Oh yes, my friends, it’s true. Even though food allergies keep me from enjoying some of summer’s most delicious treats, I have found a way to truly have my pie, and eat it, too. This treat, which I like to serve semi-frozen, is cold and creamy and definitely satisfies a dessert craving.
And the best part? It’s a snap. It’s literally EASY AS PIE.
- one sleeve of graham crackers (gluten free or style of your choosing)
- a few spoonfuls of coconut oil
- 2-3 bananas
- one can of coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours
- vanilla extract
- 1-2 cups of shredded coconut
Using a food processor or a hammer, crumble one sleeve of graham crackers. If they’ve become a fine dust, you’ve gone too far.
Press your crumble mixture into a pie plate.
Crack open your chilled (for 24 hours at least, trust me on this one) can of coconut milk and scoop out the top, solidified cream. You can reserve the water for something else. Smoothies? Watering your plants? Throwing at your mean neighbour? Whatever you need.
If you’re looking for added sweetness, here’s a good place to toss in some icing sugar. Because it’s your life and you can do what you want.
Whisk up the cream until it’s a nice, smooth whipped consistency. Stir in a splash of the vanilla for added flavour. Spread over top of pie.
Side note: using sweetened coconut is another place to add some of the good stuff if you’re not going sugar-free.
Place the pie in the freezer to set. Maybe for a few hours or so.
A note on coconut milk:
I have tried every brand of coconut milk I can get my hands on and sometimes have noticed huge discrepancies in texture, consistency, and creaminess between brands. I discovered that nearly every brand, organic or otherwise, adds guar gum to the coconut. Personally, I’ve found that (for some reason unbeknownst to me) the coconut cream with the guar gum additive doesn’t set up as nicely. Interestingly, the brand pictured above Aroy-D, was the only non-guar gum brand that my local grocery store carries and is also the least expensive (by 50 cents to a dollar)! Weird.