I’ve always been a pro-desserts kind of person – which you already know if you’ve been reading my blog for, like, a minute or have met me at least once. A graduate of a Baking & Patisserie culinary program, a former baker and pastry chef, the blogger behind this blog (previously named The Sweet Life)…all of it leads to the pretty strong conclusion that I like my sweets.
And while I am a huge proponent of decadent, sugary, over-the-top desserts, if you are going to eat sweets as much as me, you’ve gotta find ways to make it healthy and healthful…especially when in the middle of a whole foods cleanse.
A couple years ago I was completely unaware that such a thing as raw desserts existed. Flour and sugar seemed necessary in any good treat. And then I had a cashew-based raw chocolate cheesecake while visiting friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was BLOWN AWAY. I had no idea what someone could do with some nuts, fruit, seeds, cacao powder (and a VitaMix). After that cheesecake, I went home and started experimenting on my own. For awhile my countertops were covered with soaking nuts and my freezer filled with experiments. I was learning how to make creamy mousses and crisp cookies and within a few months of that first dessert, I was working on my ebook, In the Raw. I was hooked on raw.
Now days I don’t do much with raw. The focus of this blog has become more centered on savory and my VitaMix is used mostly for smoothies and soup. But every once in awhile, when the craving hits, I pull out some cashews and toss them in soaking water and fall into amazement all over again.
These vegan Coconut Cream Pies is adapted from a Banana Cream Pie recipe that you can find in my ebook and one of my favorite desserts ever. The coconut cream base is made up of cashews, bananas, and coconut for an incredible rich & creamy texture. Created with only whole foods and sweetened with just 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in the entire batch, you won’t believe the decadence of the healthy dessert.
Delicious, healthy, and kid approved.
To make the crust, in a food processor mix together walnuts and coconut until well combined. Add water and blend until it forms a crumbly dough that sticks together when pressed. Evenly spread among 12 mini muffin cups and press dough along the bottoms and sides of the cups to shape. Place muffin tin in the freezer while making the filling.
To make the coconut filling, drain and rinse cashews. Place them into a food processor or powerful blender with lemon juice, and coconut oil and mix until completely smooth. Add the coconut, bananas, and vanilla extract and blend until well combined. Spoon or pipe the filling into chilled crusts. Return to freezer and freeze until filling is solid.
To make the chocolate mouse, Combine cashews, water, and maple syrup together in a food processor or high-powered blender until very smooth. Add cacao powder and salt and blend until well combined. With motor running, slowly add coconut oil until thoroughly mixed. Place mousse in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
To assemble, remove the coconut pies from muffin tin by placing a butter knife between crust and tin. Use knife as a lever to pop the pies out. Top with chilled mousse and a banana chip or coconut.
Store in freezer until ready to serve.
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