I intended to make a healthy and vegan banana cream pie dessert, but it didn’t go quite as I had planned or envisioned so…I ended up with a chocolate banana cream dessert.
And I think it is actually better than what I was originally trying to create!
I started with a creamy cashew base, add some coconut milk for extra creaminess and of course, bananas.
Then I decided to add mini-chocolate chips to it…which unintentionally melted after I added it to the warm banana mixture coming out of the Vitamix, so it turned chocolate.
And so now we have a chocolate banana cream dessert to enjoy!
Here are the typical ingredients in a store-bought banana cream pie and a homemade banana cream pie recipe:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Traditional Banana Cream Pie | Store-Bought
Ingredients: MILK, WATER, SUGAR, VEGETABLES OIL SHORTENING PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED (SOYBEANS OIL, AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND/OR PALM KERNEL OIL), WHEAT FLOUR ENRICHED (FLOUR, NIACIN, VITAMIN B3, IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, VITAMIN B1, RIBOFLAVIN VITAMIN B2, FOLIC ACID VITAMIN B9), CREAM, TAPIOCA STARCH MODIFIED, SALT, SODIUM CASEINATE, A MILK INGREDIENT, WHEAT STARCH, SOY LECITHIN, POLYSORBATE 60, SORBITAN MONOSTERATE, BAKING SODA, XANTHAN GUM, GUAR GUM, CALCIUM PROPIONATE, BETA CAROTENE (COLORS), SODIUM BISULFITE
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Traditional Banana Cream Pie | Homemade
Ingredients: 1 1/4 CUP REFINED SUGAR, 1/3 CUP CORNSTARCH, 1/3 CUP COCOA, 3 CUPS MILK, 3 TABLESPOONS BUTTER, VANILLA EXTRACT, BANANAS, STORE-BOUGHT PIE CRUST, 1 CUP WHIPPED TOPPING (USUALLY COOL-WHIP)
Even the homemade version isn’t much better with lots of dairy and highly processed pie crust and whipped topping which will both have a long list of unhealthy ingredients.
This guilt-free version is made with clean ingredients and it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugars.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Dark Chocolate Cups with Pistachios and Goji Berries, Clean Eating Peanut Butter Brownie Triffle, Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecakes or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes you will love!
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And here’s another option for you…if you don’t have or can’t find some cute mini dessert glasses, you can still make a Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Dessert by using a couple of individual creme brulee ramekin dishes.
The one below is right about 2 servings and the recipe will make two of these so you can make 2 small individual desserts to enjoy or share.
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