Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

  • Posted: 2/22/22

If you’re looking for a decadent, show-stopping, crowd-pleasing dessert recipe that also happens to be healthy and Paleo, then you have come to the right place. This Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie is the kind of dessert you make when you want to leave people oohing and aahing and begging you for the recipe. And the best part? No one will believe it’s actually healthy!

What Is Chocolate Chess Pie?

Have you heard of chess pie? It’s a dessert that originated in the south traditionally made from sugar, eggs, and evaporated milk. It’s very similar to a custard pie. So, why is it called Chess Pie? According to legend, when the cook who created it was asked what it was, she responded with “just pie”, which, with a Southern accent, could sound like Chess Pie. 

Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie Ingredients

The base of this pie is pretty simple. Coconut sugar, butter, and eggs create the distinctive custard texture. 

Like many desserts, traditional chess pie calls for evaporated milk. To keep this recipe paleo, you’ll simply make your own using coconut milk. It is incredibly simple to do and just takes a bit of time and patience. 

Earth Echo’s Cacao Bliss gives this pie its chocolatey flavor. But this superfood blend does a whole lot more than taste delicious. Cacao Bliss is a blend of 10 powerful superfoods, including raw ceremonial-grade cacao, which is a much healthier alternative to the cocoa powder you find at the store. This incredible blend of superfoods also gives you natural energy, mental clarity, and supports a healthy inflammatory response — all while tasting absolutely delicious! *

The pie crust is made using almond flour, egg, butter, and optional sugar. It’s a great recipe to have on hand for anything that calls for a pie crust. It works for both sweet and savory recipes. Simple omit the sugar and double the salt for a savory option. 

Recipe Notes

While this Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie recipe isn’t difficult by any means, it does require a bit of time and effort thanks to the homemade evaporated coconut milk and the pie crust. Canned evaporated coconut milk does exist, it can just be a bit tricky to find. If you live in an area where it’s available, feel free to substitute it in for the homemade version. And, of course, if there’s a store-bought paleo pie crust you like, you can use that as well to cut down on the time. 

If you don’t have Cacao Bliss, you can sub in plain cacao powder. It’s still going to be much healthier than processed cocoa powder options. However, it doesn’t have all the other amazing superfoods and the subtle spiced flavor you get from Cacao Bliss

This pie is delicious served at room temperature or chilled, which means you can make it a day in advance and keep it chilled until ready to serve.

Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie

Serves 8

A healthier take on a traditional Southern dessert, this Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie is rich, decadent, and a true show-stopping dessert. 


For The Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For The Evaporated Milk

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • A pinch of sea salt

For The Pie

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Bliss
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup evaporated coconut milk
  • 9 inch pie crust, parbaked
  • Additional Cacao Bliss for dusting


For The Pie Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch round pie pan with coconut milk or butter. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut sugar, and salt. Mix well. 
  3. Stir in the melted butter, egg, and vanilla, mixing well until combined. The dough will be a bit dry and crumbly but just keep mixing until it’s a uniform consistency and no dry almond flour is left. You can also opt to use a food processor to mix the dough. 
  4. Press the prepared dough into the bottom of the greased pie pan, building the dough up the edges of the pan and fluting the edges, if desired. Poke holes in the bottom to prevent bubbling. 
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. 

For The Evaporated Milk

  1. Pour the coconut milk into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. 
  2. Over medium heat, bring the coconut milk to a gentle simmer while stirring constantly. Once the milk begins to simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low/low. 
  3. Continue to simmer the milk over medium-low/low heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk reduces by about half. This should take about 30 minutes. Adjust heat as needed to keep the milk at a very gentle simmer — you don’t want to burn the milk or have it bubble over. 
  4. Remove the milk from the heat and let it cool before pouring it into a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

For The Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, melted butter, Cacao Bliss, eggs, vanilla, and evaporated coconut milk. Using the whisk attachment, beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a large mixing bowl and a handheld electric mixer. 
  3. Pour the batter into the parbaked pie shell. Bake for 35-40 minutes,  until the center is set. Allow to cool completely. Dust with additional Cacao Bliss and serve. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 

Desserts like this Paleo Chocolate Chess Pie may take more time and effort than store-bought but the results are worth it. And Cacao Bliss is a great way to add health-nourishing superfoods to any chocolatey dessert. There are so many ways to use this incredible superfood elixir to curb cravings and support natural energy without the guilt. Click the link below to learn more about Cacao Bliss and give it a try today!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease