Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

For Father’s Day it was only appropriate I made a dessert that included my dad’s favorite flavor combo- chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate coated graham cracker crust is filled with a smooth peanut butter mousse, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and some Reese’s crumbles to top it off. It can be thrown together pretty quickly and if you really are pressed for time you can buy a store bought crust and cool whip instead of whipping cream. I had time to make it but… couldn’t wait to dig in before getting a picture of the whole pie! Whoops! (this way you can see the layers of pie better) What a perfect way to end a great day of fishing, hiking, and tennis playing out with dad ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ingredients:ย 

For the crust

  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker or pretzel crumbles
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • chocolate chips

For the filling:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar plus (1/4 cup for topping)
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream (unwhipped) about 4 cups whipped
  • Chocolate syrup and Reese’s cups or peanuts for the top

Instructions:

For the crust:

  • Mix together the cracker or pretzel crumbles (I even put a bit of gound nuts in my crust) with the sugar
  • Melt the butter and stir it into the mixture
  • Press into pie pan evenly and firmly
  • Bake in 350 F oven for 10-13 minutes or until light brown and you can really smell the crust
  • If you want a chocolate bottom sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the bottom
  • Place back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes and then spread the melted chocolate chips evenly across the bottom

For the filling:

  • Whip whipping cream until just whipped and set aside
  • In a seperate bowl mix together peanut butter, room temperature cream cheese, and vanilla
  • Gradually add in powdered sugar
  • Once thoroughly blended together fold in half of the whipped cream to make it fluffy- Don’t mix too much!!
  • Add filling to the cooled crust
  • Add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla to the remaining whipped cream and whip just a bit more
  • Put Whipped Cream on top of the peanut butter mousse
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup or ganache and top it off with some Reese’s Cup crumbles

We were so eager to dig in to this pie I forgot to get a picture before it was half gone! ย The mousse is so smooth and very peanut buttery! If you aren’t a peanut butter fan-I don’t know how that is possible- I would recommend only putting in 2/3 cup of peanut butter into the filling and if you really texture crunchy peanut butter works well too! This pie is pretty quick to through together for an extremely scrumptious dessert! Enjoy and Happy Summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Healthy Banana Nut Bread

This is my favorite Banana Bread recipe-not just because it is healthy (that is just a bonus) but because it still taste so good! The recipe is very versatile which I love because you have the freedom to add nuts, chocolate chips, raspberries, different spices or yogurts,or whatever is lying around and it will pretty much always taste good! It is moist enough as it is to have plain but I have always enjoyed my banana bread with a bit of almond butter or cream cheese!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • 3 whole over-ripe bananas, blended so that theyโ€™re liquid
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and set aside
  • In a seperate bowl cream together the sugars, butter, applesauce, and yogurt
  • Beat in egg and vanilla
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet
  • Add mashed bananas and walnuts
  • Put in greased loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and no longer doughy

Enjoy and Happy Summer! ๐Ÿ™‚
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