by Olena

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

by Olena

5 from 4 reviews

This No Bake Peanut Butter Pie is smooth, creamy and healthy. Made without cream cheese, cool whip or graham crust, watch it disappear at any gathering. It is that good! And made with simple ingredients – no tofu. 🙂

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Healthy Peanut Butter Pie

Do you like peanut butter and banana sandwich? Do you like ice cream? Then you will love this no bake peanut butter pie.

I have to “warn” you – this pie is healthy. But before you run away I assure you it is creamy, decadent and sweet like you know it. Just without cream cheese, cool whip, butter and graham crackers.

No added sugar of any kind either. Completely sugar free peanut butter pie except for naturally occuring sugars. It is so good, many readers have reported how dangerously good it is to keep one in your freezer.

So make this healthy dessert for your family and friends and watch it disappear. And only after tell them they are eating only whole foods.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie with chocolate chips in a glass pie dish

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Nuts: You want to use softer nuts like walnuts or pecans and cashews to make the crust. Hard nuts like almonds won’t work as good.
  • Peanut butter: Make sure to use plain peanut butter. If you buy organic, you are 100% guaranteed to have only peanuts listed as an ingredient. I also used unsalted but if you happen to have salted one, just skip salt in the recipe.
  • Bananas: You would want ripe bananas with bright yellow skin. Some brown spots are fine. Just make sure they are not over ripen or green. Absolutely no substitutions.
  • Milk: Any milk works. It is used mostly to help bind ingredients together.
  • Baking staples like cinnamon, vanilla extract and chocolate chips (optional though).

Tip: This pie has mild banana taste. On a scale of 1 to 10 it is 5. Dates or tofu cannot be substituted for bananas.

How to Make The Crust

Crust comes together easily in a food processor. Just combine walnuts or pecans, cashews with just a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to form delicious nutty crust.

Bind all ingredients as the blades are spinning with 1 tbsp of milk at a time. It is a good idea to start with a just a few tbsp of milk and then add more if necessary.

Then transfer “dough” to a 9 inch pie dish and flatten on the bottom and sides with your hands to make a pie shell. You can also make a pretty rim using the fork, like I did.

This pie crust is gluten free, vegan, sugar free and without all artificial additives found in store bought Graham crust that is usually used for no bake pies.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie slice o naplate with a fork and a bite

How to Make Peanut Butter Pie Filling

Have you ever pureed bananas? It’s pure vegan ice cream – rich and naturally sweet. Add peanut butter, and it’s even richer and creamier ice cream.

To make creamy peanut butter filling, give food processor a rinse after making the crust. Wipe with a towel and add 1 cup peanut butter, 3 medium ripe bananas, 3 tbsp any milk, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp salt.

Process until smooth, pausing and scraping the sides of the bowl. It is going to be so fluffy! Pour filling into the prepared pie crust and smooth top with a spatula.

I love to add mini dark chocolate chips on top because you need only 1/3 cup and it looks like 1 cup. Chocolate chips are optional too. You can use cacao nibs as well.

How to Store No Bake Pie

Now you have to freeze the pie. Do not refrigerate. This is frozen no bake peanut butter pie recipe.

Freeze for 3 hours or until the filling in the middle is frozen when touched with a fork.

You store pie frozen for up to 3 months. I like to slice it before storing, so then I can remove a few slices at a time to thaw without waiting for the whole pie to defrost, slice and then freeze again.

To serve, thaw for 20 minutes on the counter. And then it’s just like ice cream – it melts in your mouth and I, personally, close my eyes. But more guilt-free.

You can refrigerate thawed pie for up to 1/2 a day.

I hope you enjoy this easy, healthy and simply out of this world peanut butter pie!

More Healthy Desserts to Try

No bake Peanut Butter Pie sliced studded with chocolate chips on top

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pie

5 from 4 reviews

This No Bake Peanut Butter Pie is smooth, creamy and healthy. Made without cream cheese, cool whip or graham crust, watch it disappear at any gathering. It is that good!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

Pie Crust:

  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 34 tbsp any milk (I used almond)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1 cup plain peanut butter, unsweetened and unsalted (if using salted omit salt)
  • 3 medium bananas, ripe (very yellow)
  • 3 tbsp any milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, mini or regular (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup cashews, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp milk, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Give food processor a rinse, wipe with a towel and add 1 cup peanut butter, 3 medium ripe bananas, 3 tbsp any milk, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp salt.
  5. Process until smooth, pausing and scraping the sides of the bowl.
  6. Pour filling into the prepared crust and smooth top with a spatula.
  7. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (optional), cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen.
  8. Thaw on a counter for about 30 minutes before slicing and serve.

Store: Freeze covered for up to 3 months. Do not refrigerate. Thaw for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Nuts: You want to use softer nuts like walnuts or pecans and cashews to make the crust. Hard nuts like almonds won’t work as good.
  • Peanut butter: Make sure to use plain peanut butter. If you buy organic, you are 100% guaranteed to have only peanuts listed as an ingredient. I also used unsalted but if you happen to have salted one, just skip salt in the recipe.
  • Bananas: You would want ripe bananas with bright yellow skin. Some brown spots are fine. Just make sure they are not over ripen or green.
  • Milk: Any milk works. It is used mostly to help bind ingredients together.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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?

  2. 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!

    1. 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.:)

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. 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?

  5. 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?

    1. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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!:)

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. …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!

      1. 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

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

          2. 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.

  10. 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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