banana streusel pie

Bananas and streusel? It’s an unusual combination, and it works.

1 vegan pie crust (homemade or prepared; we used a Wholly Natural frozen pie crust from a natural foods store)

filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
3 medium bananas, sliced

streusel topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup almonds, finely chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan margarine

1. Prepare the pie crust; set aside. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine and heat the sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and continue to stir for 2 minutes. The mixture will gradually thicken. Remove from heat; add banana slices. Pour filling into prepared pie crust.

3. Prepare the streusel. Combine topping ingredients in a medium bowl until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over banana filling. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until topping is nicely browned and filling is bubbly.

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