Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Pie

               Like so many others, I love chocolate. Specifically, I love chocolate cookies, chocolate candy, and chocolate brownies. Now I know there are a gazillion other chocolate creations that I failed to list but please note: I would happily consume them. Chocolate pie is one of those creations. This is a dish that I rarely eat but often find myself dreaming of. This Thanksgiving I not only dreamt of it but actually snapped out of my dreamland and made one!
                And honestly it couldn’t have been easier! Well, maybe it could have if I bought it.  But I’m pretty sure no store-bought pie would have been this good. So therefore, it was as easy as home-made pie could have gotten. The Nutella mixed in the Cool Whip was pure genius. Not to mention, the chocolatey crust offered a nice crunch to the creamy consistency of the pie. While the bananas hidden below made for a sweet surprise! I added the toasted hazelnuts and grated chocolate on top for looks and texture. I would definitely recommend you doing the same as this made for a table beauty and a tasty twistJ Either way you serve it though, I’m sure you’ll be happy you did! Enjoy…

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Pie
Servings: 10
OBJ: TCW be able to make a chocolate pie that isn’t as traditional as one would expect by using Nutella and bananas

2 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 ½ C thawed Cool-Whip Whipped Topping, divided
1 Oreo Pie Crust, (6 ounces)
1 banana, peeled and sliced                     
1 package (3.4 ounce) JELLO-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 C cold milk (I used whole)
½ C chocolate-hazelnut spread (I used Nutella)
Optional:  ¼ C toasted hazelnuts, skins removed and chopped
                   2 TBS grated semi-sweet chocolate

1. Whisk melted chocolate and ½ C Cool Whip until well blended, spread onto the bottom of crust
2. Place sliced bananas on top of chocolate
3. Using a whisk attachment, beat dry pudding mix, milk, and chocolate-hazelnut spread in a medium bowl for 2 minutes
4. Stir in remaining Cool Whip, spread over bananas
5. Sprinkle hazelnuts around edge of pie and grated chocolate in the middle
6. Refrigerate for 3 hours

1 comment:

  1. I am a Nutella lover and am considering making this pie as a birthday dessert. I would like to know if you have an opionion regarding the flavor of the instant pudding that is called for. Specifically, I am wondering if the Nutella taste was noticeable despite being mixed with vanilla flavored pudding mix? If it was not, do you think using a chocolate flavored mix would help bring out the Nutella taste instead?