release their juices. If you still have some frozen, cover for another couple minutes then repeat until all are smashed down. Lower saucepan to low if you feel like it might burn. Everyone's burners are different.
    Once all berries are smashed, remove from heat. Take a sieve and put over a glass storage bowl that can be covered--like a pyrex bowl. Pour the berry mixture over the sieve. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, smash down the berries to allow the juices to run through the sieve and in to the bowl.
    Cover the bowl of coulis & refrigerate.

Step 4: Assemble & Serve

  • This pie can be made either the day before or the day of. If it is the day of, you want to refrigerate the pie and coulis for at least 4 hours.
    **Ideally, for the BEST set on your pudding, you want to make this the night before**
    Cut a slice then drizzle with the mixed berry coulis.
    Enjoy!!

Vegan Oreo Pie

The first time I made this, Mr. VeggL, ate 3 slices that night. (Editor’s Note: Wow, we’re just putting that out there, huh? – Mr. VeggL) It’s THAT good! For a person who loves chocolate, he said while the Mixed Berry Coulis adds another depth of flavor, he didn’t need it.

For me, who isn’t as much of a chocolate lover, I NEED the coulis to cut the richness.

BONUS: Top with a non-dairy whipped cream. We personally LoVE So Delicious’ cocowhip.

This recipe would be perfect to show your vegan and non-vegan friends & family just how yummy this life is!!

Happy Chocolate-ing!!
-Jen

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The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

My Saturday mornings as a kid were spent watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and tearing through a box of cereal. Ever since those days, I’ve loved having a bowl of cereal, curling up on the couch, watching some Netflix – or whatever everyone watched before Netflix.
 
Going vegan has taken a blowtorch to all my favorite cereals
 
So, I set out to find what are the best vegan cereals. After spending over $100 on cereal I learned a few things. First, I learned buying 20 plus boxes of cereal will have people look at you like you’re a lunatic. Secondly, I learned what cereals are good, which are great and which taste like the box it came in.

With each ranking,

I’ll give you the low down on the taste, calories and protein and on some cereals Jen (the smarter and more responsible vegan) will give you facts you need like processed sugar being used etc. With that being said, TASTE was the top determiner on where these cereals were ranked. As you’ll learn through these rankings, as I did while reviewing where I placed each cereal, that I’m still that kid on Saturday morning when it comes to how I want my cereal to taste.

Secondary to taste was calories and protein content.

I’m an avid weightlifter and while I’ve learned that you don’t need to consume animal products to get the protein I need, I like to be very aware of where all my protein is coming from. I’ve also switched the serving size from the arbitrary serving size that they give you on the box, which is random and different on each cereal, to my own personal serving size of 2 cups. This is the amount that fits in my cereal bowl that I made in art class in high school YEARS ago.

Here we go – a complete ranking of the 21 best vegan cereals starting with…

Nature's Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple

21. Sunrise Crunchy Maple – When you’re doing a list of the best vegan cereals, someone has to be last. For this list it’s Crunchy Maple. To sum it up in one word – Weird. There are a lot of flavors and textures competing in the bowl and it just didn’t make any sense to me. There are Rice Krispy type pieces, little puffs and flakes – all different tastes and textures. I honestly don’t think any of them on their own would be all that bad, but all together it’s a train wreck. Avoid if possible.

Calories: 330
Protein: 6g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO & Organic on packaging

20. Fiber One Original – Tastes like the box it comes in. Next.

Calories: 240
Protein: 8g

19. Van’s Simply Delicious Cinnamon Harvest – It’s hard to look at the Cinnamon Harvest box and not think, hey, these should taste kinda like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Fact is, they don’t. At all. Maybe they don’t deserve to be this low, but all I can taste when I eat them is disappointment.

Calories: 320
Protein: 5g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Gluten Free, Non GMO, Organic, Corn Free, Dairy Free & Nut Free on packaging

18. Rip’s Big Bowl Triple Berry Walnut Cereal – These are super healthy–possibly the healthiest cereal on this list. Based on pure taste these are, well, not really the reason you’re choosing Engine 2. You have to go into the bowl fully aware that you’re about to have a healthy, really good-for-you cereal. I feel like it would take awhile to get your taste buds to the point where you really enjoy it. However, if you’re all-in on a healthy bowl of cereal, go for it. Also, I believe the term is “nutrient dense” – a 2 cup serving packs over 500 calories and 19g of protein, both second on this list.

Calories: 533
Protein: 19g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan and Low Sodium on packaging

17. 365 Morning O’s – Booooooooooring. So unbelievably boring. These are the 365 version of Cheerios. It’s not that they’re bad, they’re just super bland. There are better options out there. If you are eating these straight up, without adding other things to them then I’m concerned you live a joyless life.

Calories: 200
Protein: 8g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Organic, and Kosher on packaging

16. Barbara’s Original Puffins – Like a slightly worst tasting (although admittedly healthier!) Cap’n Crunch. Very much a, “Cap’n Crunch slightly destroy your mouth,” texture. As far as flavor goes, they have a slight cinnamon flavor and not much else. However, they’re definitely a tier up from the bottom three on the list. I probably wouldn’t buy these again, but if they were in the pantry, I wouldn’t hesitate to pour myself a bowl.

Calories: 240
Protein: 5g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Non-GMO & Kosher on packaging

15. Cap’n Crunch – I think most of us are aware that Cap’n Crunch is not a “healthy” cereal. But when your pantry is loaded up with organic and non GMO cereals with whole grains, protein, flax and all kinds of other health conscious ingredients – my goodness does Cap’n Crunch seem awful for you. If you can get around the food colorings and ingredients you can’t pronounce AND the fact that at 3g it’s the lowest protein content of any cereal on the list, Cap’n Crunch is still the great tasting cereal that will destroy the inside of your mouth with it’s jagged edges.

Calories: 293
Protein: 3g

Jen’s Notes: Contains Brown Sugar, Palm and Yellow Dyes. Brown Sugar gets processed using bone char. Palm oil devastates forests, animals and people. Look for products that use responsibly sourced palm oil or avoid it all together. Yellow Dye #5 & #6–all I can say is do your research. Many studies have been done on these dyes, require special labeling in Europe or are banned all together in other countries. 

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