26 Feb 2012

chocolate banana coconut cream pie


Super easy, super healthy, super delicious. Trust me. Actually - don't trust me! Make it yourself and see. I am going to assume you won't be disappointed. My friend Amanda was here yesterday and was feeling a little down. What could possibly fix this?

Pie.


I had been wanting to make a coconut cream pie for some time, because I'd seen a recipe that showed whipped coconut cream - it looks identical to dairy whipped cream! Whatta miracle. There isn't anything I could possibly want or need that doesn't have a superior vegan and/or raw alternative.

This pie made everyone happy, and helped Amanda feel better =) It's full of whole foods like fruit, nuts and coconut. Eat it up for breakfast, dessert, or both!

I don't know why I haven't made a pie like this before. I guess I'm just lazy. Also, there's always other recipes I want to try, and things to do, so the perfect opportunity never struck. Til yesterday! We both wanted to make food (I always do so that's not saying much), I had been waiting to make a banana cream pie, I had chilled coconut milk ready in the fridge, aaand! - oh. Wait.

"We don't have any bananas."

So it was off to the grocery store. Not exactly what me or Amanda wanted to do in our PJ's on a super-windy, cold Saturday afternoon. But we took it as a challenge. We were successful. So we had all the ingredients (including love) to make this wonderful creamy treat.

Here it is now for your viewing pleasure! And mine.


The chocolate cream part is basically avocado chocolate pudding; the coconut cream is whipped coconut milk, and the crust is just nuts and dates. The bananas were themselves.


Chocolate Banana Coconut Cream Pie: makes 1 glorious pie 

Crust:
1 1/2 cups nuts
1 1/2 cups dates
Salt and/or vanilla, if you want

Chocolate Cream:
2-3 avocados 
1/3 cup agave
Pinch salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa/cacao
2 Tb mesquite (optional)
2 Tb melted coconut oil

Whipped Cream:
1 can chilled full fat coconut milk
3 Tb raw powdered sugar 
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean 

To make the crust, pulse nuts in food processor until they're the size of crumbs. Add dates and pulse until it lumps together. Feel free to add cinnamon, salt, vanilla or more sweetener here. Press into your favorite pie pan and stick in the fridge.

To make the chocolate cream, blend/process all ingredients until silky smooth. Nom. I could just eat this. Now slice 3-4 bananas and put them on the bottom of the crust. Spoon on the chocolate cream and put on another player of banana slices. Set in the fridge again. 

Right before serving, CAREFULLY take out coconut milk from the fridge. Spoon off the thick fat from the top - you want this. (There was about 1/2 a can left of milk when I got all the thick stuff.) Put the milk you spooned out into a mixing bowl (Kitchen Aid) with the sugar and beat until thick and fluffy! Spoon onto your pie and voila! Enjoy.


76 comments:

  1. looks D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

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  2. OH MAN! I was in walmart today and they keep putting those boston cream doughnuts out right near the front door, ugh! it happens, i wish i could say i was far enough along on my raw food path that things like that wouldn't make me look twice, but i can't yet. but this pie looks amazing, as i followed the photographs while scrolling down watching pieces of this pie disappear my imagination had me believing i was actually savoring every bite, until that last picture of the empty plate...and a tear came to my eye. oh well! it was great while it lasted.

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    1. Hahaha don't blame yourself for wanting doughnuts. It's your brain wanting you to survive, not personal weakness! We all want doughnuts! AND PIE! So all you gotta do is make a healthy version =) Make this yourself and you can REALLY enjoy every bite ;)

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  3. That looks amazing! Another one to add to my 'to cook' list. Damn that list is getting long. I bet anyone would feel better after eating this & no one would guess it was healthy if you didn't tell them!

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  4. Next week it will be mine =p
    (I'll sent you photo :) )

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  5. Thank you! I made this last night & it was super easy & tastes Amazing - My non-vegan boyfriend approved!

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    1. Great to hear! It's probably the best recipe to feed non-veg people =)

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  6. This was delicious!!!! My dairy-loving dad inhaled atleast half of the pie. Thank you :)

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    1. HURRAY! Thank you. That's the best. My family can't stop raving about it too. (Mwa ha ha... little do my brothers know they are devouring healthy food)

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  7. Wow, this looks AMAZING! I'll definitely make this for my family when I visit them this summer! Unfortunately, I can't make it for myself because I found out, along with wheat/gluten, I'm allergic to bananas (TERRIBLE!) and cinnamon (WORST ALLERGY EVER!!)... maybe I'll just make myself a big bowl of the coconut whipped cream ;D

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    1. THAT IS THE WORST THING EVER! D: I... can't even... imagine...
      You could just leave those out and it'd be the same, minus the banana component. Either way - thank you, I hope the fam likes!

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  8. I made this. It is AMAZING. My boyfriend kept asking..."this is avocado??" LOL

    The only thing is the whipped cream didn't come out very whippy...still good though!

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    1. hahaha crazy, isn't it? crazy awesome. thank you, robin ;)

      hmm, that would happen if the coconut cream wasn't cold enough, or if you took more than just the fatty stuff at the top. it's happened to me before too. still tastes good though, hah

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  9. I am such a glutton for delicious and nutritious raw desserts. This really looks incredible and the ingredient list is so short!!! I am going to see if my boyfriend notices the difference.

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    1. MAKE THIS, LISA! it's pretty much my fave dessert. tell me what he says :)

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  10. Is there an easy way to PRINT RECIPE in a printer friendly format?

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    1. hmm, what i would do is just copy and paste the recipe into a word document.

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  11. This looks fantastic! Just what I was looking for :) I want to make it for a dinner I am having tomorrow and always try to prepare as much as possible in advance. Do you think I can make it completely ready today (minus the sliced banana on top) and it stays fresh in the fridge? Or should I prepare the crust and the chocolate layer and add the cream the same day?

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    1. you could probably put everything together except the banana and it would be fine. tell me how it goes :) this is one of my favourite recipes.

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  12. Thanks! I decided to go with the vanilla bean cheesecake instead since it seemed easier. But I will definitely make this one another time. Will let you know if I make it in advance. Thanks as well for all your awesome recipes! I am quite a new follower, and have only been preparing raw food for four months, but already made your fig bars (great, and my mum loved them) and have a few others on my list :).

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  13. Instead of avocados could I use bananas?? I have no ripe bananas right now!

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    1. You could use bananas OR avocados :) Both are delicious, but bananas definitely make the whole thing taste more like bananas. Not a bad thing for me.

      x

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  14. Wauw, just jumped in to your blog first time, and this looks great! Bonus: you made me laugh with: 'The bananas were themselves.' Thanks ;)

    Will save your blog to have a better look later, got to study now.

    Greets from Holland!

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  15. could you use vanilla instead of the vanilla bean?

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  16. the fat you skim off .. is that just used as coconut oil?. i have never worked with coconut milk before. thanks for being patient with me.. you rock!!

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    1. It's not pure coconut oil, although it does contain coconut oil. It's basically coconut cream. No worries =)

      xo

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  17. ok i cant get my cream to whip up, i took the fat off. i had about a half can of milk left. not sure why it was cold.. i let it in the fridge 1 1/2 days to be sure lol what do we do with the fat we took off. oh well my pie is looking yummy.. will try again with the cream another time..

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    1. The fat you scrape off the top is what you are meant to whip up =)

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  18. Today is my sons 1st birthday and my husbands 30th. Made this for their cake but using oats instead of nuts in the base ( as we are not allowed nuts at the play centre we are celebrating it) also banana instead of avo as they are super exp at the mo. turned out awesome! Made myself a mini one to scoff in secret. Nomnomnom so good! So good to have a cake everyone can enjoy that's not loaded with sugar n stuff.

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    1. Love it! Thanks for sharing :) Secret pie schnoffing is 100% approved of here.

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  19. Hello, I've made several of your desserts so far and they've all been AMAZING. Thank you for this beautiful blog. Have you ever tried freezing this pie? I want to make it in advance for a dinner and I'm not sure I will be able to whip the coconut part right before...

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    1. Thanks SO much :D I think it would freeze just fine!

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  20. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    Made this last night for my boyfriend and I, and ended up eating almost half of it before he even came home.

    No shame.

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    1. Ahaha I understand. At least he had some left! ;)

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  21. This is sewww freakin good! Along with all your other recipes! your awesome. Your blog and the wellness warrior are my 2 fav blogs, and I just saw you were a foodie friday! woohoo! Anywho, thanks for creating and sharing your amazing treats.ps you should check out nelson bc one day, I think youd dig it here! :)

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  22. AnonymousJune 13, 2013

    Hi Emily
    I have made this pie twice and everyone has loved it. I also made your amazing carrot cake. I love your blog and cannot wait to get my hands on your book. :)
    Thanks for doing what you do.
    Adrienne

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  23. Hi Emily,
    I am a recent fan of your blog and the recipes. This pie looks amazingly sluuurrrrpppppy. Surprisingly, one does not need to bake in the oven, right? This is one of the few blogs that I have come across which explains in simple words and I see that you have also answered many questions (which is very seldom in other blogs).I was wondering what is the size of the cup when you give measurements (1/4 cup). Could you please specify in desi litre or milli litre?
    Many thanks
    Greeting from sunny Finland,
    Yash

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    1. Google tells me that 1/4 cup = about 59 ml! :) And thank you for the kindness~

      x

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  24. Hi Emily,
    Agave syrup (nectar) is what you have used right? What can be alternative to agave? I don't think I get that in Finland!

    Thanks
    Yash

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    1. Hey you can use maple syrup if that's available :)

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  25. HI,
    I found Agave syrup here...I think I can find pretty much everthing here.. :)

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  26. Just made this ... OMG ... heavenly! Could only handle a few bites, so sweet, so divine ... so healthy! Love your blog! Excited for book ... pls sell somewhere that ships to New Zealand! :)

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  27. I have read that coconut oil is not the healthiest choice due to its high levels of saturated fat. What is your opinion?

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    1. Read this: http://jonnybowdenblog.com/coconut-oil-for-weight-loss/

      And also research the benefits of coconut oil for yourself. It's a controversial food but I personally feel that it's a super food and it works great for me. If you decide to try it - keep and open mind and see how it makes you feel :) Your body is the best judge.

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    2. I did research the benefits but the saturated fat thing got me worried. Not anymore! I will definitely try it starting with this recipe. Thank you very much Emily von Euwsome!!! Keep up the good work!

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  28. This looks lovely,
    I was wondering, if this works with dried dates? I can´t find dates in Germany around this time of the year and I desperately want to try this recipe! What´s your guess? Could it work?

    Also, which kind of nuts do you use? Walnuts and almonds?

    Thanks in advance and P.S. Awesome blog!!

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    1. Yes- I always use dried Medjool dates. They will look like this: http://cdn.nuts.com/images/auto/801x534/assets/a91b29f83345d4ed.jpg

      And be slightly sticky and kinda gooey :) They taste like fudge.

      Any nut will work - almonds and walnuts are perfect. Thanks so much! x

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  29. perfect! Thank you Emily! I will try that tomorrow and let you know whether I have any talent:)
    Happy Weekend!

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  30. I made this cake today. I was really excited, because I'm now getting more and more into raw and vegan. But I don't understand why my coconut milk didn't whip? I took the fat away I tried to whip it, but nothing happened. So I just served the cake without the whipped layer.
    My boyfriend really loved it. I liked it as well, but next time I think I will use something else instead of walnuts.

    Anyways, I wish Emily you could cook to me, so I could see how easy it actually is, if a pro does that. :)

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    1. Oh no! You are supposed to keep the fat and leave out the other stuff! Haha sorry for not being more clear.

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  31. Holy Crumb, this was soooooo tasty. The hit of the birthday party! I will never make fun of vegan raw desserts ever again. I did have to add some melted chocolate chips (vegan) and a banana to the 'pudding' to get it to not taste like avocados, though. I think the ones I used were particularly strong tasting! I also added a pinch of chipotle powder to give it a Mexican chocolate style zing. Coconut creme whipped up great. Thank you so much for making me eat my past words about vegan desserts! Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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  32. Angela SelfOctober 05, 2013

    Will be making this for Thanksgiving this year (along with like, 20 of your other recipes!)! Just got my kid and hubs to realize that eating plant based food can be just as tasty as the junk they seem to love! Thanks for the amazing blog and delicious recipes :)
    ~ From Sunny San Diego, Angela

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  33. Hi Emily!

    Love your recipes, this one is the new fav of my boyfriend (first it was the banana, strawberry mint pie).
    I just had one thing, I found the crust to be quite 'moist', not very crumbly, if you know what I mean :D It wasn't really a crusty crust, is that how it was supposed to be or did I do anything wrong?

    Anyway, I keep making your recipes because they are so darn easy and delicious!

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    1. Yay :D So happy to hear that. If it was more gooey than crusty, it's 'cause you added more dates than needed. Next time, add more nuts.. or less dates :)

      x

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  34. Hi Emily,

    You are a stunning artist! I just transitioned into a predominantly raw vegan lifestyle this year and it has been a great eye-opening journey. I am thankful to my eczema and cystic acne (though I do not like their presence) for leading me to discover that foods do leave a "record" on our bodies, and yet at the same time, the good news is raw foods can help us reverse the effects of bad foods!

    I am going to make a four-course raw vegan Christmas feast for my best friend tomorrow night, and I have chosen your Chocolate banana coconut cream pie as the star dessert! I will be substituting the chocolate with carob though.

    Could you kindly tell me what those brown specks on top of the pie are? Are they shredded dates?

    Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Thank you! And yess!! Raw food can heal a plethora of illnesses :) Eating right can save lives. I hope everyone likes the recipe :) They are cacao nibs on top, you don't need them but they add a cute decoration. You could use something else though, like lemon zest, berries, nuts, etc.

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  35. hi emily,

    you mention in this recipe to do the coconut cream just before serving, why is this? does it not hold well overnight?

    absolutely love your recipes, very reliable and super tasty.

    keep up the good work! (please :-))

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  36. It'd be okay if you left the coco cream in the pie overnight but it's best served fresh right after it's been whipped.

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  37. This is seriously delicious!! I was licking the chocolate from the processor! The crust was a little thick though, I maybe used too many nuts! Looking forward to making the whipped cream soon! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  38. Hi Emily, do you mind if I share this recipe on my blog? Looks great!!

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  39. @Tin - as long as you give me and my blog credit, and link back here, then go ahead :) Send me the link when you post it so I can share!

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  41. Emily, i heart you very muchly <3

    i just finished gobbling up a big slice of this pie and i must say, i can see whhhhhhhy this is your favourite dessert, because it is most definitely mine now too!

    i am a raw chef myself and am starting my own catering adventure, this pie is surely to be the star of many a party!
    Thank you so much, i love reading you blog... you are very inspiring :)

    Angel
    Coconuts & Chaos Catering <3


    (i so wish i could show you how mine turned out, what a masterpiece, i love building with the right blocks!)

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  42. Here's a link to how mine turned out!



    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154705327035328&set=ms.c.eJwzNDA0NTE3MDE0szAwNDA2stAzhIiYGhuZGxibootYgNQAABxSCpA~-.bps.a.10154540991925328.1073741832.623985327&type=1&theater

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  44. Amazing pie! Everyone had nothing but good things to say and I felt very proud of myself.

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  45. This looks AMAZING and I'm looking forward to making it for my work's "bake off" (minus the bake!) One things - I noticed bananas aren't on your ingredient list! Wanting to make sure everyone gets the full experience? ;-) I kid, but I couldn't definitely see people copying the list and forgetting the bananas! (I actually almost did just that!)

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  46. I have made this pie at least half a dozen times now. Everyone that tries is cannot believe it's raw vegan and "healthy". I use macadamia nuts and almonds for the crust but that's about my only modification. It's one of my favorite desserts ever! Thanks!

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    1. Aw that makes me so happy to read- thank you! XO

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