Paleo Coconut Cream Pie


The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia, also known as land of the golf carts.  The “bubble”, as we lovingly refer to our little town, was planned with a system of golf cart paths and you can literally get anywhere in the city without stepping foot in a car.  The 4th in PTC is magical.  There’s a hokey little golf cart parade in the morning that Bradley, the Mardi Gras enthusiast, always gets a kick out of.   38019_978174837855_6888522_n 37494_978175082365_7471681_n Even the kids have golf carts on their shirts!  That cute blue-eyed baby is my nephew, Braden, in 2010.   34138_978174298935_7615077_n In the evening, everyone heads to watch the awesome fireworks display over the lake.  I’ve been stuck in gridlock golf cart traffic for over an hour trying to get home from the fireworks, but it’s the cutest traffic jam in the world!   Brennan and I were supposed to go to Georgia on Friday, but because of a flight situation and a cranky toddler situation we ended up staying in New Orleans.  I was bummed, but we had a great time swimming at Bradley’s Aunt and Uncle’s house.  DSC05940 DSC05954I made the dessert– Paleo coconut cream pie!  My mom has made a fruit tart previous years that involves pre-made sugar cookie dough, cream cheese, berries placed in a flag design, and an apricot jam glaze.  It’s delicious, but I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to make a paleo version.  The BEST part of this recipe is the crust!  I’ve been trying to get an almond flour crust right for awhile now, and this attempt hit the nail on the head!   I mixed almond flour, coconutflour, stevia, and salt in a bowl.  I used a pastry cutter to combine cold coconut oil with the dry mixture, but you could totally use a fork.   DSC05911The classic description is to cut in the oil until it looks like peas, but I think it looks more like clumpy wet sand.   Add a well beaten egg and 2 tbsp of ice water and kneed with clean hands until the dough comes together and forms a disk. DSC05915 Chill in the fridge for an hour before rolling out.  Ok… are you ready for the best tip ever?!?  Take the chilled dough and put it in between two sheets of wax paper for easy rolling! DSC05917There’s no flour on your counter to wipe up, nothing sticks to anything, it’s amazing!  Once the dough is big enough for your pie pan, peel off one of the sheets of wax paper, put the pie pan upside-down and flip. DSC05918  Don’t panic if your dough cracks a little.  Just piece it back together with your fingers and make it look pretty!  I baked the crust on it’s own for 25 minutes at 350.   DSC05920 For the filling, I mixed coconut cream, coconut butter, stevia, Madagascar vanilla, and a few tablespoons of coconut water and I whipped it until smooth.  Coconut cream is basically the fat of coconut milk. DSC05922  If you chill a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge for a couple of hours and open it without shaking, the milk separates into coconut cream at the top and coconut water at the bottom.  Scoop out the cream and save the coconut water for a future smoothie, or it’s awesome mixed with protein powder!   People often ask if they can have vanilla extract on our challenges, but because the vanilla is dissolved in grain alcohol, the answer is no.  This vanilla is pure ground vanilla beans and it’s expensive, but a little goes a long way!  It’s awesome! DSC05924 I put the mixture in the cooled crust and refrigerated for an hour.  I added patriotic berries and brushed on some honey just so the fruit sparkled.   DSC05929 DSC05926 And there you have it folks, a festive and beautiful dessert that you don’t have to feel guilty eating!   We hope y’all had a happy forth!  Don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean, Live Clean challenge that starts soon!  

Paleo Coconut Cream Pie
A grain free, dairy free, delicious dessert!
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2970 calories
163 g
186 g
262 g
29 g
190 g
1201 g
795 g
56 g
0 g
57 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2970
Calories from Fat 2226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 262g
Saturated Fat 190g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 43g
Cholesterol 186mg
Sodium 795mg
Total Carbohydrates 163g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 56g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the crust
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1 packet or 1/2 tsp Stevia
  5. 1/3 cup cold coconut oil
  6. 1 well-beaten egg
  7. 2 tbsp ice water
For the filling
  1. 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  2. 1/4 cup coconut butter
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  4. 5 tbsp coconut water
  5. 1 packet or 1/2 tsp of Stevia
For the topping
  1. 2 cups of Berries
  2. 2 tbsp warm honey
  1. Mix almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and stevia and mix well. Cut in coconut oil with a pastry cutter until the mixture forms clumps the size of peas.
  2. Mix a well-beaten egg and ice water and add to flour mixture. Kneed the dough with clean hands until it forms a disk. Chill the dough for one hour and roll out in between 2 sheets of wax paper. Remove wax paper and place dough into a standard pie dish. Decorate edges by using a fork or by crimping the edges with your fingers. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Cool completely.
For the filing
  1. Place a can of full fat coconut milk in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours. Open the can and scoop out the coconut cream from the top into a cold stainless steel bowl (I put mine in the freezer for an hour). The remainder of liquid in the can is coconut water. Heat up the coconut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds and add to the coconut cream. Add vanilla and a pinch of salt and mix well with and hand mixer. Add the coconut water 2 tbsp at a time while mixing until the consistency is desirable. Be careful not to add too much water. Add the filling to the cooled piecrust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Decorate the top of the pie with berries or fruit and brush on warm honey with a pastry brush. Serve cold.
  1. This dessert doesn't travel well in a hot car... I know from experience! Keep it cold!
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  • Tiffani 07/06/2015 at 2:41 pm

    You had me at “coconut”! ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks delicious & the ingredients are so good for you. Fun pics & yummy food…great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brenda @Schooling a Monkey 07/06/2015 at 3:21 pm

    This looks so good! I love healthy, fruit-based desserts.

  • aimee fauci 07/06/2015 at 4:28 pm

    I do not know what Paleo is. I know it’s a special diet or way of eating. Your pie looks amazing! It is so beautiful.

    • Emily Schneller 07/06/2015 at 5:16 pm

      “Paleo” comes from Paleolithic and the idea is to eat like our ancestors ate… no processed foods (which includes grains), no GMOs, no processed sugar. I eat that way about 80% of the time and I love the way it makes me feel! Thanks for the comment!

  • Leigh 07/07/2015 at 12:38 am

    This looks delicious. I adore coconut. I must try this.

  • Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake 07/07/2015 at 2:41 am

    This pie is so pretty!!! I love that it’s paleo, too! I’m not a strict paleo girl, but it’s nice to find such tasty looking treats that are healthier to indulge in!

  • Nellie 10/07/2015 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Emily! This pie looks SO yummy! I nominated you for a Liebster Award in my latest post on my blog. I invite you to check it out. Participation is not mandatory but I just wanted to let you know that what you are doing with your blog is awesome! I can’t wait to tell my sister about your blog as she is into crossfit…she’s been begging me to try it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Emily Schneller 10/09/2015 at 12:17 pm

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much Nellie! I appreciate the recognition! I visited your blog, and it’s lovely! I’m so glad when I connect with other bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚

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