In living a whole foods and even a Paleo and clean eating lifestyle its really important to keep some flexibility in your eating and drinking. Most people choosing the ‘clean eating’ lifestyle and nearly all Athletes will tell you that you should eat clean and strict 80% of the time and allow a small margin in your diet for ‘cheat’ (sometimes called ‘recovery’) foods. Giving yourself permission to eat a donut with your kids on a Saturday morning, or to have pizza and a beer with friends on a ski trip etc can actually aid in your over-all well being and help to keep your attitude and thoughts towards food healthy.
I personally find that if I allow myself to eat the amazing cake a party etc every so often, then I’m less likely to binge. I know I’ll start my morning the next day with a green smoothie and a good workout… and I get to enjoy the experience of exotic and good foods with friends once in a while.
NOTE: Those with true celiac or autoimmune issues etc will not be able to have a cheat day that includes gluten or sugar etc. There are many MANY blogs out there filled with decadent recipes that will hit your indulge button without rendering you in bed the next day.
Banoffee Pie is one of those such desserts. It’s filled with gluten, sugar and dairy, and will knock your socks off every time you eat it! I usually make it for our Holiday Gatherings and it has never received one bad review. This pie gets it name from the combination of ingredients : Banana’s and Toffee. The flavors work together in a beautiful way to create a pie unlike any you have tried before! trust me!
If you are from England or any of the Commonwealth Nations you will already know this recipe and probably can make it in your sleep. Most Americans have never heard of it… I’m letting the secret of Britain’s best dessert recipe out of the bag!
I find this is best made a day in advance, it’s just better the second day!Either way, you must allow this to sit in the fridge for at least 1 hr before serving… this will ensure the butter has time to harden and create a firm crust!
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 packages of graham crackers, there are usually 3 individually packaged sleeves in each box, I use 1.5 of them. ( or 1 package of Digestive Buiscuts if you live in where you can find them. They are my favorite for this recipe but hard to find!)
1/2 cup butter ( grassfed will taste better
1 cup heavy whipping cream
First, we have you boil that can of sweetened condensed milk and turn it into Toffee ! In a saucepan with a lid, place the unopened can and cover it with at least 1 inch of water. Put the lid on the pan and bring the water to the boil, then turn it down to a simmer and allow it to simmer with the lid on for 3 straight hours. Do yourself a favor and set a timer so you don't forget about it and burn it!
This can of Toffee can be kept unopened in the fridge for weeks ... but I recommend you leave it to cool for an hour or so and then use it in this recipe
For the Crust:
Put all the Graham Crackers into a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs.
Melt the butter and then add it directly into the food processor with the graham crumbs. Pulse again to combine fully.
Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a pie dish, making sure you push it down firmly so it will hold together once it's cooled and sliced.