Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pie (4 Ingredients | Fuss-free!)

BY : PUBLISHED : January 12th, 2022 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

This vegan chocolate pie is light, creamy, and silky, with just 4 ingredients (including a pre-made crust), no baking, fuss-free, low-effort prep! Perfect for Thanksgiving, dinner parties, gatherings, and even busy mid-week dessert!

completed chocolate pie against light surface

4-Ingredient Super Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pie

You may have noticed that we shared a simple chocolate peppermint pie recipe over the holidays. Well, that recipe was actually inspired by this super simple, rich, and creamy vegan chocolate pie (also called vegan chocolate cream pie/vegan chocolate silk pie) from the Plant-Based on a Budget cookbook. Made with just three ingredients plus a pre-made vegan pie crust and just minutes of hands-on prep, this vegan chocolate cream pie is the ultimate no-fuss dessert ready to impress at dinner parties, events, or for busy mid-week desserts!

Non vegan chocolate pie can contain cream, butter, eggs, and more. In comparison, this eggless chocolate pie is 100% vegan and can easily be adapted to different dietary requirements by swapping out the crust, vegan chocolate, and even silken tofu used for gluten-free, refined sugar-free/sugar-free, soy-free, etc. options. Even better, this dairy-free chocolate pie is incredibly easy to adapt to create tons of flavor variations, too – no matter the occasion!

And while the tofu filling may have you a little skeptical. Don’t be! Silken tofu makes for the most wonderfully creamy and silky filling (plus plant-based protein!), but it won’t taste like tofu, thanks to all the vegan chocolate! And, if you’re really worried (or have dietary requirements that require you to skip the tofu), then we’ve even included potential substitutes for you below!

This dairy-free chocolate pie is simplicity at its finest, proving you don’t need to have a ton of bells and whistles for an impressive and delicious dessert. And, if you’re as pie-mad as us, you might also like these recipes for pumpkin chocolate pie and banana cream pie.

The Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie Ingredients

All you require for this vegan chocolate pie is just 3 ingredients and the crust (which can you can buy or make with just 2-3 additional ingredients)!

  • Vegan chocolate: We used a bag of vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also use chopped-up bars of vegan semi-sweet chocolate if preferred.

We recommend using high-quality vegan chocolate for the best flavor, especially in a recipe requiring so few ingredients. Ghirardelli or Guittard are particularly good, but pricey – so use what fits your budget.

  • Silken tofu: Use a package of firm silken tofu or soft tofu, not medium or firm tofu, as they taste stronger and will affect the texture of the tofu chocolate pie. Here's a great Guide to Tofu if you want to learn more about the different types.
  • Vanilla extract: Use natural vanilla for the best flavor.
  • Pre-made vegan pie crust: We used a vegan graham-cracker crust (from Keebler’s) or homemade with a combination of graham crackers and vegan butter or coconut oil.

You could also double up on dairy-free chocolate with a vegan Oreo pie crust (24 cookies with a few tablespoon vegan butter/oil) or make a gluten-free cookie crust if preferred. Of course, regular pie crust will also work for the dairy-free chocolate pie. Alternatively, make a simple, no-bake pie crust using a combination of nuts/seeds, soaked dates, oats, and salt. Use a food processor to process it into a dough consistency.

ingredients for chocolate pie against white surface

Optional add-ins & Recipe Variations

  • Salt: Just a pinch of salt will enhance the dairy-free chocolatey flavor in the vegan chocolate silk pie.
  • Coffee: Instant coffee powder or espresso powder is a great way to enhance the vegan chocolate flavor without making the tofu chocolate pie taste like coffee (start with a teaspoon). Add more for a vegan mocha pie.
  • Sweetener: We find that the sugar in the vegan chocolate and crust make this vegan chocolate pie recipe sweet enough. However, if you have a sweeter tooth, feel free to add a little sugar to the pie filling.
  • Extracts: The easiest way to add extra flavor to this silken tofu chocolate pie is with flavor extracts. Orange, coconut, coffee, and peppermint are our favorites.
  • Cocoa powder: Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder/cacao powder to the melted vegan chocolate for an even richer dairy-free chocolate flavor.
  • Seed/Nut butter: Add 1-2 tablespoon of nut/seed butter for richness but subtle flavor in the vegan chocolate silk pie. Add more for a more pronounced flavor, like a vegan chocolate peanut butter pie or almond butter (3-4 tbsp).
  • Salted caramel chocolate pie: Add a layer of vegan caramel sauce to the pie crust first and allow it to chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before adding the plant-based chocolate filling.
  • Jam/compote: Our favorite is to add a cherry jam/compote as a layer beneath the filling for a simple black forest gateau flavor. Top with non-dairy cream and extra cherries.
  • Vegan chocolate cream pie: The only difference is to add a fluffy layer of sweetened vegan whipped cream over the top of the dairy-free chocolate pie.
  • Vegan French silk pie: Use a vegan Oreo pie crust and top the vegan chocolate pie with whipped coconut cream and plant-based chocolate shavings.

To Make Vegan Chocolate Pie Without Tofu

We’ve found that using a firm dairy-free cream cheese works best as a silken tofu replacement for the best texture and creaminess (like Daiya).

Full-fat coconut milk may also work, but we haven’t tested this yet, and think it would require further tweaks to ‘set’ correctly (possibly cashew cream/raw cashew butter).

If you make any tweaks and find that the filling doesn’t set, you can pour it into a saucepan. Add a little cornstarch slurry or agar powder and simmer to thicken. 

Optional toppings:

  • Whipped coconut cream/vegan whipped cream – plain or sweetened
  • Vegan chocolate shavings
  • Shredded coconut/ flakes
  • Berries—raspberries, chopped strawberries, etc.
  • Banana slices
  • A dusting of cocoa powder
  • Pinch of flakey sea salt
  • Drizzle of vegan caramel sauce
  • Ganache topping (combine melted plant-based chocolate with full-fat coconut cream)
  • Slithered nuts (raw or toasted)
  • A few mint leaves

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Pie?

1) First, place the vegan chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 45 seconds. Then mix until smooth. If the vegan chocolate is still lumpy, continue to microwave in 20-second intervals until completely smooth.

Alternatively, you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate without the risk of scorching.

melted chocolate in clear bowl against white surface

2) Then, combine all the vegan chocolate pie filling ingredients (melted plant-based chocolate, tofu, and vanilla extract) in a food processor or blender until creamy and smooth.

process of adding chocolate pie ingredients to blender

3) Pour the filling mixture over the pie crust, using a silicone spatula to get it all out of the blender/processor jug and to smooth down the top of the pie. Then gently tap the pie against the surface of your table to remove any air bubbles.

pie crust and chocolate/tofu mixture on light surface
process of putting tofu/chocolate mixture into pie crust

4) Then, transfer the tofu chocolate pie to either the refrigerator (for 2-3 hours) or the freezer (30 minutes) until the filling has set.

You can then slice and enjoy the pie as-is or garnish it first - enjoy!

post refrigerated chocolate pie against white surface

How to Store?

Keep the vegan chocolate cream pie stored in an airtight container/covered tightly in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

You can also freeze the vegan no-bake pie for up to a month but with a caveat. Freezing can change the texture of the silken tofu. For that reason, it’s best to enjoy frozen slices at a semi-frozen state for the best texture.

If you want to make your own crust, please do this in advance. You can also prepare the entire vegan chocolate cream pie a day in advance, to set. You can also make a coconut whip cream topping in advance.

FAQs and Recipe Notes/Tips

  • Can this pie be gluten-free? As long as you use a gluten-free crust, the filling is already gluten-free.
  • Do I have to keep the pie chilled? Yes, it’s best to do so for texture and food safety. You can store it in the fridge or freezer.
  • Can we make crust-free vegan chocolate pie? For a crustless version, you can fill up jars with this filling, too, as a ‘pudding’. Then, top them off with whipped coconut cream and vegan chocolate shavings for a simple, moreish, delicious dessert. Or make it lighter with some banana/berries and a dollop of dairy-free yogurt and/or granola for breakfast.
  • No need for a high-speed blender: The ingredients will blend easily even in machines past their prime.
  • Use high-quality vegan chocolate: As there are only 4 ingredients in this dairy-free chocolate pie, it’s important that they’re high quality. Use REAL vegan chocolate with cacao butter.
completed chocolate pie with a slice missing and plated on white surface

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Vegan chocolate pie with one slice cut out. It's in an aluminum pie tin, on top of white and wood cutting board.

Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pie (4 Ingredients| Fuss-free!)

Toni Okamoto
This vegan chocolate pie is light, creamy, and silky, with just 4 ingredients (including a pre-made crust), no baking, and fuss-free, low-effort prep! Perfect for Thanksgiving, dinner parties, gatherings, and even busy mid-week desserts!
4.71 from 44 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 467 kcal
METHOD No Bake
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12-ounce bag of vegan semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14-ounce block of silken tofu, drained
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vegan graham-cracker pie crust

Instructions
 

  • In a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave the veagn chocolate chips for 45 seconds. Mix with a fork until smooth. (If the vegan chocolate is still lumpy, microwave for 20-second intervals, mixing in between, until the chocolate is completely smooth.)
  • In a blender or food processor/blender, blend the melted vegan chocolate, tofu, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Pour the tofu-chocolate mixture into the pie crust and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the filling solidifies. The pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Video

Notes

  • Can this pie be gluten-free? As long as you use a gluten-free crust, the filling is already gluten-free.
  • Do I have to keep the pie chilled? Yes, it’s best to do so for texture and food safety. You can store it in the fridge or freezer.
  • Can we make crust-free vegan chocolate pie? For a crustless version, you can fill up jars with this filling, too, as a ‘pudding’. Then, top them off with whipped coconut cream and vegan chocolate shavings for a simple, moreish, delicious dessert. Or make it lighter with some banana/berries and a dollop of dairy-free yogurt and/or granola for breakfast.
  • No need for a high-speed blender: The ingredients will blend easily even in machines past their prime.
  • Use highquality vegan chocolate: As there are only 4 ingredients in this dairy-free chocolate pie, it’s important that they’re high quality. Use REAL vegan chocolate with cacao butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 8gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 137mgPotassium: 153mgFiber: 4gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 103mgIron: 5mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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  1. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Just made a dark chocolate/ orange version with triple sec and candied orange 🍊 peel. It’s so good!

    • Andrea White says

      Oh wow, that sounds incredible!!

  2. Caroline says

    Hi! Can I sub cocoa powder for the chocolate?

    • Andrea White says

      We haven't tried that out yet but please let us know how it works if you give it a go!

  3. Lara Miller says

    Where do I find vegan graham-cracker pie crust? I've been Googling down a rabbit hole of making my own crust and grahams! 😛 😀

    • Andrea White says

      Keebler and Marie Callender's have accidentally vegan pie crusts that you can find in most common stores! 🙂

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