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Chocolate Banana Creme Pie (HEAVEN!)

September 9, 2011

You might want to sit down when you hear about this!  Really, take a seat.  This may just be the most sumptuous, delicious, decadent dessert you’ve read about!  It’s just that good.  Believe me.  My husband thinks so.

But, it’s really bad for you.  I know, all good things are bad.  Get it, good=bad.

So, a couple of years ago, when my future husband and I moved in together and we started playing “house”, so to speak, I decided that I wanted to try to put together a recipe book of sorts.  Something we could refer to and get ideas from when we needed it.  Well, that whole idea of the recipe book kind of fell by the wayside rather quickly.  But, that’s not to say that I haven’t actually tried to make some of these recipes that I put into the ill-fated recipe book.  There were some that I was really eager to try, especially those in the “dessert” category.

By far and away, there was one that blew me and my husband away.  Not only is it super simple to make, but it’s basically fool-proof and you can even customize it the way you want.  You basically couldn’t mess this up if you tried!

I’ve named this dessert the Chocolate Banana Creme pie.  But that’s kind of misleading.  It’s a pie alright, but it’s of the no-bake variety.  Ding, ding, ding.  That makes it a winner already.  Ok, wait, I think I lied.  There’s a little bit of baking involved, but it’s in the crust-making department, not the actual pie filling.  And really, if you wanted to cheat, you could by purchasing a ready-made crust at the grocery store.  So, I guess technically, I didn’t lie because it could be a completely no-bake pie.  Second winning item, this pie involves bananas.  Ok, I know there are some of you out there (you’re called weird!) that don’t like bananas or have a huge aversion to it.  I can’t help you there, because I absolutely adore bananas.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was born during the Year of the Monkey (Chinese zodiac).  Thirdly, this pie involves chocolate; melted chocolate and chocolate shavings.  Oh, yeah!  Finally, the pie involves a tub of whipped cream!  Yum times two (ok, so it’s really bad for you, I know, but that still makes it yum!)

Ok, so here are the ingredients involved: nilla wafers, melted butter, a tub of whipped cream (I use cool whip), 1 package of instant no cook chocolate pudding, 1 package of instant no cook either vanilla or banana pudding (I’ve used both and they both taste good, it’s a matter of what you like), some milk, baking chocolate, and 2 bananas.  Wah lah, done!  Simple.  A piece of cake, er, make that pie!

Now the details.  You need to melt the butter.  Take some nilla wafers and crush them up until they are pretty much obliterated (throw them into a sandwich bag and take a rolling-pin to them until they are small enough to still have some texture).  Throw the crushed up nilla wafers into the bottom of a pie pan, pour the melted butter on top of the crushed nilla wafers and combine until the butter coats the wafers.  Now pat the nilla wafer/butter mixture into the bottom of the pie pan until every inch of the pan is covered, if you have extra nilla wafers, bring it up the sides of the pan as well.  Put the pie pan into the oven and let it bake for 8-10 minutes until the nilla wafers are set and golden brown.  This will form the crunchy, sweet pie crust.  As I said, you can also do this with chocolate wafers, or just buy pre-made pie crusts.  Set the pie crust aside.

In separate bowls, dump the chocolate instant pie filling mix into one bowl, and the vanilla, or banana instant pie filling mix into the other bowl.  Take half the amount of milk asked for on the box instructions for the instant pie filling and pour that into each of your bowls and combine.  You should end up with a thick chocolate mixture, pudding-like consistency, and the same should be true of your vanilla mixture.  Now take your cool whip and slowly throw a few heaping spoonfuls into each bowl.  Fold in the chocolate mixture with the cool whip so that you don’t lose all the air.  Do the same with the vanilla mixture.  Keep folding in cool whip until you have a light creamy, fluffy chocolate bowl and the same with the vanilla.  Set aside.  Remember to reserve some cool whip for the finishing touches on the pie.

Take your bananas, peel them, cut them in half lengthwise, and cut them in half across.  Each banana should now be cut into 4 pieces.  You can also make 1/2 inch slices of banana as well if you don’t like long, length-wise cut pieces.  Layer the banana, cut side down, on top of your now cooled pie crust.  Melt a couple of ounces of baking chocolate in the microwave.  Take the melted chocolate and drizzle it over the bananas at the bottom of the pie pan.  Once cooled, the chocolate will eventually set and harden  on top of the bananas.  Almost like creating frozen bananas dipped in chocolate.  On top of your banana chocolate creation, take some of your vanilla creme creation and spoon it right over the bananas.  Put on enough to cover the bananas, but not enough to fill the whole pie pan.  This should use about 1/2 or 1/3 of your vanilla creme.  Once the vanilla creme is in, do the same with the chocolate creme on top of the vanilla.  Again, use about 1/2 or 1/3 of the mixture and then smooth it out.  Keep alternating with the vanilla creme and chocolate creme until you run out.  Yes, you will probably make a creation higher than the height of the pie pan.  That’s perfect fine.  It’s probably best if the top layer of your pie is the chocolate creme (completely the opposite of what my pictures show).  Once all the creme has been layered on top of the bananas, take the cool whip that you reserved and dollop that on top of the top layer of pie.  Finally, take some more of the baking chocolate, and a microplane grater and grate some chocolate shavings on top of your pie.  Take the whole concoction and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours to set.

When it’s all done and you’re ready to cut into your chocolate banana creme pie creation, you’ll see just why we decided to layer the vanilla creme and chocolate creme.  Cut yourself a piece, or two, don’t be shy.  When you take a look at what you’ve made you’ll see a golden brown crust topped with banana that has a layer of chocolate set on top of it, and then layered in alternating colors of brown and vanilla and then topped off with cool whip and chocolate shavings.  It’s going to take every ounce of willpower you’ve got not to just stuff your face full of this stuff.  If you think it looks good, believe me, it’s nothing compared to how it tastes.  That first bite is like heaven.  Chocolate, banana, creamy goodness, crunchy sweet nilla wafer crust, all rolled into one perfect bite.  You won’t be able to stop at one bite, or even one piece.  This pie will be gone before you know it.  Then you’ll wonder why you didn’t just make 2 pies.  But then you’ll realize, hey, that as easy to make, I could just make another one and it would be ready to eat in a couple of hours.  Yeah, I’ll do that.  Because seriously, I can’t get enough of this Banana Chocolate Creme pie!

Oh, and, sorry for the lack of photos for this one.  As you can tell, it was just so good that the thought of taking photos was thrown completely out the door by the deadly combo of bananas, chocolate, and whip cream that was calling to me!

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