Banana Cream Pie w/ Chocolate & Salted Vanilla Caramel

February 11, 2015

Banana Cream Pie w/ Chocolate + Salted Vanilla Caramel | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

It started Saturday. I had a delicious iced coffee in the afternoon that kept me from sleeping more than four hours that night (whoops). Being someone who requires seven hours minimum, nine hours maximum, or a perfect eight hours in order to be a desirable person to be around – I was a bit fussy all day Sunday. I slept a gorgeous ten hours that night (going against the nine hour maximum, but hey, it worked) and felt bang-a-rang come Monday morning. Then I got food poisoning that afternoon, and well, you know. Feeling physically better Tuesday morning I started spiraling downward emotionally trying to prepare this post. These-photos-aren’t-good-enough-I’m-a-sucky-photographer-I-should-quit, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Now it is Wednesday, watcha got for me?

So, Valentines Day. How’s that for a segue? Poor Scott found out the hard way on our second v-day after getting married. I never let onto my dislike for the holiday/flowers/chocolates while we were dating. And somehow I faked enjoying his sweet commercial gestures on the holiday during our first year of marriage. But for our second, well, I was pretty transparent. I want nothing to do with a bouquet of something that will die and a box of chocolates lying around tempting me when I’ve already been planning some delicious dessert all week to indulge in that evening. Plus we always get sunflowers (my favorite) when the urge strikes, and pop into See’s Candy for a few pieces of chocolatey goodness, again, when the urge strikes. So getting those two things handed to me on this special love day everyone gets all excited about just isn’t that exciting to me. Plus he loves me so gosh darn good why should he have to stress out about doing something “special” this one day when he does it everyday. If anything he deserves a break! Plus I’m horrible with surprises, and have always cringed when this holiday comes around and stress about having to make sure I’m excited no matter what Scott does and have to be all into it and thankful and I know I sound like a horrible person. But the truth is all I want to do is hang with my bud doing things we enjoy together, make some no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies, and watch an action movie. Thats. All. I. Ever. Want. After confessing this to Scott when my less-than-stellar-attitude shone through that second v-day, he was wary to believe me. Sure Jessie, that’s what all the girls say, but then they get pissed when the guy doesn’t do anything. I’M NOT ALL THE GIRLS. So after some coaxing I convinced him, and mended his heart after tearing it apart, and we went to this farm nearby where I picked up these ginormous strawberries. We then double dipped them in way too much chocolate, stuffed them in my purse with some ice packs, and went to the theaters and saw an action movie. Thus our tradition began. We were looking through pictures of last year and realized there was no documentation of our v-day, and that’s because it was spent un-eventfully making no-bake cookies that evening and watching an action flick on our couch. I air high-fived him from across the room, we had done it right. And so it goes again this year. Time to bust out the famous no-bake cookie recipe and hmm… I’m craving the Bourne Supremacy, how about you Scott?

Banana Cream Pie w/ Chocolate + Salted Vanilla Caramel | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipeBanana Cream Pie w/ Chocolate + Salted Vanilla Caramel | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PIE. I know, I should be making him this pie right? But I made it a week early for you guys to enjoy, so he ate this last week, and we can still have the no-bake cookies for our Valentines tradition. You see? We all win. This pie. It is one of the first things I made Scott when we got married that I had never had before. He always talked about some black bottom banana cream pie that he loved, and I never fully got it – until I made it. So creamy, sweet, and delicious! I took it up another notch this year with the addition of the salted vanilla caramel sauce because after making it for my pumpkin tart last fall it goes on evvvvverything. The walnut crust pairs so well with the banana flavor, the whipped cream is almost like ice cream once chilled, and the chocolate makes it taste like such a treat. Then you put the salted vanilla caramel sauce on it and pass out.

Banana Cream Pie w/ Chocolate + Salted Vanilla Caramel | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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Ingredients
crust
1 1/2 cups walnuts
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil solid or liquid

filling
1 medium ripe banana
1 can full fat coconut milk chilled
drizzle of maple syrup

chocolate
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup

salted vanilla caramel
1 can full fat coconut milk chilled
1/2 cup maple syrup
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the crust, preheat the oven to 350F and blend the walnuts, salt and cinnamon into a coarse meal in a food processor. Add the maple syrup and coconut oil and blend until the dough comes together (scraping down sides occasionally when needed). Press into a 6 inch tart pan that has been lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to fully cool on the counter.

For the salted vanilla caramel, scoop out the coconut milk cream that has separated from the water in the can after being chilled for 24 hours (or more). This should yield 1 cup. If not you can add a little of the coconut water in the can to make the 1 cup measurement, it just may need to boil a bit longer to allow the extra water to evaporate. Combine this coconut cream with the maple syrup in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low boil/simmer for 15 minutes. Whisk the caramel vigorously every 2 to 3 minutes. After the 15 minutes is up, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the salt and vanilla. Whisk well and then transfer to a glass jar and allow to fully cool on the counter. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use. It will thicken as it cools.

For the chocolate, combine the listed ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

For the filling, scoop out the coconut milk cream that has separated from the water in the chilled can. Place this cream in a mixing bowl (preferably chilled) and beat for 3 to 4 minutes (or until fluffy). Drizzle in a little maple syrup to sweeten to taste while beating. To make the banana layer you can either thinly slice the banana to layer, or do as I did and puree the banana and then fold in 1/4 cup of the whipped cream.

When the crust has cooled, drizzle a few tablespoons of caramel onto the crust base and then drizzle with chocolate. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set. Then top with your chosen banana layer listed above and smooth on the whipped cream. Drizzle with more of the caramel sauce and chocolate. Place in the refrigerator to set, preferably in an airtight container for 1 to 2 hours. Slice and serve and store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Best if eaten within a few days.

  • Rosanna February 11, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I just started following your blog and LOVE IT!.. Your photography is amazing and your recipes are just my kind of food!.. Thank you for sharing! Will be making this dessert this weekend!.. It just looks luscious!

    • Faring Well February 11, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Wow thanks so much Rosanna! That is so awesome!! If you’re on Instagram and snap a pic of it tag me so I can see!! (@_faringwell ) Thanks again for your sweet comment, have a great rest of you week :)!

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens February 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I am the same about Valentine’s Day… I just think the day is so commercial, and I don’t decide to just love my other half on Valentine’s Day, I love him *every* *single* *day*! And for people who get extremely upset if their significant other forgets or doesn’t do something sweet… it just baffles me, because receiving a box of chocolates is not proof of love. Respecting one another, having fun together, and actually loving each other are the things that matter. So, yeah, high fives to you and Scott from another not-very-enthusiastic-about-vday-gal, haha!

    Ps. this banana cream pie looks dope. I forgot to mention that in my rant above, oops! ;)

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Haha thank you and thank you! Hope you guys enjoy your day however you choose to spend it ;) high fives right back at you!

  • Caitlin February 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    this pie is caitlin approved and i want it all to myself. also, what the heck gave you food poisoning? that is no fun, sister.

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Haha YES, the Caitlyn stamp of approval, awesomesauce, you need to go make this one lady! And seriously, it was some veggie I ate out of my own fridge that I didn’t know had gone bad… Lets just say I’m taking a break from broccoli. No fun indeed.

  • dishing up the dirt February 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Pinned! Can’t wait to whip this up.

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Hey thanks!! Woot woot <3

  • Sarah @ SnixyKitchen February 12, 2015 at 2:29 am

    No-bake cookies and Bourne Supremacy sound just perfect to me too! Also – this pie! OMG. These photos are nothing less than STELLAR, so you should definitely not quit;) They’re making me drool for the pie.

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Haha thank you Sarah! I needed that! And right?! Peanut butter + chocolate + matt damon kicking butt, what else do you need???

  • Beeke February 12, 2015 at 2:38 am

    oh my…I would just LOVE to try this out on Valentines, there is just one question remaining: How big are the cans of Coconut Milk and how much fat is in them? Here in Germany we have different sorts and sizes and I would like to do it just right :) Thank you so much in advance and…of course…for the recipe!!!

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Beeke, thank you! That is a great question, I should include the ounces next time, thank you for asking! Here the coconut milk cans are 13.5 ounces, usually one can yields one cup of coconut cream/fat, once separated from the water, for me. Hope this helps!

  • Kathryn February 12, 2015 at 3:53 am

    We have plans to go out on Saturday (mainly because it’s a Saturday and someone recommended a restaurant that does wine at trade prices so we were sold) but now I want to sack that off and watch Die Hard at home instead and make no bake cookies. And maybe eat a slice of this super awesome amazing pie too.

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Air-fist-pumping you so hard right now for saying DIE HARD. And go for the cookies. Always the cookies. But maybe celebrate two nights in a row so you can get those sweet wine prices — I would be hatn’ on that!

  • Maria G. February 12, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Oh – sounds sooo delicious! Like your crust and caramel!

    • Faring Well February 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much Maria! Those are my two FAVORITE parts! <3

  • cynthia February 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    This pie is SO. DREAMY. I’m new to your blog and loving every single thing so far (the dessert dukkah! that magic cookie cake! OMG.) So glad I found you and so excited to keep reading :):)!!

    • Faring Well February 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Get out – are you seriously writing this to me right now Cynthia?! I’m having a little star struck moment. Been following you for a little while now and am just enamored with your photography and recipe skills. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I’m so stoked you’ll be following! <3

  • Jodi February 13, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Jason Bourne is my Hero. Actually, maybe he’s Matt’s hero but I sure as hell ain’t putting up a fight when he suggests to watch the trilogy on a rainy day. Sounds like you two have it all figured out now. It’s a pretty similar scene over here too.

    And can I just say – food poisoning or not, your posts always make my tummy growl. Jessie – your photos are drool worthy. We are our own worst critic, so listen when people tell you otherwise. The bomb-diggity girl. Really. Much love + big hugs. x

    • Faring Well February 13, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Haha I love it! Scott and I need to visit France so we can all go adventure in the mountains together and then come back to your place, make no bake cookies, and get our Jason Bourne fix. And seriously, thank you Jodi <3 its so true, we're so hard on ourselves. So thankful I have sweet friends like you to encourage me. Happy happy Friday wonderful lady!

  • George Martin February 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    OMG!! Ok just saying I’m not suprize to get this link from my sweet Heart of 18 years young, I’m so making this for her. This would be my first time ever cooking with Coconut products. Wish me luck. Keeping posting these great ideas folks.

    • Faring Well February 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Aw how sweet! Love this! Wishing you the best of luck, let me know if you have any questions!!

  • Anne-So bio February 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

    This recipe looks so good ! I will do it very soon ! The only trouble is that my children doesn’t like banana ! doesn’t matter, I will eat myself all this banana cream pie !!!!! Just a question to do this recipe : what’s 1 CAN … full fat coconut… ? Perhaps you can give me the weight ? Many thanks for your answer ! Have a nice day !

    • Faring Well February 24, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Of course! 13.5 ounces per can! :)

  • Gabrielle November 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Hi! I am super excited to make this but just realized it says the coconut milk has to be chilled for 24 hours. Is that negotiable or should I save this recipe for another day? Thanks so much!

    • Faring Well November 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Gabriel! Sadly its not negotiable.. I’m sorry! Otherwise you will have a goopy, runny pie. You have to separate the cream from the water through chilling it for a day or two. Hopefully you get to make and enjoy it once you’re cans have chilled! <3

      • Gabrielle November 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

        Thank you for getting back to me! I make the Magic Cookie Cake instead in a pie tin. It was amazing!! Major hit at the party I went to. The banana cream pie is my next venture. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

        All my best!

        • Faring Well November 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

          Aw yay! I’m so glad. Thanks for writing to tell me Gabrielle! You rule. <3

  • Rachel December 4, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Your photography is beautiful! I’m completely convinced that I must go make this immediately, can’t wait to taste it.

    • Faring Well December 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

      You are too kind thank you Rachel! I hope you love and enjoy it as much as we do <3