Chocolate Banana Pie- Not from scratch

If you don’t have a lot of time, but you want a fancy-ish dessert, try this one out.


Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Banana Pudding

Chocolate Chips

Cool Whip


Milk (if you don’t already have…)


Melt a handful of chocolate chips (maybe 1/2 cup or so) in the microwave, stirring after 20 or 30 seconds with a spatula.  Layer the melted chocolate on the bottom of the pie crust.  Set aside or put in the fridge to cool.  Make the pudding according to the directions for pie on the side of the box.  Cut up half the banana in to thin slices and layer on top of the chocolate.  Add the pudding.  Add another layer of sliced bananas, then top the pie with cool whip.

When you cut up this pie, for serving and also for eating, the chocolate will get pretty hard, so use a sharp knife to cut, and you definitely don’t want to use a plastic fork to eat it.

This can be a pretty low-fat dessert if you use skim or low-fat milk and fat-free cool whip.

Also, I discovered during this experiment that I really don’t like the fake flavor of banana pudding, so if I made it again i would probably just use vanilla pudding and maybe chop up or mash some bananas and add it to the vanilla.



Chocolate Salty Balls

I’m normally an avid baker, but with two kids I’m a bit short on time these days. So, I’ve been playing around with some balls. I’ve seen some attractive looking balls recently on Pinterest, and wanted to share today’s winning recipe. Last week, I made the energy balls from Gimme Some Oven, but they didn’t have the ‘no bake cookie’ taste as promised, and something in them made the roof of my mouth feel gritty.   Admittedly, I may have over done it on the toasted coconut, they also had a lot of flax seed.

Today, I tried the Date and Peanut Ball recipe from 7spice, which was remarkably easy, not messy to make, quick, and really, really tasty.  They have a nice chocolate/peanut butter flavor and almost creamy consistency, with the added crunchiness of the nuts.  They are almost like a cross between a baked good and a candy.

Peanut and Date Energy Balls

makes about 12-13  1.5″ balls

  • 1 C dry roasted peanuts
  • 10-12 medjool dates, pitted,  roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (i used special dark)
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt (omit if using salted peanuts)

Directions (if using Vitamix)*

  1. Place peanuts in vitamix and blend on low-med speed until crumbly with some larger pieces.
  2. Empty into a bowl. Blend dates until very sticky and become a gooey mass.
  3. Add dates to peanuts, then add the rest of the ingredients, and mix together with your hands until blended and forms one big ball.*
  4. Using a melon baller or ice cream scoop, or spoon, make some balls!
  5. Keep in air-tight container and refrigerate

*If using a regular food processor, you can probably do step 3 in the processor and blend, instead of your hands.  I had no luck with this step in the vitamix… there are limitations to that machine!

Ingredients for Peanut Date Balls

Everything purchased for balls at Costco, except the cocoa powderDoes this make you think of Chef from South Park?