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Dairy Free Chocolate Cream Pie (Gluten Free too)

Calling all chocolate lovers!! You’re going to love this decadent Chocolate Cream Pie. Made with a homemade 2 ingredient Oreo crust and a chocolatey, sweet creamy homemade filling, topped with a smooth whipped topping and slices of shaved chocolate– every spoonful is really a bite of chocolatey heaven.

Can you believe this decadent chocolate cream pie is gluten and dairy free? Look at all those delicious pie layers. This truly is the ultimate chocolate dessert.

A close up of 2 slices of chocolate pudding with an oreo cookie base and a topping of whipped topping. Then garnished with chunks of chocolate over the top on a white plate. Nearby is a cup of coffee, red Christmas tree ornament, and other Christmas directions.

First, this amazing chocolate cream pie is filled with a mouthwatering chocolate cream filling layered over a 2 ingredient oreo crust. Then it’s topped with a sweet and creamy whipped topping and chocolate shavings.

But the awesomeness doesn’t stop there.

The best part is, the pie crust and filling can even be prepared a day or two before your special event. And if you’re a planner like me you love recipes that can be prepped ahead of time.

With this in mind, you’ll be excited to know this chocolate cream pie recipe works for about every occasion. It’s perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the 4 of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even birthdays.

Why You’ll Love This Dairy-free Chocolate Pie Recipe

  • Versatile- can be used for any special occasion
  • Time saver- You can make the pie crust and filling ahead of time
  • You won’t even know that it is gluten and dairy free
  • This recipe is love by so many adults and kids, always a crowd pleaser
  • Scalable. This recipe makes a pie with 12 slices, however you can easily double or even triple this and make multiple pies at one time to make even more servings

Recipe ingredients

Oreo crust ingredients

  • gluten and dairy free “oreo” sandwich cookies — we recommend using either KinniToos chocolate sandwich cookies or Glutino vanilla creme cookies to make your own crust. For those with reactions to dairy cross-contamination in the manufacturing process, we purchase the KinniToo’s.
  • dairy free butter — our go to is Earth’s Balance Buttery Sticks, they work like a dream in this oreo crust recipe. However, you can use whatever vegan butter you have on hand. Room temperature butter is easiest to work with.

Chocolate cream filling ingredients

  • granulated sugar
  • dairy free heavy whipping cream — we use the Silk Dairy Free Heavy Whipping Cream. Be sure to shake this product well before adding it to your recipe. We purchase this product at Walmart and other large chain grocers. If this cream isn’t available to purchase locally, substitute with dairy free milk.
  • dairy free milk— unsweetened almond milk works great. We suggest you use the refrigerated non-dairy milk, not the shelf-stable milk as it tends to make your filling runny. 
  • egg yolks
  • cornstarch— cornstarch is naturally gluten free. However, it can be easily contaminated in the factory. Bob’s Red Mill is certified gluten free and a safe brand to use. Using arrowroot starch works too.
  • dairy free chocolate chips– these Enjoy life Morsels are our favorite
  • vanilla extract– we like using this here because Mccormick is good about being gluten free

Whipped topping & chocolate curls

  • dairy free whipped toppingSo Delicious tastes wonderful on this pie
  • dairy free chocolate chips for the chocolate curls— we like to buy these in bulk and save $$ in the long run. We frequently use these in our recipes, so it definitely works out to buy in bulk (and saves grocery store trips). You could also use a dairy free chopped chocolate bar.
A white pie plate with a dark brown crust, a brown chocolate pudding, and topped with a white whipped topping. Last on top of that is small pieces of hard chocolate.

How to Make Dairy Free Chocolate Pie

Oreo Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the oreo sandwich cookies in a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs.
  3. In a large bowl melt the butter, then place the oreo crumbs into the melted butter and mix well.
  4. Lastly press the crumb mixture evenly over the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.

Chocolate Cream Filling

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the sugar, heavy whipping cream, and milk well. Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the egg yolks and cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  3. Once the saucepan mixture is simmering, add two spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg yolk mixture and whisk. Add two more spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg yolks and whisk again.
  4. Then slowly whisk the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan. Whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and comes to a gentle boil.
  5. Then lower the heat to low and whisk the chopped butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract into the pudding mix until smooth.
  6. Pour filling into the cooled crust and smooth over with an angled spatula.
  7. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the pie and refrigerate overnight or 6 hours.
  8. The crust and chocolate mixture can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and kept refrigerated in an airtight container.

Whipped Topping and Chocolate Curls

  1. Just before serving this gluten free chocolate cream pie, evenly spread the whipped topping over the creamy chocolate pie filling with an angled spatula.
  2. For the chocolate curls melt ⅓ c dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave over low heat on the stove top or microwave. Once melted pour chocolate onto wax paper. Allow to completely cool. With a knife scrape layers of chocolate into curls. Place atop of the chocolate cream pie then slice and serve.
  3. Cover and place any leftover pie in the refrigerator.

Recipe notes and tips

  • First, you will need a 9-inch pie crust, prepared and fully baked. And what if I told you this chocolate pudding pie recipe has 3 delicious crust options?! My favorite is the gluten and dairy free oreo sandwich cookie crust you see pictured. You will find everything you need to bake this easy crust in the recipe card below. 
  • Also, one container of either brand of cookies has 21 cookies in it. However, this recipe calls for 25 cookies. If needed you can just use 1 container, but keep in mind to achieve a crust that comes up on the sides you’ll need 25 cookies.
  • Next top your chocolate cream pie with your favorite dairy free whipped cream. I keep a tub of So Delicious cocowhip frozen topping on hand in the freezer just for this recipe.
  • And dairy free chocolate shavings are the final layer to this pie. While this step is optional, you’d be surprised how easy this is to make. And they help your pie look absolutely gorgeous. You will find step by step instructions on how to prepare the shavings in the recipe card. Use any dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips such as Enjoy Life (buy in bulk to save money here) or Simply Delicious brands.
  • For this recipe I use a 9 inch pie plate and using an angled spatula makes spreading the cocowhip easy peasy
  • Want some an extra chocolate flavor? Sprinkle some dairy free cocoa powder on top of the cake is garnish alongside your chocolate curls or dark chocolate chips.
  • Lastly I altered this recipe to make it gluten and dairy free from Tastes Better From Scratch.

frequently asked questions

What kind of dairy free milk should I use 

Unsweetened almond milk is great for this pie.

We suggest you use the refrigerated dairy free milk, not the shelf-stable milk as it tends to make your filling runny. 

Why is my filling lumpy

We recommend using a whisk to help stir. If you are finding that it is lumpy as you’re whisking, reduce the heat slightly. 

If that doesn’t help, we recommend checking your dairy free milk as the brand you’re using could have more thickeners in it and that is causing it to get lumpy. 

Can I use a store bought crust

You bet you can use storebouht crust for your gluten free chocolate cream pie recipe. Not only is this pie recipe great because you can prep ahead, but if you’re short on time, you can use a store bought pie crust as well! 

Another easy crust option is the certified GF and vegan Mi-Del graham cracker crust. We’ve used these store-bought crusts, but the homemade Oreo pie crust really makes the pie if you have the time for it!

Can you make this pie ahead of time

Absolutely, you sure can. In fact, we recommend the crust and chocolate cream filling be prepared and placed in the refrigerator the night before you need it

At minimum this pie filling needs 4-6 hours to set, but longer will give you a better pie filling.

A white pie plate with a dark brown crust, a brown chocolate pudding, and topped with a white whipped topping. Last on top of that is small pieces of hard chocolate. Nearby  are two plates of pie on them with a fork.

If you’re going the store-bought route, we have a few choices we recommend. One of our top crust choices is a Wholly Gluten Free Pie Shell. These certified GF pie shells are available in the freezer section of grocery stores and free of the top eight allergens. 

Storage

You can store your fresh home baked chocolate silk pie in the refrigerator loosely covered with saran wrap or foil for 3-4 days. 

Alternatively, if you want to freeze this pie for later, we recommend freezing it without the whipped topping. Save adding the topping until you’re ready to serve and enjoy.

Once you’ve let the best chocolate pie set in the refrigerator, preferably overnight, wrap it tightly, label it and you can freeze it for up to 3 months. 

Let thaw in the fridge overnight the night before you wish to enjoy, then add the whipped topping. 

more gluten + dairy free easy recipes

  • cherry dessert pizza— this warm, cherry pizza is a dream. You definitely want to try this dessert.
  • homemade brownie bites— these brownie bites are perfect for any occasion. Mini brownies, whipped topping, and fresh fruit make for an amazing, easy dessert.
  • heart peanut butter blossom cookies— these are a crowd favorite cookie and a huge hit on my website. Definitely pin this recipe for your next cookie craving.
  • strawberry rhubarb crumble– nothing beats a warm crisp bursting with fresh flavors and topped with dairy free ice cream.

more chocolate dessert recipes

  • chocolate buttercream frosting–this thick and decadent homemade buttercream frosting is perfect for cakes and cupcakes. It’s our original vanilla buttercream frosting recipe with a chocolate twist.
  • chocolate ganache spread– by far a fan favorite. And we use this recipe so often for homemade donuts, as a drizzle topping on our cakes, as a fun dip for waffles and so much more. This 2-ingredient recipe is perfection.
  • chocolate bundt cake— You’ve gotta try this fudgy and full of chocolate flavor, homemade bundt cake. Perfect for birthdays and holidays topped with the easy 2-ingredient ganache described above!
  • brownie cookies— these grab and go cookies are the ultimate brownies with a twist. Who doesn’t love brownies or cookies??

From Instagram- My boyfriend and I made this dairy-free chocolate cream pie for Thanksgiving. It was delicious! I love your page.

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You will be swooning over every bite of this chocolate cream pie. Seriously, what’s not to love? This Dairy Free Chocolate Pie is smooth, creamy, and decadent. You will have a hard time guessing this dessert is gluten and dairy free.

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A white pie plate with a dark brown crust, a brown chocolate pudding, and topped with a white whipped topping. Last on top of that is small pieces of hard chocolate.
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5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Cream Pie

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

Oreo Crust

  • 25 gluten and dairy free "oreo" sandwich cookies suggestions in post
  • 5 tbsp dairy free butter

Chocolate Cream Filling

  • c granulated sugar
  • 2 c dairy free heavy whipping cream see notes in post
  • ½ c dairy free milk, unsweetened almond milk works great
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch arrowroot works too
  • 6 tbsp dairy free butter, Earth Balance works well
  • 1 heaping cup dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • tsp vanilla extract

Whipped Topping & Chocolate Curls

  • 1 container dairy free whipped topping
  • ¼ c optional: dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips for the chocolate curls

Instructions

Oreo Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the oreo sandwich cookies in a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs.
  • In a large bowl melt the butter, then place the oreo crumbs into the melted butter and mix well.
  • Lastly press the crumb mixture evenly over the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.

Chocolate Cream Filling

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the sugar, heavy whipping cream, and milk well. Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl, place the egg yolks and cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  • Once the saucepan mixture is simmering, add two spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg yolk mixture and whisk. Add a two more spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg yolks and whisk again.
  • Then slowly whisk the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan. Whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and comes to a gentle boil.
  • Then lower the heat to low and whisk the chopped butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract into the pudding mix until smooth.
  • Pour filling into the cooled crust and smooth over with an angled spatula.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the pie and refrigerate overnight or 6 hours.
  • The crust and filling can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and refrigerated.

Whipped Topping and Chocolate Curls

  • Just before serving evenly spread the whipped topping over the pie with an angled spatula.
  • For the chocolate curls melt ⅓ c dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave over low heat on the stove top or microwave. Once melted pour chocolate onto wax paper. Allow to completely cool. With a knife scrape layers of chocolate into curls. Place atop of the chocolate cream pie then slice and serve.
  • Cover and place any leftover pie in the refrigerator.

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Recipe Rating




Jamie

Friday 25th of November 2022

I made this with a few changes…I used a store bought GF/DF pie crust that I blind baked. I used the new Country Crock Plant heavy cream and So Delicious Wondermilk.

We also topped the pie by slice. So it was able topped with whatever type you wanted. Everyone loved it allergies and non allergy family members alike.

Lorna Campbell

Thursday 30th of December 2021

My 12 yo daughter is GF DF and we have made this multiple times for family holidays. We've made it a few times with store bought crust when we were in a time pinch. It is a tried and true dessert for everyone, including those without allergies. Thanks so much!

Jill

Friday 18th of March 2022

Thank you for sharing your experiences with this chocolate cream pie recipe. I'm thrilled it is well received by your family. Thank you for the 5 star review, too! Jill

Melissa

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

So if I can't find the dairy free whipping cream, I use 2 1/2 cups of almond milk? Or should I add some coconut cream?

Alyssa

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Could I use vegan TruWhip instead of the CoCoWhip as the dairy free whipping cream? I’m making sure I read your note correctly that you used CoCoWhip in place of a heavy whipping cream?

Jill

Thursday 18th of November 2021

We are so glad you reached out. The Cocowhip is for the top layer of the pie and can easily be interchanged with TruWhip. The substitutions we've used for traditional heavy whipping cream are Silk Dairy Free Heavy Whipping Cream or refrigerated unsweetened almond milk. Hope this helps, Jill

Renee

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

6tbsp of cornstarch? Is that a correct number?

Jill

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Yeeks-- thank you for bringing that typo to my attention. I've corrected the recipe to reflect 2 tbsp of cornstarch. Again thank you for reaching out. Jill