Alright, enough teasing. Here is the recipe for that festive cake I told you about yesterday.
Raw Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust
~This pie is only raw if you use raw cacao powder. If this doesn’t matter to you, then use cocoa powder (like I did). Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, and, of course, sugar-free!
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 3 large dates
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (or cacao)
- pinch of salt
In a food processor or strong blender, blend all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. The mixture should stick together. If it doesn’t add a splash of water. Press the mix into a pie dish, and freeze while making the pie filling.
- 4 frozen bananas
Blend the bananas in a food processor or strong blender until the bananas have a “custardy” texture like Magic Banana Ice Cream. Put the filling on top of the pie crust and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Thaw the pie for about 10 minutes before eating. The pie should be set but not rock-solid. Who likes rock-solid pie?
Decorate if you wish. I made this pie for the Fourth of July, so I topped mine with sliced bananas, strawberries, and blueberries in the shape of the American Flag.
The chewy crust compliments the creamy filling beautifully.
Everyone was raving about the pie at the party. No one could ever guess that it was healthy! They were shocked when I told them the ingredients.
- Chocolate: Click HERE for a post I did about all the benefits of chocolate.
- Walnuts: Rich in fiber, protein, vitamin B, Omega-3s, magnesium, and antioxidants. Walnuts have also been shown to aid in the lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and the C-Reactive Protein (CRP). CRP was recently recognized as an independent marker and predictor of heart disease. Walnuts have often been thought of as a “brain food,” not only because of the wrinkled brain-like appearance of their shells, but because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats. Your brain is more than 60% structural fat. For your brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats found in walnuts.
- Bananas: Rich in potassium, bananas help the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This also helps maintain a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water in the body. It also contains tryptophan to help relax you and lift your spirits!
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Fruit or chocolate desserts? What do you prefer? This pie is the best of both worlds, but if you had to choose-what would you choose?
I choose Chocolate!
Psst! In the mood for more Banana Cream Pie? Try my Chocolate Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Peanut Butter Crust.