Peanut butter frozen dessert breakfast pie with chocolate brownie crust

No oil, no sugar, no wheat, no flour, and no baking. A simple, relatively nutrient dense (for pie), and delicious treat. This makes up to 8 slices.


For the brownie crust
1/4 cup whole grain, brown teff
1 cup water
A pinch coarse sea salt
30g bittersweet chocolate (I use an organic, fairly traded bar)
Stevia to taste (or 3 tablespoons coconut sugar)
A pinch coarse sea salt

For the peanut butter, banana filling
4 frozen bananas (about 3 cups)
1T unsweetened, unsalted cashew butter
2T unsweetened, unsalted peanut butter
2T milled flax seed
1/4 cup unsweetened plant milk
1T lemon juice
A pinch coarse sea salt
Stevia to taste (or 1/4 cup maple syrup, 3T agave nectar, etc.)

Optional: Stevia can be an acquired taste and it’s not available everywhere. As an alternative, use a few tablespoons coconut sugar or maple syrup or a couple tablespoons of agave nectar for the brownie crust and 1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup or a few tablespoons agave nectar for the filling. A little coconut oil in both the brownie and the filling will turn this into a richer dessert.


In small pan with a lid, toast the teff for about 5 minutes. Add the water water and sea salt and bring to a light boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Stir frequently toward the end to avoid sticking.

Add the sweetener and mix until dissolved (as necessary). Reduce to the lowest possible heat. Add the chocolate, and stir until melted. Stir continuously until the chocolate has melted. Be careful not to add moisture, change the heat or do anything that might cause the chocolate to seize, and don’t overcook.

When the chocolate has melted, pour/spoon into a 9″ glass pie dish, mounding up the sides about half an inch. Refrigerate 30 minutes uncovered to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and let setup for at least 2 hours.

When ready to fill and serve the pie, blend the filling ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Sweeten to taste. Fill the brownie crust. Cut and serve immediately.

Note, the flax and cashew butter provide the fluff and hold for the filling. To serve this as a well-chilled rather than frozen dessert, add an extra tablespoon of both flax and cashew butter. Prepare as above and then refrigerate immediately for 2 hours to setup. It must be well chilled to keep it’s hold, and keep in mind, the warmer the filling, the stronger the banana flavour (but if you like banana and peanut butter, you’re all set).