Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Mostly" Raw Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie - Oh My!





Nutty chocolate crust with a layer of raw chocolate, then a banana cream, banana slices, whipped cream, and more raw chocolate drizzled on top! This pie was so fun to make and turned out to be a hit. Seeing as it is Scott's favorite pie, I knew it had to be amazing. I had never made (or even eaten) any form of banana cream pie before this - eek! The final verdict? He LOVED it! So there you have it - stamp it "approved" and get in your kitchen and make this delicious, raw, and healthy take on a pie classic.

Ingredients

Crust
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup coconut, shredded and unsweetened
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon filtered water

Chocolate Layer
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar

Filling
1 banana, ripe and mashed
2 bananas, ripe and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated (this is not raw)

Whipped Topping
1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated (this is not raw)
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar

Raw Chocolate Topping
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar

Begin by lightly greasing your pie pan (I used a tart pan with removable sides for easier slicing) with some coconut oil. Then combine the cashews, almonds, and coconut in your food processor. Pulse until it resembles a fine meal. Then add the cacao powder. Pulse again to combine. Add the dates, and process until well incorporated and the dough is sticky. Now add the tablespoon of water and process until a sticky mess forms. Press this into your prepared pan and set aside (not in the refrigerator or freezer yet).

For your first layer, combine the ingredients for your raw chocolate and spread evenly on the bottom of the pie. Next, mash one banana in a small mixing bowl. Take your refrigerated can of coconut milk, flip it upside down, and open the can. Drain or save the excess water for another use, and scoop the cream that has separated in the can into your mixing bowl with your mashed banana. Using a hand mixer, beat the banana and cream together until well incorporated and fluffy. Spread this banana cream layer on top of your chocolate layer in your pie pan. Slice the two remaining bananas, and evenly distribute them on top of the pie, pressing down to submerge them slightly in the banana cream. Place your pie in the freezer while you prepare the whipped topping and raw chocolate drizzle.

For the whipped topping, take the can of refrigerated coconut milk, flip upside down, drain excess water, and scoop cream that has separated into a small mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of raw agave nectar, and whip with a hand mixer on high until it turns into a fluffy whipped cream (about 4-5 minutes). Also make your raw chocolate at this time.

Now, take your pie out of the freezer and top with the whipped cream. Drizzle the raw chocolate on top with a spoon (or place in a baggy and cut of the corner and drizzle that way). Refrigerate the pie for at least an hour before slicing (the longer you refrigerate it the better), and enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. Oh My is right! This looks heavenly...great job :)

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  2. I want to make this raw. Any idea what to use instead of canned coconut milk?

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    1. To the best of my research canned coconut milk is raw! It is not heated or pasteurized in the canning process.

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    2. Ok, thanks! I will look up individual companies and inquire. :)

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    3. It's not raw, FYI:
      Our coconut milk is sterilized and is processed at a higher temperature than pasteurization for dairy products. Also, Coconut milk is dairy-free/vegan. We hope this is helpful to you.

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    4. Thank you for the info! I can't believe I missed that, so sorry. I will change the name to "Mostly" raw. Also, have you ever made cashew cream before? That might be a suitable substitute to make this pie 100% raw. Ashlae at Oh Ladycakes has a great recipe.

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    5. Yeah, I have a Vitamix, so blending cashews is pretty easy. :) Will try!!!

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  3. I'm going to try this recipe out tomorrow. Looks delicious. I'll let you know how it comes out!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you got to make it and it turned out scrumptious.

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  4. I've always loved black bottom banana cream pie but since going vegan I haven't made one yet. This will have to be the first! :)

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    1. Oh my, it is time Katie - you MUST make one!

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