Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sweetener-free Sunday!


So not too many posts this past week. We have some crazy things going on in our lives. You can read about them here on our personal blog if you like.

But, I did manage to make some yummy Sweetener-free Banana Puddin' amidst all the craziness. Yes, I said "Puddin"- no "g". That's how Granny says it, so that's what I'm calling this recipe! This recipe is quick and easy....good to throw together when you don't have much time. Hope you like it :)

Banana Puddin’ (Sweetener-free/ Dairy-free/ Raw/ Vegan)
Makes 4 Parfaits
Ingredients
For the Puddin’
- 1 young coconut- meat only (about 1/3 cup- if you would like to replace this with 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes it does work as well, although for a creamier pudding- I recommend young coconut meat….you can find them at your local Asian or International market- also at Whole Foods)
- 3 bananas
- ½ avocado * (see note at bottom)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp pure vanilla powder or extract
- 1 more banana for assembly, sliced thin
For the Wafer Cookie-like layers
- ½ cup cashews
- ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened and unsulfured
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (not melted)
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla powder or extract
- 1/8 tsp salt

Method
- Thinly slice a banana (not part of the 3 that go in the puddin’) and toss with ½ tsp lemon juice in a bowl, set aside for now
- Blend all ingredients for the wafer cookie-like layers in a food processor or blender (on low) by pulsing all ingredients until crumbly
- Set aside in a bowl while you blend the puddin’ ingredients
- Puree all ingredients for puddin’ in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth and creamy

Assembly
- You can serve these in 4 individual glasses parfait-style, or you can make one big bowl of puddin’
- Either way, simply put pudding in, followed by cookie-like crumb mixture, followed by banana slices
- Repeat layering until all ingredients are used.
* NOTE: I add this for creaminess without adding sweetness, but if the slightly green tint bothers you or you don’t have one on hand- you can replace with ½ a banana. But this will make the end result a bit sweeter. Our sweet tolerances are slightly on the low side these days :)
This post is a part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday's @ SS & GF. Check out more recipes there!

2 comments :

  1. Yum! I totally want to make this right now! Every week that you post your sweetener free recipes I'm so glad that you did as they always look super tasty!

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  2. Wow - that looks so good. I have a coconut in my fridge that I keep forgetting to use. I might just have to whip this up this weekend!

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