gluten free guilt free chocolate banana pie …

This super easy healthy dessert recipe is one of the best recipes that I have tried lately. The recipe comes from simply gluten-free.

There’s minimal baking involved. And all you need is a food processor and a pie dish.

Ingredients
Crust –
1½ cups blanched almond flour
5 large medjool dates, finely chopped
Large pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut or grapeseed oil

Filling –
5 small, ripe bananas, cut into pieces
5 large medjool dates, chopped
1 cup light, unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup sliced almonds
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped or shaved with a vegetable peeler

Method
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with gluten-free, non-stick cooking spray.
Crust –
2) Combine the almond flour, dates and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the dates and almond flour are well combined.

3) Add the oil and process until the mixture starts to come together like a dough. If the mixture is too dry add some more oil, a few drops at a time.

4) Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until the crust has browned, it may seem soft but it will harden up as it cools. Let cool completely.

Filling –
5) Combine the bananas, dates, coconut milk, cocoa powder and vanilla in a food processor. Process until smooth.

6) Pour the mixture into the cooled pie crust, top with the sliced almonds and chopped or shaved chocolate, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours. Can be made 1 – 2 days ahead.

filling

About ½ hour before serving, take the pie from the freezer, remove the plastic wrap and let set at room temperature until it is soft enough to cut. Slice and serve immediately.

Wow! This pie tasted so good! The filling was silky smooth. It wasn’t overly sweet. It was light. And the bonus is that it’s, shhh …., healthy.

My brother says that it’s up there with my top desserts. And it tasted even better the next day!

“Flowers wilt, jewelry tarnishes, and candles burn out…but chocolate doesn’t hang around long enough to get old.” ~ Sr. Cocoa Loca

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