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A smooth, toffee-textured, flavoured filling....You won't miss the original sugar-laden version at all!
We have been introducing more and more non-Gaps foods after being on the GAPS diet for nearly four years, but we are still mainly eating GAPS legal foods as they are so nutritious and suit our bodies.
Having found a new Banoffee Pie NAKD bar in the supermarket Husband threw me a challenge: could I make a GAPS legal Banoffee pie? Well, I liked the idea. I like making toffee biscuits, and I like making caramel cake.
And it being January the first, we felt like celebrating the New Year and so I got cooking!
The smiles as they ate proved that I had got it right: a smooth toffee flavour, with a toffee texture - with banana. Mmmm! Son 2 had nothing to compare it with as he couldn't remember the original, sugar-laden version, so he just enjoyed it. Husband was more deliberating....'Not as sweet,' he said, 'But that must be good for me!' Well GAPS has brought him a long way!!
A Banoffee pie that's So good for you !
To prove it was good for him, I looked to see the health benefits of dried dates - the main ingredient.
Here are just a few of them:
The mix of banana with smooth toffee,
a simply easy banoffee pie
The toffee filling of this pie has just three simple ingredients and the base just 2, making this recipe, like all of my recipes, so easy. Why not try treat yourself today?
You will need:
(Serves 4, 6, 8 depending on serving size)
For the base
1 cup nuts of your choice. I used Cashews.
1/4 cup (2oz) butter
For the filling
2 cups dried and stoned dates, soaked for at least 10 minutes in boiling water.
3 oz butter
1/4 cup milk kefir, but you can use home-made yoghurt, sour cream, or anything of your choice if you are not on the GAPS diet - it just acts as a moisturiser.
1 large banana
Sour cream (or coconut cream, or any other cream if not doing the GAPs diet).
1/2 tsp cocoa powder to sprinkle on top.
1. Put the dates in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Set aside.
2. Put the nuts for the base in a food processor and whiz until a fine powder. Add the butter and mix until it clumps together.
3. Press the mixture into an 8 inch pie dish and chill in the refrigerator.
4. Drain the dates (you could drink the date water!) and add the butter to the pan with the dates.
5. Bring to the boil and keep them bubbling for 2 minutes, stirring all the time.
6. Remove from the heat and add the milk, stirring it in.
6. Place the hot mixture in the food processor (no need to wash after the nuts). Whizz until a smooth, thick paste forms.
7. Place the mixture over the base and leave to cool.
8. Whisk the cream (yes, you can whisk sour cream too) and spread over the cooled filling.
9. Use a sieve to carefully sprinkle cocoa powder over the top.
10. Just before serving, decorate with slices of banana (if you do this too soon the banana might go brown).
It is rather rich - so you may only need a small piece. We made our 8 inch pie last for two days - so that's an eighth each, per day!
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No they don't bite, but they are the ideal size for a little nibble. A healthy treat to fill that little gap mid-morning or afternoon. Great for children's party's too. Ideal for diabetics as they contain no added sugar. I reckon they would make a quick breakfast too, especially if served with some sour cream. A good all rounder!
Simple ingredients: banana, egg, butter (or coconut oil), coconut flour and dessicated coconut.
Quick to make!
What are you waiting for - make some today! They won't last long!
Here's what to do:
Deliciously fluffy, rich and creamy
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