Hey there, friends! I posted a picture collage on facebook and instagram from Tommy’s birthday celebration, and there was a strong reaction to wanting the recipe!
To celebrate, we went to a great seafood restaurant in Half Moon Bay. Here we are!
Since Tommy is even more strict about nutrition than I am, I thought I would try to create a recipe that would please him – it’s got some of his favorite things (coconut and banana cream pie), and has NO ADDED SUGAR! It’s all real food, too! Do you think he liked it?
Haha! Something tells me he did!
Here’s how to make it:
For the crust, I started with a cup of almonds and ground them in my Ninja… But you could also grab a cup of almond meal or almond flour. To that, I added 6 Medjool dates (after removing their pits and putting them in the ninja), 2 TBSP of raw honey, and 2 TBSP of cocoa (no sugar added) and mixed it together. Once I had a nice, sticky paste, I smashed it on the bottom of my “pie pan, ” which was an 8×8 glass dish (but you could really put it in anything, as long as you adjust the amount for the size! Let this chill in the fridge (literally) while you do the rest!
For the filling, I took a can of coconut cream (that’s exactly what it says on the can – not coconut milk) and put it in the ninja with two bananas, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 more TBSP of raw honey! Once it’s all blended together, you can pour it on top of your crust, and again – let it chill in the fridge! Or, if you like more of an “ice cream” type of dessert, kick it up a notch and freeze it. Tommy LOVES ice cream, so that’s what I did!
For the topping, I took 1/2 cup of coconut flakes and lightly browned them in a pan on the stove. Be careful – it is easy to cross the line from “brown” to “black!” if you aren’t paying attention! Once it was done, I let it cool a while, and then sprinkled it as evenly as I could over the top! Then I cut little banana slices and made a 29 for Tommy’s # of years alive and to be decorative, but that is obviously optional. He did say that the banana bites were his favorite, though, so feel free to cover the whole top with them. Sounds yummy to me!
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Are you the “no sugar added” type already? Or striving to be? This coming Monday/Tuesday (Monday is extra credit, since it is a holiday!), my team and I are hosting a 5/6 day No Sugar Added Challenge on Facebook, where we will all try not to eat anything with added sugar in it for the week! We will help support and motivate each other and help each other avoid temptation, share recipes like this one, and educate each other on WHY we should be avoiding sugar! If this sounds interesting to you, please share it with anyone you think would enjoy joining, or benefit from it! The link to joining the facebook group is here!
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