Paradise Pie

Ambreen Wajid
by Ambreen Wajid
12 Servings
50 min

This dessert has layers. A warm crumbly crust, melted oozing chocolate, a coconut filled cake layer, and even that is topped with roasted aromatic walnuts. How does this dessert get better- oh yeah, by adding a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top! There’s always something wonderful about a dessert that can balance something warm & toasted, with something cold & classic. This dessert has it all.

(It's fitting for this to be my first dessert to share with you all, as I believe this dessert was one of my first real baked desserts. I was thoroughly impressed with myself when I made this as a kid, and am pretty sure that this dessert triggered my full-fledge obsession into recipe development/baking enthusiast. The recipe has been refined over the years, but it's lost none of it's addictive qualities!)

First perfect bite of ice cream + fresh pie!
Packed with chocolate in every bite!
are you drooling yet?
Recipe details
  • 12  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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For the crust
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cups dark chocolate chips
For the dough layer
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
For the crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a food processor add oats and process until coarse sand-like mixture forms. Add coffee. Pulse once. Pour in melted butter and oil to mixture. Pulse for 2-3 seconds to distribute evenly.
Pour mixture from food processor into a baking pan. Using your fingers or flat end of a measuring cup, press the mixture to the bottom of the pan to form crust.
Add the dark chocolate chips on top of the crust, ensuring that the crust is fully covered. Set aside.
For the dough layer
In a mixing bowl gently mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar together.
Add the melted coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk well. Scrape sides of the bowl. Add in the egg and whisk again until combined. Then, add coconut flakes. Whisk until combined.
Roll the dough and flatten to form a layer that you can place on top of the chocolate chips. Pour the walnuts on top and gently press into the dough layer with your hands.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until dough is lightly browned & a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in order to set. (If serving later, microwave a slice for 10-15 seconds to heat up slightly.)
Optional (but recommended): Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream before serving!
Ambreen Wajid
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