Is it just me, or does nobody else appreciate pie like I do? Everybody is all about cake, and I’m just like, no, gimme dat pie.
Can any cake actually beat the perfection of a flaky pie crust? Is that sickeningly rich frosting actually better than a cinnamon-sugar crumb topping? Give me peach blueberry pie over red velvet ANY DAY.
For most people I know, if they do like pie, they prefer the cream ones. I find these inferior because they often use cookie-based crusts instead of a flaky, buttery one, but alas, my favorite pie during my childhood was banana cream, admittedly. Since going plant-based, I’ve yet to experience a good one. Sigh.
Luckily for me, there is oatmeal. Ever since making a banana cream pie overnight oatmeal, I’ve wanted to make its chocolate cousin. This is like a layered parfait, and as you can tell from the name, the chocolate layer goes on the bottom. I thought about making two different flavors of oatmeal, but eventually decided to make the bottom layer more of a chia pudding than an oatmeal. The result was super.
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What you'll need:
- 4 oz. plain coconut yogurt (I use So Delicious greek-style)
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- sweetener to taste (optional, I omitted)
- 1/2 a banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- pinch of salt
- Rest of coconut yogurt
- Rest of banana, sliced
- Chocolate chips or shaved chocolate, optional
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients for the chocolate layer and mix thoroughly. Layer at the bottom of mason jar or similar container.
- In another container, combine all ingredients for the banana layer and layer on top of the chocolate layer in the mason jar.
- Place in the fridge overnight (or several hours). In the morning, top with remaining yogurt and sliced banana and optional chocolate. You could warm it up for 1-2 minutes in the microwave, but I HIGHLY recommend eating this one cold.