gluten-free chocolate tofu peanut butter pie recipe


This month has been a hard one for me, for many reasons that I won’t go into here. I've had my fair share of moments of feeling sad and overwhelmed, but at least when Si's working away we get phone calls every night to say sweet dreams, I love you, goodnight. And at the end of his shift, he comes home.

Sadly Jennifer Perillo and her girls don’t have those things to look forward to anymore and my heart breaks every time I think about it. I only know her through reading her blog (one of the first ones I subscribed to via email and one that I read almost every post of) but hearing the news that her husband died of a sudden heart attack has shaken me, big time. I am lucky enough to have never had to experience grief, thus far. I have all my friends and family members still with me, including both sets of grandparents. I know this is rare and I am truly grateful for it every day.
I’ve scarcely been able to think of much else since I read via twitter of her life-shattering news. At first I didn’t know who all the tweets were about, then I checked my email. Waiting there was Jennie’s post one last dance. As I clicked through my heart sank. There were no words, but I got it. It all made sense now. I didn't know what to say. I mean what else can one say when they don’t even know the person they are writing too, but feel they as though they do. What does one write when someone has just lost the love of their life? What does one write when as a mother of two you feel their pain as if it were your own, knowing how you too would feel if it were you, in their shoes.
I closed down the computer that night with a heavy heart, missing Si even more. The next day I read Shauna’s powerful words. And sat there dumb struck. I was absolutely shocked when another subscription update appeared from Jennie in my inbox just a few days later, surely not?
She was asking everyone to make pie. Peanut butter pie. Mikey’s favourite.

"Make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there's no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on."
I knew right away that I would make one, but wanting to wait until Si was home to share it with I’ve come in a little late. Each day I’ve checked in to read everyone’s posts about #apieformikey. And every day I have been touched. First by Shauna, then Aran, Tami and Helene. Then this came through from Dianne and Todd. The tears started flowing. To top it all off, tastespotting dedicated their whole front page to #apieformikey. I’ve never been more proud to be part of this amazing food blogging community. How readily people from every corner of the world have come together to celebrate life, the best way we know how.

Something Ada said the other day totally blew me away, for some reason the kids have been mentioning death a lot lately even though I have not spoken one word of all this to them. (It could be to do with the National Geographic they are obsessed with reading at the moment, with a photo of a dead wolf in it?). When Kye asked "what happens when you die mum?", Ada replied "more people come (are born)". 

Arohanui, much love to Jennifer and her girls ~emm

Gluten-free tofu peanut butter pie
I opted to use gluten-free, vegan ginger-nut biscuits to make this fully dairy-free also. (I just buy them from the supermarket. They sell them in pak 'N' save in NZ or coles and Woolworths in Australia). Feel free to use a similar biscuit if preferred, chocolate would be ideal, then omit the cocoa powder. I'm not 100% sold on deodorised coconut oil (it's heated to high temperatures to get rid of the coconut flavour so not really sure how much goodness is left?) but I accidentally grabbed some the other day thinking it was cold-pressed virgin... I still think it's probably a lot better for you than using margarine if you are dairy-free though and I found it was actually perfect in this pie as I wasn't really wanting the coconut flavour. Use melted butter or ghee if you tolerate dairy. I used Whittaker's 50% chocolate as it's dairy-free. Anything with a higher percentage of cocoa solids and I find it too rich in tofu mousse's like this. Oh yeah so that being said, the filling for this pie works equally as nice served as a mousse. Simply spoon into serving glasses/bowls and set in the fridge before serving.


  • 2 x 155g packets gluten-free, vegan ginger-nut biscuits or similar
  • 6 tablespoons deodorised virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 115g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped


  • 450g silken tofu, drained and patted dry
  • 2/3 cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or runny honey (if not vegan)
  • 145g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped

Line the base of a 22cm (9-inch) cake tin with baking paper (parchment). 

Place the biscuits and cocoa into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times before blending on high until finely ground. You may find that there will be a few random pieces that refuse to grind down. Help them along by breaking them up with your hands before pulsing a few more times. Add the melted coconut oil and blend until well incorporated. Press mixture into the lined cake tin, lining the base and coming up the sides by approximately 5 cm. Spread the melted chocolate over the base and spread a little up the sides too. Sprinkle with peanuts and set aside.

Place the tofu, peanut butter, a pinch of sea salt, vanilla essence and maple syrup into the food processor bowl (cleaned), blend on high until smooth, scrapping down the sides at least once to make sure it's all incorporated.  Add the melted chocolate and blend until evenly distributed. Pour mixture into the pie case, smoothing off the top as you go. Chill in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours, preferably overnight.

Scatter the top with chopped peanuts and slice using a warm knife. Will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge... if it's not eaten before then!

This recipe is my submission to Sweet New Zealand that fellow NZ blogger Alessandra Zecchini is holding. She will do a round up at the end of every month, showcasing all the entries. 

And is linked to Slightly indulgent Tuesday @ Simply sugar & gluten-free.

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    Tres Delicious
    August 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Your tofu pie looks delicious, love the photo. Am hugging my loved one for tomorrow may never be.

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    August 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    love the idea of using tofu in this pie. 😀 thanks for the post on jenny's family. praying for her during this time.

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    August 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I know the feeling, you make friends virtually, and when something happens you don't know how close or far you should stay.

    Big hugs


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    August 18, 2011 at 12:18 am

    PS, love the cake, a cake with tofu is so much me :-)!!!
    you should take part in the Sweet NZ Blogging Event

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    August 18, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Oh yes, thanks for the reminder Alessandra 🙂 Will do right now xx

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    Laura Friendly
    August 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    This looks (and sounds) beautiful. I love that you still continue to cook and blog gluten & dairy-free, even though you don't have to. 🙂

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    August 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks 🙂 Even though we aren't as intolerant to gluten and dairy as we once were, we still eat like this 99% of the time. It's only on the odd occasion that we stray… It's still not worth it for the pain and discomfort we feel.

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    the good soup
    August 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I didn't know Jenny's blog until I bumped into one of Mikey's pies on another blog. And now I know what's happened to her family, I can't take my mind off it either. And my heart hasn't stopped aching for the pain of it. I wish all the pain we have for Jenny could take some of the pain away for her family. I wish.

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    August 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I love this pie and also the message of love and appreciating those in our lives. I decided to invite our neighbours and a friend I hadn't seen in ages over for a meal – so the meal tonight was for those I live with, those I live next to and a friend who usually doesn't get to share meals with other people. We had this pie for dessert and everyone was just amazed how good a vegan dessert could be – my flatmate could hardly believe that is WAS vegan – he kept shaking his head and saying 'Tofu?!' and then eating another piece…

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    August 22, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Yay! I'm so glad you tried this one out Rose, and extra awesome for inviting your neighbours and friend over to share 🙂

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    August 22, 2011 at 5:00 am

    A beautiful post, it is quite amazing how close you can become to 'virtual' friends, I love twitter for that & love hoe you have made tofu look so wonderfully decadent in that pie!

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    August 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Another amazing recipe for a very special reason. Made this to contribute to a vegan feast last night and was loved by vegans and non-vegans alike. I used oreos in the base – can you tell me Emma what brand the vegan gf gingernuts are? Have not been able to find anything like it at our local PnSave. Also made a spinach, parmesan and oyster mushroom salad – oyster mushrooms bought at Hamiltons Farmers Market and grown by a Raglan local! I had to ask if he knew you of course!

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    September 1, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Hey Rach, so glad you tried out this recipe, it's one of my recipes I'm most proud of. I don't have a packet of gingernuts here right now, but I'll have a look next time I'm at the supermarket. Haha and funny you met Lenny at the markets. My brother Ben used to flat with him! His mushrooms are beautiful. xx

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    September 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Beautiful words, beautiful picture, beautiful post. What a moving tribute. I am always amazed the some of the warm generous talented people in the food blogging world and it was so incredibly heartwarming to see the food bloggers banding together for Jennifer. I heart Food Bloggers. And am totally inspired by you to use tofu in sweet recipes!

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    September 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks Nessie 🙂

    Rach~ I bought some more gingernuts today. The brand is Leda you can read about them here
    And the NZ distributor is

    I used to buy them from the Clarence St pac 'n' save. Hope you can track them down, they taste just as good as the originals 🙂

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    September 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks heaps Emma!

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    August 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Just as amazing and well received when i made this again yesterday Emma. Thank you, continuously!

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      August 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

      You're so welcome Rach. Hope all's well, lotsa love xx

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    Kathy B
    August 19, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I made this over the weekend – thank you so much for sharing. My husband and family were so impressed

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      August 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

      You're welcome! So glad you loved it as much as I do 🙂 It's one of my favourites xx

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