Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie

This paleo chocolate fudge pie is silky smooth, fudgy and decadent and has an almond flour based crust.

You might remember me mentioning Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More in my ultimate hot chocolate post from last October, shortly after Joan passed away unexpectedly.

She was so generous – both with her time and knowledge and was really a pillar of the food blogging community. Joan would have turned 50 on Saturday and to honor her memory, some fellow food bloggers and I are making and sharing her recipes.

This Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie is silky smooth, fudgy and decadent and has an almond flour based crust.

When going through her recipe archive, I was immediately drawn to her double chocolate fudge tart. The filling is made with chocolate, granulated sugar, butter and cream. I’m sure it’s insanely delicious as written but I thought I’d adapt it to make it a tad bit healthier. And paleo!

So I pretty much changed every ingredient. Only the amount of eggs, chocolate and salt remain the same. I don’t think Joan would have minded (or even noticed!) the changes. I really can’t imagine this being any more decadent.

The only thing that would give away the filling changes is the slight coconut taste. Other people couldn’t detect the coconut flavor but I could (maybe just because I knew it was in there?) so if you don’t like coconut, I probably wouldn’t recommend making this.

This Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie is silky, smooth, fudgy and decadent and has an almond flour based crust.

At first I tried making a paleo chocolate cookie crust. I tried others’ recipes and coming up with my own but none of them actually tasted like an Oreo cookie crust.

So I changed gears and just went with a normal crust. It looks like a huge amount of the paleo pies out there use or adapt this pie crust from Elana’s Pantry so I thought I’d give it a try. But with some added sugar (because pie crust without sugar makes me weep) and a tiny bit of extra coconut oil.

It worked great! It’s not as crisp as I’d like on the bottom, but it went with the filling perfectly. If you want a crisp bottom crust, you could pre-bake the crust a bit but I’d be worried that the top part would burn while baking the filling.

This almond flour pie crust from Wholesome Yum also looks like an awesome option!

Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie –  silky smooth and decadent with an almond flour based crust.

The ganache I used on here pretty much had no point as it tasted exactly like the filling. I melted 1/2 cup chocolate chips together with 1/4 cup of full-fat canned coconut milk and stirred until smooth. Instead of using 1/4 cup of coconut milk, I recommend using 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of raspberry liqueur, rum or some other flavor.

If you’re wondering how to make this with butter, cream, regular sugar or with an Oreo crust, be sure to check out the original recipe! This French silk pie from Amanda’s Cookin’ also sounds delicious!

Here are some of Joan’s recipes that I think would be great with whole wheat flour or a 1-to-1 GF baking mix. There’s one that’s naturally gluten-free, too!

Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie
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  • Yield: 8 pieces


    For the crust:

  • 2 cups (200 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (33 grams) coconut oil
  • 1 large egg (50 grams, out of shell)
  • For the Filling

  • 1 2/3 cups (283 grams) paleo-friendly chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 7 tablespoons (98 grams) coconut oil
  • 1 cup (225 grams) coconut cream from a can of full-fat canned coconut milk, chilled overnight1
  • 2 large eggs (50 grams each, out of shell)
  • 7 tablespoons (88 grams) coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


    Prepare the crust:

  1. Position the rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat it to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Place the almond flour in the bowl of a food processor fitted with an S-blade. Sprinkle the sugar and salt over the top and then add the coconut oil and egg. Pulse just until a ball forms.
  3. Press the mixture up the sides and over the bottom of a 9" pie plate. Set aside while preparing the filling.
  4. Prepare the filling:

  5. In a small pot over low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, stirring until melted.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut cream until well combined.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt and then stir in the chocolate mixture until well combined.
  8. Pour the filling into the unbaked crust and bake for 28 minutes. This is before little bubbles form all over the top (which you can see in this picture). The center will still be a little jiggly. Or actually a bit more than just a little jiggly. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. If you decide to dig in before it's properly chilled, it'll have an odd texture and not the right silky, fudgy texture you see in the pictures.
  9. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.


  1. Coconut cream is the hardened part at the top of the chilled can. You can use the coconut water below the coconut cream in smoothies or just drink it.
  • See the post for notes on the ganache.

Filling adapted from Double Chocolate Fudge Tart on Chocolate, Chocolate and More, who adapted it from Rachel Ray's recipe. Crust adapted from Elana's Pantry.

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27 comments on “Paleo Chocolate Fudge Pie” — Add one!

  • Denise
    July 22, 2017 @ 12:07 pm

    This is simply decadent and delicious. I agree, don’t be temped to slice in too early. After leaving the pie overnight….my goodness, so silky smooth. So beautiful. Chocolate lovers, perfect! Thank you so much.

    • Erin replies to Denise
      July 24, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it and that it came out well! Thanks a bunch for your comment. :)

  • Cara
    October 5, 2016 @ 2:06 am

    Absolutely delicious!

    • Erin replies to Cara
      October 5, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

      I’m so happy you liked it. :) Thanks for the feedback!

  • Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet says
    September 30, 2016 @ 3:13 pm

    This pie look amazing and I know Joan would have loved your version!

  • Angie | Big Bears Wife says
    September 29, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

    The perfect chocolate dessert for Joan! <3 She would have loved this so much!

  • Sammie says
    September 28, 2016 @ 9:07 pm

    Oh wow this is just the best chocolate tart ever. I love that it is a recipe that more people can enjoy. Something I’m actively working on, creating recipes alongside mine that are gluten free or generally healthier.
    Utterly delicious thank you for a fabulous recipe x.

  • Lora @savoringitaly says
    September 27, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

    I am just loving this pie and have to try your crust…it’s so different and lovely! A very lovely tribute to Joan.

  • Kelly Barcroft
    September 27, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    This sounds awesome…very good and I know the perfect person to make it for except he doesn’t live anywhere near me anymore…
    Anyway, thought I would let you know I got an email from you yesterday except it was for your vegan vanilla sauce. I went straight over to your website and your vegan vanilla sauce was indeed the last thing posted. But I decided to get on here this morning and I see your Paleo Fudge Pie is here. Yummy. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
      September 28, 2016 @ 10:13 am

      Sorry about that! The first time it happened, I looked into it and there was nothing that would explain it. So I thought it was a glitch. But now that it’s happened a second time, I’ll write the newsletter service and ask them if they’re aware of this issue. Thanks for letting me know again!

      • Kelly Barcroft
        replies to Erin
        September 29, 2016 @ 11:24 pm

        Was going to let you know that I did get the email for this yesterday afternoon. Still looks so yummy. May have to save until christmas though. I’m trying to be good!

        • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
          October 1, 2016 @ 9:27 pm

          That’s good! Thanks for letting me know. I tried something to get it to go out and I’m happy it did. :) I think we’ve figured out the issue so hopefully you won’t get another post twice again! Thanks for not getting frustrated with getting the emails double. :)

  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says
    September 27, 2016 @ 4:59 pm

    Great tribute to Joan, I can’t wait to try your version of the recipe <3

  • Laura says
    September 27, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your sweet friend. What a great way to honor her memory with a delicious and beautiful chocolate treat. My husband has a super-taster ability to detect even the slightest amount of coconut in anything…although he does like the taste! ;)

  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
    September 27, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

    This pie looks so sinful! I am almost certain that Joan would have wholeheartedly approved of this one. ;)

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
    September 27, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

    I don’t know how something so decadent looking can actually be healthier for you. You are an incredible baker. Joan would be proud!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    September 27, 2016 @ 5:45 am

    Wonderful tribute to Joan! And I’ll bet that coconut cream in the pie filling is simply amazing!

  • Carolyn says
    September 27, 2016 @ 3:51 am

    Okay, this is the awesomest. I love that you and I are on the same page when it comes to making healthy versions of decadent desserts!

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    September 27, 2016 @ 3:26 am

    Ooooh this looks amazing!! Love that it’s Paleo too :)

  • christine says
    September 27, 2016 @ 3:25 am

    Wow, another beautiful tribute to Joan. I have seen several and each and every one is so special. This tart is amazing and Im sure she would have been thrilled with your adaptation.

  • Mary says
    September 27, 2016 @ 2:28 am

    This pie looks absolutely incredible, Erin. I know that Joan would have loved both this pie and the sweet words being shared this week. I miss her so much.

  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
    September 27, 2016 @ 1:42 am

    This looks so rich and creamy – perfect decadence!

  • TidyMom says
    September 27, 2016 @ 1:40 am

    It’s so hard to believe Joan’s been gone almost a year already. this pie is a great tribute!

  • Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food says
    September 27, 2016 @ 1:32 am

    What a nice tribute to Joan! She was the VERY first person I met at my first food blogger conference three years ago. She would be honored with this chocolate recipe!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    September 27, 2016 @ 12:17 am

    Joan was such a good person and that’s so nice of you to do a tribute to her. Love the changes you made!

  • Stephanie says
    September 26, 2016 @ 11:40 pm

    Joan would have loved this! Just look at that chocolate!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

    What a lovely tribute to Joan and I love how you adapted it! I love all of your sweets, Erin! We all miss Joan very much. XO


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