I did a terrible thing this week. I mislead poor Mr Wonderful to eat a piece of my Vegan Banana Cream Pie. I didn't tell him it was vegan, with no butter, no dairy, no eggs. I asked how the pie was, he said: " Taste just like Grandma's". Well - that's a BIG win!! He didn't know what he ate and he asked for second!!! Shhhhh... let's not tell him :)
I didn't make the pie to challenge the poor man, I was actually asked by my friend Moni for a Vegan banana cream pie on National Banana Cream Pie day. I wanted to come up with something that she could enjoy with her husband, Steve. I was told that Steve loved Banana Cream Pie. I want to make sure I can preserve the taste and richness of the pie without the dairy and eggs. 3 of the key item I used: Coconut milk beverage, English Bird's custard powder and Rich Whip.
The coconut milk here is not a traditional coconut I usually use for cooking, it is an non-dairy alternative. I love the product. It has a hint of coconut. the same consistency of milk. It cooks very well.
No many realize there is no egg in the custard powder, it is actually corn starch with some coloring.
As with Rich Whip, it was the 1st non-dairy topping in the food industry!! Rich Whip is the only topping without any milk product. Many of the whipped topping do contain milk solids.
Vegan Banana Cream Pie
1 1/2 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumb, you can grind you own, it's about 1 inner package of crackers.
1/3 cup sugar
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp Bird's custard powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup non-sweeterned coconut milk beverage
1 tsp vanilla
2 med size banana, sliced
1 8oz frozen carton liquid Rich Whip
1/4 cup powder sugar.
Lightly spray a 8" pie pan with Pam or other non-stick baking coating.
In a med size bowl, mix cracker crumb and sugar. Add melted coconut oil.
Warm 1 cup of coconut milk in a small sauce pan till hot, but not boiling.
Mix well and make sure there is no big lumps and the mixture is smooth
Add the hot coconut milk to the custard mix.
Remove the custard from the fridge, fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping
You can substitute Cool Whip or other whipped topping if you do not need the pie to be vegan.