December 26, 2013

Raw Banoffee Pie

Last Friday night we had a Christmas dinner party with some of our dearest friends. I was volunteered for dessert duty and I wanted to take the opportunity to try something new.  One of the guys was making over the top grass fed burgers with every kind of addition (including balsamic-maple glazed red onions – I could’ve eaten the whole skillet full!).  Heavy burgers meant I wanted a lighter dessert, something raw and nothing too dense and chocolatey so I remembered one of our favorite unhealthy family desserts, Banoffee pie, and thought about how I could clean it up. Traditionally it’s a pie crust with condensed milk caramel, bananas and whipped cream… The world has seen healthier things 😉 For mine I used a nut and date raw pie crust with date ‘caramel’, sliced bananas and coconut cream with raw honey and cinnamon.  For a dinner party touch I made individual servings and added a homemade chocolate heart on the top.

 They probably could have been a little smaller to eat after a big burger but they went down well with health nuts and non health nuts alike. Happy.

 Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

For the cream layer:

1 can coconut cream (not milk and no reduced fat versions)

1 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

The night before you want to make the pie, place 1 can coconut cream in the fridge. The cream will separate leaving some water and a much thicker cream that whips really well.  Once it’s sat the night in the fridge open it up and scoop out the thick cream part.  Add the raw honey and cinnamon and whip it up until it sits in soft peaks then set back in the fridge while you make the rest.

For the crust:

3 cups ground nuts. I used a pecan/almond/cashew combo.

20 small soaked dates

Pinch good salt

Pulse half the nuts salt in a food processor with about 5 dates until they are combined, add more dates as needed until the mixture will press together between your fingers and hold its shape. Divide between 8 lined ramekins or one pie tin and press down with your fingers till it’s flat. Leave that in the fridge while you make the rest.

For the caramel:

2 cups soaked dates

1/3 cup raw honey

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 shot brandy/rum (optional but recommended)

Pinch salt

3 bananas

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Blend everything but the pecans and bananas together until completely smooth. You should probably try a spoonful 🙂 Spoon about 2 heaped tablespoons onto each pie crust and spread it flat.


The next layer is bananas but I added pecans too for some extra yummy crunch.  Chop about 3 bananas into quartered slices. If you cut them any bigger it pulls the pie apart as you eat it and I like pretty food so I cut them small!  Layer the slices over the caramel pressing them gently into it until it’s all covered and then sprinkle 1tbs pecans over the bananas in each mini pie.  Time to get that cream out again.  Spoon a dollop on top of each pie and gently smooth it out, then finish with a dash of cinnamon.  You could serve it then but I wanted a sturdier pie that would sit nicely on a plate so I set them back in the fridge for about 8 hours.  I removed them just before eating, took them out of the ramekins, ran a knife round the edge to smooth it and served them with a little chocolate heart.



One Response to “Raw Banoffee Pie”

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Related Posts

Raw Pad Thai

Main dishes, Paleo, Salads, Vegan

Sometimes my favorite part of a dinner party is the second dinner that happens in the kitchen at the end of the night. The one that happens with shoes kicked…

Raw Lemon Cheesecake with Berries

Desserts, Paleo, Vegan

In my own personal ‘Brexit’ I seem to be making a habit of leaving America for July 4th.  Its completely unintentional, other than avoiding the three digit July heat, but last year…

Broccoli, Basil, and White Bean Soup

Main dishes, Vegan

If there’s one meal that shouldn’t be made strictly to a recipe, I think it’s soup.  You really just have to taste it as you go along.  Every vegetable you use can…

Time Saving Pre Prepped Smoothies with KitchenAid!

Breakfast ideas, Paleo, Vegan

This post was created in partnership with KitchenAid, a brand we love! They supplied us with the Artisan® Mini Stand mixer and Food Processor Attachment, but all opinions are fully our own. I’ve…

Raw Valentine’s Fig and Banana Cheesecake

Bars and cookies, Cakes, Desserts, Paleo, Vegan

A lot of the time my inspiration for food comes from looking at what we have and making it become something else… this was one of those.  After a batch…

Spicy Chipotle Aioli

Main dishes, Paleo, Salads

INGREDIENTS 3 egg yolks 1/2 clove garlic 1/2 tsp chipotle powder 1/2T maple (optional) 1/2T dijon Juice half lemon 3 tablespoons roasted red peppers S and P 2/3 cup avocado…