Chocolate, peanut butter, banana, vanilla pudding, whipped cream – all in one pie! This will satisfy all your cravings in one single bite!
It’s occurred to me I haven’t done dessert in a while, like half-a-dozen-posts while. I attribute this to the fact that most desserts require baking and therefore, turning on the oven. In case you didn’t know, we’re well into summer where I am, and it’s been mostly hot and humid. I’m not fond of standing in front of a hot oven in this weather. I’m sure you’d understand.
What about making cold desserts, you say, like ice cream, for instance? Uhm…. yeah, my ice cream machine is…. uhm…. broken.
Okay, I’m just making excuses. But you did buy it for a second there, didn’t you? The truth is, I haven’t done much cooking and baking altogether, period. It’s time to change that. I can’t continue to keep coming to my own fiesta without bringing anything. My guests deserve better than that. They would appreciate a dessert every now and then, am I right?
An easy-to-make, no-bake pie, like Banana Cream Pie, sounds pretty good to me and would satisfy my family’s sweet tooth. But is that the way a host should behave? Making the easiest thing to serve to her guests? I don’t think so. So, I’m making you a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, instead. See… I told you I’m a very thoughtful host and person. 🙂 🙂
- 12 graham crackers (or 24 squares or 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs)
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup heavy cream (optional)
- 3 - 4 bananas
- 2 (3.4 oz packages) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 cup whipped cream
- Whipped cream
- Sliced bananas
- Crushed roasted peanuts
- Piped chocolate decoration/garnish
- In a food processor, grind the crackers until you get fairly fine crumbs.
- Add melted butter and Nutella, and pulse until well-blended.
- Press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan.
- Bake in 350°F for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Mix chocolate chip and peanut butter in bowl (and heavy cream if using). Microwave for about 30 seconds, stir. Microwave for another 15-30 seconds and stir until smooth. Set aside while you cut the bananas.
- Cut bananas in half lengthwise and then in sections so that they fit nicely inside the pie pan.
- Pour chocolate mixture over bananas to cover. Place in refrigerator while you prepare the pudding layer.
- Combine pudding mix and milk and whisk until smooth and thick.
- Add whipped topping and continue whisking until thoroughly incorporated.
- Spread over chocolate layer.
- Decorate the top of pie with piped whipped topping, sliced bananas, crushed roasted peanuts, and chocolate decoration/garnish. Refrigerate until completely chilled (3 hours) prior to serving.
At this point, this pie is pretty enough to serve, don’t you think? But I like to make my guests feel really special, so I’m adding a little somethin’-somethin’ to decorate my pie further.
A little somethin’-somethin’ for the pie. They don’t have to be perfect. It’s the thought that counts. At least that’s my excuse. For the directions on how to make these piped chocolate decorations, go here
Here’s the finished pie, for all of you. I told you I’m a thoughtful host….and caring…. and nice…. and…. own-horn tooter. Okay, I’m stopping. Right now.
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