Thankful Thursday: “Ice Cream” edition

So a few Saturdays ago I got the cooking bug, promptly wrote this post, and then somehow forgot about it in the wake of my work week! Today, I’m thankful that everything happens for a reason and that this post was sitting around.

I’m also thankful that the weather is starting to heat up! Maybe (like me) you’re ready for a frozen treat since it’s hitting 90 degrees in DC this week! I’m so thankful for wonderful concoctions like frozen whipped up bananas that make a great ice cream replacement on hot, humid days! (for those of us dairy-free dudes and dudettes out there)

I wish I had a picture for you, but alas all I have is a recipe for a lovely Frozen Banana CocoNUT Pie!

The crust: I’ve been looking for a good gluten-free, dairy-free crust substitute (this one is sugar-free too). I say substitute because, let’s be honest, nothing tastes like a real pie crust without gluten! And if you beg to differ…send me your recipe PLEASE!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 C oats
  • 1 C nuts (I used walnuts, but any nut will do)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP oil/butter (I used coconut oil)…melted
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup or honey OR you could add Stevia/Truvia etc to desired sweetness 🙂
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350* Put oats, nuts, and salt in a food processor and pulse until chopped. Stir melted oil/butter with sweetener of choice (you could also add some vanilla for good measure), and then add to food processor. Pulse a few more times, transfer to pie plate/tin, and press until evenly distributed. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned.

The filling: So simple it’s mind-blowing…

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 can coconut milk (doesn’t matter the fat content)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C shredded coconut (unsweetened if you’re going sugar-free)

Put all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Pour into completely cooled crust. Place assembled pie in the freezer until set. NOTE: You really need to give the pie some time to thaw before you eat it or it will be a little crystalized. So, I say take it out at least 30min before you want to serve and use a knife heated in some hot water to cut into slices. Top with some caramelized bananas perhaps? Coconut whipped cream (oh yea, that’s a real thing…that’s Oh She Glows recipe) or regular whip with some crushed pecans is what we went for… YUM!

 

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