So, embarrassing confession time: I have a total 13-year-old girl crush on Scott Jurek. (For those of you who actually knew me when I was 13 … this is pretty much the same kind of crush I once had on Leonardo DiCaprio — without the posters on the wall.) I just really admire him as an athlete. And also as a babe.
Despite the embarrassing side effects of having a pretend crush on a (marginally) famous person I’ll never meet, there is an upside. I’m feeling inspired by his plant-based diet and have been eating even healthier than normal. But not SO healthy that I’m willing to give up baking or eating pies, so I was really thrilled when I found this mousse recipe on my new favorite blog No Meat Athlete. The baker who invented it eventually turned it into a pie recipe, which I used for inspiration, but adapted to make my own. (Also, hers was too Christmas-y for a 90 degree day in September with no air conditioning.)
The secret weapon in this chocolate pie? Avocado. Yeah, I was skeptical too.
I added a banana to the mix (which was made of 3 big avocados) because… I guess for no reason except it felt right. Here are the other ingredients I used: 1/4 cups peanut butter, 7 oz of semi-sweet baker’s chocolate, a tablespoon of vegetable oil and a tablespoon of vanilla extract. This is so easy to make I feel weird even posting steps. Basically just whip up the avocados until they don’t have any lumps. Melt the chocolate (I just did it in the microwave) and mix it with the oil. After it’s good and melted mix the chocolate and the avocado.
Once that’s good and blended, mix in the banana, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Keep whipping it up really well so it’s smooth. When it’s nice and smooth and looks good to you, pour it into the pie shell and chill for at least 2 hours.
I made the graham cracker crust from scratch because I refuse to buy store bought crust on principal, using this recipe. To keep things vegan, I used cold coconut oil instead of butter. (It turns into a solid in the refrigerator so you can use it the same way you’d use butter or shortening in pie.)
All that weirdness turned into this. And we ate every bite (over a series of days guys, jeez, don’t judge.) This is the best result I’ve ever gotten from a ridiculous pretend crush.