This is quite possibly the best dessert I've ever made.
The almond cookie crust, the salted caramel, the vanilla coconut cream, ripe bananas.
It's the most perfect combo and definitely going into the Kids' Recipes eBook which I'm currently working on.
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So without further ado...
The best ever Banoffee Pie
...which just happens to be vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and raw
For the crust
1 cup (150g) pitted dates
1 cup (140g) almonds
1/2 cup (45g) GF jumbo oats
5 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
optional: 1-2 tablespoons cacao powder
For the caramel layer
*1 cup (150g) pitted dates, soaked 4-6 hours*
1/2 cup (105g) extra virgin coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup (65g) coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) hot water
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
For the cream layer
*1 can (400ml) coconut cream*
1 vanilla pod
optional: 2 tablespoons xylitol, powdered
For the topping
Optional: dark chocolate, roughly chopped
*Some prep time is required here. Read the method below at least 12 hours before starting on recipe.*
You will need a 7 inch/ 18 cm tart dish for this recipe. Ensure it has a removable base so you can lift the whole pie out.
Begin with the crust. Process almonds, oats, coconut sugar and cocoa powder (if using) in a Food Processor, using an S blade.
Add the dates and continue to process until fully broken down. Finally, add the melted coconut oil and process until the crust is no longer crumbly and has a consistency of mouldable grainy play-dough.
Transfer the full mixture into your pie tin, distributing evenly. Using your hands, bring the mixture up the sides and press gently, squeeze the excess around the rim back inside or remove it and use to make the base thicker. Place in the fridge.
Start on the caramel layer by squeezing excess water out of soaking dates. (Retain the sweet water for another recipe like a smoothie). Put all the caramel ingredients into your Food Processor and process till you get a gooey cream without any chunks. (You may need to open up the machine and scrape sides down once in a while). Pour into the prepared pie shell and transfer into fridge for a minimum of 4 hours to set or speed up this process by transferring to a freezer.
To prepare the cream layer, you must first ensure that the can of coconut cream hasn’t been shaken for at least 8 hours. You might already have a can in your pantry, so carefully open it, scoop out all the set cream into a soup bowl and discard the liquid. (Note if the can has recently been brought home from the shops, it may have been shaken on the way and the creamy part would have become too runny. Stand it up in a cool place overnight before opening).
Scrape out the seeds from a whole vanilla pod. To do so, slice the pod in half lengthwise, then use a teaspoon to literally scrape all the seeds out until the inside of the pod is dry. Add the seeds as well as powdered xylitol, if using, to the bowl with cream in it. (The purpose of the xylitol is the same as of icing sugar- to make the frosting sweet and to help it set. This additional sweetness however is not needed here so if your cream isn’t super runny, then feel free to leave out xylitol). Stir with a fork till well combined. Make sure to press out all the clumps so the cream is as smooth as possible.
When the caramel is set and you’re ready to serve, remove the pie from its tin and onto a flat dish which would allow for easy slicing. Top with coconut cream, spreading it to the edges. Slice the bananas and fan them in a spiral starting in the middle. Sprinkle with optional chocolate shavings.
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1. Make it!
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Oh and just because I couldn't resist that light and 4 week old Banksy couldn't resist a milky smile after he too sampled that very slice...