Thanksgiving has been packed away. The Christmas decorations are in full force at my house. The tree is trimmed and stockings are hung. It is one of my most favorite times of year. I love the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season. We try to hit all the parties and see everyone that we can. Then there is the baking. I love to bake for my family and friends during the Holiday season. Cookies, cakes, bread puddings… just to name a few. Sometimes, you need a quick dessert, something you can throw together, a no-bake kind of pie to take with you to a last minute potluck. I have just the pie for you.
The Banana Split Pie is inspired by my Uncle Tony. He is the uncle that always has a ready smile and a quick joke. Every family has one, right? He is the youngest of my mom’s 6 siblings. Uncle Tony is the image of laughter to me… and banana split pie. I have no idea how he actually makes his pies or where/how his recipe came to be, but I have tried to replicate it as best I can. It is not made with fresh unprocessed ingredients, it is not farm to table, what this pie is… is just good. It has all the components of a banana split, but instead of ice cream I use a cheesecake-esque layer.
What you will need:
- Oreo Cookies
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 8oz package of soften cream cheese
- 1 16oz container of whipped topping ie Cool Whip
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 bananas sliced thin
- 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple (drained)
- strawberry syrup (when strawberries are in season, I use fresh) For garnish
- chocolate syrup for garnish
- Finely chopped peanuts for garnish
Into a food process, I crush the whole oreo cookies and drizzle in the butter until it forms a crumbly wet mix that you can press into a pie plate. Once I have pressed this into the pie plate, I let the crust chill in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
Next, you can work on the cheesecake layer. This is a faux cheesecake and does not require baking. In my stand mixer, I blend together the soften cream cheese, vanilla extract and half of the cool whip.
Into the pie crust, I add a layer of the thinly sliced bananas, top with the cheesecake mix, then the crushed pineapple. Finally, I top it with the remaining cool whip and drizzle the strawberry and chocolate syrup on top. Sprinkle with some chopped peanuts and chill for an hour.
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