Banana Pear Pie

This was one of my favourite sweet-goodness treats on twimii.

So when I tried making in 2013 and discovered – oh no… – the recipe I had on here wasn’t quite right I was a bit disappointed. To say the least. The ingredients listed are correct but the measures were pure guesses. The crust in the original was a mix of whole almonds, dates, hot water and cornflour – but there was no way I used 80g (!?!) of the cornflour. 80g is a lot of cornflour. How much did I actually use? I really have no idea. I used to just add things to the food mixer until I felt it looked about right. But that isn’t what I did in 2013. Instead I followed the recipe and the results were so bad that I decided to not add cornflour to the crust again. What had been a crumbly crust had turned into something close to lumpy baked glue. So – wasn’t happy about that.

I only have two old recipes left to update. I left this one so late because I don’t know how to recreate what I did with this one – and it was really great. I did make it a couple of times again in the weeks after I’d made it the first time. I was so pleased that I had created a tasty and really really healthy dessert. But then I got lazy and opted for bought treats – and just forgot the recipe.

The other one I’ve left so late because it wasn’t good to begin with.

Oh yeah – one ingredient that is totally wrong in the original is where I suggest using port as a substitute for grape juice. 1. I never used port in this recipe and 2. it’s very difficult to find vegan port – so just forget that tip. Oh and another issue is that I could not find plain old grape juice this time around. I found juice blends that included grape juice but I couldn’t find grape juice by itself. Originally I heated the natural fruit juice from the tinned pears with some grape juice and thickened them into a sort of glaze with cornflour – and put this on top of the pie. I used concentrated apple juice instead – in one of the latest attempts – it’s a different taste but it works fine. I also found pears that are tinned in grape juice in M&S and I added 2 tablespoons of apple and pear juice to this and boiled it down till it had thickened to a syrup – this makes a very small amount of syrup but it’s enough to glaze the top of the pie.

Chocolate Orange Vegan Sweet Thing

I had been thinking of posting this for Paddy’s Day. Because I had suggested using port in the original recipe I thought – well why not suggest some glaze with alcohol that could easily be made vegan.

Rum is generally made in a  vegan-friendly. I really don’t like rum. White rum is fine – mixed with a lot of other stuff. Actually now that I think about it my favourite cocktails are all made with white rum… But the dark spiced kind – there is something in it that just doesn’t agree with me.

Anyway rum is usually vegan but I don’t have any. And the above paragraph was to explain why I didn’t want to buy any. But I did have a bottle of triple sec. I also think that maybe triple sec is like an orange flavoured white rum – but I am not at all sure about that. It’s usually vegan too.

pie crust ingredients
The pie crust: 100g pitted dates (softened and plumped up with hot water) and 100g whole almonds blended roughly in a food mixer. Then combined with 80g Maya Gold chocolate (it’s dark chocolate with an orange flavour) and a tablespoon of melted coconut oil.

I wasn’t sure how well the pie would taste with a orange-ish glaze so then I thought why not add some of that chocolate orange (Green & Blacks Maya Gold) to the pie crust. Then when I tasted the crust – prior to baking it (you don’t bake this) – it was so good that I knew it would be wrong to top it with anything other than peeled orange segments and a small quantity of simple syrup flavoured with orange zest and some triple sec (to be honest I’m not sure the triple sec adds anything to the taste – might as well leave it out). Oh and I didn’t add any spice to the glaze.

chocolate-orange-goodness-pie
This tastes great – very simple vegan* treat. Make a 7 inch “pie”.

* I consider this vegan because the ingredients listed are all vegan ingredients. However it does state “May contain milk” on the packet. To me this means someone who is allergic to dairy shouldn’t consume it – because presumably it’s made in a factory where products that contain dairy are made. But I’d still consider it vegan because the ingredients listed are vegan. But I guess that’s a personal decision and – just to be clear – I’m not vegan.

I didn’t post it because instead of being a boozy version of banana pear pie for Paddy’s Day it’s an entirely different dessert and what I wanted to post was the banana pear pie. Or some version of it.

Banana Pear Pie

In the original version of this I had added a whole bunch of spices to the mashed banana. I was on a detox at the time. I’m on a full tox at the moment so I decided to not test how overloaded my tastebuds are. So I only added freshly ground pepper to the banana. I also made some other changes to the mashed banana bit.

Have I mentioned before that I have a tendancy to just read the ingredients list of a recipe and think the steps are then obvious so I don’t read them? This tendancy is very strong when it’s an old recipe of mine. So I saw that there was 200 ml of apple and pear juice and assumed I was to add the whole thing to the mashed banana. Obviously it tuned out to be a very fluid mix. I added a tablespoon of ground almonds to this, and also 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Mixed this together and let it bake for 20 minutes. It worked out fine but I’m going to give the method for making a nut free filling – simply because there’s lots of nuts in this as is.

piece-of-pie
The pie when ground almonds have been added to the mashed banana bit.

OK so this recipe for Banana Pear Pie is a little different to the original. In taste as much as in ingredients and method. But it still is a very healthy and vegan dessert. It’s simpler to make. And it does taste a little of coconut which you may or may not like. It only tastes a little of coconut.

Oh just one final thing – the dates I’m using below are not the hard dried dates, they’re plumped up and moist. If the dates you have are not then you need to soak in them in hot water for about 20 minutes, remove them from the water and reserve the soaking water in case the mix of ground almonds and dates in the food mixer needs a little more moisture to blend properly. And you’ll only need 150g of them not 200g.

ingredients for banana pear pie
Dates, whole almonds, coconut oil, salt, 3 large bananas, pears tinned in natural juice, pressed apple and pear juice (or just pressed apple juice is fine), pepper, cinnamon and cornflour.

Banana Pear Pie

Make 8" pie

Banana Pear Pie

Ingredients

    For pie crust
  • 200g pitted and soaked dates
  • 150g whole almonds
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon sea salt (_to taste_)
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • For mashed banana bit
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • good pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 75ml apple and pear juice (_or just apple is fine if that's all you can find_)
  • ground cinnamon or vanilla extract optional
  • For topping
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tin of pears, sliced, (_preferably tinned in grape juice_)
  • 100ml apple juice made from concentrate
  • ground cinnamon or vanilla extract optional
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cornflour

Instructions

    For the crust
  1. Add the almonds in a food mixer and mix briefly so that they are chopped very roughly. Add in the dates and mix again until it's all mixed together well. If the mix has trouble mixing because it's not a moist enough mix then add in 3 tablespoons of hot water and mix again. Stir in the coconut oil and salt. Add the salt a bit at a time till it's got the right amount for your tastebuds.
  2. Grease an 8" pie dish (_I used coconut oil for the great but you could use sunflower oil_). Dump the date and almond mix into the dish and with your fingers spread it around so that it covers the bottom and sides of the dish.
  3. Bake in an oven heated to 180 C for 10 minutes.
  4. For mashed banana bit
  5. Mash 2 bananas to a gooey consistency. To this add 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and the apple and pear juice. Add a good pinch of fresh ground black pepper. Mashed banana can end up looking very grey - if this bothers you add in some cinnamon to give a slightly warmer colour.
  6. Now add this gooey mess to your baked pie crust and bake for another 20 minutes at 160 C.
  7. Take out and leave to cool to room temperature before adding topping.
  8. For the topping
  9. Arrange the banana and pear slices as best you can on the top.
  10. To make the glaze if you are using pears tinned in grape juice, add this juice with a couple of tablespoons of apple and pear juice to a small saucepan, bring to boil and simmer until you have syrup - the liquid should coat the back of spoon. Carefully pour this syrup over the pie so that all the fruit gets covered.
  11. To make the glaze if you couldn't find pears in grape juice, blend a heaped teaspoon of cornflour with concentrated apple juice, add this to a small saucepan with the juice from the tin of pear and stir around on a moderate heat until it has thickened sufficiently - it will take a few minutes. Taste and add a little cinnamon and/or vanilla if you feel it needs a little more sweetness. This makes a lot of "glaze" so just pour it over the top of the pie.
  12. Enjoy! Good with either black tea or coffee.
http://twimii.com/recipes/banana-pear-pie/

soaking-dates
If you’re using dried dates you need to soak them in hot water first.
The mix is quite sticky – so maybe don’t use a fluted pie dish ;-)
lazier-approach
So if you don’t want to add cinnamon but you do want to colour the banana mix a bit you could add vanilla (that’s vanilla in the ramekin on the left mixed up with coconut oil)
Pie assembled – with the apple concentrate topping – in case you’re curious…
Simple, nutty, fruity, healthy and surprisingly tasty.
piece-of-pie
Have a slice.
So which was better? OK, they’re both good. But come on this one’s got chocolate – and it’s – it’s … really really good. If you try one vegan pie today make it this one.

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