Friday, April 19, 2013

Dessert for breakfast.. ^_^

Oh, you know, just the average Friday morning. Got up and made me some of them SWEET POTATO COCONUT BANANA CREAM PIES.

Wait, what?

You heard me correct - delicious mini pies. Creamy, coconut sweet potato banana chocolate goodness! Yes, I snuck chocolate in here too! 

Let's tease you some more before the recipe, no?

I was having fun with my heart pies - made this one become a broken heart. Wow, I'm so mean.
The best thing about this recipe - it's delicious and super duper healthy. No artificial sweeteners, no baking or frying, no junk-laden cream filling. In fact, the filling to this pie is four fantastic ingredients: sweet potato, banana, coconut sugar, and coconut butter. If you want to know how to make homemade coconut butter (much cheaper, this is what I did), I put the link in the ingredients list.

Ahh, and the topping. See that picture right above where I'm writing right now? That, my friends, is almond coconut crumble, shaved dry coconut butter (kind of like white chocolate, but healthier and more coconut-ty), and a sprinkling of cacao powder!! 

Ok, ok, I'll stop teasing you... actually, one more picture:

Ok, now I mean it: onward to the recipe!!! 

Raw Sweet Potato Coconut Banana Cream Pies with Almond Crust and Coconut Almond Crumble

Makes 5-6 mini pies and a bit of leftover crust

Filling Ingredients
* 1 medium white sweet potato
* 1 banana
* 4 Tbsp. coconut butter
* 2 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar (tastes like brown sugar)
Crust Ingredients
* 1 cup almonds
* 2 Tbsp. dry coconut butter
* a couple pinches of salt, if desired
(SET ASIDE 3 heaping Tbsp. of this for garnish)
* 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
* 1 Tbsp. raisins

* Reserved amount of crust + 2-3 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar
* Cacao powder (or carob would work too, I think)

1) To make filling, peel sweet potato and banana and add to blender. Add coconut butter and coconut palm sugar, and blend for a while until very smooth and creamy (Vitamix blender is reccommended). 
2) In a food processor, chop almonds until they become crumbs. Add the dry coconut butter and salt and combine, then set aside a portion for the crumble. After this, add chia seeds and raisins to the crust mixture and pulse until well combined with the almonds and mixture starts to lightly form together (should still be crumbly). 
3) Use your favorite cookie-cutters for this next step: Press desired portion of crust into bottom of cookie-cutter, then add filling. Keep doing this until you have made all of your pies. 
4) Freeze for 10 minutes (this is an optional step, depends on how runny the filling is - mine didn't need this).
5) Garnish with crumble, dry coconut butter shavings, and cacao powder.
6) EAT UP! Well, maybe share with someone. Perhaps a friend.. or two. Two at the most. :P

These are the cookie-cutters I used:

Ok, I got to go clean my house and then perform tonight with my amazing university choir buddies! Peace out. :)

Much love and hugs... and pie.

~ Natalyn 

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