Raw Banana Cream Pie & Whipped Coconut Cream


The full royal moniker of this creation is Raw Vegan Macadamia & Coconut Banana Cream Pie, but in the interest of daily conversation, a shortened version was necessary for public appearances.

Yeah, I just compared Price William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor – aka Wills – to a Banana Cream Pie, it happens. And honestly, this luscious creation should be the future king of Pie-land, so it works.

In any case, few months back I discovered that Banana Cream Pie is apparently the favourite dessert of one of my favourite uncles. Alas, he is no longer allowed to eat pretty much anything in the traditional version, so of course my mind has been ticking over ever since.


The May Sweet Adventures Blog Hop ‘Raw’ theme was the perfect opportunity to flex my invention muscles and whip up a version that pretty much anyone can eat. Good lord it is good.

In the past I’ve used cashews to create a Raw Vegan Cheesecake so this time figured I’d give it a twist and use buttery Australian Macadamias instead.

Macadamias have been a regular visitor round these parts, appearing in everything from an Aussie-Nutella to Sour Cherry Cake to Vegan Chocolate Fudge, so it wasn’t too big a leap to make them into a cream pie filling. I love it when a plan comes together.

Oh, I must mention my top macadamia eating tip… salt. Kind of like with chocolate, a pinch of sea salt on the raw nuts completely transforms them and makes the flavour pop brilliantly, try it some time.


Oh, don’t miss the Raw Macadamia & Salted Caramel Pie Crust recipe, and then go make this pie.

The development of this recipe was sponsored by Australian Macadamias. As always any opinions, random facts, and ingredient obsessions are all mine.


Sweet Adventures Blog Hop - RawThis post is part of the May Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Sweets without Heat (RAW) – hosted by Nic of Dining with a Stud.

SABH is a monthly blog hop brought to you by your hostesses –  Dining With a Stud, The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and me – 84th & 3rd.

Make sure to check out all the other RAW creations that have been linked-up below!


  1. says

    Hi JJ! What a beautiful pie! Your photos are so pretty (love the blue board!) and I bet this tastes delicious. Right up my alley. I can’t wait to give this one a go- I love all the ingredients that you chose :)

    • JJ says

      Cheers Emilie – I’m loving the board too right now, have to stop myself from photographing everything on it ;D

  2. says

    I am loving the look of this! You got me at all the tropical ingredients JJ! And don’t get me talking about macadamias. My girls love that stuff!

    • JJ says

      Thanks and yes, definitely. I’ve found a few that work really well and some that don’t work at all! The organic ones with ‘guar gum’ tend to be the best as the gum helps it froth. Keep trying them till you find a good one. Simply freeze any leftover milk/cream to use later when it doesn’t work.

  3. says

    This will definitely be in my dreams tonight! Looks amazing, do you think you could sub in walnuts (there are so many cheap walnuts about right now)?
    Man I really just want to dig right in.

    • JJ says

      Hi Rachel, you could but I’m not sure if it would be as silky, you would want to soak them for at least 12 hours first

  4. says

    I’ve been wanting to make a raw vegan dessert for the summer and am definitely going to try this one!! Thanks for posting!

  5. Robert says

    I just tried this recipe, but it didn’t work out too well. I followed the instructions explicitly but the result was a macadamia nut pie… The macadamia flavor was overwhelming and it had too much of a lemon flavor. I could barely taste the banana. should I alter the amount of macadamia used in the filling?

    • JJ says

      Hi Shannan, guar gum isn’t an ingredient (per-say) in either of these recipes, but to get coconut cream to whip it helps to buy an organic one that has guar gum listed as an ingredient.

    • JJ says

      Hum, based on the fact that it’s a banana cream pie I’m going to go with no, but you’re free to use any fruit you wish.

  6. Jenni Williams says

    Hi there,
    Can you please please please tell me where in Australia you find organic full cream coconut milk because I’ve looked and I’ve found organic light coconut milk in the Ayam brand and the other coconut milk brands that I tried were a waste of time….HELP :-)

    • JJ says

      Hi Jenni, I use Ayam (straight, not light) coconut cream and coconut milk for pretty much everything as I think it is one of the best tasting ones out there and they don’t add any thickeners or fillers. I get it from Woolies.

      However for whipping the organic ones are better as they usually have guargum (a natural product) in them that makes them whip up thicker – I’ve had luck with both Absolute Organic and Spiral brands, both from a local organic store. Good luck! ~ JJ

  7. says

    Hi there!
    Your pie looks to die for :) I will be making it. However I am not a fan of the nut you are using. May i substitute almonds for it? This will be my second raw pie Ive made this month. I’m loving raw pies right now.


    • JJ says

      Hi Roclynn, Cashews would be the best substitution, soaking the full quantity in water for 4 hours. You could use almonds but the base may not be as smooth, also make sure to soak them for at least 8-12 hours. Good luck! ~ JJ

  8. Summer says

    For the coconut milk in the filling, do you use canned? Also what kind of rice or nut milk do you use that is raw? Do you make it yourself? Do you think I could I just do 1 cup of coconut milk instead of half nut milk? Thanks, I can’t wait to try it!

    • JJ says

      Hi Summer, yep, canned coconut milk. Whatever kind of rice or nut milk you prefer is fine and yes you can sub it with more coconut milk but the pie will have a stronger coconut flavour. Hope you enjoy the recipe! ~ JJ

  9. Angie says

    I was really happy and exciting about making this pie for my friends birthday. Most pies stay in tack if you leave them out of the refrigerator, but this pie completely fell apart. I followed the directions very precise. I would have and others would have enjoyed this pie if it didn’t go flat on me. I was so sad and disappointed about the texture. I guess that’s what happens when you make a no bake pie. Even if it fell apart the flavor was great. I just wish the texture was more firm.

    • JJ says

      Hi Angie, this is a raw pie, not a no-bake pie that is set via another method (such as eggs or corn flour) to stay solid. Coconut oil and nut puree rely on cold to stay set – you’ll find this the case with pretty much any raw pie or raw nut-based cheesecake. However if refrigerated for the full 4 hours or overnight it will stay firm out of the fridge for at least 30 mins provided it isn’t a really hot day. ~ JJ

  10. Julie says

    In following directions to this aesthetically appearing pie, I had high expectations to bring to Easter dinner; however, the upfront flavor is either TOO salty or TOO strong in mac nuts! Yikes!

    Will be making alternative dessert.

    • JJ says

      Hi Julie, sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you – from your description I would guess that you may have used salted raw macs instead of just raw macs, therefore starting out with far more salt than called for in the recipe. It’s possible that the nut milk you used may have added salt as well depending on the brand. As for the flavour being ‘too strong in Mac nuts’ as they are the base of the pie that isn’t surprising, as noted in the recipe the macs (or a portion of them) can be subbed for cashews. Hope your alternative dessert tuned out.

  11. Vicki says

    Hi there! This recipe looks delicious, but I actually stumbled across it because I saw your chocolate cake recipe that was split into four layers had chocolate whipped coconut cream between each layer. I assume this might be a small modification of the whipped coconut cream in this recipe – could you please tell me how?! Thanks.

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