We love bananas in our house. We buy so many bananas, but sometimes we don’t get to eat them all and they go brown. When that happens, I freeze them and use them for various things, such as banana bread, banana ice-cream, banana peanut butter cookies, and this delicious banana chocolate pie.
This frozen banana pie has six simple ingredients but is so delicious. It takes no time to make but impresses everyone that tries it. And best of all, it’s good for people who eat gluten-free and vegan recipes. The crust is made with almonds and dates, instead of the traditional flour crust.
What I do is peel and chop the bananas before I freeze them. That way, they are easier to use than if you freeze them without peeling them. Peeling frozen bananas is not very easy.
Before you start, remove the peeled and cut bananas from the freezer so they can thaw out a little bit. But, if you don’t have frozen bananas, fret not, fresh bananas work just as well when making this banana chocolate pie. This is just a way I came up with for using up bananas and not wasting them when they start to go brown.
Making the pie crust
The pie crust is made of three simple ingredients. In a food processor, add two cups of whole almonds and process them for about 2-3 minutes. You can use raw or roasted almonds, just as long as they are not salted. You want to process the almonds where they are not totally powder form. You want to be able to see some bits of the almonds.
Add two and a half cups of pitted dates to the processor and using the pulse button, mix them into the almonds. You might need some water as you go. Pour one tablespoon at a time into the processor and continue to mix until you get a good consistency. You can stop and feel as you go. You want a soft buttery consistency. The amount of water you use will depend on how moist your dates are. Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt to the processor and mix well.
Spread the pie crust on the bottom of a ten-inch springform cake pan. You can spread some on the sides too, but I just spread it on the bottom. Once done, place the pan in the freezer while you make the pie filling – or for about five mins. This just gives the crust to settle down a little before we fill it.
Making the banana chocolate pie filling
Add the slightly thawed (or fresh) bananas into the same food processor. You will need six bananas. At the same time, add four tablespoons of cocoa powder, a quarter spoon of cardamom powder (optional), and a quarter teaspoon of salt to the processor. Process everything well until you have a smooth creamy banana ice-cream sort of mixture.
Remove the pie crust from the freezer and pour the frozen chocolate pie filling over the crust. Cover with a plate or plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for up to two hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and using a sharp knife, slice it into sixteen equal slices. Enjoy this delicious frozen banana chocolate pie with some fresh raspberries, freshly sliced banana, or vegan caramel sauce.
Vegan Frozen Banana Chocolate PieCourse: DessertCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
This vegan frozen banana chocolate pie is the best dessert you can serve your family and friends after a barbecue dinner. Its vegan crust is moist and its banana filling gooey and delicious.
- Pie crust
2 cups raw almonds
2 1/2 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
pinch of salt
- Pie filling
6 frozen bananas
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
1/4 vegan chocolate chips (optional)
- Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer, so they can thaw out while you make the crust. If you don’t have bananas in the freezer, you can use fresh bananas too.
- Pie crust
- Place the almonds in a food processor and process them to an almond meal. Do not over process. You need some chunks.
- Add the dates to the processor and using the pulse button, mix them into the almonds. You will need to add water to make the crust stick together. Start by pouring 1 tablespoon at a time into the processor until. you get the desired consistency.
- Add the cocoa powder and pinch of salt into the processor and mix to combine.
- Spread the pie crust evenly into the bottom of a 10 inch spring form cake pan. Put the pan in the freezer while you make the pie filling.
- Pie filling
- Place the slightly thawed bananas into the food processor and add cocoa powder, salt, and cardamom (if using). Mix well to form a thick banana pie filling.
- Pour the banana chocolate filling on top of the pie crust.
- Freeze for up to 2 hours to overnight.
- Remove from the freezer, slice and serve with fresh fruit, vegan caramel, or both.
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