My absolute favourite dessert is banoffee pie. So naturally, when I was asked to create a recipe for Bulk Powders‘ ‘Cook It Your Whey’ challenge using banana whey protein , the first thing I thought of was how to make a healthy version of banoffee pie…and here it is!
This tastes way too good to believe it’s healthy, but it is! It’s gluten-free (obviously), free from refined sugars, full of good fats, has a good amount of fibre and is high in protein!
Everyone who taste tested it for me has asked for more…even my teenage son, who usually isn’t a fan as soon as he realises he’s eating something that’s actually healthy. 😉
Serves 4-6 (depending how big a slice you want)
NB: I used a tin foil dish as I find that easier to cut the pie out for photos but any dish that can be refrigerated is fine.
50g gluten-free oats
45g cashew nuts
175g pitted dates (60g for the base and 115g for the ‘caramel’ sauce)
Approx. 70 mls water
1 large banana
400g Greek yoghurt
25g Bulk Powders Banana pure whey protein
Preheat the oven to 180c
Put the oats on a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven for 5 minutes
While the oats are in the oven, smash the cashew nuts into small pieces (I do this by wrapping them in a tea towel and hitting it with a rolling pin – it’s a good way to get out any stress too)
Put 60g of dates into a food processor with a little water (about 10mls) and blend until they there are no longer any big chunks – it doesn’t need to be completely smooth though
Remove the oats from the oven and (once cooled) use your hands to bind the oats, dates and cashew nuts together
*You won’t need the oven after this so you can turn it off now*
Line the base of the dish with the mixture and press it down so it binds to form a solid base for the pie
Put in the fridge for 20 minutes
‘Caramel’ sauce and bananas
Put the remaining 115g of dates into a food processor with approx. 60mls of water, then blend until it becomes a thick sauce
Spread the sauce over the base and then slice the banana before placing the slices on top of the ‘caramel’
Put the pie back into the fridge while you make the topping
Greek yoghurt topping
Put the Greek yoghurt into an empty bowl and add the banana whey protein powder onto the top
Using a whisk (electric if you have one), mix the protein powder and Greek yoghurt well before scooping on top of the banana layer of the pie
Then return to the fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving
If you want the Greek yoghurt to set well (like in the photos) then it needs to be left in the fridge overnight
Enjoy your healthy banoffee pie!
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Macros (per serving when split between four people):
Carbs – 53.25g
Fat – 12g
Protein – 19g
Fibre – 4.75g
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You list ‘carbs’ but do you know how much is sugar – from the dates, banana and yogurt all of which contain sugar. Dates on their own are around 65% sugar 🙁 I large banana has around 17g sugar and even plain greek yogurt has around 9 grams of sugar per 8 oz. Looks like this recipe is too high in sugar for me. I have to stick to a diet of no more than 5% sugar (5 grammes in a 100g). I’d say it’s the dates which are the total ‘killer’ in this to anyone looking for genuinely ‘low sugar’ recipes rather than ones where processed sugar is simply replaced by things like dates which are chock full of sugar 🙁
I’m sorry you feel disappointed about the natural sugars being used in this recipe. Natural sugars are far better for you than refined sugars though and they’re obviously more nutrient dense too. 🙂 Dates and/or bananas are one of the best ways to add sweetness to healthy treats, which is why they get used often by myself and many other healthy treat recipe developers. Dates are high in natural sugars but they’re also a great source of fibre, as well as providing plenty of magnesium, potassium and various vitamins (which I’m sure you’ll agree is way better than refined sugar). This recipe is in my treat section because it’s not something I would recommend eating to replace meals, but it’s a healthy version of a treat so people don’t need to break their clean eating if they have a sweet craving. It’s fab that you’ve managed to get your diet down to less than 5% sugar everyday though, so congratulations on that fantastic achievement! 🙂