Ah, peanut butter and chocolate. What a perfect combination. But do you know how to make perfect even more wonderful? Make the peanut butter and chocolate into a light and fluffy pie.
I’ve made chocolate and peanut butter pies in the past, but the combination of ingredients can be a little dense. Recipes for fluffy pies caught my eye, but I couldn’t replicate the flavor combination in a vegan version. That is, I couldn’t until I tried Country Crock Plant Cream. It’s easy to work with and makes gorgeous fluff. No one is paying me to say this, I am just glad this product was invented with the vegan baker in mind.
The creators at Cooks Country have my trust, so I chose their pie recipe to transform into a vegan one. To up the ante I made the dessert more allergy-friendly by using gluten-free cookies in the crust. (Sometimes I am an overachiever). Plant Cream took the place of heavy cream and vegan cream cheese and butter were used as well. The result was a beautiful, light, and, yes, fluffy pie.
Peanut Butter Mousse Pie in a Chocolate Crust adapted from Cooks Country
vegan butter, for greasing the pie plate
roughly 6.5 ounces chocolate chocolate chip cookies (I used one box of Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookies)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons vegan butter, slightly cooled
2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted peanuts
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic powdered sugar, sifted
3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy is best)
6 ounces vegan cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups Country Crock Plant Cream, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vegan chocolate candies, for decoration
Preheat oven to 325F with oven rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
Break cookies into 1-inch pieces. Place them in a food processor and pulse until they are finely ground. Add cocoa powder and melted butter and pulse until combined, about 8 pulses. Transfer this mixture to the prepared pie plate. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the plate using the bottom of a measuring cup. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust is fragrant and set. Let the cooked crust cool completely on a wire rack, for about 30 minutes. When the crust has cooled, spread the peanuts evenly across the bottom of the crust.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix 3/4 cup powdered sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese, and 3 tablespoons plant cream on low speed until combined, for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
Wipe out the mixer bowl with a paper towel. Add 3/4 cup plant cream to mixer bowl and whip on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture in two additions until no white streaks remain. Spoon the filling into the crust over top of the peanuts. Spread the filling in an even layer.
In the now-empty mixer bowl, whip vanilla, remaining cream, and remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Spread whipped cream evenly over filling. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Decorate with candies.
Until next time, happy baking!