Chocolate walnut pie is one of those desserts that will have your guests smiling as soon as they see it. In fact, it’s one of my favorite desserts to serve company. This chocolate pie ranks at the top of my pie recipes, alongside this pineapple pie and this Oreo pudding pie.
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 highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.
Quick and Easy Dessert
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.
Whether you’re bringing this pie to share with others or enjoying it at home with the family, it will be a huge hit. It makes any meal special.
Another name for this delicious dessert is “choco pie.” I didn’t know that until I invited a friend from New England over for a snack.
As soon as she saw the pie, her eyes lit up. And she said, “I love choco pie,” in a non-southern accent.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love accents. That’s one of the many things that makes us who we are. And when I make this pie, I think of her, which is a good thing.
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.
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.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Chocolate pudding (pudding mix and milk)
- Crushed walnuts
- Pie crust
- Whipped cream (optional)
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Occasionally, I’ll add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor. But it really isn’t necessary since it already tastes amazing.
You can add whipped cream to the entire pie before serving it, or you can add it to individual slices.
I like more walnuts sprinkled over the top. However, chocolate lovers will enjoy the addition of either chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles.
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.
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.
We’ve been eating a lot of seafood lately. Unfortunately, I often forget to thaw dinner. So I’ve figured out how to cook frozen tilapia in my air fryer. It’s almost too easy.
If you’re looking for something to bring to a potluck in addition to dessert, make a batch of these yummy bacon stuffed cherry tomatoes. They’re good as either an appetizer or a side dish.
Another pie we enjoy is this creamy lemon meringue pie. Everyone loves it because it has the perfect balance of tart and sweet flavors.
I used to only make these coconut balls during the holidays. But I’ve discovered that people love them any time of year. When you make them for a special occasion, add a little bit of food coloring to the coconut for a more festive look.
If you’re having a dinner party, try spoiling your guests with cookies. You can offer a choice of melt-in-your-mouth homemade peanut butter cookies, these scrumptious pecan brownie cookies, some decadent butterscotch pecan cookies, or these super rich but easy-to-make coconut macaroons.
- 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.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 269Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 6mgSodium 349mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 2gSugar 10gProtein 6g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.