I have broken my silence to bring to you this rich, silky, sinful vegan peanut butter chocolate pie. I first introduced this pie to my husband a few months after we started dating, right around Valentines Day. I guess I wanted to impress him or something...boy how things have changed!!
Back then we weren't vegan, and neither was this pie. Far from it, actually! So after some adaptations and substitutions, this pie has been reborn into a delicious vegan pie that is arguably better than the original version!
Usually people designate certain recipes for certain times of year, associating them with holidays or annual celebrations. I definitely associate this recipe with Valentines Day, which is why I have waited until now to share it with you! I think I have that association partially because of the time I made it for my husband for Valentines Day that year, but also because it is the perfect pick-me-up pie. What does that even mean!? You see, I spent a great part of my life living in the tundra that is Western New York, where most years winter started around Halloween and didn't end until early-mid April. That is a long time to be cold. The beginning of winter isn't so bad because you had the holidays to look forward to and everyone is cheerful and happy to see snow again and spend time with friends and family despite the frigid temperatures. But then January hit and people grew tired of it, and then February hit (usually bringing a major snow storm with it) and many days I just wanted to give up. Or flee to Hawaii. To me, February always sucked. It was dark, ridiculously cold, and just blah. My cabin fever and seasonal depression started to set in big time, and all I craved were warm days and sunshine.
Making this pie, only to be devoured by me and only me (ok, maybe I shared a little!), was just the kick in the butt I needed to get through the next few weeks of winter. And then I felt obligated to hit the gym of course! It sounds kind of sad and slightly pathetic when I write it down, but its the truth and I can sense that many people around me are ready for warmer air and blooming flowers right about now. If you can relate, I urge you to make this pie, cut yourself a huge slice, and know that Spring is coming!