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Directions for: Dark Chocolate & Caramelized Banana Pie

Ingredients

Crust

1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded

¼ cup almonds, pulverised

¼ cup & 1 tablespoon cocoa butter , melted

¼ tsp natural vanilla extract

¼ tsp sea salt

Filling

1 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup silken tofu

2 Tbsp soy milk

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Topping

3 bananas, sliced into 1/4 inch discs

1 cup raw sugar

Directions

Crust

1. Preheat oven to 300F

2. In a big bowl mix sweetened coconut, almonds, 1/4 cup melted cocoa butter, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Mix until crumbly. Grease spring-form pan with 1/4 tablespoon of cocoa butter. Mold the crust mixture into it, pushing up along the sides. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the coconut is lightly browned. Remove from oven and let it cool.

Filling

1. Heat double boiler over medium and melt dark chocolate, stirring until creamy. Take off the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. In a big bowl add the silken tofu, soymilk, maple syrup, and cooled melted chocolate and blend with hand-mixer for 10 minutes, until completely smooth.

Topping

1. Preheat the oven to 250F.

2. Coat sliced bananas in raw sugar. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, in an even layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp and caramelized. Let cool.

3. Pour the chocolate filling into the piecrust and chill for 2 hours. Top the pie with a layer of caramelized bananas, starting from the middle and working outwards in a circle. Chill for another 30 minutes.

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