A fun twist on traditional, these Banana Cream Pie Bars are made with homemade vanilla pudding and whipped cream, plus fresh bananas and lots of pecans, peanut butter and chocolate for a delicious dessert.
It’s Recipe Redux day! This month’s theme is as follows:
Favorite Chocolate Matches
Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.
I’d have to say chocolate and peanut butter is my all-time favorite combo but chocolate and banana is a close second. How perfect, then, that my parents are here this weekend and I needed to make a dessert to celebrate my dad’s birthday. One of his favorite desserts is Banana Cream Pie, so I decided to get a bit creative and make a homemade version with my own spin.
Inspired by this recipe, I decided to get a bit adventurous and make my own vanilla pudding and my own whipped cream! Instead of a traditional nilla wafer or graham cracker crust, I made a no-bake crust using some Natural Delights Medjool dates that I had in the pantry, along with some pecans and peanut butter. I love using dates as the base for my energy balls and knew I could make a crust similar to the “sandwich” part of my Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches. Then, to really add my own spin, and because the flavors go so well together, I added some peanut butter and chocolate!
In true food blogger fashion, I had to send my dad a picture of the finished product and then cut it up and take my pictures in the good light before he got here. The recipe sounds complicated but really the hardest part is the pudding…and that’s not hard, you just have to plan a little to give it time to cool down and thicken. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy, it doesn’t affect the taste!
So, ready to make it for yourself? Here’s how you make it:
Think you can handle it? Be sure to pin the recipe so you can try it soon!
Be sure to check out the links below to find out what everyone else’s favorite chocolate pairings are! If you have Valentine’s Day chocolate laying around, you could use in instead of chocolate chips