Friday, October 05, 2012

Banana Walnut Cinnamon Vanilla Crème Vegan MoFo day 5


Yay first week of Vegan MoFo successfully completed! :) This week's theme was Desserts and the mystery sub-theme was Mostly Raw. I hadn't initially planned on focusing on raw desserts, but after my first two Vegan MoFo recipes, Avocado Orange Chocolate Mousse and Fig and Cinnamon Ice Cream turned out to be mostly raw, I decided to keep going with the rawsomeness.

'Restricting' myself to making the desserts as raw as possible with the ingredients I already had in my pantry was a challenge and it pushed me to use my imagination and come up with creative ideas. The response to them has been great so it has been totally worth the effort. After four days of sharing mostly raw recipes, today I present a completely raw dessert.

This recipe came together in a very unplanned, organic method. I started out by putting the bananas, vanilla and a pinch of salt into the blender, thinking I could attempt a raw custard of sorts, but as the blending process continued, the other ingredients asked to be included and I couldn't help but oblige. The end result was a creamy, versatile fruit dip of sorts. A very grown up kind of dessert. The cinnamon and vanilla begged for a fancy name, hence Banana Walnut Cinnamon Vanilla Crème. :oP

Banana Walnut Cinnamon Vanilla Crème

I've served it with guava but I think it'll go very well with a variety of fruits like apples, pears, green grapes, moosambi or perhaps even pineapple. It can also be used as a fruit salad dressing, in a parfait, as a topping on pie or cheezecake...there are so many possibilities! And the best one of course is to just chill it and eat it by the spoonfuls. :)

A quick note to my fellow Mofo-ers before I move on to the recipe - if you have word verification/CAPTCHA text enabled for comments, please do consider disabling it. Those CAPTCHAs are very discouraging to visitors who are potential commenters. Especially during Vegan MoFo when people blog hop like crazy, the easier you make it for them to leave comments, the more comments you will get. If you're worried about those darned spammers, just put your comments on moderation. That way, you can just publish the genuine comments and report the spam ones.

Banana Walnut Cinnamon Vanilla Crème

Banana Walnut Cinnamon Vanilla Crème

2 large Bananas (pachbalé hannu)
2 inch Vanilla Pod
1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
8-10 Walnut Halves (handful)
2 Pitted Dates
Pinch of Salt

Blend everything together, adding up to 1/4 C water, until you get a creamy mixture.
Pour into glass bowl and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Whip vigorously with a wire whisk.
Serve over fruit.
Enjoy! :)

Banana Walnut Cinnamon Vanilla Crème

11 comments:

  1. This looks very delicious! I can only imagine how good it must taste with the guava; I grew up with a guava tree in the front yard! Hahah
    I hope to try this sometime. :)

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    1. Adi, do you get guava in the stores there? I've never seen guava trees on my visits to the US/Canada area. So where did you grow up with the guava tree?

      Hope you get to try the crème soon. :)

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  2. Delicious, Susmitha! Anything involving creme gets my attention! (And I agree w/ you about Captchas!)

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    1. Seriously! Disabling the captcha last year has made a world of difference to my blog. I used to have captcha AND comment moderation on at one point. Lol Such waste of energy that was. :D

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  3. Thanks Susmitha! I am going to try this right now! Again.. motivation for making is the simplicity of the recipe and the availability of all these organic ingredients readilty at home! (except for dates!). So I will substitute overripe figs and a little bit of jaggery I think.. will post back with results..

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    1. Oh I'm sure the figs will be amazing too, Veena. I like using soaked dry figs to sweeten usually but I'm sure the fresh, overripe ones will be great too.

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    2. So did you try it? How did it come out? :)

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  4. Yes one rawmazing week, Susmithy! You nailed dessert week, and what a way to wrap it up.All my fave ingredients, again! Yeah, my captcha has been disabled for a while. yay.

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    1. Thanks Gi. I'm enjoying MoFo a lot more this year. :) Last year was good too but this organizing thing has really helped. And I think last year I still had captcha on at the point so I've definitely had a lot more people commenting on my posts this year. It's nice to get reactions. :)

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  5. It looks really great and creamy! I'm reading back and loving all the fresh, raw desserts you made this last week!

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