raw banana cream pie

How rewarding it is for our kids to want to eat well – for them to head straight to the produce section during a trip to the food store or suggest their favorite healthy foods be packed in lunch.

When we create a home environment where eating whole foods is common fare, our children are encouraged to appreciate and develop a taste for great food. Facilitating children’s desire to eat well, value and enjoy good food is both possible and easy. I want to share some wonderful ways we can inspire this behavior.

Be the change – If our kids are to eat well (and love doing so), they need to experience us eating well (and love doing so). By making the choice to nourish ourselves well and be excited about delicious, vibrant whole foods – we demonstrate it’s positive influence in our lives, and convey this message to them.

Start ‘em young – When our children eat only whole, nutritious foods from birth, their sense receptors are taught to enjoy pure, from the earth food flavors. They are then less likely to recognize processed foods as edible, good tasting food and something they would ever choose to eat.

Buy food that feels good – Keeping our fridge full of fruits, vegetables and clean food supports a health-giving appetite. It is important to buy and keep in the house only food that we would eat. If it’s not good for us, it’s not good for our children.

Pack snacks – Making sure to have healthy food (that the kids enjoy) on hand at all time’s prevents us being on the go and stopping for a treat at the nearby gas station from being a reality.

Involve them – Most importantly, including our children in food related decisions and activities (what to eat for dinner and buy from the store; trips to the farmers market and preparing meals at home) gives them a voice and influence on the choices and goings-on of their lives.

With the holiday season upon us I want to include a great desert recipe for Raw Banana Coconut Dream Pie that is fun for the family and a great addition to any party, and helps show that healthy can also be delicious.

raw banana cream pie
Raw Banana Coconut Dream Pie
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Method: Base - Spread a knob of melted coconut oil along the bottom of a spring form pan. If you don’t have a spring form pan, use a regular pie pan. Place pecans in a food processor and pulse to make a crumble. Add dates, coconut and sea salt and process to combine. You want the mixture to stick together when squeezed between your fingers. Press the mixture into the pan forming the crust layer. Slice a few bananas and line them on top of the base. Nut/Seed Butter Layer - Put all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and mix until smooth. If it’s having trouble blending, add a bit more liquid. Smooth mixture evenly on top of the base and sliced bananas. Banana Coconut Layer - Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Smooth mixture evenly on top of the nut/seed butter layer. Decorate the top with cacao nibs, shredded coconut, banana chips and anything else you would like Freeze to set for 4-6 hours or overnight. Take out of freezer and let thaw for a few minutes to be able to remove from spring form pan. Slice and serve! Store pie in the freezer, each time taking out a few minutes before serving. Notes: If there is a nut allergy, replace pecans with 1 cup pumpkin seeds and 1 cup oats or 1 cup figs and 1 cup oats. Or omit the nut butter layer and double the banana coconut layer if desired.
raw banana cream pie
Raw Banana Coconut Dream Pie
Print Recipe
Method: Base - Spread a knob of melted coconut oil along the bottom of a spring form pan. If you don’t have a spring form pan, use a regular pie pan. Place pecans in a food processor and pulse to make a crumble. Add dates, coconut and sea salt and process to combine. You want the mixture to stick together when squeezed between your fingers. Press the mixture into the pan forming the crust layer. Slice a few bananas and line them on top of the base. Nut/Seed Butter Layer - Put all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and mix until smooth. If it’s having trouble blending, add a bit more liquid. Smooth mixture evenly on top of the base and sliced bananas. Banana Coconut Layer - Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Smooth mixture evenly on top of the nut/seed butter layer. Decorate the top with cacao nibs, shredded coconut, banana chips and anything else you would like Freeze to set for 4-6 hours or overnight. Take out of freezer and let thaw for a few minutes to be able to remove from spring form pan. Slice and serve! Store pie in the freezer, each time taking out a few minutes before serving. Notes: If there is a nut allergy, replace pecans with 1 cup pumpkin seeds and 1 cup oats or 1 cup figs and 1 cup oats. Or omit the nut butter layer and double the banana coconut layer if desired.
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Nut/Seed Butter Layer
Banana Coconut Layer
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For over 10 years, Liz Selva has been in pursuit of health and happiness. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD where clean food and abundant living was an important part of her upbringing. These themes continue to be a guiding force in her life. Known to 'dance to the beat of her own drum,' Liz has spent much of her life traveling the world, exploring cultures, communities, cuisine and spirituality in search of what feeds the body, mind and soul. She went to University in Sydney and Florence, worked in children's book publishing in Los Angeles, taught English in Thailand, studied yoga, meditation and ayurveda in India and Nepal and sacred plant medicine in Peru. She is a certified yoga instructor and has most recently spent time as a chef for communities in Costa Rica, Colorado and Kauai. Liz lives with her partner Dustin on Maui. Her personal eating style has followed a similar adventurous course as Liz is passionate about seeking the highest vibration food and lifestyle. From meat eater to vegan, Liz has explored a variety of ways to nourish herself including vegetarianism, ayurveda, herbalism, raw food, fruitarianism, cleansing. She currently enjoys a vegan diet with a high focus on raw food and fruit. We all walk this earth on an individual path with individual needs - because of this we must learn to follow the wisdom and guidance of our bodies and hearts, nurturing and nourishing ourselves in the most whole and healing way possible. It is Liz's highest gift to be able to guide and support you through this process. To learn more go to www.LizSelvaWellness.com

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