Sunday, May 22, 2011

Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie aka {Monkey Pie}

Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie, that's the official name it was given from my Clean Eating Magazine. After my critics (kids and hubby) gobbled up every single bite of their slice and begged for more, I decided this pie might just need a fun and fitting name if it's going to be a regular in our family. And here you have it, with the help of my 6 year old: Monkey Pie!

This pie will be a cold indulgence on a hot summer day. Nothing makes me happier than to find a {clean} dessert my family loves. If you love dark chocolate, this recipe is for you.  And one of my favorite parts, you can get creative with the toppings and crust. Enjoy!

Monkey Pie

Total time: This pie takes 5 hours from start to finish because of freezing time.

  • 5 small ripe bananas (about 1 lb.), peeled and broken or cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 baked Extra Easy Whole-Grain Pie Crust, using nut variation with peanuts
  • 2 tbsp unsalted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 oz dark chocolate (70% or greater), finely chopped
1)  Combine bananas, cocoa, coconut milk, and vanilla in the jar of a blender. Blend until very smooth (like cake batter), stopping to scrape down sides of jar and stir mixture 2 or 3 times (to ensure banana is puréed).

2)  Pour banana purée into baked pie crust. Sprinkle peanuts and chocolate across surface of pie. Cover very tightly with plastic wrap and freeze a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight.

3)  To serve, remove plastic wrap and set at room temperature for about 30 minutes (longer if pie was frozen from more than 4 hours), until pie is just soft enough to yield to the cut of a knife. Slice and serve.

Nutrients per serving (1/8 of pie):
Calories: 237
Fat: 9g
Sat. Fat: 3g
Carbs: 35g
Fiber: 6g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 73 mg
Cholesterol: 27 mg

Nutritional BONUS:  This dessert offers almost 25% of your daily recommended intake of manganese, a trace mineral that helps balance blood sugar levels.


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