Eyeball Pudding Pie
It’s that spooky, ghoulish, creepy time of year again… when the question on everyone’s lips is “What are you going to be this year?” My kids make their decision early since their doting Grandma hand sews their costumes each year. That’s right people. They get to dream up whatever their hearts desire and she turns out the most amazing creations. This year my 10-year-old is a Rainbow Loom Princess (think jumbo rubber bands around the skirt and colors everywhere). My 8-year-old will be Lucy Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia fame. And my little 5-year-old guy will be a dragon with metallic gold wings. Pure awesomeness.
I plan to be Chinese take-out if I can get my act together and construct the big white box sometime between now and Halloween. I’m trying to get my husband to be chopsticks but he’s not having it.
Of course this time of the year also means parties. My kids are so disciplined about abstaining from all the Halloween-themed goodies they see being passed around these days because alas, they are hardly ever vegan. They practice an astounding amount of self-control… more than I had at their ages for sure! So tonight I wanted to make them an indulgent Halloween treat that they can gobble up like the little monsters they are. Something 100% vegan but also 100% delicious and creepy to boot!
I give you Eyeball Pudding Pie… gooey chocolate pudding in a yummy pre-made pie crust, topped with crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies and marshmallow-chocolate chip eyeballs decorated with natural beet powder. This pie is simple to make (the kids may even enjoy helping you) and such a crowd-pleaser. Bring it to your next Halloween party at school or work, or just serve it up to your family to get everyone in the mood for October 31st.
Here’s what you’ll need:
*Note that this pie needs to chill for at least 5-6 hours so be sure to plan accordingly. Make it the night before you wish to serve it!
- one pre-made pie crust (I used Wholly Wholesome brand–follow the instructions for a no-bake pie)
- 6 tbsp corn starch
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup unbleached, granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- about 10 chocolate sandwich cookies (I used Newman’s Own brand but Oreos are also vegan)
- 3 vegan marshmallows, sliced in half (I used Dandie’s brand)
- 6 vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
- 1 tsp beet powder
- 1/2 tsp water
First, prepare your pie crust by following the instructions for a no-bake pie. I love the brand Wholly Wholesome. They come two pie shells in a pack so feel free to double the recipe and make two Eyeball Pudding Pies!
Next, prepare your chocolate pudding pie filling.
In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water to form a paste.
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, stir the soy milk, vanilla, sugar, cocoa and cornstarch mixture, blending well. Cook, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil. Continue to cook and stir until it thickens. This takes a bit longer than the Jell-O boxed mix so don’t worry. Just keep the heat going steady, keep stirring and you’ll know when it starts to thicken to that perfect pudding consistency.
Once your pie shell is finished baking, remove it from the oven and fill it with the pudding. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.
Place the pie into the refrigerator and allow it to chill for at least 5-6 hours. This will help it firm up.
In the meantime, prepare your pie toppings. Place your sandwich cookies into a large bowl and crush them into coarse crumbles with a fork or potato masher.
Next, slice your 3 marshmallows in half with a serrated knife and set aside.
Finally, prepare your beet juice by whisking together the beet powder and 1/2 tsp of water.
When you’re ready to serve the pie, remove it from the fridge and pour the cookie crumbles on top. Situate the 6 pieces of marshmallow on top and dot each one with a chocolate chip.
Next, use a toothpick to draw the blood vessels onto the marshmallow eyeballs.
Once you’ve reached the desired level of creepiness, you’re ready to serve up your Eyeball Pudding Pie.
Happy eating and Happy Halloween!