This recipe marked my first experience cooking with Eden agar agar flakes, which are a pure vegetable gelatin made of sea plants. Instead of using sulfuric acid and inorganic bleach to soften and dye the agar like some commercial manufacturers, the Eden brand simply boils and air dries it. Here, the flakes were used to create a healthier pecan pie filling.
Though delicious and decadent, this pecan pie was certainly less rich than its conventional counterpart. I think it would be the perfect option to file away for your Friendsgiving party this fall, especially if one of your guests is gluten-intolerant. Enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Pie Crust
- 1-1/4 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (73% cacao), melted over very low heat
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons agar flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1-1/2 cups agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups whole pecans, toasted
- Preheat the oven to 35o° F.
- In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, agave, and melted chocolate.
- Incorporate wet ingredients into the almond meal mixture, stirring until completely combined.
- Press dough into a 9-1/2″ pie pan.
- Bake 8-12 minutes, watching closely so that you don’t overcook. Bake just until the crust loses its shine and starts to look dry.
- Remove from oven, and let the crust cool completely before filling it.
- Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan, then add agar flakes and continue to cook over high heat, stirring often, for 10-12 minutes. Agar flakes should be completely dissolved.
- Lower heat to medium and stir in sea salt, agave, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring until all ingredients are fully incorporated, for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove agar mixture from heat and allow to fully cool to room temperature. *Note, it may take a few hours for your mixture to thicken.
- When agar mixture has thickened (texture should resemble gelatin), stir in the pecans.
- Pour filling into the cooled pie crust.
- Refrigerate for one hour, or until set.
- Serve with a bit of whipped cream, if desired.