Homemade Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

January 13, 2022

Homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie is so creamy that my friends without allergies ask for this delicious recipe. I will always be grateful for Great Grandmother’s patience as she taught me how to make pudding from scratch. My picture by picture directions help you understand what I have never seen written in a recipe. Once you know the essential tips for keeping your pudding thick and creamy, you can make any type of pudding dessert.

Gluten and Dairy Free Pie Crust

This recipe works beautifully with my Gluten and Dairy Free Pie Crust recipe. There are picture by picture directions available on the blog post linked below.

gluten and dairy free pie crust dough being shaped in a pie pan

If you are looking for a store bought gluten and dairy free pie crust, look for the brand Wholly Gluten Free. They are allergy friendly and sold in a two pack at Whole Foods and other grocery stores.

Homemade Chocolate Meringue Pie Ingredients:

Chocolate Filling Ingredients

  • 1 gluten and dairy free pie shell
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour
  • 1 tablespoon of benefiber (optional, helps keep blood sugar stable)
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cup of mixed canned goat and coconut milk (1 can of goat milk mixed with 1 can of coconut milk)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Meringue Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tarter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Meringue Pie Directions

Prepare the Pie Crust

Make your pie crust using my gluten and dairy free pie crust recipe or purchase a Wholly Gluten Free Pie Crust.

Prebake the pie crust at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or according to the directions on your store bought pie crust.

empty baked gluten and dairy free pie shell in a pie pan

Set the pie crust aside to cool completely before adding your chocolate filling.

How to Make the Chocolate Filling for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

In a large nonstick saucepan add:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of sugar in a stainless steel measuring cup.
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
a tablespoon measuring spoon on a cutting board in front of a container of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour
a tablespoon of flour in a measuring spoon sitting on a cutting board in front of a bag of gluten free flour
  • 1 tablespoon of benefiber (optional, helps stabilize blood sugar)
1 tablespoon of benefiber in front of the container.
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
a tablespoon of cocoa powder in front of the container

All 5 dry chocolate filling ingredients in a saucepan.

cornstarch, sugar, gluten free flour, and cocoa powder in a saucepan

Next, use two bowls to separate the yolks from the whites of three eggs.

two white bowls sitting on a cutting board. The one on the left has three egg yolks and the one on the right has three egg whites.

Add 3 egg yolks to the saucepan and set aside the egg whites for the meringue.

egg yolks added to the saucepan of the dry ingredients for the chocolate pudding part of homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie.

In a separate bowl or a blender, mix together 1 can of canned goat milk and 1 can of canned coconut milk. Then, measure out 1 and 1/3 cup of this milk mixture and add it to the saucepan.

milk mixture being poured into the saucepan

Simmer over medium-low heat stirring constantly. Do Not Boil It.

whisking and simmering chocolate pudding ingredients for homemade chocolate meringue pie

Stir constantly while the filling is cooking. It is done when the chocolate filling has a pudding-like consistency and sticks to the spoon. It should barely drip off the spoon. This is the consistency you want for a gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie.

chocolate filling sticking to the wooden spatula

Once the filling sticks to a spoon, turn the burner off and add:

  • 2 tablespoons of vegan butter
two tablespoons of vegan stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
i teaspoon of vanilla extract sitting on a cutting board in front of the bottle

Stir the vegan butter and vanilla extract in till the butter melts.

Adding butter and vanilla to the chocolate pudding in the saucepan

Then, use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the chocolate filling into a bowl. The strainer will capture any bits of cooked eggs.

straining the pudding through a fine mesh strainer

A very important tip from Grandmother. Stir the chocolate filling until it has cooled completely. This ensures that no condensation waters down the pudding. Once cool to the touch, set it aside and make the meringue for your gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie.

stirring the pudding for the homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie

How to Make Meringue for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

Add 3 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tarter, and 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch to a mixing bowl.

3 egg white in a white bowl
1/2 teaspoon of cream of tarter in a measuring spoon sitting on a cutting board in front of the seasoning bottle
clear container of cornstarch.
mixing egg whites on high

Use an electric mixer to beat the ingredients on high until stiff peaks begin to form.

stiff peaks in the egg whites in the mixing bowl

Once stiff peaks begin to form, slowly add 1/4 cup of sugar while the mixer is going.

Lastly, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Assemble the Homemade Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the chocolate filling into the cooled pie shell and smooth out the top with a spatula.

Pouring the chocolate pudding into the pie shell for the homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie

Another important lesson from Grandmother. Cover the chocolate filling with the meringue. Push the meringue all the way to the crust to seal the edges of the pie. It is better to see very little of the crust than to have a big gap between the crust and the meringue exposing the pudding.

gluten and dairy free chocolate pie topped with meringue ready to bake

Bake for 3-5 minutes until the meringue has browned.

homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate pie topped with browned meringue

Place on a cooling rack for about 45 minutes.

Refrigerate once the pie is completely cooled.

Printable Recipe Card

Homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie recipe card
Homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate meringue pie recipe card

Chocolate Pudding

The filling for chocolate meringue pie is simply chocolate pudding. If you are not allergic to milk you can serve the chocolate pudding with TruWhip. The ingredients are all non-GMO without high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors. If you have a milk intolerance or allergy, you may enjoy dairy-free Cocowhip by SoDelicious or Vegan Truwhip.

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