Well, because my bees are not doing much at this time of year, I thought I would share a recipes with my readers. A recipe that I am serving this year as part of my Thanksgiving dinner.
IT HAS HONEY IN IT !
Because of many food allergies in my family, I decided to add a pie to the menu that everyone can eat. I have tried the vegan, gluten free pies and I just wanted something else this year. Of course, I do have the regular pumpkin pie with all the regular ingredients, but I added a Banana Cream pie that has my honey as the sweetener. The crust is Cashews, cashew butter & honey. It was very simple in a food processor.
The filling is bananas, honey, vanilla bean powder, coconut & coconut cream. Again, very simple in the blender.
HERE'S THE RECIPE:
Banana Cream Pie This sweet, creamy pie is a childhood favorite for a reason! The mild ﬂavor of banana turns into a smooth, silky pudding inside a buttery cashew coconut crust.
Banana Cream Pie - Vegan & Gluten Free
• 2 cups cashews
• ½ cup cashew butter
• ½ cup + 2 tablespoons honey, divided
• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 6 bananas, divided
• 1 tsp. xanthan gum
• ½ cup water
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• ½ cup heavy coconut milk (from the separated cream on top of the can)
• ½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
For the crust, place the cashews, cashew butter, ¼ cup of the honey and the shredded coconut into the food processor and process until well combined. Press the crust ﬁrmly into the bottom and up the sides of a deep-dish pie pan. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
To make the ﬁlling, place the xanthan gum in the blender with ½ cup of water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Add to the blender 4 bananas, 6 tablespoons of honey, vanilla bean powder, and heavy coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Slice the remaining 2 bananas and arrange at the bottom of the pie crust. Pour the blended ﬁlling into the crust. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours prior to serving.
Yields 1 deep-dish pie.
While the Bees are all clustered in their hives at this Thanksgiving time, I will be enjoying some of the wonderful benefits of the bees and always remembering and being grateful for what they do.