Are you guys ready for one of my all time favorite desserts?
A few weeks ago, I had an overload of bananas in my house and I decided to get creative!
Anyways, this is a super rich and decadent pie! I was so surprised at how similar it tasted to one my mom used to make! The bottom “cookie dough” tastes just like the real -graham cracker/butter- one, but obviously so much better! It has the same consistency and even the flavor/texture brought me back to my childhood. Once the fennel is added, well of course flavor changes a bit, but consistency was just as beautiful as before.
Then, the filling is very simple, yet, I decided to make a “twist” to the recipe. A beautiful combination of fresh, organic fennel seed tea made the pie go to a whole other level. It wasn’t just the same old banana pie from my childhood, it was a new rich, decadent, unique flavor I honestly fell in love with.
Of course, you can simply omit the fennel and have the “Original” Banana Pie we all once loved. But if you want something different and very interesting, add them! There’s nothing more exciting than trying new things!
Gastrawnomica’s Raw Banana-Fennel (Frozen) Pie
1/2 cup almonds or brazil nuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp ground fennel seeds
5 Tbsp coconut butter or creamed coconut, soft
1 Tbsp coconut flour
2 small (ripe) bananas
1 small banana, sliced
2 Tbsp fresh fennel tea, at room temperature
Liquid sweetener to taste (bananas should be very sweet so you might not need much)
1/2 small banana
3 Tbsp coconut flour (add more or less until thick and creamy)
1/2 vanilla bean seeds, I used Simply Organic’s Madagascar Vanilla Beans
Fennel Seeds (for serving, optional)
Prepare the base by blending dates, almonds and ground fennel (if using), until you get a nice sticky, crumbly consistency. Spread dough over a small round pie pan and top with banana slices. Leave in the fridge.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling by blending coconut butter/creamed coconut, bananas, fennel tea and liquid sweetener to taste. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Spread mixture over your refrigerated crust & banana slices and set in the freezer until firm.
I served this over a bed of “ban-illa”pudding, which is simply mashed banana with the flour and vanilla seeds (you can use extract too), until you get a kind of “mashed potatoes” consistency, add a little bit of water if needed.
Slice the pie, serve over pudding and top with fennel seeds for a nice presentation. The pictures show the pie a little bit frozen, so it was kind of a frozen pie, but you can leave outside before serving to have a softer pie. Trust me, frozen was delicious!! Hadn’t ate a frozen pie in ages, it was amazing! You can try both and choose the texture you like most!
Enjoy! Have a lovely week, and don’t forget to tell me what you think about this!
Talk to you soon!