Tuesday, March 15, 2016
No-Bake Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust Recipe [Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free]
If you like chocolate dipped frozen bananas, you'll need to bookmark this page because it's that flavor, but easier to eat and far more nutritious with the added ingredients, no sugar, no dairy, and all raw ingredients. Plus - it's perfect when you want to whip up a yummy dessert without turning on the oven. Somehow when something I prepare doesn't go into the oven, it feels like less of a production and so much easier. That could just be me!
Yesterday was PI Day - you know 3.14 - and to celebrate the occasion, or any occasion really, I made food to go with the theme, which means yesterday was all about the pies! Chicken pot pie was for dinner (delicious, but not quite where I want it to be for my blog) and for dessert this decadent, creamy, dreamy banana cream pie.
I seek to make my food be plant-based and as nutritious as possible. After hunting online for inspiration, I came up with the following lusciousness everyone in the family enjoyed. I hope you enjoy it, too! We will be adding it to our regular rotation of healthy desserts. Will you? Let me know in the comments below!
No-Bake Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust
Chocolate Crust Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/2 cup raw pecans (or walnuts would also be delicious)
1/2 cup unsweetened raw coconut
1/2 cup organic raisins (I've also done this with dates, but I always have raisins and it came out perfectly!)
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
Put all ingredients into food processor or high speed blender and blend until well combined and nuts are ground. I like the nuts a little bigger and chunkier for more texture, but you can grind yours as much or as little as you like.
Press into a glass pie plate using a spoon or your fingers. Freeze while you prepare the filling.
1 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained (Most recipes tell you to soak these for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight, but with the Vitamix it's not necessary. Before doing anything else with the crust, I add the cashews to a Mason jar and cover with filtered water. I add all the other filling ingredients to the blender first and then drain the cashews just before adding to the blender. Works like a charm!)
3 heaping tablespoons coconut oil, melted (if it's a hot day, leave it out on the counter, it'll melt quickly!)
1/4 cup organic maple syrup (agave would also work)
1 medium *just ripe* banana (mostly yellow with a few tiny brown spots, equals about 1/2 cup mashed)
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can, not carton)
1/2 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
2-3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of 1 small organic lemon)
Put all filling ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high for about 1-2 minutes until the filling is silky smooth and creamy. It should be thick, but not so think you need to use a tamper. If it is too think, add a tiny bit more coconut milk, coconut water, or filtered water to smooth it out and continue blending til very smooth.
Pour filling into prepared crust and freeze until serving, at least 2 hours, or more for a firmer pie.
Top with whipped coconut cream and enjoy!
You may be tempted to leave out the lemon juice and salt, but both are needed. The tiny bit of salt enhances the flavors dramatically. The lemon juice is needed for the cashews. They neutralize the "cashew" flavor so you'll never know there are nuts in this filling. You don't want anything to compete with the tropical flavors from the banana and coconut. You will not be able to taste the lemon. I promise. :-)