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Love:

You are going to love this dessert! It is just the right amount of chocolate and banana, the cashew cream is infused with orange and the melted chocolate and chopped pistachio’s on top- stop! Plus the crust is made of caramely-y dates, salty pistachio’s and cinnamon- Delish. I wanted to come up with something special for a project I have at the end of the month but then realized this would be the perfect dessert for you or your special someone on V-Day. I hope you’ll do yourself a favor and treat you or that special someone (it could even be your mom) to this Love pie. This is me sending love to all of you. Happy Love Day!

Nutrition:

Benefits of Love- 1. Reduces stress 2. Promotes mental health 3. Anti- cancer effect 4. Reduces pain 5. Better blood circulation 6. Live longer 7. Lowers blood pressure 8. Reduces risk of heart disease 9. Faster healing 10. Keeps you young

Food:

Raw Chocolate Banana Love Pie– serves 8

(See where the original idea came from here)

Crust:

1/2 c. shelled pistachio’s

1/2 c. medjool dates, removed seed and chop

1/4 t. celtic salt

1/2 t. cinnamon

Filling:

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked overnight

zest of 2 oranges

1/4 c. fresh orange juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. maple syrup or honey

1 c. smashed banana’s (2 ripe banana’s)

1/3. c raw cacao powder

Toppings:

Melted Chocolate Conspiracy Chocolate Sauce

chopped pistachio’s

Directions:

1. Start with the crust, place all of the crust ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until ingredients easily stick together when you squeeze the dough between your fingers. Press into the bottom of a spring form pan until evenly distributed. Place in freezer while you prepare the filling.

2. Rinse out the food processor. Place the soaked, drained cashews in the food processor. Add the orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix together. Gently melt the coconut oil and maple syrup/honey in a small saucepan over med-low heat until melted, when melted add to the other ingredients while the motor is running.

3. Pour half the cashew orange cream mixture over the prepared crust, spread over the crust. With the rest of the cream mixture add the banana and raw cacao powder, mix well. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cream mixture and spread evenly. Place the pie in the freezer for 2-4 hours. When ready to serve, take pie out of the freezer and let sit for at least 30 min. and then slice and serve. Top with melted Chocolate Conspiracy Chocolate Sauce and chopped pistachio’s.

DSCN2598DSCN2597DSCN2602DSCN2603DSCN2610Other dessert ideas:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ricotta Cupcakes

Salted Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge

Pudding two ways- Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Mousse au Chocolat

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