This Almond Joy Freezer Pie has been my go to dessert this summer! It’s cool, refreshing and decadent…not to mention SO easy to make! I have literally had some form of this dessert in my freezer all summer long…I’ve made it in a pie plate, mini-cheesecake pans, a springform pan and a 9×9 brownie pan…they are all great but the individual tarts are my favorite. It is so nice to always have a pretty dessert on hand for when you have company drop by or for that late night chocolate craving too! This dessert is fruit sweetened, that’s right…no extra sweetener has been added to the recipe other than fruit…that makes this a superstar dessert in my book! I chose to make this an Almond Joy Pie, you could easily turn it into a scrumptious Peanut Butter Cup Pie by substituting chopped peanuts for the almonds in the topping and adding 1/4 cup peanut butter and omitting the almond extract in the filling…
For the crust:
3/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted
1/4 tsp. celtic sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted over low heat
1 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar (optional for a slightly sweeter crust)
2 tsp. organic vanilla
In a large bowl combine almond flour, toasted coconut and salt. Whisk together coconut oil, palm sugar (if using) and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and thoroughly combine. Press mixture into desired dessert dish (9″ pie plate, mini cheesecake pans, springform pan or square 9×9 dish). Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
For the filling:
5 small ripe bananas, peeled and broken into small pieces (about 14-16 ounces peeled)
1 cup organic coconut milk, canned
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder (or your favorite unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until very smooth, about 3 minutes on high-speed. Check to make sure all the banana is pureed before filling the crust. Pour filling into your cooled crust and sprinkle toppings (listed below) across the top of the filling. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
For the topping:
1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1-2 oz. finely chopped or shaved dark chocolate (I use 70% or higher)
Set the dessert at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving, cut with a sharp knife, ENJOY!
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