Vegan Banana Dreamy Creamy Pie

Confession: I ATE BANANA CREAM PIE FROM ALMOST WEEKLY IN COLLEGE… I missed that yummy sweetness and thick, yet cloud-like cream that pulled the luscious banana slices together.  So, I had to make one I could eat since my healthy foodie requirements make finding one in a store sadly unlikely.  I practically faceplanted into this experimental vegan, gluten-free, paleo (option of no maple syrup, too), and amazingly heavenly banana cream pie.  College days are here again! LOL

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Creamy Middle-

  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) of full-fat coconut milk chilled for at least 4 hours
  • 1/4 cup unrefined maple syrup (formerly known as grade B) plus 5 drops of luo han guo liquid drops or 10 drops of monkfruit liquid drops and 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup depending on your blood sugar concerns…or try a version with just the drops mixed with about 1/8 of mylk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 5 large ripe (freckled, not too mushy) bananas to be sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

Crusty Bottom- (baked version for more classic taste) 

Beautification toppings-

  • crushed or chopped walnuts
  • lemon juice to spray banana slices you place atop the pie
  • shaved or chopped dark chocolate

WHAT TO DO:

  1. For Crust- food process all crust ingredients until a medium fine meal
  2. Add coconut oil
  3. Process until the dough holds together, but not too wet or too dry
  4. Press into a parchment lined pie form or 8″ springform
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees and let cool
  6. For Cream Middle- open cans and drain coconut water into a glass jar
  7. Scoop coconut fat into stand mixer with whisk attachment
  8. Add maple (or monkfruit drop mixture), vanilla extract, and salt and turn on machine to beat until fluffy and thick
  9. Layer 1/3 of this coconut cream onto crust, then layer banana slices, and repeat until you run out of cream, but cream must evenly cover the top of all the banana slices
  10. Refrigerate for several hours
  11. slice last banana and spritz with lemon water to make sure it doesn’t brown
  12. decorate as you please!
  13. Eat it all or share it all…except a slice or two for you in the freezer.  Yum!

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