Saturday, February 27, 2010
Yum Hula Pie! One of my past favorite desserts while waitressing in Hawaii! Different restaurants had different versions, however the base of this amazing pie is ice cream, a cookie crust, and macadamia nuts.....Its shape resembles a mountain, and while it takes a teeny bit of patience to construct such a top, making this delicious pie is very laid back.....just like the islands.
Feel free to alter the vegan ice cream/frozen banana ratio, the frozen bananas make everything just a little bit healthier, but are not necessary. I either make my own vegan ice cream in my ice cream maker, (thanks Dad!,) or buy the Trader Joe's organic soy ice cream, (less than $4, and yummy.)
Ingredients:(for everything below)
1 quart nondairy ice cream
4 cups chopped, frozen bananas
3 cups chopped macadamia nuts
10 or so cookies (your choice, for crust base)
1.5 cups chocolate chips (semi sweet)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
1/2 teas vanilla/or almond/or coconut extract
To assemble....Place prepared crust ingredients and pack into a pie tin. Next, take softened ice cream ingredients and put in crust, smoothing everything over with a rubber spatula. Attempt to make a "mountain" shape by adding the most ice cream to the center, while continuously smoothing. The pie may have to harden up a little if ice cream gets too melty, place pie in freezer for 15 minutes, (covered in plastic wrap to prevent drips.) Continue to add ice cream to middle of the pie to build a big, rounded mound. Place pie wrapped in plastic wrap in freezer to harden for at least 30 minutes before serving. Immediately before serving add the coconut-chocolate sauce and the toasted coconut, chocolate covered mac nuts. Extra toasted coconut and chopped mac nuts can be added as well.
This pie looks just as good as it tastes. You're so welcome!
Ice cream part...
*1 quart non-dairy ice cream,( softened enough to spread around smoothly but not melting all over the place.)
*4 cups chopped frozen bananas
*1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Mix everything in food processor or blender.
*about 10 cookies, (your choice, oreo-type are good, I used a homemade chocolate-chocolate chip.)
*1/2 cup agave/or maple syrup
Mix everything in a food processor, or mash up cookies in a bowl and hand mix.
Toasted Coconut/Chocolate covered Mac Nuts.....
*2 cups macadamia nuts
*1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1 cup shredded coconut
Toast coconut in a pan on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the coconut becomes a light brown color, (this only takes a couple minutes)
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, (coat your bowl with a little oil first to help with clean up time.)
Spread out parchment paper. Dip mac nuts in melted chocolate, then roll in the toasted coconut. Place nuts on parchment to firm up put in fridge for 15 minutes.
Coconut Chocolate Sauce...
*1/2 cup chocolate chips
*1 cup coconut milk
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, coconut, or almond extract
Melt all ingredients in microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well. Put in fridge to harden up for 15 minutes.