Black Sapote Chocolate Pie

 I love black sapotes. Love. They are such a delicate fruit, so smooth and velvety, so subtle in flavour but perfect in texture. You can actually make this cake without them if you don’t have them in season, alas, they add something to the cake that nothing can quite replicate. This is a simple yet stunningly smooth, creamy pie, one that I have shared many a times before! It’s a great one to serve to kids or to anyone who refuses to believe that sugar free, dairy free, raw vegan cake can taste good!!!

Ingredients- 

Crust-

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup brazil nuts
  • 1 ½ cups soaked or soft dates

Filling-

  • ¼ cup brazil nuts
  • 1 large or two small avocados
  • 1 large black sapote flesh only
  • 2 cups soaked dates
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut nectar
  • 10 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil

For the crust, process the brazil nuts reify so they break down slightly, then add the coconut and dates. If the dates are hard, soak them before hand to soften, or use medjool dates which are generally always soft. Process until the mixture comes together but is still slightly chunky. Press this into a ten inch spring form cake tin and place in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

For the filling, process the brazil nuts until they form a fine powder. Add the dates and coconut nectar and process until a smooth paste forms.

Add the avocado and black sapote and process until smooth.

Add the cacao powder and continue to process until smooth.

Lastly add the coconut oil and process until well combined and the mixture is smooth and mousse like.

Pour the mixture onto the crust evenly and refrigerate for an hour or more until set.

Decorate with scattered desiccated coconut and cacao nibs or fresh flowers.

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The Black Sapote, is a species of persimmon that is native to eastern Mexico and Central America south to Colombia. It is also known as the Chocolate Pudding Fruit! The black sapote is a good source of vitamin C, copper and iron and only has about 141 calories per fruit. They are also rich in antioxidants and are a good source of magnesium and potassium. One fruit contains 50% RDA of vitamin C, 25% RDA of vitamin B3 (niacin) and 31% RDA of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). They are also said to be an aphrodisiac!