A healthy summer dessert with a maple banana sweetened sunbutter ice cream filling that everyone will love. This ice cream pie is also paleo, vegan, refined sugar free and no bake!I’ve really been itching to post this recipe ever since last Sunday when I finally got it right according to my pack of picky taste testers. Some preferred the crust, others the filling, but we all agreed this one was a keeper!
It’s probably not a secret that I’m trying to up my game with my recipe photos lately. Or is it, because now I’m feeling like they still really suck and you were not assuming I was trying hard. I have issues with “letting people see me sweat.” Figuratively I mean, because literally I sweat all the time.
Anyway, yes, I’m realizing that I need to improve my food photos if I want people to look at my recipes. And gee, it only took me over a year to understand how important that is, you know, after I’ve published like 75 recipes with crap photos on this blog. Better late than never, I suppose? I still need a lot of practice and have work to do, but, things are getting better and I’m paying attention now.
Slowly, one by one, I will make my old recipes and re-photograph them, I think. Has anyone done this? I started with my basic egg scramble and sweet potato hash because the photos made me gag and I make these things all the time anyway. Some of the others might be tougher, like my chipotle chicken salad or chicken with pesto. These take longer to make, plus I still don’t know if I’d be able to take good pictures. I am just so daredevil lately. Or tired, let’s go with tired.
I’ve only been really getting into sunflower butter recently, but now I’m just a little hooked on adding it to recipes in place of nut butter if I’m not feeling all that nutty or coconutty. Honestly I think my family is sick of coconut and I might have had enough of it too, at least for a little while.
As for the crust, it’s nearly the same as the crust I created for my pumpkin pie last September, except this one isn’t baked. Turns out it really doesn’t need to be, unless you prefer a little toastiness to your crust. Feel free to bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 before cooling and adding the filling!
Banana Sunbutter Ice Cream Pie
- For the Crust:
- 3/4 cup walnuts or pecans
- 3/4 cup nut meal/flour of choice I used hazelnut meal
- 2.5 tbsp coconut oil at room temp
- 1/4 cup raisins you can omit to make this low FODMAP
- 1 tsp organic coconut sugar add 1 tbsp if omitting the raisins for low FODMAP
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- For the Filling:
- 1 med-large ripe banana
- 2/3 cup sunflower seed butter
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non dairy milk
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
For the crust, combine all crust ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a paste.
Press crust evenly into a nonstick 9 inch pie plate (or line a pie plate with parchment paper for easy removal)
Set crust aside, covered, in the freezer while you make the filling.
For the filling, combine all filling ingredients in a blender until creamy and pour into pie crust, scraping sides with a rubber spatula to get every drop in there!
Cover pie with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours or until firm. Before serving, let it thaw enough to cut into slices.
This is a good one guys, don’t miss out!
What’s your favorite summer dessert?
What are you most excited for this weekend?
Reader Reviews & Comments
The Cookie ChRUNicles says
This looks delicious! I haven’t made a new dessert recipe I realized in a little bit, I need to get a new cookie going or a brownie or something. I think I go through phases where I bake and then don’t….And oh, I like all desserts, any time of the year 🙂
I haven’t been baking but I’ve gotten more into no bake desserts and can’t stop!
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine says
This looks amazing! I actually don’t think Ive ever had sunflower seed butter, but Im sure its good! And even better that this is no-bake:)
With maple it’s delicious 🙂 I’ve been getting into no bake for summer lately!
Now doesn’t that look decadent! Sunbutter is one of my absolute favorite nut butters. You can keep your almond butter! I see this with a big dollop of whipped cream and some fresh berries (like we were talking about last night :D) Have a fabulous weekend!
Ooh yes, that would be delicious! Enjoy your weekend!
Skinny Fitalicious says
This is one I would makes looks delicious! You’re using your phone right? Try taking your pics from above instead of the side? Make some off center from overhead too. Next step is working on food staging. Start by placing a napkin and a few forks crisis crossed. Hope it helps! If you don’t want help let me know!
I need help so those are all great tips. Doesn’t come naturally to me, even though I see other people’s photos it just doesn’t register. Now that you mention the cris crossed forks I feel like I see that all the time!
can i just say how much i love you for posting this! Um yes, you are genius and i cannot wait to fool my family into thinking this is unhealthy haha.
Haha! Yes, Adam asked me several times if this really was healthy 🙂 And then if I really did create it! So I took it as of compliment of course! Have a great weekend 🙂
Sunbutter in a pie? Brilliant! I think I have everything I need to make it this weekend. Which makes it even better.
Have a wonderful weekend Michele!
Very simple ingredients so you can’t go wrong! Hope you have a great weekend too 🙂
danielle saucy smith says
this looks delicious, what a great way to use sunbutter! I love a no-bake crust 🙂
have a marvelous weekend and 4th Michele!
Same to you! I’ve been a bit more into sunbutter lately and appreciating it more 🙂
Michele, you’re hilarious. You’ve got such a way with words. Ha ha!!!
Those are the best compliments, so thank you! Have a great weekend 🙂
Strength and Sunshine says
You finally made something I can totally approve of! It sounds fantastic my friend! All that chocolate goodness and sunflower butter is so the bomb. That and coconut butter and the ones I ALWAYS have to have in the house. Then all my other nut butter change every time I finish one. But Sunflower butter is a staple!
I haven’t had coconut butter in a while but now is the time since I don’t have to heat it up to melt 🙂 I’ve been more into sunflower butter lately and really love it.
Yum I so cannot wait to try!!! 🙂
Hope you do!! Have a great weekend 🙂
I LOVE this so much! Sun butter cream pie literally sounds like heaven to me! I would love to try to make this, and please- your photography skills totally kill ;).
Thanks so much, you are too kind!!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
This looks great! I love sunbutter. I have debated doing something similar with my old recipes. The pictures are so terrible it’s embarassing!
Yeah I just didn’t consider photography at all since it wasn’t a strength of mine or on my radar. Big mistake!
Lake Shore Runner says
Yummmyyy! You combined two of my favorite things – bananas and nut butter. Especially sun butter.
Hope you try it out! Two of my favorites as well 🙂
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says
YUM! This sounds so delicious! Alex and I have been trying to do a “no added sugar thing” and this pretty much fits the bill!
Hope it doesn’t disappoint! You can try adding a bit more banana to sweeten it up if maple is out.
Your photos are for sure getting better (and that’s not saying they were bad before!) I love sunbutter and I’ve never ad a dessert with it in it before outside of paleo reese’s eggs at Easter. This pie looks awesome!
Hmm, some were pretty bad, but thank you!! Now I want paleo reese’s eggs, somehow missed that one!
Just found your blog and I absolutely love it! So excited to try this recipe with peanut or almond butter. It looks scrumptious and I love the crust ingredients 🙂
I’m sure it would be delicious no matter what nut butter you use! Glad you found me, thanks 🙂