Friday, 2 August 2013

Vegan Banana Pudding With Cinnamon Biscuits

A lovely summer pudding, adapted from a recipe on healthy dessert blog Chocolate Covered Katie. I've adapted recipes from here before, with varying degrees of success, due to my impatience I would imagine. This recipe, however, went great first time round, being simple to make helped greatly!

For the banana pudding, its basically add the ingredients to the blender and whizz up. Done. The biscuits (better known as Graham Crackers in the States) didn't look promising at first, the dough was crumbly and dry, but out came chewy, tasty biscuits.

Its not a 'pretty' dessert, but most importantly it tastes good. It can be prettified by adding a little turmeric to the banana pudding as Kaite suggests. You could also drizzle chocolate on the biscuits, for extra prettification. I, however, am a rustic (lazy) baker and didn't bother with the prettification as I didn't have turmeric in the cupboard and I didn't want to melt chocolate on the stove on a hot summer's day. I guess it depends what your priorities are :-)

The Banana Pudding

Makes enough for two generous servings 

The Ingredients
80g ripe mashed banana
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp cashew butter or melted coconut oil
1 pack silk tofu (I used Blue Dragon Tufo Firm Silken Style (349g)
3-4 tbsp xylitol
optional: 1/8 tsp turmeric for a deeper-yellow hue

The method
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.

The Cinnamon Biscuits

Makes about 12 biscuits 

The Ingredients
1 cup plus 2 tbsp rice flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
3 to 4 tbsp xylitol
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp water

The method
Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Combine dry ingredients.

Combine wet in a separate bowl.

Mix wet and dry together. 

Take small handfuls and shape into a rough biscuit circle on the baking tray, use a cookie cutter to make the edges neater if you want.

Repeat until all the mix is used.

Bake at 180C for 12-15 minutes.

Once removed from the oven allow to cool on a rack.

Once cool, store in an airtight container until its pudding time!

Banana pudding and cinnamon biscuits - the pale one.

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