Chocolate Banana Protein Pie

This is a fantastic clean-eating dessert as well as the perfect post-workout snack! At just over 200 calories and 16 grams of protein per slice (with 3 scoops of powder), this vegan pie is a breeze to make and will definitely satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy and nutritious fashion. Keep slices in the freezer for whenever you need a boost! Sweetened only with dates and bananas, there’s no flour or oil in this pie either! 

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Banana Protein Pie - This is a fantastic clean-eating dessert as well as the perfect post-workout snack! At just over 200 calories and 16 grams of protein per slice (with 3 scoops of powder), this vegan pie is a breeze to make and will definitely satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy and nutritious fashion. Keep slices in the freezer for whenever you need a boost! Sweetened only with dates and bananas, there’s no flour or oil in this pie either!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I prefer to get my protein from whole foods rather than a protein powder. Adding black beans to smoothies, having lentils instead of rice, and quinoa instead of couscous are all ways I easily incorporate more protein into my diet when I need a boost. However, there are times when I do like to use a protein powder and Todd uses a powder quite regularly.

Source: Sunwarrior.com

Source: Sunwarrior.com

After a particularly long run (like my two hour run today), if I'm in a hurry for a quick meal, or just trying to increase the protein value in a meal or smoothie I'll throw a scoop or two of protein powder. I've tried many different brands (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and I only use Sunwarrior now. I use the Classic Plus line. It's a vegan, organic certified, rice protein powder with the addition of pea powder, chia, quinoa, and amaranth to perfectly balance those amino acids. It's also gluten and soy-free which I know can be really important to some folks. Many vegan protein powders just aren't quite as mild tasting as whey powder and can be difficult to incorporate inconspicuously into smoothies and meals...especially if you're not big on the taste, but not this one!

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Banana Protein Pie - This is a fantastic clean-eating dessert as well as the perfect post-workout snack! At just over 200 calories and 16 grams of protein per slice (with 3 scoops of powder), this vegan pie is a breeze to make and will definitely satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy and nutritious fashion. Keep slices in the freezer for whenever you need a boost! Sweetened only with dates and bananas, there’s no flour or oil in this pie either!

Sunwarrior is the tastiest one I've found to date, though I confess it's a bit sweet for my liking. I don't often drink it alone, but I really enjoy adding it to recipes. My best one yet? This pie. It's delicious, kind of portable, stores long-term, and is the perfect calorie and protein count in one slice for a quick snack. I think you're going to really like it!

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Banana Protein Pie - This is a fantastic clean-eating dessert as well as the perfect post-workout snack! At just over 200 calories and 16 grams of protein per slice (with 3 scoops of powder), this vegan pie is a breeze to make and will definitely satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy and nutritious fashion. Keep slices in the freezer for whenever you need a boost! Sweetened only with dates and bananas, there’s no flour or oil in this pie either!

Chocolate Banana Protein Pie

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

This is a fantastic clean-eating dessert as well as the perfect post-workout snack! At just over 200 calories and 16 grams of protein per slice (with 3 scoops of powder), this vegan pie is a breeze to make and will definitely satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy and nutritious fashion. Keep slices in the freezer for whenever you need a boost! Sweetened only with dates and bananas, there’s no flour or oil in this pie either!

Yield: 8 slices of pie

Ingredients

  • -Crust-
  • ½ cup hazelnut meal (or ½ cup hazelnuts blitzed in the food processor)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • -Filling-
  • 5 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain, non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-3 scoops of SunWarrior Chocolate Classic Plus Protein Powder, to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum (optional, but recommended)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 square of semi-sweet chocolate, for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. In a food processor, add all the crust ingredients and process for about 3 minutes. When pinched between your fingers, the mixture should stick together.
  2. Transfer to a 9 inch spring-form tart pan and press into the bottom of the pan using your fingers.
  3. Clean out the processor bowl and add in all of the filling ingredients. Process for about 5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy with no lumps.
  4. Transfer to the pan and even out the top with a spatula. Using a vegetable peeler, scrape the side of a square of chocolate to add a sprinkling of chocolate shavings on top, if you like. Cover with plastic wrap and freezer for at least 30 minutes before slicing into 8 slices. Keep stored in the freezer; thaw about 10 minutes before serving (or however long you’d like depending on the desired texture).
Produce On Parade - Chocolate Banana Protein Pie - This is a fantastic clean-eating dessert as well as the perfect post-workout snack! At just over 200 calories and 16 grams of protein per slice (with 3 scoops of powder), this vegan pie is a breeze to make and will definitely satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy and nutritious fashion. Keep slices in the freezer for whenever you need a boost! Sweetened only with dates and bananas, there’s no flour or oil in this pie either!

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Birthday S'more Pie + Huge Announcement

Hi there!

It's my birthday today. Such an occasion calls for decadence, and I pull out all the stops! It requires pie. S'more pie! But first a little story, and a put on your big-time underpants because I've got an announcement that I can't keep secret any longer. Nope, not pregnant. Glad we got that out of the way.

Produce On Parade - Birthday S'more Pie + Huge Announcement

You know how kids always say they want to be something crazy like an astronaut or The President or a fairy princess when they grow up? Yeah...that wasn't me. Well, aside from demanding to be addressed as "Little Foot" from The Land Before Time fame or later "Ariel" from The Little Mermaid...my aspirations were a bit more...down-to-Earth.

Biologist. That was the profession of choice in my young mind, and it topped the list for quite some time. Probably because both my parents majored in Biology. Moving forward, in third grade my teacher made profession predictions (which was exceptionally exciting as she only did one every two weeks). Due to my compassion for animals, I was prophesied to become a veterinarian. However, it's because of said love for animals that it quickly became clear I would be the most bleeding heart god-awful, veterinarian out there. Scratch.

For a long time, I secretly yearned (or not so secretly by nonchalantly displaying my journals of teen-angst, melancholic poetry strewn about) to become a poet and a published author, as I'd always loved writing. Then, for a time, I knew I'd become a preschool teacher. My Dad was a teacher and I spent my days after school (when I wasn't doing sports) volunteering at our local elementary school.  Finally, at the end of high school we had to research a profession for some big presentation, something we might want to do, and I landed on Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonographer. Hey, I got pretty close with that one seeing as I ultimately ended up becoming a Mammographer! 

Produce On Parade - Birthday S'more Pie + Huge Announcement

Besides entering the radiology field, it seems I've also obtained another one of my childhood dreams. Nope, still not a dinosaur or a mermaid yet. Because it's my birthday, which means I can do as I please (I definitely did not eat pie for breakfast in bed before work this morning), I found it fitting to announce that I'm about to become a published author! Yes my friends, I'm writing a cookbook. For you.

It will be out around April 2016. I know that seems like forever, but I've been working on it since the beginning of this year and you know how these things go. The best things in life take time. Wait no, that's not how it goes. Anyways, I couldn't be more thrilled that it's being published by (drumroll please) a division of Macmillan(!!!), Page Street Publishing. My eyes almost fell out of my head. 

I bet, much like myself, you're wondering how this may have happened to a small-time little Alaskan girl. Well, I'll tell you. For some time now I've been sporadically contacted be several publishers, "If you ever want to write a cookbook, please give us a call!" I would politely write back, thanking them for their offer but at this time I am much too busy to put in the effort necessary. Who has time to write a cookbook when you're building a house? And I mean literally chopping down the trees, goddamner. Is there time to tackle publishing a book when one already has a full-time job as Protector of Boobs? I just came up with that and really like it. Noted. Not to mention, I get frazzled easily, especially with timelines.

Nah, it's not for me. I'd seriously doubted I was talented enough, determined enough, and just plain confident enough to be a genuine author. But then, it struck me...I've been writing and developing recipes this entire time for Produce On Parade! For two years! I could definitely write a cookbook, and soon I wanted to! I really wanted to. Wait though, I thought, aren't there enough vegan cookbooks out there? Trick question. The answer to that is, of course, never. But what did I have to offer?

Well for that, you'll have to check out the book, but I can tell you that it will be filled with beautiful photography and dishes that are accessible and approachable by everyone. Meals you'll be proud to make your family and serve sneakily to your unbeknownst omnivore friends.  My book will feature wholesome recipes with a bit less of the typical vegan substitutes like vegan butter, vegan sour cream, and hard to access ingredients, etc. However, there'll still be some of those recipes so don't fret! Seriously, vegan marshmallows need a place in my life. 

This is an unbelievably exciting opportunity. It wouldn't of happened without Sarah and Will over at Page Street calling me up one day and inviting me to write a cookbook. I must have said yes because four months later here I am! If you've noticed I've been making little more than cameos here on Produce On Parade, it's because I've been recipe developing and photographing for the book. I'm not a risk taker and usually need a lot of prodding to step outside my zone of comfort. I don't like to do things until I've mastered them and I hate feeling vulnerable. That being said, I am I so overjoyed that I decided to take this leap. 

I want to know what kinds recipes YOU want in the book. Please, tell me what recipes you'd look forward to seeing. I want you to be a part of this cookbook. It's for you after all. If it wasn't for my amazing readers, none of this would be possible. I'll keep you posted on all the good details as the year passes. Thank you for supporting and believing in me!

Produce On Parade - Birthday S'more Pie + Huge Announcement

You'll find more recipes, like my birthday Mocha S'more Pie, in the book! It was inspired by the bon fires we've been burning at the property to clear the land...inspiration abounds everywhere.

Produce On Parade - Birthday S'more Pie + Huge Announcement