Almond Butter Icebox Pie (Paleo & Vegan + Keto option)

Almond Butter Icebox Pie combines silky dairy-free cream with smooth almond butter for a rich frozen dessert unlike any other! No cool whip or processed junk. This simple, no-bake recipe comes together in minutes using only real-food ingredients. (Free from gluten/grains, refined sugar. Paleo & Vegan)Almond Butter Icebox Pie (Paleo & Vegan with Keto option) PrettyPies.com

Almond Butter ICEBOX PIE?

What does this taste like? Is it vanilla FUDGE? Is it creamy caramel? Is it ICE CREAM?!

Yes, yes and YES! It has qualities of them ALL. I’ve never tasted anything like it. I’m in LOVE and I think you will love them, too.

So SIMPLE. Love. So DELICIOUS. Love. Vegan and Paleo AND adaptable to Keto, LOVE.

This recipe makes TEN individual servings that are PERFECT to stash in the freezer for a healthy treat whenever the mood strikes. 

HELLO again

I’m back! Did you wonder what happened the past week? Sorry I’ve been MIA. I was trying to soak up the last bit of summer. We had one last hoorah to visit my parents over the weekend. This summer went way too fast, but I’m ready for the next chapter.

NOW school is officially BACK in session and as a work-at-home mom of 2, can I just say I am excited?!! 😀 I love my kids and I do miss them, but this mamma needed some time back to herself. Some quiet. Some space to breathe. And time to get back to what I love, recipe development!

Now there’s no one asking me for a snack every 5 minutes, no one arguing in the other room, no one being so LOUD, haha. This silence is GOLDEN. Any other moms feel me??

And now that I’ve got a quiet house without the tiny loud people in the background, I can get back to doing LIVE VIDEOS on Facebook and Instagram. Woohoo! Let me know in the comments what recipe I should make live 🙂
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Let’s Get Naked

I’m talkin’ to the pies 😉 I love the simplicity and beauty of these “naked” pies. And I love the purity of the ingredients. Wanna know what they’re made of??

  1. Almonds (nuts & butter)
  2. Coconut (cream & oil)
  3. Maple Syrup (or stevia)
  4. Vanilla
  5. Salt

Bare and beautiful REAL FOOD ingredients. Nutrient-rich, wholesome, and actually good for you, but with a totally AMAZING taste! Healthy tastes GOOD.Almond Butter Icebox Pie (Paleo & Vegan with Keto option) PrettyPies.com

GET IN MY ICEBOX

Ok, I don’t think anyone actually uses the word ICEBOX for a freezer anymore, haha. But that’s what we’re calling it. Because it’s set in the freezer, and it STAYS in the freezer 😉

If you’ve ever made a conventional icebox pie before, they typically are made with COOL WHIP. And oh my word, my childhood self was OBSESSED with cool whip, lol! Little did I know that it’s loaded with so much junk like trans fat/hydrogenated oil, plus a ton of unhealthy ingredients. Sigh. But now I know better and there IS a replacement. Thank the Lord.

We’re using a much healthier alternative that’s JUST as delicious. COCONUT CREAM.

If you haven’t made coconut cream before, there are a few things to keep in mind for the best results:

  1. Buy a GOOD brand. I like Thai Kitchen brand coconut milk. Others don’t seem to work as well. I buy mine on Amazon (in bulk to save $)
  2. CHILL your can for at LEAST one full day, but preferably longer, so that the cream rises to the top.
  3. Don’t shake your can. Carefully open it and spoon out ONLY the solid white cream (save the leftover coconut water for a smoothie – it’s full of electrolytes! 🙂
  4. If you want, you can actually buy cans of JUST the cream now. They are sometimes a little more expensive (and you don’t get that delicious water) but it’s great for a no-hassle/no-fail alternative.

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CAN YOU KETO-FY THIS?

Absolutely! Simply swap the maple syrup for coconut milk and add a about 30 drops of liquid stevia or monkfruit drops OR a pinch of pure stevia powder/pure monkfruit extract. I do this all the time and it works GREAT.

As always, taste and adjust to YOUR personal taste preference. You can always add more, but you can’t go back if you’ve used too much. So add a little at a time and DIP your fingers in there to get a taste!

The macros on these pies using stevia (sans garnish) are: Cal 275  Fat 27g  Total Carbs 7g  Fiber 4g  NET Carbs 3g (!!)  Protein 7g (!!)   

WOW 100%! Almond Butter Icebox Pie (Paleo & Vegan with Keto option) PrettyPies.com

Get your hands dirty

Sometimes the best thing to do is jump right in. Use your hands. It’s gonna get a little messy, but that’s ok. These mini pies are easier to eat by just picking them up. I didn’t originally plan it that way, but that’s what worked best.

You can absolutely use a fork if you’d like, but these little pies like to slide away, haha. Mine might have jumped onto the ground (and I may or may not have used the 5 second rule. Shhhh) IT WAS TOO DELICIOUS TO THROW AWAY OK? haha.

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Almond Butter Icebox Pie (Paleo & Vegan + Keto option)

Silky dairy-free cream & smooth almond butter create a rich frozen dessert unlike any other! Made with only real-food ingredients. (Free from gluten/grains, refined sugar.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

Almond Crust:

Vanilla Almond Cream:

  • 3/4 cup natural almond butter
  • 1 13.7 oz can coconut milk, solid cream only - 3/4 cup
  • 3 Tbs light amber maple syrup - or 25-35 drops stevia or monkfruit +3 T coconut milk for keto
  • 2 Tbs vanilla extract
  • pinch pink salt
  • dark chocolate, sliced almonds and cacao nibs - for garnish (use Lily's sugar-free chocolate for keto)

Instructions

To make the crust:

  • Add almonds to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break down. Add oil, salt and vanilla and pulse until finely ground.
  • Scoop 1 heaping Tbs to 10 silicone molds or foil cupcake wrappers (I used a cookie scoop) and press firmly. Chill crusts in the fridge while you prepare the filling. 

To make the cream filling:

  • (Use a can of coconut milk that has been refrigerated for a minimum of 24 hours.) Scoop out the solid cream into a mixing bowl. If your cream is too hard, whip with a hand mixer first. Add remaining ingredients (except garnish) and whisk smooth. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  • Top each crust with a scoop of cream filling. (I used an ice cream scoop) Tap tray on the counter several times and stir each pie to release air bubbles.
  • Freeze for about 2 hours to set. Garnish with melted chocolate, cacao nibs and almond slivers if you like.
  • Thaw on the counter for about 10 minutes to soften slightly. ENJOY! 🙂

Notes

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through referral links in this post (at no additional cost to you). 
What I used:
Coconut Milk
Cuisinart food processor
Organic light maple syrup
Organic Virgin coconut oil
Almonds (& homemade almond butter) from ALDI
Pink salt 
Mexican vanilla
To make homemade almond butter, place 2 cups of dry roasted almonds in a food processor and blend smooth. Takes about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed.
To store: Best keep frozen in an airtight container for 1 month.
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6 comments

  1. Peggi K says:

    Being much older than you (but younger than the ice box). It’s actually named for being a box that held ice, the ice man used to come around and drop off blocks of ice to keep the things in the ice box cool. It was prior to refrigeration. It was basically a glorified cooler, it was unable to freeze anything. 🙂

    This looks delicious and I think I will give them a go.

    • Emily says:

      You can! It’s just a little tricky to slice when frozen. That’s why I prefer the individual servings. But yes you can just make one whole pie 🙂

  2. Stephen E. says:

    If we are just using coconut cream instead of taking the cream off the top of milk, how much do we need to use?

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