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Chess Pie

Chess Pie

Serves: 12

Category: Desserts
Author: Marji Zintz
Tags: Athletic/Higher caloric

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Chess Pie is a traditional Southern dessert made from readily available, but not so healthful ingredients. This version is just as indulgent but much better for you and it's made with nutrient dense ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

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For the Crust:
½ cup raw walnuts
½ cup raw almonds
1 cup dates, pitted and soaked to soften
For the Filling:
½ cup raw walnuts
½ cup raw cashews
½ cup raw almonds
2 cups dates, pitted and soaked to soften, then drained
½ cup rolled oats, uncooked
½ cup natural, nonalkalized cocoa powder
¼ cup water or non-dairy milk
1 very ripe banana
¼ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
a few drops alcohol-free almond extract
sliced fruit for top of pie (kiwis, banana, strawberries, etc.)


To prepare the crust, place crust ingredients in a high-powered blender or a food processor and process until combined. It will form a ball. Press evenly into the bottom of a pie plate.

For the filling, place all ingredients except the fruit in a high-powered blender or a food processor and process until combined. Add more water until it is creamy. Spread onto the crust as evenly as possible.

Freeze for about an hour, then store in the refrigerator.

Before serving, garnish with sliced fresh fruit to cover the top.

Calories 316; Protein 8 g; Carbohydrates 43 g; Sugars 28 g; Total Fat 16.3 g; Saturated Fat 1.9 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 7 mg; Fiber 7.3 g; Beta-Carotene 16 ug; Vitamin C 27 mg; Calcium 71 mg; Iron 2.9 mg; Folate 36 ug; Magnesium 105 mg; Potassium 573 mg; Zinc 1.4 mg; Selenium 4.4 ug

Comments (12):



07/06/2013 10:10 AM

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By the way, instead of a quarter cup of water, I sometimes use a quarter cup of homemade almond milk. Also, that nonalkalized cocoa power should be unsweetened, but you probably knew that. :-)


09/15/2013 06:14 PM

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This is the best recipe ever. I love marjiz!!!!!!!


01/29/2014 01:14 AM

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I cannot rate but would give it 5 stars. This is very good, very rich. It is very hard to go wrong when nuts and dates are combined. I used almond milk to help get the mixture to a creamy consistency. I am not a big fan of chocolate, but made this with my Mrs. in mind. She appreciated my efforts. I will definitely make this again.

Elaine Garces

04/02/2014 02:58 PM

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This was really good! 4.5 stars ;)! I added lightly roasted pecans on top.

Next time I make this recipe, I will use a square pan and cut into small bite-size squares, like the way they serve fudge at the Jersey Shore :)! I thought that the bottom layer ("crust") added a wonderful look and taste! OR ... I'll shape them into truffles/balls and use the crust, which is more like a firm cream - for the center. I'm also going to try this with just pecans, a la pecan pie - I think I'll add coconut!

The texture is superb - just like professional fudge! There's a lot of ingredients you can add to this. THANK YOU!


05/09/2014 06:56 AM

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Allergic to Almonds, Wish recipes would give alternatives.

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10/31/2016 02:34 PM

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I would just use walnuts for the crust and extra walnuts or cashews for the filling.  


05/09/2014 10:15 PM

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Very rich and delicious. I took Elaine's suggestion and used a square pan instead of a pie plate and cut it into squares. I didn't have almond extract, so I used cinnamon instead. I keep it in the freezer, not the refrigerator, and I can still cut it without having to thaw it first.


10/02/2014 12:03 PM

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This is terrific, the best of the chocolate desserts I've tried on the nutritarian diet. I can't get my husband to warm up to the desserts which have avocado in them. Thanks for the other suggestions about pecans and cutting it like fudge.


12/23/2015 02:18 PM

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Just doesn't seem like a chess pie I've ever eaten. But I am willing to try it.


12/25/2015 02:11 AM

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Hi Parrotfur; I used to be frustrated with my allergies; they are a nuisance and scary. I'm allergic to walnuts, so would just use pecans instead. I can't eat hazelnuts or Brazil nuts, so if these had been listed, I would use almonds instead. Know your allergies and respect them! but don't let the fear factor stop you from enjoying life and experimenting with foods that are safe for you.


12/26/2015 11:03 PM

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Looks phenomenal:)


12/19/2016 08:06 AM

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does the ripe banana go in the fillinng or on top with the rest of the sliced fruit? Laurie

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12/19/2016 09:59 AM

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The banana goes into the filling mixture. 



04/26/2017 06:08 PM

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This is a great dessert! It tastes like it's really rich and full of calories. While it's not low calorie, it IS full of nutritious ingredients and it'd delicious! I fixed this for Easter and my picky mother actually enjoyed it! Generally when I tell her it's a "Dr. Fuhrman" recipe she turns up her nose at it. But this one she loved! I'll never be able to convert her to a Nutritarian diet but it's good when she does enjoy what I cook!