Don’t judge a pie by its labels! This raw and vegan chocolate banana pudding pie is creamy, nutty (without nuts!), and absolutely satisfying! Feel good about bringing this pie to parties all summer long (and without dairy, it won’t spoil in the heat!).
It’s that time of the month again…#RecipeRedux time!!!
Here’s how it works: Every month there’s a theme and group of health-minded bloggers share recipes reflecting that theme. This months theme is PIE LOVE…
Tucked in a crust, nothing says love from the oven like pie. Whether it’s a twist on the all-American apple pie or a traditional recipe from your home country, give a healthy makeover to your favorite savory or sweet pie recipe.
If you haven’t seen my last Redux contributions, check out these three DELISH recipes:
Homemade Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter
Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Lara Bar Lookalikes
Bean Burger Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
I have SO many things I want to tell you about PIES…
First is probably that I prefer crumbles. It’s not that I don’t love a flaky crust, but I even more so love a crumbly, earthy, oat topping that melts in your mouth.
Second, I’ve never really made a pie before.
Third, this isn’t really your typical pie.
According to Wikipedia, a pie is defined as “a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savory ingredients.”
This isn’t exxxactlyyy that type of pie. It’s not baked and it doesn’t contain pastry dough, BUT it does encase a sweet filling!
It may be far from pi day, BUT summer is notorious for blueberry pie, cherry pie, peach pie…or maybe you want to go savory with this unbelievable spinach feta pie that I can never get enough of (a great light midweek summer dinner paired with a big ol’ Greek salad!)…
So what’s a girl to do when she’s presented with the challenge of making a delicious pie to share with all of you…with a healthy twist?!
I go raw.
Sometimes I think that sharing recipes [on social media and such] as “raw,” “dairy free,” or “vegan” automatically has people picturing a flavorless, not worth eating dish ((if you’re not into that sort of thaang)), but I prooomise I never post a recipe I don’t whole-heartedly L.O.V.E…and that gets the approval from the most carnivorous, sugar-eating crowd!
Since it’s Father’s Day, I had to make sure my dad ((the vegan)) could eat it as well. Now, my dad isn’t really a chocolate kinda guy, so my original intent wasn’t to make this chocolate at all. BUT as much as naners are my jam, they just pair so well with chocolate!
Happy Father’s Day Dad…I’ll always be your traveling twin! Love you! <3
And while we’re at it, here’s my nutritional FYI of the day…Sometimes bananas get a bad rap for “having a lot of sugar,” but let me assure you that they’re wayyyy better for you than a handful of jelly beans or a slice o’ pie…unless you’re eating this pie that is….
This chocolate banana pudding pie is TO. PIE. FOR!
It contains healthy fats and fruity fiber, plus plenty of potassium, calcium, and other good for you vitamins and minerals!
This recipe may be a bit more cumbersome than many other summer desserts, but I prooomise you it’s worth it…especially if you have a vegan friend in your life! Plus, aren’t all pies (you know, the good ones) time consuming?! #priorities
I was originally introduced to the concept of a raw fruit tart at my aunt’s house. She pointed me to this recipe, from which I took plenty of inspiration. If you’re an avid healthy food blog reader than you have probably seen plenty of variations of raw crusts passed around and many of them have nuts. As you may know, this girl can’t eat that, so I made this raw pie 100% top 8 food allergy friendly!
This recipe is…
Refined sugar free
aaand guilt free!
Of course, too much of a good thing gets bad, but go ahead, and have a slice for breakfast…Happy Father’s Day!!!
- ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds, crushed (see note)
- ½ cup medjool dates
- ½ cup dried figs (I used black mission figs from Trader Joe’s)
- ½ cup dried unsweetened cherries
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 5 medjool dates, soaked in water for 10 minutes
- 1 ½ large avocados, pitted and flesh removed
- 1 very ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Generous pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Optional: 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips, melted
- Crush sunflower seeds into small pieces [see note].
- In a food processor, combine dried fruit, cocoa powder and salt and pulse until the dried fruit is finely ground, but before it gets too sticky. This should only take about 2 minutes. Transfer this dried fruit mixture to a small bowl and add the sunflower seeds. Use a spoon or your clean hands (yes, they will get sticky!) to combine the sunflower seeds with dried fruit mixture.
- Transfer this mixture into a parchment paper-lined 8 to 10 inch pie plate or spring-form pan. Cover the mixture with wax paper and press down so it is evenly distributed in the pan to form a crust. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
- In a food processor, process dates until a paste-like consistency forms. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips. Process until smooth.
- Transfer this pudding into a small bowl and stir in the melted chocolate. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
- Carefully remove the wax paper off of the crust and evenly distribute the pudding over the crust. Top with whipped cream, banana slices and/or shaved chocolate. Enjoy!
Note: I pulsed raw sunflower seeds in my food processor until the desired consistency was obtained. Alternatively, you can put the seeds in a plastic bag and stomp on the bag until small pieces are made)
Enjoy! Happy Father’s Day!