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
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
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.