Creamy Chocolate Coconut Pie

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 From Lauren: As I’ve mentioned, I’m on vacation right now and I’ve lined up some awesome guest posts during my trip. I am so excited to introduce you to Kari from GI 365. I always drool over Kari’s beautiful photography and uber-creative grain free recipes. Today she is sharing this gorgeous Chocolate Coconut Pie, which you can serve chilled or frozen.

This chocolate coconut pie is so creamy and delicious, I just can’t get enough of it! It’s rich and chocolatey with added creamy lightness from the coconut whipped cream. It’s the perfect ‘no bake’ dessert for these hot summer days. It can also be frozen like an ice cream pie, (let it stand at room temperature 10-15 minutes before slicing).

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This pie is also completely nut free! Since I started eating whole foods, I’ve relied on nuts to make most of my crusts, but I’ve found that coconut makes a great alternative. It’s sticky, slightly chewy, and oh so… good! I’ve always had a weakness for decadent desserts, and this one definitely satisfies the deepest darkest chocolate cravings.

Hope you enjoy this summer treat, and thanks to Lauren for letting me guest post today!

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Creamy Chocolate Coconut Pie

30 minutes

Yield: 8-12 Servings


  • Coconut Crust
  • 2 cups shredded coconut unsweetened (I used the big flakes)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 can of coconut milk for the whipped cream, chilled in fridge
  • Fudge sauce
  • 1/4 cup Grade A maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder


  1. In a food processor, combine the ingredients for the crust and pulse until a 'dough' begins to form. Press the crust into a parchment lined springform pan.
  2. Clean the bowl and place it back on the base. Place all the ingredients for the chocolate mousse in the food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Scoop the solid coconut cream off the top of the can (leave the watery liquid in the can, it is not needed) and whip on high until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  4. Carefully fold the chocolate mousse and coconut whipped cream together, leaving the mixture swirled. Scrape the filling onto the crust.
  5. For the Fudge Sauce: mix together 1/4 cup Grade A maple syrup and 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder until smooth. I keep mine in a squeeze bottle for easy drizzling. Double the fudge sauce to have extra on the side. Drizzle fudge sauce over the top. Run a knife through the fudge sauce to create swirls.
  6. Cover and refrigerate or freeze for at least 3-4 hours. Note: You can also make this in a pie plate, but it will be more difficult to get the pieces out for serving.

Creamy Chocolate Coconut Pie

About GI 365 | Gourmet Innovations

Kari Peters bio picHi everyone! My name is Kari from GI 365. I’m enjoying country living here in the Flathead Valley, Montana. I love to create simple healthy recipes, and occasionaly a chocolatey indulgence. I’m learning to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my everyday diet to maintain better health and a higher energy level. Additionally, I post about traveling and hiking adventures in the mountains and a lifestyle section where you can find ideas for a non-toxic approach to everyday living. I hope you find something inspirational, and be sure to let me know what you think! Visit GI 365 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

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  1. says

    Kari, that pie looks gorgeous! My father is from Montana, so I’ve spent time in the Flathead Valley. I remember one night on Flathead Lake, lying in a boat and looking up at the stars, I understood why Montana is called Big Sky Country.

  2. says

    Sorry about that, I meant just the solid milk that separated! I have made it with the entire can of coconut milk (hence the confusion), and the filling is a little bit softer.

  3. Tabitha says

    This looks amazing! Would using maple syrup in exchange for the honey still work? I’m severely allergic to honey. Thanks!

    • says

      Maple syrup would work just fine, I’d recommend Grade A for less maple flavor. Sometimes when I use maple syrup instead of honey, the texture isn’t quite as firm but it usually has a smoother texture and that’s always good!

  4. Janneke says

    Oh my goodness!!! This looks amazing. I think I found the pie to replace my traditional chocolate cream pie for Thanksgiving! How long do you think this will freeze for? I have never frozen avocados before so I don’t know if I could make this while they are in season and save it for a couple months. Thoughts anyone?

  5. Mona says

    OMG! I made this today and it is amazing! My gluten free, dairy free, egg free, cane sugar free grown son will be thrilled. He has been craving a good dessert and this is it!
    Thank you!!! :)

  6. says

    Pinned it and will be making it this weekend. It’s going to be very hot here so this no-bake recipe is perfect. Love the use of avocados for a creamy texture. Thanks!

    • Tracey says

      Try rice malt syrup. I am also fructose free and that is what I would substitute in place of both the honey and maple syrup. Is about the same consistency. Don’t know how it would go though, as I have only just come across this recipe.

  7. laura says

    What type of avocados? approx how much does two avocados measure? Diff types yeild diff quantity. I get FL avocados since this is where I live, and they end up being quit large. I so want to make this.
    Thank you, Laura

    • says

      I used Haas avocados and mashed they measure 1 – 1 1/4 cups or 8 ounces by weight. I’m starting to weigh the avocados in my recipes because they vary so much in size and amount of fruit in each!

  8. rick says

    Hi Lauren,
    is the cocoa powder allowed in the first stage of the GAPS diet?
    I could not find information about it, but I assume if you put this recipe here it is (?).
    If not att he first stage, at what stage?
    Many thanks! :)

  9. says

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    Is it just me or does it look like a few of these remarks look as if they are
    left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at other online
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    Could you list of the complete urls of your shared sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or
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  10. Kim Stevenson says

    I made this for my non vegan family, as a test run for Thanksgiving. I didn’t have coconut milk so I used 2 cups of fresh, raw heavy whipping cream (we have our own cows). I realized I didn’t have anymore cocoa powder after all the other ingredients were in the processor, so I used 2.5 oz of unsweetened natural cocoa baking bar, shredded. I’m glad I used so much unsweetened whipped cream, otherwise I think it would have been too sweet. I toasted the coconut crust for 8 mins, it was really tough, so I think 4-5 mins might work. Loved the toasted coconut flavor!! My 4 yr old son has type 1 diabetes, so I love the healthy, lower carb recipes on this site!! I’m sorry I changed so much, but for someone that can eat dairy they might appreciate the conversions 😉 Thankyou sooo much!!

  11. Chelsea says

    Do you have to use a springform pan? Could I possibly just oil a pan (maybe w/coconut since I would make this a frozen dessert) to help it out of the pan easier?

  12. says

    I have just made the pie and I must say it’s looking pretty tasty. I had trouble with the coconut milk, I opened three cans, with no solids at all so I’ve left it out, it was organic milk too. Got to wait now for it to set, I’ll let you know how it went down with the family later. Love to you from Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

    • says

      Mandy, the organic-ness of it shouldn’t affect the solids. Is it chilled? Is it the full fat type of milk? If you get reduced fat or “light” or similar, you won’t have that good cream layer.

  13. Ivette says

    Hi there! I am making this pie for Thanksgiving. Will the crust get soggy if I make it a day ahead or should I just make it tomorrow?
    Thanks! I can’t wait to try this.

  14. joanna says

    I added a cup or so of frozen raspberries to the chocolate mousse. I feel like I should receive some sort of award for that delicious brilliance. :)

  15. says

    Damn! This looks like one seriously good pie. I don’t eat eggs so it’s really hard to find delicious, mousse-type desserts. If I see some nice avocados in the store tomorrow I’ll make it. :)

  16. Angela Atherton says

    Couple questions, do you melt the coconut oil or leave it solid for the crust and about how long do you process it for? Mine started separating and is really oily and there doesn’t seem to be enough to cover the bottom of the pan! What are your recommendations?

  17. Casey says

    I am new to the Paleo lifestyle! I suffer from Crohn’s, Colitis and Leaky Gut. After years of seeing doctors I am trying to heal myself with a healthier lifestyle avoiding gluten, grains and dairy.

    My question for the above is would I be able to sub in cacao powder for the coco powder (I just already have a bunch at home!) if not is there a brand of coco powder that is tummy safe??


  18. nicole says

    Do you have the measurement of the cream solids before whipping. I am using a carton of coconut cream which is much larger than a can. Thanks!

  19. Jenny says

    I came across this recipe in my search for a coconut “grain free” pie crust. It looked intriguing and I had the ingredients on hand for the mousse, so I whipped up a batch. SO AMAZING!! It’s not too sweet, but oh-so-creamy and delicious. And here’s what happened with the crust. I added a smidge more oil than was listed and then baked the crust at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. I let it cool completely and then added the mousse. Was crunched for time, so popped it into the freezer for 30 minutes before moving it to the fridge. The crust stayed nice and solid, whereas another I made (that was baked also but didn’t get the freezer time) fell apart.

  20. Rose H says

    My daughter and husband made this today for me for mother’s day… It’s really good! I had the recipe saved because I have been wanting to try it out. I think the only tweak I would make is toast the coconuts. Other than that, it’s perfect! This works well for my daughter too because she has severe food allergies and you can’t tell that this isn’t a “legit” cream pie.

  21. Erin says

    This pie is divine! I couldn’t get much cream with my coconut milk can so also mixed in some pastured heavy whipping cream to fill that out. I cooked the crust for a bit also which leads to a nice crisp crunch when eating the pie within the first day but any more than that and the crust goes soft. The cocoa powder and honey drizzle tastes like Hershey’s syrup! This recipe is a keeper. Thanks very much.

  22. martina says

    Both times I’ve made this it never turns out as pretty as the picture, but the rave reviews make up for it! Delicious!

  23. Bobbi says

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’ve been missing those cream pies of my long ago SAD diet, and this certainly looks like it would work. I cannot wait to give it a try. Thanks, Kari!

  24. says

    This looks so delicious. I would make it in a heart beat, but I can’t eat avocados, very allergic to them. Is there a chance you have any idea what could I replace them with? Thnx! :)

  25. Donna W. says

    I am slowly moving my husband into a gluten-free lifestyle. I appreciate your patience with all the questions that may seem silly to some. This is new territory for many and can be a little intimidating. I love reading the posts because many of my trivial questions are answered. Thank you so much!

  26. Sherri says

    I have one daughter with Celiac’s and another daughter with type 1 diabetes. This recipe allows for both of them to enjoy dessert. It is so hard to find a good gluten and lactose free dessert without an insane number of carbs. I made this for my mom’s birthday and it was delicious! It is also a sneaky way of getting my mainly carnivorous son to eat a vegetable. Thank you so much!

  27. marga says

    I made this for work today. It didn’t turn out near as pretty but everyone loved it. Look forward to finding more recipes like this one. FANTASTIC!

  28. Bonnie says

    I’m in the middle of making this wonderful chocolate coconut pie and I just about put the cream in the mousse mix without whipping it. Perhaps it could be separated from the mousse ingredients because it’s in the next step.

  29. Amanda says

    I can not get this to come out right, although it is still always delicious when I make it. I suppose this is a forgiving recipe. My issues are with the syrup and the coconut cream. The cream I scooped off the top of the can of milk would not whip for me! What’s the trick? Should the bowl be refrigerated first?
    My issue with the syrup is the texture and color. The color does not create a contrast with the color of the pie, they are both the same chocolate color (maybe the color of the pie would be lighter if the cream would whip for me?). I also cannot get the powder to dissolve into the syrup 100%, so it is not a smooth syrup… any ideas what I could be doing wrong? I am using cacao instead of cocoa so maybe that’s it?

    • gina says

      There are no words! I made it for some friends today, family ate it later. It’s decadent, not too sweet, but sweet enough!! So, so good!

    • Candice says

      I used a high fat coconut milk (check the calorie count) and it whipped up no problem. I also had the can in the fridge, so the coconut milk was cold. I didn’t have maple syrup so I just used regular syrup. After mixing the cocoa and syrup I let it sit for a bit to get the lumps out, maybe try warming up the syrup? I hope you get it to work, I love this recipe!

  30. Tanza says

    Oh my goodness this looks sooo amazing! Wish I wasn’t allergic to avocados! I will totally still be trying the crust for another type of pie

  31. gina says

    There are no words! I made it for some friends today, family ate it later. It’s decadent, not too sweet, but sweet enough!! So, so good!

  32. says

    Yum…I just pinned this recipe I am going to go shopping for the ingredients and make it later on today :) I am going to make one small adjustment…instead of the “pinch of sea salt” switch this for a “pinch of himalayan salt” for the added heath boost.

  33. Candice says

    I just made this recipe and it turned out amazing!! My son is allergic to dairy and eggs, so this was perfect. Thank you!!

  34. Tabitha says

    Wow, this looks so good! Do you think it’s possible to substitute the avocado for 2 additional cans of coconut milk?

  35. ellen bay says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, for a gorgeous SIMPLE recipe WITHOUT NUTS for a holiday treat! I’m making this for Thanksgiving!

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