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Healthy Chocolate Pie Crust

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This healthy chocolate pie crust recipe is ridiculously easy.

As in, I made it in about 30 seconds.

healthy chocolate pie crust

Yes, a 30-second healthy pie crust.

This recipe saves you precious time, so you can spend that time on the important part: the filling!

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Like this No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.

Or my favorite chocolate fudge pie, but I won’t link to that one today because you’re probably bored of my incessant mentioning of it!

Anywhoos… in addition to its simplicity, this healthy chocolate pie crust is great for numerous other reasons: It’s chocolate. (Yay!) No lard, no partially-hydrogenated oils, and no ingredients you can’t pronounce. (You can pronounce “cocoa” right?) No added sugars, no flour, and it’s also gluten-free.

Healthy Chocolate Pie Crust

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  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (or almonds, walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts)
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (See nutrition link below, for substitutions)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • scant 1/2 cup pitted dates (8 small dates) (Readers have said that raisins work as well)
Total Time: 5m
Yield: 1 pie crust


Healthy Chocolate Pie Crust Recipe: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Then transfer to an 8-in baking dish or aluminum pan (as shown above). Using a piece of wax or parchment paper, smush into the pan and pour desired filling on top or refrigerate until ready to use. (Notes: I like Sunmaid dates, as they’re softer. Also, you can probably use a blender, but I haven’t personally tried it and therefore cannot vouch for it. And feel free to double or triple the healthy pie crust recipe for a bigger pie.)

View Healthy Chocolate Pie Crust Nutrition Facts

I can’t show you what went on top of this particular healthy chocolate pie crust, as it’s scheduled to be Mothers’ Day dessert, and my mom reads my blog.

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Happy Mothers’ Day to the most compassionate, selfless woman I know.

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(Do you think we look alike? Just a little?!)

Pie crust: Love or Hate?

If we’re talking about that traditional flaky stuff, I’m going with yucky. When I lived in China, we frequented a restaurant that made really good apple pie. Except… I dislike crust, and my sister loathes apple pie. (Really. I don’t know how.) So we’d save money by sharing a slice: I’d eat all the filling and leave her the crust. Win for me, win for my sister, and big win for my mom who was paying!

Also, are you making anything for Mothers’ Day? I just took breakfast out of the oven: Fat-Free Banana Bread.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Alan says:

    mmm sounds yummy, like the fudge babies but giant and flat lol.
    I already made a Baked Cinnamon French Toast, later iim making Black Bean Brownies and LEMON SQUARES! Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas

    1. It is similar! I used that as a base idea, but I found the fudge babies a bit too sticky and sweet for a good pie crust.
      Oh, plus this one has coconut. Coconut makes everything better ;).

      And thank YOU for trying the recipes. I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me.

  2. Aurelie says:

    Wow! I’ve never tried a flour-free crust before! Sounds amazing, though! (:

  3. Great pie crust! This will go in handy with alot of my recipes! Thank you so much Katie!

  4. Fiona says:

    I am soooooo glad you posted this recipe!!!! I love your Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Pie but wanted to stop buying Oreo crusts to go under it. This is so perfect! Yay thank you! Happy Mother’s Day to you, you Mother of all chocolate recipes healthy and wonderful!

  5. Not a HUGE crust fan, but if you make it, I know ill love it!

  6. Katie says:

    I made your deep dish chocolate chip cookie to take to our mothers day picnic. I actually made two. Lol. One with cocoa that’s like brownies and one original one. Can’t wait to dig in.

  7. Anna Banana says:

    I love the pictures of you and your mom. 🙂 I’m a big crust fan as long as it’s made properly. I never eat bought pie because I just never like the crust. My mom has always made fantastic crusts because she never used lard. They weren’t flaky or anything, just provided a nice textural contrast to the filling which was always superb, as well.

  8. Yummy for sure. Have been cutting back a bit on the nuts but it’s hard to resist a raw pie!

  9. That pie crust does look delicious! Hope you and your mom have a great day!

  10. Samantha says:

    I actually agree with you on most flaky crusts. Crusts like this one actually often serve a purpose. I can be lazy and make things all the time without crusts but sometimes it actually matters is what I have found in the formation and structure of the item!

    I can’t wait to try this one. I was looking at your raw cheesecake last night and thinking about it.

    I swear I have been baking every day. But today I am leaning towards the banana-split pancakes and then I just saw your healthy bon-bons for the first time! So now I am thinking about them.

    Have a great day!

  11. Yummy! Love the pictures of your mom and I’m gonna have to try that no bake pumpkin chocolate cake!

    I made my mom a fruit tart:
    with a shortbread crust and cashew pastry cream. I hope she loves it.

  12. Ashley says:

    I have never liked pie crusts, they were always too flaky. But I love these date nut crusts. I can’t wait to try your version here.

    For Mother’s Day I’m making your chocolate mousse recipe (I’ve made this several times, my mom and I are huge fans!)

  13. Megan E says:

    What a clever idea! Wonder if the coconut could be substituted with something else for those that don’t like it…will have to think on it.

    One thing that is a bit off for me…is there any way you can give recipes (especially like this one) in weights? Otherwise proportions can be way off…and not all of us are good at changing our adding amounts when something goes wrong…

    Thanks and happy holidays…

    1. Like you, I actually prefer weights. I’m surprised at myself that I didn’t offer them for this recipe, as I normally do!
      (All my other date-based recipes include weight measurements, as do many of my non-date recipes.)

      If all of my readers had a food scale, my job would be so much easier… not to mention, I’d have so many fewer comments to answer as to “Why didn’t this turn out?” 😉

      1. Claire says:

        Katie – would you cook this crust or just use with non bake pies?
        Claire (big fan – made a trio of desserts to take to my mum and dads for dinner – your Pumpkin bars (made with Butternut instead) coconut crack bars (my fave) and fudge babies) All went down VV well XXX

        1. I’ve never tried baking it, but if you do please let me know, as that sounds like a fun idea.

      2. Sarah Lang says:

        So if my pie crust didn’t stick together.. it’s probably because I didn’t use enough dates or because they weren’t soft enough? I used this for the no-bake peanut butter pie recipe and the crust didn’t work, but I just scooped it out and used it as a topping instead haha. Still delicious!

        1. Just add a little water next time and it will stick even if the dates you used are too dry :).

  14. Rana says:

    This looks very useful and I`ll be coming back to it soon, I think 😉
    Thank you!

  15. Looks delicious! There really is no need for all those icky hydrogenated oils. Thanks for sharing!:)

  16. Erin says:

    I LOVE that you finally posted a pie crust recipe! I’ve made A LOT of your recipes, but never any of the pies because I actually agree with your sister – my favorite part is the crust! And if I’m making a healthy filling, it seems like an oxymoron to stick it into a store-bought pie crust. But now… hooray! Pie time ^_^

  17. Chrissy says:

    When I was a toddler, I would beg my mom for scraps of raw pie crust. I loved it! No clue what I was thinking! Ewwwwwww.

  18. Lauren says:

    Perhaps tomorrow you can share the filling you used….? ;o)

    1. Samantha says:

      I thought the same thing. 🙂

      1. I’m running behind and probably won’t get it up for a few weeks. But it was the Red Velvet Fudge Pie. (I don’t mean to be a tease with that recipe; circumstances caused me to change when I’d originally planned to post it. But as always, if you absolutely must see a recipe before I post it, just ask!)

        1. Samantha says:

          Not to worry…I won’t rush you. 🙂 I am excited for a new recipe!

          I made the chocolate-strawberry truffle pie for the first time on this crust. It is AMAZING!

  19. Jennyb says:

    i have always been a pastry fan – try & avoid most these days do to amount of fat it contains – but even a crumble topping with oats & flour…. yum! its even nicer when its gone a bit gooey and soaked up some of the juices from the cooked fruits 🙂

    Mothers Day in the UK was 18th of March which is also the day after my mum’s birthday plus my step dad had just been diagnose coeliac so i made this gluten free cake

    my first very tasty attempt at gluten free baking

  20. yay! I love the “raw” crusts…this is almost raw, I guess it could be with raw cacao instead of cocoa. And happy mother’s day to your mom…she looks like a fun lady! And to you too, because as a mother of dogs myself, I know they sometimes forget to say it.

    We juiced for a quick mother’s day breakfast and then lunch will be salmon, asparagus and lemon caper mashed potatoes. I’m also doing a goat cheese app and then lemon pound cake, ice cream and balsamic fruit for dessert.

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