While perusing the black hole that is Pinterest, I stumbled upon a recipe I just had to conquer. This was one of those, “if I don’t make this in 5-7 days I may spontaneously combust.” It was serious. I pinned it, and promptly bought ingredients the next day.
Raw..vegan..and full of deliciously healthy fats? I’m sold.
Creating an exceptional food item makes me feel alive. It’s similar to the feeling I get when I complete a really hard run. I feel accomplished, and that I’ve done something wonderful. Pair the two together and I’m on cloud nine. These happen together often, because I don’t normally like to eat two slices of pie unless I’ve earned them with a good run.
Raw Vegan Banana Cream Pie
FOR THE CRUST:
- 1 cup raw walnuts (perhaps a bit more, my crust was a little on the soft side)*See note
- 1 cup pitted dates (soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and drained)
FOR THE FILLING:
- 1 1/4 cups raw cashews soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight, then drained
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (I used maple flavored agave)
- 1 medium just ripe banana
- 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk (I mixed the cream on top into the milk before measuring)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 4 Tbsp lemon juice
1. Place soaked dates in a food processor or blender and process until small bits remain and/or it forms into a ball. I used my blender. Remove and set aside.
2. Process or blend walnuts until a powdery consistency is achieved. This step was difficult with my blender, and some nuts were chunky (not a big problem though.) A processor would be better. Add back in dates with a pinch of salt and mix to combine.
3. Press into a medium pie pan lined with parchment/wax paper. Press until flat, going up the sides about 1/2 inch. My crust didn’t end up filling all the sides. Place in freezer to set.
4. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. It should be silky smooth when completely combined. Then pour into crust and smooth with a spoon. Cover and freeze until set. At least 4-6 hours, but I left mine overnight.
5. When ready to serve let your pie sit out for about 10 minutes. Then top.
*Note: This crust isn’t like a “typical crust.” It will still be a bit soft despite being the in the freezer. This is why you will want to ensure you use a wax lined paper, it will make getting your slice out of the pan a cinch. Or you can just dig right in with a spoon, that works too.
I used the leftover coconut milk to make a quick whipped cream, and then sprinkled peanuts on top. Simple, but delicious! I have a chargeable whipped cream canister that makes for effortless whipped cream, but if you don’t have one this recipe is great.
I hope you’ll understand why I had two slices, I just couldn’t stay out of this pie! My last slice was drizzled with some almond butter, it was the perfect addition.
Q: Who wants a slice??
54 thoughts on “Raw Vegan Banana Cream Pie”
Alex @ therunwithin
yes I do want a slice. and a little birdie told me you would be hitting up DC the end of May and even better that I will be seeing you on a full day hike. UM SO PUMPED. that is all.
OMG I KNOW I about shat myself when Megan said you’d be coming on our hike!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!
I feel the same way now (spontaneous combustion). Looks so so so delicious!
This looks AMAZING. And after reading the ingredients, I think I need to go out and buy some… and try this. I love banana and lemon flavored things- kind of like my weakness….. and the raw nuts on top- omph. I am sold.
You are such a good baker! Def having a bakery in the B & B! also I see you in like TWO WEEKS– from tomorrow! 😉 SO CLOSE.
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
Pretty sure a couple pieces of this could help me make a baby 😉 Just sayin
I’m surprised you didn’t have three slices ;D! This looks SOOO good!!!!
Ashley @ Married to the Game
YUM! Kory is on the road for about a month, so I don’t have him here as an excuse to make this, but I’m definitely going to try it when he’s around to eat most of it!
kathy @ vodka and soda
OMG this look SO GOOD. GET IN MY BELLY!
This looks and sounds awesome! My boyfriend loves banana cream pie so I am excited to make this for him!
Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
Me want a slice?? No way…I WANT THE WHOLE THING!!! The texture looks incredible and the it sounds like it would taste marvelous! I need to make this now!!!
I don’t want a slice. I want the whole damn thing!
Oh my gosh, this looks delicious. I’ve only had banana crème pie once– years ago! NEED.
Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
This recipe doesn’t seem too daunting like many vegan dessert recipes that I’ve read! Plus I have more than a few dates that I need to use somehow haha . I can only imagine how good the combo of banana, coconut, and vanilla would be yum
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Well thank you for torturing me over here… I’m allergic to cashews 😦 So while I would kill for a slice, I’m not sure I’d appreciate the itch-fest that would come along with it.
NOOOOO!! You must make something similar, subbing almonds! All you really need is a fatty nut!! I may even experiment myself now..ohhh the mind is turning. STAY TUNED!
PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME! gahhhhhh Britt! This looks so amazing. As all of the things you make of course. merrrrr YUM! I would happily sit and eat this with you on a porch somewhere enjoying the lovely weather we have been having! You the best!
Yum, I don’t know if I’d be able to make this without eating all the crust first, sounds so good!
karla @ finding my fit
i have an idea: someone famous will buy me a plane ticket to seattle. we then frolick drinking all the best coffee, baking all the best goodies, and having amazing conversation and go hiking.
can this happen?!
I say…YES PLEASE!
I just combusted looking at it. Yo quiero.
I want a slice! I love how much healthier your recipe is from original cream pies. Beautiful pie 🙂
Matt @ Runner Savvy
Choc Chip Uru
This cream pie looks delicious, but much healthier 😀
Choc Chip Uru
oh lordy, i saw this on pinterest and had a feeling you were going to do it — what i didn’t know was that you were going to make it look so so good. i would run high and far and over a mountain for a piece of this (i guess i could also just make it – do you really have to soak the cashews for 4 hours?)
Yes, you reallllyyy do. This makes them so much easier to work with. This part was the hardest for me too because I kept forgetting to soak them, and had to put off making the pie a few times! I just soaked mine right when I got up, and used them when I got home. It can be longer than 4, just needs to be AT LEAST 4!
…but seriously, it was so worth it.
This is not the sort of dessert I usually lust over but you make it look so good! I am definitely inspired to pick up some coconut milk and dates as soon as I can, so I can taste this for myself! 🙂
Change of Pace
Me! I definitely want a slice, maybe even two or three!
Thanks so much for posting the drool-worthy photos and recipe! I’ve tried vegan pie recipes that use tofu and they make me want to gag. Now this one, I can definitely get on board with!
I have made pies with tofu and they were good, but this pie…OHH THIS PIE! You will love it. PLEASE MAKE IT, and Kelly will love you forever longer than he already does!
I would love a slice shipped to me! You know I’m not too far….but since you provided the recipe…I guess I’ll like have to try it out for myself. Looks yummmmmmmy!
Shipped!?! You are too close for that! I would rather hand deliver…except…well…it’s gone! AHH.
I would probably never make this due to all the work involved (because Im the laziest cook ever) but DAMN does this look mighty tasty. I just don’t know how I feel about the whole waiting an entire night or extended time for the cashews to soak. Im an instant gratification kinda girl, which is probably why I prefer cookie dough to baked cookies 😉
Nicole @ FruitnFitness
Oh this sounds awesome! My boyfriend loves pie, his birthday is comig up soon and I think this might be his ‘cake’ this year!
mother of god I NEED to try this!!! Maybe this weekend? Sounds like the perfect Saturday night topper to me!
Ah-ha! A recipe with dates! I should have made this while I was pregnant.
Rach @ This Italian Family
Girl, you figured out this whole photography thing WAY faster than I did! Your photos are fabulous! And this looks delicious!
Your comment made my day!!! Means a lot from a great photographer like yourself! ❤ Thank you. 🙂
This looks really delicious! I love anything with bananas!
I NEED THIS IN MY BODY
The Zen Kat
I do I do!! Pinterest is always bursting with delicious dessert recipes!
Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
Oh, my gosh.. that’s just amazing, Brittany!! Now I want to make this pie too! If we were neighbors, I’d have swapped the last of my chocolate pudding for a slice of your pie:D Sigh.. now I have to make the whole pie and, well, someone’s gotta eat it?? If only I ran like you do!! xx
This looks DELICIOUS! :p I love how it’s totally healthy too. Perfect!
This looks DELICIOUS! :p I love how it’s healthy too. Perfect!
OOOOMMMGGGGG!!!! I need it.
An Unrefined Vegan
Love everything about this beauty. Minimalist Baker rocks!
Life After Swimming
That is gorgeous…
I give you my crown. That is all.
SHUT the front door. I want.
A. I don’t want a slice- I want the whole damn pie!!! 🙂
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Madison @ Eating for Balance
Ugh… That looks amazing! I love pictures 4 and 5…. And yes, I did go back up and count 😉 The photos look marvelous! I’m SO pinning this to make soon.
YUMMMM!!! It’s so true about Pinterest; I spend (err, waste…) so much time there. But all of the photos look so tempting, and I want to make it all! You found a real gem with this recipe. It looks SO creamy and decadent! And I do the same thing to — the harder and longer I run, the more dessert I eat later! 😉
I completely understand how you felt when you saw this on Pinterest, just how I feel now, I love this and want to eat it right now!