Gorgeous and delicious 100% natural, mint cream pie with a no-bake brownie crust: Grasshopper Pie! Free from dairy, gluten, refined sugar, artificial coloring, eggs and alcohol. Completely vegan & Paleo approved!
Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, or ANY time you’re in the mood for some fluffy creamy mint chocolate deliciousness! Oh how I LOVE Grasshopper PIE.
Real Life & Grasshoppers
This weekend, my house is going to be packed FULL of (almost) my entire extended family. My parents, siblings, nieces and nephews–17 of us crammed into my little living room. Sleeping bags, air mattresses from wall-to-wall. Making a huge mess (which makes my OCD self go a little cRaZy). But we’ll be having so much FUN, with the kids running wild, and everyone laughing til our faces hurt. The best.
We’re having one Giant birthday celebration on Saturday for about half my family whose birthdays are all close together. It’s become an annual tradition we have termed “the Birthday BLASH.”
But my house is not anywhere NEAR ready for guests to stay here. So as soon as I hit “Publish” on this post, I’m going to be frantically getting ready– wrapping gifts, scrubbing bathrooms, corralling and stashing the thousands of toys that have made their way into every crevice of every room (because #momlife).
I totally turn into that video going around on Facebook of the mom getting ready for company, LOL. Anyone else?
In Blash’s past, I’ve been stressed out about the mess, the details, the schedule, the “stuff”, but I want to be focused on the PEOPLE this year. That’s what really matters. I’m going to be intentional about nurturing relationships instead of worrying about things that ultimately don’t matter.
But I can’t skip the cleaning before. I just can’t. But during the party, I’m going to enjoy the party and not worry about the rest. I’m giving myself permission to relax. Family trumps mess. I’ll keep repeating that to myself 😉
So, my Dad’s favorite dessert is Grasshopper Pie. (WHY is it called Grasshopper?? I don’t know for sure, but I DO know there are no bugs in this pie, lol) I made this pie for him (well, myself too because I’m obsessed with mint choc, lol). We’re celebrating his birthday along with the others. He’s not vegan/Paleo/gluten-free yada yada etc, but I bet he likes this healthier version at least as much as the original. Fingers crossed :)
Bring on the minty FLUFF! Cream filling that’s so light, so unbelievably smooth. Paired with a chocolate crust! Omg. It’s the perfect combination! Who doesn’t love Grasshopper Pie?
I love it, but I had to do another recipe MAKEOVER to make it healthier by swapping out the conventional ingredients for natural ones! I love it!
Most recipes for grasshopper pie are made with tons of refined sugar, gluten, dairy/cream/sweetened condensed milk, marshmallows and/or eggs, artificial food coloring. And not only that, a lot are just crushed up oreos, and cool whip (aka a bowl of chemicals & cancer causing ingredients..) Junk that I don’t want to put in my body.
This pie is a “Pretty Pie”– made with REAL whole-food ingredients: walnuts, dates, cacao, cashews, mint extract, coconut oil, and a SECRET ingredient! Shhh 😉
You would never guess by tasting it that this pie is completely packed full of healthy ingredients! Including VEGETABLES. You can’t taste ’em, but they’re in there! lol!
100% natural – NO food coloring. It’s food colored by FOOD 😀 No, shockingly, it’s NOT avocado. This pie is totally hiding a giant cup of spinach!!! Hahahah don’t tell your kids! They’ll NEVER KNOW.
Secretly nutrient packed, fiber-rich, gorgeously vibrant green. You’ll absolutely feel like a goddess knowing you’re nourishing your body.
No dairy and gluten or processed foods that make you feel gross. No refined sugar to put you in a food coma. This pie is light and refreshing, not heavy.
Grasshopper Sans Alcohol
I originally planned to use creme de menthe in this recipe, but after doing some research on what exactly is IN it, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’m not against alcohol, but I am against refined sugar and artificial food coloring (which are ingredients in creme de menthe– it’s basically just simple syrup, alcohol steeped mint leaves plus green food coloring).
So I decided to use natural ingredients and mint extract instead. And the result is so delicious! You don’t need the liqueur. (And now you don’t have to make a special trip to the liquor store to make this pie. Yay!)
Who’s ready for some minty fluff on a brownie crust?! ME! #getinmybelly
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