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no bake peanut butter pie

I feel like I’ve been cheating…on my wine…with this no bake peanut butter pie. Let me explain. On January 1 I woke up and thought it would be cool to live a year without wine or any spirits. If you just joined, let me put it this way => I’m not an alcoholic, far away from it, but I like a few glasses of vino on weekends. I got 2 kids (3 for now, see previous post) and I do really-really-really need to vent at times. The truth is, we all need…

So, I had to figure out my new “addiction” => my vent. It’s very bad at times. Although I gotta admit, my oldest one => Gold, youngest one => Devil. As usual, one of each. So, the problem isn’t that large then and I’ve seen worse. Any time I see a desperate mother with a few kids having a moment and mine are just looking, I run home and scream to Alex “Honey, we are good!”. It’s horrible that others’ misery makes me happy but there is nothing I can do about it. I’m talking about parenting part only. Essentially, we all are in the same boat and I feel sorry for all of us at times.

no bake peanut butter pie

Back to the no bake peanut butter pie. I started to experiment with healthy desserts more often than ever. Now I get it why there are so many dessert blogs. Those bloggers do not drink. Or do they do both?!

The whole idea of non-drinking for a year is a BIG mistake, like HUGE. Like not for a year! Who does that?! I know…Have no idea how it’s gonna work…Might take hell of a lot of pies for me. And that’s where the problem comes in => I keep making this pie and can’t keep my mouth away from it. Like 2 slices every night. I start thinking drinking wine is less calories…but this pie is sooo good.

no bake peanut butter pie

In a quest of non-drinking I was joined by my BFF, Nicole. And she’s got 2 kids as well but she was way smarter than me => sober until March 1. Gosh, it sounds horrible but I swear we have no issues, just an experiment. So, last weekend I hauled this pie to her house. Only 1 out of 4 kids got to taste 1 x 1 inch piece that was carefully measured and carved out by Nicole. Yes, she loved it and so did the kid!

So, about this no bake peanut butter pie. Do you like peanut butter and banana sandwich? Do you like ice cream? You will like this pie then. => Creamy, rich, sweet. You keep it frozen and thaw for 20 minutes before serving, and then it’s just like ice cream => melts in your mouth and I, personally, close my eyes.

no bake peanut butter pie

The crust. Delicious nutty crust with a touch of cinnamon wrapping up that creamy filling => I died. It’s gluten free, vegan and sans all the cr@p found in a store bought Graham crust that is usually used for no bake pies. I despise preservatives and any chemicals in our food. I would rather eat more calories and real food, than all those “skinny” chemical things. I’m a strong believer GMOs are behind many cancer and autism cases today. Courtney from Family Gone Healthy posted a great article about GMOs and its health effects on us. READ!!!

And the filling. Have you ever pureed bananas? It’s pure vegan ice cream => rich and naturally sweet. Add peanut butter => richer and creamier ice cream. I don’t know what else to say. Like who doesn’t like ice cream?! My kids are “weird” and do not like cupcakes and cakes (me jumping in the air “YES!”), me too…shhhhh. But ice cream and pop corn and wine (for mom) … bring it on.

no bake peanut butter pie

It’s embarrassing but I lie to my kids and say “Let’s have an ice cream pie for snack” => 3PM tea time, sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top for the kiddos, and then cut a slice for me, and we close our eyes (kids too), and then we go crazy discussing how awesome it is. I know, ice cream is probably not a recommended snack by any health authority but this no bake peanut butter pie totally qualifies to be THE ONE – nuts, peanut butter and bananas. Now go ahead and judge me. I visualize that “You can’t scare me” image of a  mother. As a stay-at-home/soccer/suburban/lucky mom I get judged a lot, so really you can’t scare me.

Now, I just need to put some duct tape on my mouth to stop me from eating this pie.

Clean No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Clean No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp agave, honey or maple syrup
  • 3 - 4 tbsp almond, rice or soy milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter, unsalted (if using salted omit salt)
  • 3 medium bananas, ripe (yellow)
  • 3 tbsp almond, rice or soy milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, mini or regular (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the crust, add Crust Ingredients to a food processor and process until a ball of dough forms, stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl. Start with a few tablespoons of almond milk and add more if necessary to bring to a desired consistency. Be careful not to over process the crust into a nut butter. Transfer the dough to a 9" pie dish and flatten on the bottom and sides with your hands to make a pie shell. You can make a pretty rim using the fork.
  2. Give food processor a rinse, wipe with a towel and add Filling Ingredients. Process until smooth, pausing and scraping the sides of the bowl. Pour filling into the prepared crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (optional), cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen. Thaw on a counter for about 30 minutes before slicing and serve.
  3. Storage Instructions: Freeze covered for up to 3 months.
http://ifoodreal.com/clean-no-bake-peanut-butter-pie/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 10

Amount Per Serving = 1 slice:
Calories: 381.9
Total Fat: 26.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 158.6 mg
Total Carbs: 27.9 g
Sugars: 15.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.3 g
Protein: 10.7 g
WW Points+: 10

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96 Comments

  1. Anna@eatwithtaste.com

    Wow, that looks more delicious than delicious!!! I’ve made peanut butter banana ice cream before and it tasted divine but I’m sure with the addition of chocolate chips and nuts this will be even more so. Thanks for the recipe! Will definitely try it out!

    Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Yes, like who doesn’t like PB with bananas?! I need to get an ice cream maker and will try it as ice cream. I probably will become fat this summer.LOL

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  2. Aleks @ CanuckCuisine

    “I feel like I’ve been cheating…on my wine…with this pie.” Hahahahaha! This is the funniest post, ever! I was loling while drinking my coffee and having a hard time keeping it in my mouth. One year is definitely hardcore stuff… And I get what you mean about taking the edge off. Who can live without a little escape once in a while?

    I found that my body is much less forgiving on wine in my 30s than the last decade… IE: straight to the thighs. I don’t have kids, but I had a very stressful career track 😛 I cut down to barely anything a couple of years ago, and after a while it stopped even entering my mind … But it’s nice in a while. You gotta balance it.

    If you need a sugar fix, you can also try a little (or a lot) of dark chocolate with a cup of Earl Grey with a squeeze of lemon (the Polish way!), or have that WHILE you make the pie 😛

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      I’m happy I gave you a few giggles on your lunch break. I know, like say “I will drink on special occasions, or once a month.” But for a year…totally unnecessary.
      I blame my love to wine on kids, career, mortgage, husband…anything that moves LOL. But seriously, my body doesn’t digest and accept it well since my 30 too. I quit smoking, so I know the need just goes away. Balance is key and balance for me is probably once a month.
      Oh, Earl Grey tea with lemon and chocolate => every day! With pie on top!:) Man, I’m horrible. LOL

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      No, the pie is not bad at all. The problem is the size of my servings.:) Oh well. I’m sure I won’t get fat even by eating all of it.

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  3. Becca from It's Yummi!

    Oh goooodness, Olena! I ca m envision having a pie like that for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner! 🙂
    P.S. I’ve been in recovery from my alcoholism for 16 years (thanks be to the grace of God), so I’m not going to encourage you to pick the bottle of wine back up. Life is awesome without it…have more pie! 🙂

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Congratulations and big respect, Becca! Good for you, my friend! I admire people who were able to “stop the bleeding” and start all over again. Thankfully I’m not an alcoholic but I smoked for years and finally quit 3 years ago. So, the issue is close to my heart. I’ll keep having more pies for now LOL.

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  4. gin

    I saw your pie on Taste spotting and it looks amazingly delicious! You have mad food photography skills. I’m trying something like this as soon as I can get to the store for nannas!

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Technically you could have it for breakfast instead of PB banana sandwich. Tx for pinning.:)

      Reply
  5. jehanne@thecookingdoctor

    And I only have 1 ( tot) and complaining! I am a teetotal, so I can tell you that its definitely do-able, but I can do with this kind of pies to keep me sane when dealing with toddler tantrum!

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      I remember having only 1 (!) baby (!) who slept most of the day (!) and complaining! I think people are always complaining, it’s human nature.:)

      Reply
  6. Anneli

    This looks so good! My husband, oldest son, and I love peanut butter. But, my youngest 2 kids are allergic to peanuts! We all love bananas. I wonder how this would be with almond butter??? No wine… are you crazy!! I think we have to get together lol. I’ll make this pie for the 3 out of 5 of us!

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      I’m sure this pie will work with almond butter, any nut butter probably. I’m crazy and you are crazy for thinking about getting together with all of us crazies.LOL. No, we are actually well behaved, most of the time.

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  7. Janine

    Happy Valentines day to us. I have everything on hand to make this beauty. I never turn down ice cream for snack time. I do not drink….not missing anything I see! Good for you. And good luck to you. Thanks for sharing. Would love you to share this on Real food Fridays AT My lamp is full!

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  8. Emily

    Could I substitute PB2 or peanut butter made from peanut flour or will that change its consistency/flavor?

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    • Olena

      As long as you bring PB2 to the consistency and the required amount of PB in the recipe. Or even half the amount. You will just have a smaller pie. Yeah, you should be fine, it goes in the freezer anyways.

      Reply
  9. Leila

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this and it is SOOOOO delicious. Just like you, I need duct tape to stop myself from eating this. The crust is delicious also. It could almost pass for graham cracker crust. This sure hits the spot in my healthy/clean eating journey when I crave something sweet. Thank you for this recipe.

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    • Olena

      You are so welcome! I still have some in my freezer but I think I overate it while developing the recipe LOL. Which is kinda a good thing.

      Reply
  10. Yeaen

    Stumbled upon this glorious recipe on Pinterest. Good thing I bought 6kgs of bananas today! Going to make this now. Like right NOW :3

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  11. Olga G.

    This post had me laughing so hard! I feel my kids are nuts sometimes but when I see others and my kids are behaving, I gotta say it feels good. I will give this pie a try in a few weeks since I’ve stocked up on your other yummy desserts. I’ve never been much of a drinker but hooked on the sweets…I’m sure kids play a hand in that. 🙂

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  12. Melissa

    This looks fantastic. The boyfriend is allergic to PB, but I am so trying this with almond butter!

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  13. Deborah

    Hi Olena!
    I´m from Brasil and recently discovered your blog and I will tell you that I´m also on a fit journey: eat clean and hard gym!
    I´m absolutely crazy about the combo banana and peanut butter, and of course I will try this recipe. I´m sure I will be addicted!
    Thanks for sharing! 😉

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    • Olena

      Hi Deborah. Ah, Brazil – on my list to visit one day. Must be gorgeous! It’s a journey, that’s right. I’m sure you will love this pie and will be addicted just like me.:)

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      • Deborah

        Our beaches are amazing! Let me know if you come some day!
        By the way America is on my wish list since I was born 😉 and I´m going to make my dream come true on august! So happy! :))))

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        • Olena

          No doubt, I love your beaches! Let’s do house swapping for a month?!:) What do they call it, house sitting or smth?! LOL. Have fun in America! Don’t forget to bring your healthy food. Kidding but not. Serious issue though.

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  14. Bre

    I’m so glad you responded quickly I am making this right now! The crust and filling are amazing. I can’t wait to take this to a cookout tomorrow!!

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    • Olena

      Oh, this pie is great for get togethers – you won’t eat it all by yourself, it’s a big problem.:) Enjoy!:)

      Reply
  15. cc

    I got to give it up to you, this was divine, and absolutely guilt free! I am eating a slice as we speak, and going to devour another right after—it was that good! Thanks for the recipe Olena, and happy to have stumbled upon your blog.

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    • cc

      …and just to add, I was too lazy to make the crust so just bought a ready made one, but next time will try your crust recipe as it sounds delicious!

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      • Sam

        I kind of wonder if rum would go good in place of the vanilla extract… I mean, banana foster is pretty delicious and is rum and bananas

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        • Sam

          or maybe both would be good, just replace a little of the milk with it. What do you think?

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          • Sam

            I know i definitely want to make it because it looks and sounds completely delicious

          • Sam

            And another question, does it have to be those specific nuts? Like, what if i don’t have cashews?

          • Olena

            Why not?! There is vanilla rum. Feel free to use both. I don’t think you need any milk. You could use almonds instead of cashews. Or walnuts would be OK too. Oh and hazelnuts. Pecans would be overwhelming a bit in my opinion.

  16. Molly

    My crust turned into nut butter… Any idea if it will still be edible after I freeze it? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Oh, my…That usually happens when you process nuts for too long. Oil and nut butters do not really freeze. I recommend using this nut butter as a nut butter, in a filling for the pie or spread on a toast (you can store it in the fridge and even add your own flavours like chocolate to it), and make a new crust.

      Reply
  17. Gina

    mmm this looks good! Instead of pb and choclate chips, I might try it with chocolate pb2 and see how that turns out 😀

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  18. Andrea

    Hi! Just finished making this and so curious to see how it turns out! Is the base supposed to be chunky? Mine had some nut chunks… Also it won’t turn out as high i think because the dish was a bit wider… So presentation wise it might not look as good! Also, after you take it out of the freezer can you put it in the fridge after?

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    • Olena

      The base is supposed to be smooth. If you had chunks means you should process the nuts a bit longer into a coarse powder. You should store this pie in the freezer and it’s OK to keep it in the fridge for a few hours. It tastes best thawed after 30 minutes, kind of soft serve ice cream. Hope this helps.

      Reply
  19. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving. It was delicious. The only thing weird is my crust looked absolutely nothing like yours and I follow the recipe to a T. Mine looked/tasted like a Lara Bar — still delicious, but doesn’t look as pretty. Regardless, I’ll be making it again!

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    • Olena

      Have you used Medjool dates? Larabars are dates with cashews essentially.:) What was different ? Colour or texture? I wonder if the look depends how long you processed the nuts for. Or how powerful is your food processor. Glad you liked it!:)

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  20. Torrey

    This looks awesome and I plan to make it very soon. Quick question, have you tried this with the natural peanut butter? Or is the organic PB with all the sugar? Also do you think it tastes best with honey, maple syrup or agave? I want to get it perfect! I would love to try have natural peanut butter and half of the sugary stuff but I don’t want it to effect the taste!

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    • Olena

      I used organic peanut butter. I have never bought the cr@py one so can’t tell how that tastes and why would you wanna use it anyways?!:) My preference is maple syrup taste wise!

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  21. Matt

    Irony:
    “I’m a strong believer GMOs are behind many cancer and autism cases today.”
    followed by:
    “You can’t scare me.”

    Reply
    • Olena

      Oh please, Matt! What’s with your sense of humour?! New Years Eve gone wrong?! But seriously, you can’t scare me with your judging. Could care less.

      Reply
  22. Yvonne

    Hi, thanks for a great recipe! Tried this today and taste-wise it’s delicious, but looks nothing like yours. I probably processed the crust too long (strike one) and used natural peanut butter instead of one with sugar for diabetic reasons (strike two). My pie was really flat, do you think that’s why? Would regular peanut butter whip up fluffier and create a “higher” pie?

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    • Olena

      Hi Yvonne. I use organic PB so I do not think your natural one was the issue. I think it was the bananas. Either they weren’t ripe enough or too small. Try bigger bananas. I caught myself thinking what medium size is was actually small at some point. Let me know!

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  23. suki

    Hi 🙂 this recipe looks amazing! I was just wondering if you can taste the banana in this? If so is there any substitute for it? I’m not the biggest fan of banana flavours lol. Thank you!

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    • Olena

      Hi Suki. Yes, you can taste banana here. Imagine PB with banana – if you do not like that, you wouldn’t like the taste of this pie. Sorry I don’t think there are substitutes. Bananas are quite unique in their volume qualities. Maybe this banana free recipe will work for you?

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  24. Megan

    This might sound like kind of a silly question, but how banana-y does this taste? I’m not crazy about the taste of bananas but I LOOOOOVE peanut butter pie, so I’m just wondering if the peanut butter is strong enough to semi mask the taste? Thanks!

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  25. Megan

    sorry! ignore my other comment, I just read the person’s comment above mine haha. Thanks!

    Reply
  26. Alex

    Seriously delicious! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since the ingredients seemed so simple, but even my boyfriend, who hates most things gluten free and isn’t a fan of the “earthy crunchy” foods, LOVED it! He was raving about it! We’ll definitely be making this again!

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    • Olena

      Yay! Well, I hate most things that should be with gluten made gluten free. Yucky chemical food. However, all whole foods naturally gluten free are tasty.:)

      Reply
  27. Gabby

    After the pie is done thawing, could i pack it in a lunch and have it not go bad?

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  28. Mark

    I searched for this recipe as I had a few bananas and peanut butter to use up. Made the pie today and it is now in the freezer. Once thawed how long (approx) would it keep if put in the fridge?

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  29. Al

    I got so excited when I saw peanut butter pie, as my boyfriend and I love pb! However he is deathly allergic to bananas. Is there any substitution for those?!

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    • Olena

      Awe that is a horrible allergy. Sorry no substitute. Check out on chocolate covered Katie website for similar pie with tofu. I think she has a few.

      Reply

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