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Chocolate walnut pie is one of those desserts that will have your guests smiling as soon as they see it. This easy chocolate pie recipe is so delicious their eyes will roll back after they taste it. Surprisingly, it’s one of the easiest and most delicious pies you’ll ever make.
I grew up with super busy parents who had very little time for cooking. However, my mother used to figure out ways to give me some of the homey experiences that she considered essential to childhood. But the difference between her and some other moms I knew was that she found quick and easy ways to accomplish this.
I’ve made quite a few desserts in my life, and there is one thing I’ve learned. One person might like a lemon bar, and another will prefer something with strong vanilla flavor. However, when you bring a chocolate dessert, almost everyone will love it. Sure, there are a few exceptions, but not many.
Since we were having this pie for dessert tonight, my husband and I decided to have a Mediterranean salad first. I figure there’s some balance by doing that.
Regular or Gluten-Free Chocolate Walnut Pie
Since I have to follow a gluten-free diet, I always show options for people who are gluten intolerant. However, I don’t expect everyone to do that. After all, if there isn’t a health reason, there is no point in spending the extra money. It can also be time consuming to find everything you need for gluten-free versions of anything.
The only thing in this pie that would have gluten is the crust. I tried making my own pie crust, but they always came out dry and tasteless. Therefore, when Publix started carrying the gluten-free crust I used in this recipe, I was beyond excited. I also used it in my sausage and kale bake as well as these cinnamon crisps.
The gluten-free chocolate pie is as delicious as one that has full gluten. My husband can eat pretty much anything he wants, and he said he couldn’t tell the difference.
This recipe is super easy and has just a few ingredients. It basically only has what the name implies. You’ll need chocolate pudding, crushed walnuts, and a pie crust.
You can add whipped cream to the entire pie before serving it, or you can add it to individual slices. That’s what we like to do because everyone has different preferences. We also like to add a few extra walnuts for the delightful crunch.
How to Make a Chocolate Walnut Pie
You can make your pie crust from scratch, but I prefer to purchase frozen ones. Before you put any of the pie filling in it, prick holes in the bottom with a fork and bake it according to the package instructions. I baked this one for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool before you add the pie filling.
Next, prepare the filling. I used chocolate pudding mix and basically made it according to the directions on the package. However, there was one exception. I cut the milk by 1/3. Otherwise, the pie filling will be too runny when you cut into it.
After you pour the chocolate pudding into the crust, sprinkle however many crushed walnuts you want over the pie. Then gently press them into the filling so they’re not loose.
Finally, put it in the refrigerator and allow it to set. The package recommended waiting 5 minutes, but I thought it needed a little bit longer. So I waited 20 minutes.
You can either put the whipped cream on the whole pie before serving it or add it later. My husband likes a lot more whipped cream than I do, so I waited until time to serve dessert.
Other Meals to Serve this Chocolate Walnut Pie With
There are some meals that almost call out for chocolate pie, especially when you’re having company. It’s the ideal sweet treat that makes you thankful to have such delicious food. I like it after shrimp and grits or the ground beef stroganoff.
For more great recipes, check out Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Meal Plan Monday at Southern Bite, and the Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth. Also take a look at some of the recipes, crafts, and tips at The Pin Junkie and Petals, Pies, and Otherwise.
- One 9-inch pie crust
- 1 large package of pudding mix
- 2-1/2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of crushed walnuts
- Prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork and bake it according to the directions on the package. Allow it to cool.
- In a medium-size bowl, mix the pudding mix with the milk for approximately 2 minutes.
- Pour the pudding into the pie crust. While it is still soft, sprinkle half of the walnuts onto the top and gently press them into the filling.
- Place the pie in the refrigerator and allow it to set for about 20 minutes before serving.
Note: You may add the whipped cream to the whole pie or put it on individual servings. Sprinkle the remaining crushed walnuts over the whipped cream for extra crunch.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 269 Total Fat 16g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 11g Cholesterol 6mg Sodium 349mg Carbohydrates 27g Fiber 2g Sugar 10g Protein 6g