Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie

Looking for a chocolate-heaven-like dessert to serve at our Thanksgiving table, I found this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe in Ricki Heller’s cookbook Sweet Freedom. She also has it online for free, here, but everything else I’ve tried from the book is delicious so it’s definitely worth checking the full cookbook out. The recipe wasn’t quite perfectly matched to the diverse dietary restrictions and needs that our guests (and myself) required, so I took the liberty of making a few minor changes. Simply, I switched the spelt flour in the crust recipe with an equal combination of sorghum and brown rice flours, making it gluten-free. Then, because I’m not eating refined sugars right now, I used unsweetened baking chocolate instead of the chocolate chips in the filling, and I used almond butter instead of cashew butter to adapt for one of the nut allergies. What I got was just what I was looking for: A rich, heavy, purely decadent chocolate dessert that would fulfill any chocolate addict’s cravings. It was also gorgeous, especially when cut into slices and the pecan pieces shone bright in the midst of all the dark chocolate fudge. If you are looking for a holiday dessert, or really any type of chocolate treat, this is definitely the recipe to try. I fully recommend it!

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7 Responses to “Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie”


  1. 1 Ricki November 30, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Wow–your pie is so beautiful! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, and glad you enjoyed it (and happy to hear that a GF crust worked just as well). :) Happy (very belated!) Thanksgiving!

  2. 3 BitterSweet December 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Oh. Man. Does that ever look amazing! I guess I’ll need to crack open my copy of Sweet Freedom yet again…

  3. 4 mihl December 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    That pie looks amazing! I really love Ricki’s recipes.

  4. 6 Beth December 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Hey Tessa! I am finally commenting on your wonderful blog – and I was especially excited to see this recipe because due to the lack of Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie recipes available just 2 weeks ago, I ended up making a non-vegan version for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. I am so happy to now have this alternative! Thanks again and I hope to see you soon!


  1. 1 Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie ┬ź Cookies and Candids Simple Pie Trackback on November 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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