I know, I know. What a cheeky title! I couldn’t help it though; especially because it’s apparently true. (When I saw this months theme for Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free, I knew I’d have fun with it.)
So yes, the theme for this month’s GAH, IGF is Love Potions and Charmed Food. Naomi from Straight into Bed Cake Free and Dried, is the mastermind behind both the theme and this amazing monthly event. In fact, this month marks it’s three year anniversary! I’m honored to have the opportunity to be a participant.
This pie uses many ingredients that are considered natural aphrodisiacs. According to gourmetsleuth.com, the following is true of the ingredients in this pie:
Banana: The banana flower has a marvelous phallic shape and is partially responsible for popularity of the banana as an aphrodisiac food. An Islamic myth tells the tale that after Adam and Eve succumbed to the “Apple” they started covering their “nudity” with banana leaves rather than fig. From a more practical standpoint bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, necessities for sex hormone production.
Chocolate: The Aztecs referred to chocolate “nourishment of the Gods”. Chocolate contains chemicals thought to effect neurotransmitters in the brain and a related substance to caffeine called theobromine. Try a bit of dark chocolate for a sensuous treat.
Almonds: A symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female.
Vanilla: The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. According to the Australian Orchid Society, “Old Totonac lore has it that Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth. Unable to marry him due to her divine nature, she transformed herself into a plant that would provide pleasure and happiness.”
Coffee: Caffeine is a well-know stimulant but remember, too much and it becomes a depressant. Coffee stimulates both the body and the mind so partake of a little in preparation for an “all-nighter”.
Honey: Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey including cures for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey. Lovers on their “Honeymoon” drank mead and it was thought to “sweeten” the marriage.
It’s also a great conversation starter (or abrupt ender). I was telling a friend about this pie, how tasty it is, and how big of a piece I ate because I couldn’t help myself. He gave me a funny look (while leaning closer to the passenger door) and said, ‘Should I get out of the car?’ HA HA!
Chocolate Aphrodisiac Pie
1 large mashed banana (overly ripe is best!)
1/2 cup soaked cashews (around 30 minutes of soaking, drain)
4 oz melted baking chocolate
1/4 cup almond milk plus 1 cup
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 package unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons instant coffee
Slivered almonds (for crust)
Optional: additional chocolate for shavings
Start by mashing the banana in a large mixing bowl. It’s up to you how ‘chunky’ to leave it. I beat my down until it was rather smooth, but still have some texture to it.
In a blender, add the 1/4 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup soaked cashews (make sure you drain them well!), honey, and vanilla extract. Slowly melt the 4 oz of chocolate by your method of choosing. I used a small microwave container and put the oz in individually for small amounts of time. Add the chocolate to the blender. Even if you add the chocolate in sections, be sure to blend each time you add it, as it will harden in the milk if you don’t. Add the blender mix to the bowl with the mashed banana and mix well.
In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup almond milk with 1 package of unflavored gelatin. Mix well. While the gelatin is dissolved, heat the mix on medium until it starts to boil. Add 2 tbs of coffee and continue to heat for approximately 10 minutes on medium, stirring occasionally.
Slowly add the coffee almond milk to the mixing bowl, folding in as you go. Add slivered almonds to a pie pan as thick as you’d like, and slowly pour the mixture onto the almonds. I would recommend wetting the almonds just slightly before putting them into the pan, as it helps to hold them onto the pan while you pour the mixture over them. If you’d like, use a veggie peeler to create chocolate shavings, and sprinkle them over the pie. It didn’t work that great for me actually, they sort of sank. But the concept is there :D. Cover and put the pie in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Serve cold and enjoy! (Or feed it to a boy ;))
My only thoughts for next time (oh yes, there will be a next time) is that this would make a really rich and creamy pudding. It’s not that I disliked the almond crust and pie format, but texture wise, I would have like it better had it been completely smooth I think. The taste though? In my humble opinion… unbeatable ;)
This recipe is linked to Seasonal Sunday, My Meatless Monday, Just another Meatless Monday, Midnight Madness Meatless Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Tuesdays at the Table, Tuesday Twister, Delicious Dishes, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Prairie Story Thursday, Food on Friday, Foodie Friday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Friday Favorites, I’m Lovin it Friday, Fight Back Friday, and the GCC Recipe Swap.