Makes one pie for 5-6 people
This pie is almost too easy to make and you will have it prepared for cooking in the oven in no more than 20 minutes. I love when my recipe experimentations come out tasting better than I thought when I am playing around in the kitchen without using a recipe. Of course, it’s hard to mess up anything with blueberries, bananas and dates, in my fruit-lovin’ opinion, so I do think the ingredients made failing a taste test highly unlikely.
As with most of my recipe creations, having a decent blender is key and makes life much easier in the kitchen. The filling was done in no time with my handy blender as I watched the filling ingredients swirl to delicious blue perfection. I tasted the filling with my spoon and my mouth hit impressively tasty blueberry and banana flavor. The filling became even more delicious when it was cooked with the crust in the oven. If you like bananas and blueberries as much as I do, I highly recommend trying this!
Recipe For Crust
Makes one perfect crust
1.5 cups almond flour
½ cup oat flour
3 heaping tablespoons ground flaxseeds or chia seeds
2 cups soft dates
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Oat flour and almond flour can be purchased, but you can make your own by blending stone ground oats and almonds in a high-power blender. In a food processor (you can use a blender too), add dates and vanilla. If your dates aren’t soft, you can boil them in water for 10+ minutes or microwave them in water for a minute until they are soft. Just remember to leave out the water once you’ve boiled or microwaved them. Add the dry ingredients into the food processor with the now blended dates and pulse 6-8 times. You should have a flaky, powder-like dough. Once this is done, add in the tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and the four tablespoons of water. Pulse this in the food processor 6-8 times and see whether or not you can pinch the dough together with your hands. If not, add a tablespoon or two of more water and repeat the pulsing. It’s possible to combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients by hand, but for most even results I recommend using a food processor. Shape the dough into a ball and using your hands, flatten it and mold it into a crust in your pie pan.
Recipe For Filling
3 cups frozen blueberries, defrosted
1 ripe, medium banana
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 heaping tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 medium banana, sliced
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to defrost the blueberries if you are using frozen- they will heat up in the oven)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make the crust and mold it in your handy pie pan. To make the filling, blend the defrosted frozen blueberries with one banana, the flaxseeds and the pitted medjool dates. Blend until smooth and creamy. After taking a taste or two of your own from the blender, pour the creamy blueberry filling into your crusted pie. To garnish, add whole blueberries in the center (fresh or frozen works) and sliced banana around the rim of the crust. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and voila, you have your pie! You can eat it straight out of the oven, but it’s also really good when you put it in the refrigerator and let it cool and harden a bit. It’s quite delicious warm or chilled!