Ok, that title is a little misleading…it is kind of a baked pie, at least the crust is baked. But it stays in the oven for such a short amount of time it hardly counts, hence I christen this pie, no-bake!
I dreamed up this concoction when brainstorming what to make my fabulous sister-in-law Rachel (of foodierachel.com!) for her birthday. I wanted it to be something that she would LOVE not just something that sounded good to me or a new dessert recipe I wanted to try. So I thought of peanut butter first…and then banana, caramel and chocolate. Yes, pretty sure all these ingredients met the “will Rachel love it?” criteria!
I have to say this pie was AMAZING…just the right amount of peanut butter, chocolate, banana and caramel. It is, however, very rich so one slice is more than enough! I made a homemade salted caramel sauce from scratch which I think sent it over the top, but for the sake of simplicity I’d just buy a good-quality caramel sauce if I were you–unless you are feeling very ambitious!
It was a big hit at our family dinner and I’m already looking for an excuse to make this one again!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool completely on a wire rack (I did pop mine in the freezer for a few minutes to speed things up).
For the Filling
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until completely smooth. Add peanut butter, milk and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in ¾ of the container of the whipped cream, until there are no white streaks left.
Pour the caramel into the graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Place the banana slices in an even layer over the caramel. Spread the peanut butter filling evenly into the pan. Drizzle with the melted chocolate and sprinkle with the dry-roasted peanuts. Place in the freezer for a couple of minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Cover with foil and freeze for 4-5 hours until mixture is stiff. Slice and serve immediately.
The healthy recipes just keep getting better and better! This week I’ve got a fabulous, super-quick recipe for no-bake energy bites…that taste like a cross between peanut butter cookie dough and no-bake cookies. Can you say YUM?? They are full of good stuff that won’t send you on a sugar-high but instead provide a source of natural, tasty energy. All you need is one bowl and handful of ingredients–get busy!
½ c. All-Natural, Smooth Peanut Butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
⅓ c. Honey
2 t. Pure Vanilla
¾ t. Fine Sea Salt
1 c. Rolled Oats
½ c. Wheat Germ
½ c. White Whole Wheat Flour
Oats, Peanut Halves, etc for topping
In a large bowl stir together peanut butter, honey, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add oats, wheat germ and white whole wheat flour and stir until thoroughly mixed together. Form into 1" balls and roll in oats or top with peanut half. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
Ladies and gentleman, I may have discovered my most absolutely, favorite, healthy dessert recipe to date! To say these “rice krispie” bars are good is an understatement…they are amazing. Quite truthfully, if given the choice between these bars and oh say a cupcake, I’d choose the bars! Yes, that’s how good they are!
I found this recipe over at ohsheglows.com and just the words “no-bake” and “almond butter” drew me in immediately. I think one thing that made a difference for my bars was the particular kind of brown rice cereal that I bought at our local health food store. It’s made by Enjoy Life Foods and it was so crunchy and delicious in these. I was a little skeptical about the bars holding together without any marshmallow like a typical rice krispie treat but the almond butter and honey works perfectly as a binder. I did leave them in the fridge, just to be on the safe side and I actually liked them cold the best.
½ c. Almond Butter (or any all-natural nut butter you prefer)
½ c. Honey
1 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 T. Unsalted Butter
½ t. Fine Sea Salt
3.5 c. Brown Rice Crisp Cereal
⅛-1/4 c. Dark or Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, melted (for drizzle)
Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
In a large pot over low-medium heat, add the honey, butter, almond butter and salt. Stir well until combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Stir in the brown rice crisp cereal until thoroughly coated.
Scoop into pan and spread evenly. Place in freezer to set for about 15 minutes.
Remove pan from freezer and drizzle with the melted chocolate. Place in freezer to harden the chocolate, about 5 minutes. Slice into squares and serve or store in fridge until ready to serve.