Friday, January 11, 2013

Vegan Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie


Vegan Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie
Some recipes are a labor of love, this one is no different. When you mix caramel with the yummy goodness that is a decadent pie, you are destined not to fail! This pie will be a crowd pleaser and make you look like a vegan Martha Stewart. Who doesn't LOVE caramel?! ...If they don't, they are not to be trusted!

Vegan Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie

Ingredients
-1 box vegan graham crackers or 1 bag vegan vanilla cookies
-3/4 stick butter, melted
-3 large ripe bananas
-1 cup homemade vegan salted caramel sauce, recipe follows,
-1 container vegan whip cream topping

*Vanilla Pudding, recipe below as followed

*Homemade Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce, recipe below as followed

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees

Put the vanilla wafers in a food processor and pulse until the cookies are
finely crushed. Reserve 1/2 cup to layer in and to top the pie. Pour the
remaining crumbs in a 9-inch pie plate. Pour the melted butter over the top and,
using a spoon or your hands, combine the ingredients. Press the mixture in the
bottom and up the sides and onto the lip of the pie plate. Bake until lightly
browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely, about 30
minutes.

Peel and slice the bananas, adding them to a bowl. Stir the salt into the
caramel sauce and toss the banana slices with the salted caramel. Arrange some
banana slices evenly over the bottom of the crust. Spread half of the warm
Vanilla Pudding over the bananas, top with some more crushed vanilla cookies
(reserving some for garnish) and more caramel-coated bananas. Spread the
remaining Vanilla Pudding over the top.

Spread the whipped cream over the pie. Just before serving, garnish with a
caramel swirl and the rest of the crushed vanilla cookies.

Vegan Vanilla Pudding
-4 tbsp cornstarch
-2½ c vegan milk, divided
-⅔ c sugar
-1/8 tsp salt
-2 tbsp vegan butter, softened
-2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
In a small bowl, whisk together ½ c vegan milk and cornstarch. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together remaining vegan milk
and sugar. When mixture begins to steam, add cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring
occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken and just reaches a boil, about 5
minutes. Turn down heat to very low and cook another 5 minutes, stirring
occasionally until thick. Turn off heat and stir in butter and vanilla extract.

Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce
-1 cup Vegan Butter or Margarine
-1 cup Brown Sugar
-1 cup Corn Syrup
-1 teaspoon Salt
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions
Melt the vegan butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add sugar, corn
syrup, salt and vanilla, continually stir until the mixture simmers. Once it is simmering add the baking soda, remove from heat and keep stirring! The mixture will foam up, keep stirring until you achieve a smooth texture.