All the Thanksgiving feels on this one – another pie that I used to make every year with my mom for the holidays. Back in the day, the filling was certainly from a box of J-E-L-L-O brand pudding mix, but the sentiment and crust was always homemade!
Since I know not everyone has access to or can even tolerate raw milk like we do, I’ve tested this recipe out using some non dairy options and it worked out wonderfully! Which makes me so very happy!!! The sub I used for the raw milk was the cashew milk paste from AddJoi – with a ratio of 3 tblsp paste to 10 oz of water. The whipped cream (not paleo, but is dairy free) is the cocowhip from So-Delicious, literally, so delicious!
If you don’t want to go all out and make the pie, make the filling and spoon into dessert cups, truly still amazing and festive!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
gluten free banana cream pie, perfect for the holidays
- 1 baked pie crust, see link above for our WONDERFUL recipe!!
- 6 egg yolks
- ½ cup maple sugar (can sub coconut sugar, flavor profile will be different & color will be darker)
- 3 tblsp tapioca starch
- ½ tsp Redmond Real Salt kosher salt
- 3 tblsp grass fed butter, or ghee
- 1½ cups raw milk, or nut milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup organic whipped cream, or non diary whipped cream
- 1-2 ripe bananas for using on the pie and for garnish
- 1 tblsp of fresh lemon juice (opt)
- In a medium size sauce pan, whisk together egg yolks, maple sugar, tapioca starch and salt. Set aside.
- Place butter in a large measuring cup or bowl that you can rest a fine mesh on top of. Set aside. You’ll want to prepare this ahead of time.
- Pour milk into a small sauce pan and warm over low heat JUST until you see small bubbles around the edges (Do Not Boil!) Add this SLOWLY to egg yolk mixture, whisking as you pour. Cook this mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Usually around 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
- Pour this mixture through the sieve into the large bowl with the butter. It will be thick, but use the back of a spoon or spatula to push it through. This will remove any lumps. Whisk in butter as it melts and fully combine.
- Place in the refrigerator to cool. When ready, add whipped cream and whisk to combine, set aside.
- If you want to add a layer of sliced banana on the baked crust, cut into ¼” discs and coat lightly with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Totally an optional step that’s more for aesthetics. Otherwise, pour cream mixture into prepared pie crust and place in refrigerator to set up. Before serving add more banana discs and whipped cream to garnish.