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Chocolate - Banana Coconut Cream Pie

You don’t have to be health conscious to enjoy a vegan dessert. It should just taste good no matter what label you put on it, right? But if we were to label this one, it would read: vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, dairy-free with an option for sugar-free. How’s that for allergy friendly? Before you write off making healthy desserts as too boring or too complicated, have a look at this easy chocolate-banana coconut cream pie recipe, which is guaranteed to appease sensitive and non-sensitive stomachs alike. This recipe includes room for your personal touch. So be sure to experiment, add or swap ingredients, and make it your own.

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Some Tips for Preparation

The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for it to freeze. But if you make it the night before having guests over, it will be a perfectly delicious dessert that everyone loves. And if your guests don't like pie, you shouldn't be friends with them anyway.

You can also whip this one up in the morning or even after lunch and enjoy it as an after dinner treat. It's light, clean and full of healthy ingredients that won't wreck your diet or sit heavy in your stomach.

What Makes This Recipe Healthy?

As you will soon find out, this recipe is delicious. But don't tell your guests that it's also healthy!

Coconut oil has incredible health benefits, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, to name a few.

Your blood sugar levels will thank you because it's also sugar-free when you omit the maple syrup. Don't worry if you choose to keep it. Maple syrup is high in antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Let's not forget the tasty benefits of bananas, which are a good source of fiber and prebiotics, potassium, and vitamins C and B6.

Chocolate-Banana Coconut Cream Pie

Ingredients:

Crust Option 1:

* 1 cup soaked dates

* 1 cup soaked almonds (or nut of your choice) (substitute almond flour if time restricted)

* 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

* 1 to 2 tablespoons of liquefied coconut oil

Directions:

* Soak nuts overnight or for 8 hours in water. Dates only need to be soaked for about 10 minutes, but can be longer if preferred.

* Drain both dates and nuts from water and rinse the nuts wells. Place both ingredients in a food processor and blend together.

* Add liquefied coconut oil and sea salt to the mixture and blend again. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan.

Crust Option 2:

* 2 tablespoons coconut oil (in liquid form)

* 2 cups soaked almonds (or nut of your choice) (substitute almond flour if time restricted)

* 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

* Soak the nuts overnight in water. When ready, drain and rinse nuts. Place the nuts into a food processor along with the sea salt and coconut oil. If mixture is too thick, add a bit more coconut oil.

* Blend until all ingredients are mixed together. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan.

Filling:

* 4 to 5 ripe bananas

* 2 tablespoons maple syrup (omit if watching your sugar intake or want a sugar-free dessert)

* 1/4 sea salt

* 2 tablespoons cacao powder

In a blender (or by hand if you're really strong), mix together the bananas until they become creamy. Add in the maple syrup, sea salt and cacao powder. Mix again until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Pour the final mixture on top of the pie crust of your choice. Place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.

And finally, enjoy when ready!

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