First, let me start by saying. These babies are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegan, paleo and NO BAKE! Whoot Whoot! I made individual sized paleo vegan banana cream pie because, let’s be honest, everything is cuter in it’s mini version (I mean, have you seen my mini peanut butter banana loaves? Adorable!)
Okay, let me be real for a sec. I tried so hard to make a paleo vegan fresh banana pudding for these. In fact, I tried to make paleo banana pudding three times. One was too thin. One turned brown. And the last one turned grey and tasted like rotten bananas. Gross! But don’t worry, after that third batch I realized it was an impossible task. So I decided to make a simple no cook filling instead. It’s just a delicious coconut cream whip with fresh bananas on top. And you know what? It’s amazing. For the crust I used the newest flavor of Nustola, Banana Nut (purchase here), so there is a nice fresh banana flavor throughout. The pudding was not needed!
Store them in the fridge and serve them cold. Right before serving, slice up some banana and throw it on top. If you put the banana on the little paleo banana cream pie cups too early, they will turn brown. Which I think is exactly what happened to my banana pudding.
These little desserts are loaded in healthy fats thanks to the coconut cream, nuts and seeds. The sweetness comes from a little coconut sugar, dried banana and dates in the Nutsola.
If you don’t have a bag of Nutsola, you can still make these. Just throw some medjool dates, nuts and seeds into a food processor and pulse until thin crumbles form. Then proceed with the recipe.
Now let’s talk bananas.
Health Benefits of Bananas
- Rich in potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, copper and manganese.
- Green, unripe bananas can act as a resistant starch which can help control blood sugar, improve insulin sensitivity and feed the good bacteria in your gut.
- Bananas can reduce appetite by slowing stomach emptying.
- Bananas contain pectin which may protect against colon cancer.
- High in antioxidants which reduce oxidative stress and help prevent degenerative diseases.
- Aide in weight loss
- Supports heart health thanks to their potassium and magnesium content.
- Regularly eating bananas may improve kidney health
Now that we are all pumped about eating more bananas, let’s get to the recipe (and maybe throw in some green banana slices for an extra boost of resistant starch)
Paleo and Vegan Mini Banana Cream Pies
- 1.5 cups Banana Nut Nutsola a mix of dates, dried banana, nuts and seeds
- 1 tbs water
- 1 can coconut cream put in the fridge overnight
- 2 tbs coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 banana, sliced
- Mix nustola with water in a large bowl until moist. Then line a cupcake tin with 6 cupcake liners.
- Take about 1/4 cup of nutsola and place in each cupcake liner. Press down firmly until you have a crust, pressing up on the sides a bit to hold in the filling.
- Take out your can of chilled coconut cream. Scoop out only the cream (save the coconut water for smoothies). Add coconut sugar and vanilla bean paste. Mix on high for a few minutes or until light and fluffy like a thick whipped cream.
- Put coconut whipped cream into a piping bag with a thick icing tip (alternatively, put it in a ziploc bat and cut off the end so there is about a 1/2 inch holes). Squeeze into the center of the nutsola cups until filled. Put in the fridge to chill.
- Right before serving, stop with sliced banana. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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