Characteristics

This recipe provides a deliciously rich and creamy banana pie. It offers an optimally healthy snack or dessert option, as it is made of wholesome ingredients in their optimally nutritious forms. For example, it uses fresh and dried fruit and soaked almonds for optimal nut digestion and nutrient density. The pie is an excellent source of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Its nutrient-density also includes an abundance of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, and fiber. It is naturally low in sodium and cholesterol-free. This pie is super quick and easy to make and can make an excellent treat anytime!

TYPE: Snack, Dessert
PREP TIME: 10 mins + chilling time
SERVINGS: roughly 8 slices, in a 9-10 inch glass pie plate

  • Whole food
  • Plant food (Vegan)
  • Raw food
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Flour-free
  • Oil-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • No isolated or refined sugars

Goodies Needed

Crust:

Filling:

Optional:

TOOLS:

  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • a 9 or 10 inch glass pie plate

Preparation Steps

  1. Soak your nuts: Soak the almonds in plenty of water for at least 6 hours. They will double in size providing 2 cups of soaked almonds. Almonds must be truly raw for soaking/sprouting, otherwise they can easily form black, moldy spots. When you are ready to use the almonds, drain the water and rinse several times really well.

  2. Make your crust: Place the almonds and dates without pits into your food processor and process until the mixture is sticky, crumbly, and begins to compact together as one, large piece. Transfer the mixture into your glass pie plate, press down with your spatula. Begin working with clean fingers along the bottom and sides making an even crust all around. Set aside.

  3. Make your filling: Peel the bananas and chop them into your food processor. If your coconut butter is hard at room temperature, melt it in a pan on very low heat, stirring regularly. Add the coconut butter to the bananas, along with the vanilla, and process on high speed until a smooth and creamy mixture results. Pour this batter-like mixture over your crust, and spread evenly with your spatula.

  4. Chill your cake to set: Place the cake into the refrigerator or freezer for at least 2 hours to chill, harden, and set. When the pie is firm to the touch it can be cut into slices.

  5. Storage: Store your cake covered in the refrigerator or freeze for future use. The fresh cake should be consumed within 5 days in the fridge. (Note: processed bananas will oxidize and brown like apples when exposed to oxygen, so the top of your cake and any exposed cut areas will darken in color.)

Tips

  • Turn this into a chocolate-banana cream pie by adding in about 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder.
  • Experiment with other fruit options by substituting the bananas for mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, or similar fruit, or combinations thereof. Always use fresh, not frozen, fruits.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Raw Almonds / Almond Butter

  • provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
  • provide phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • a source of vitamins, especially vitamin E and most B vitamins
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • especially supportive for cardiovascular health and optimal weight
  • for more information, visit the almonds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
  • Health Tip: choose organic and raw almonds, or such almond butters, as almonds are subject to many pesticide concerns and their beneficial nutrients are denatured with roasting

Medjool Dates

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins
  • especially rich in potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium
  • support optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
  • support digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • for more info, see the medjool dates overview on Nutrition-and-You

Banana

  • provides healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and is virtually fat-free
  • provides phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • a source of vitamins, especially most B vitamins and vitamin C
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and selenium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and elimination
  • for more info, see the bananas overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Coconut (Dry and Fresh)

  • provides healthy fats, along with some carbohydrates, fiber and protein
  • provides antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • provides vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin C
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supportive for brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, and overall good health
  • For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
  • Health Tip: avoid sweetened, sulfured or preserved dry coconut

Raw Cacao

  • provides healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates
  • provides one of the highest sources of antioxidants
  • a source of vitamins, especially the B vitamins
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, copper, magnesium and iron
  • provides an abundance of phytonutrients for healing and prevention
  • contains euphoric properties (anandamide), aphrodisiac properties (arginine), anti-depressant properties (tryptophan) and helps stimulate and balance brain activity
  • provides anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating and anti-aging elements
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and protect against cardiovascular disease
  • for more info, see the cacao benefits overview on Organic Facts

Vanilla

  • provides antioxidants and phytonutrients, like vanilloids, and has anti-inflammatory properties
  • provides some B vitamins
  • provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
  • when in its purest form, can positively support overall health
  • supports optimal cognitive health and mental performance
  • for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com