This recipe is an allergy-friendly recreation of Sex in a Pan, which is traditionally layers of pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream stacked on a sweet crust. I changed the ingredients to be dairy-free and grain-free, but still accomplished six layers of decadence. The cashew butter can be easily substituted for sun-butter (sunflower seed butter) and the pecans for shredded coconut to make it nut-free, too.
I don’t know where the name originates, but the first time I came across a recipe for Sex in a Pan was Chocolate-Covered Katie’s version. I immediately resolved to make an allergy-free iteration sweetened only with dates and bit of honey, and yet preserve amazing taste. Developing my version was quite an adventure: more than an hour was required to put together the layers! I was worried that the textures would simply fail (would layers upon layers of dessert goo really work when it came to slicing and eating?) but with the addition of shortening, the chilled final result is actually quite firm.
Speaking of the shortening, I want to be clear that I recommend certified sustainable palm shortening for use in this recipe. While palm oil has the reputation of causing deforestation and habitat loss, organizations such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are working to promote sustainably-harvested palm oil so the product has as little impact on the environment as possible. With the demand for palm oil set to double by 2030 (1), it is a critical time to vote with our dollars to help these sustainable methods flourish. Our desserts will be that much sweeter.Print