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Banoffee Pie – Vegan and Gluten-free variations

Do you like a good portmanteau? I do! Banoffee is a combination of the words “banana” and “toffee”. Combine those two items together with a cookie crust and some whipped cream and you have a sweet, no-bake pie that is popular in the U.K..

 

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If you are one of those people that says things like “Ohhh, that is too sweet!”; you are probably going to want to skip banoffee pie. It is a sugar bomb. It’s sugar forward. It’s a celebration of sweetness. You have been warned. 

Before you make this pie, you need to make a batch of coconut dulce de leche. It takes a long time to make, so make it the day before. If you don’t have coconut sugar on hand, you can try brown sugar. I found this recipe on epicurious  that uses brown sugar and cooks a lot faster than my version! I haven’t tried their version, so do so at your own risk!

Lazy or busy people, you can buy dulce de leche in cans from companies like Nestle and Carnation, but it’s usually made from dairy.

coconut-dulce-de-leche

Speaking of lazy people, I used store-bought gluten-free cookies for my crust. I won’t recommend a specific brand, but try to find a plain and dry cookie that meets your dietary requirements. It’s a bit trickier if you are trying to avoid both gluten and animal products. I used a type of snickerdoodle. You could use a digestive biscuit, sugar cookie, animal cracker or tea biscuit…the goal here is to find something mild tasting. If it’s a struggle to find cookies, you can use a pre-made gluten-free and/or vegan pie crust.

I put my cookies in to the Vitamix for a quick whirl, just to break them up…

cookie-crumbs

I added some coconut oil to the cookie crumble, pressed it in to an oiled pie pan and topped with a layer of ripe bananas. You could add more bananas if you are crazy like that.

bananas-in-pie-crust

After the bananas, you layer the dulce de leche and whipped coconut cream…

banoffee-filled

banoffee-pie-whipped

Finally, you sprinkle some cocoa on top or chocolate curls on top. I didn’t have any chocolate to curl.

banoffee-sprinkled

Once you’ve put all the layers together, put it in the fridge or freezer. You want it to be very cool when you serve it or else it gets super messy. If you don’t want a messy dessert, you could make individual tarts or ramekins. Enjoy!

Banoffee Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups cookie crumbs*
  • 3-6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup coconut dulce de leche
  • 2 cans coconut milk (chilled in fridge overnight)
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
Instructions
  1. Oil a 9-inch pie pan with coconut oil and line with a circle of parchment
  2. Add the coconut oil to the cookie crumbs, one tablespoon at a time until it forms large crumbs.
  3. Use more or less coconut oil depending on the moisture of the cookie.
  4. Press the mixture in to a pie pan in an even layer.
  5. Layer banana slices in the pressed crust.
  6. Top with the coconut dulce de leche and set aside.
  7. Open the cans of coconut milk and scoop out the solid parts, leaving the coconut water behind.
  8. Mix the coconut milk solids with 1 tsp of coconut sugar in a stand mixer until they are the texture of whipped cream.
  9. Sprinkle with cocoa or chocolate curls.
  10. Chill for 1 hour minimum and slice while cold.

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Oh.my.goodness. What a masterpiece! I’m allergic to coconut so will have to work around that but my mind is drooling something fierce!

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      Oh no! That would be a hard allergy for me, I just love coconut! You could try my date dulce de leche, but you would have to make a double batch. It won’t be as sweet as a traditional banoffee pie, but it would be good!

  2. Oh wow. This looks so, so, so incredible!!!!!! No chocolate around?! Something tells me that you’ve got access to it… (PS- will trade chocolate for pie!)

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      Ha! When we run out of chocolate in this house, you know something is wrong!

  3. Carrie says

    shoot! I’m allergic to gluten! Do you think there are gluten free cookie crumbs I could use/buy instead?

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      I used gluten-free snickerdoodles that I bought from the store. I don’t remember the brand, but I’m sure you can find something similar. 🙂

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