Ice Cream Mud Pie Recipe (Keto, Paleo, AIP, Vegan, Gluten-free)
With a real food Chocolate "Oreo" Pie Crust, Ice Cream Mud Pie is decadent and incredibly delicious! Layers of Chocolate and Coffee (or Vanilla) ice cream are topped with Easy Chocolate Ganache, optional nuts, sea salt and optional chocolate chips. If you wish, garnish the whole thing with Pourable Chocolate Sauce and whipped cream; then dust the whipped cream with cocoa powder! This recipe can just as easily be made with or without dairy. It's Paleo, Keto, AIP, Vegan and Gluten-free, as well as no-bake and egg-free.
Make Chocolate "Oreo" Pie Crust first (recipe here). If you're AIP or nut-free, make Tiger Nut Pie Crust instead (recipe here).
Choose your ice cream flavors: Chocolate (with AIP Carob option), Vanilla or Coffee — To make coffee ice cream, just add 2 Tablespoons Organic Instant Coffee to the Vanilla Ice Cream recipe before freezing (delicious!!); whisk it in, then freeze as usual.
If you're making both flavors from scratch, you'll need to allow time for the ice cream freezing cylinder to chill between batches (depending on your ice cream maker) ... so start 2 days before you plan to serve.
Make ice cream, and freeze each batch. If you wish, with the crust made first, the fresh ice cream can be spread into the chilled shell as soon as it's done freezing. Return crust to the freezer until the second flavor of ice cream is ready. If you're using store bought, skip this process.
To fill Crust with frozen ice cream, set ice cream in the fridge for 10 to 30 minutes so it's nice and scoopable, without being too melty.
Fill the Pie Crust with layers: scoop 2 to 3 cups softened or freshly made ice cream into pie shell. Use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the flavor around evenly. I like to put Chocolate Ice Cream in first, on the bottom, then Coffee or Vanilla. After first layer is smoothed out, freeze for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight, if you're waiting on your second flavor to freeze. Then repeat with second flavor, filling and smoothing the top. (In the photos for this recipe, I used 2 cups Chocolate Ice Cream and 3 cups Coffee Ice Cream.)
Top Mud Pie with Ganache, and spread it out so it looks inviting. It will firm up as you spread it on frozen ice cream, so work a little quickly.
Garnish with optional: roasted nuts (not for AIP). I love hazelnuts best, but pecans are another good option, or whatever you like, even peanuts are fine for Keto. Also: chocolate chips and sea salt. Whipped cream (or Whipped Coconut Cream) may be dusted with cocoa powder or some reserved crumbs from the crust.