This vintage recipe is perfect for those summer picnics!
I love everything vintage! Right next to my collection of retro cameras is my awesome collection of vintage cookbooks. It’s that one thing I always look for while antiquing. Unique and fun cookbooks! I have everything from cooking during World War I to using bananas in unique ways to how throw the perfect fondue party. I often times find myself referencing my vintage cookbooks for recipes because I just love the simple recipes. Food doesn’t need to be complicated to taste good!
Some of my favorite cookbooks are the smaller cookbooks companies sold. Recently I was looking for a fun and easy summer recipe, and I remembered my Chiquita bananas recipe book. The graphics in this cookbook are so fun, and the recipes are so very interesting! It even has how to turn a banana into a savory side dish!
Banana Chocolate Cream Pie
One recipe that I’ve made quite often is inspired by their Banana Chocolate Cream Pie. The most simple, and delicious dessert. Nice and cool, perfect for a summer treat! To make this pie is so easy! This recipe is also very budget friendly. You just need a few simple ingredients:
- 3-4 Ripe Bananas
- 1 5.9 oz box of Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (or a batch of your favorite homemade chocolate pudding)
- Graham Cracker Crust (store bought or handmade)
- Whipped Cream (optional)
The original recipe called for a homemade pie crust, but we love the graham cracker crust. That gives this recipe a summer touch! The personal size crusts are just perfect! You can use a 9” pie crust as well. 1 large box of Jello Instant Pudding mix makes 12 personal sized pies, 6 personal sized pies with 1-9” pie, or 2-9” pies.
Easy as Pie!
To make your own Banana Chocolate Cream Pie, start by mixing up your pudding, following your favorite recipe or the recipe on the box of instant pudding. If you are using the instant pudding route, go with the 5 minute recipe.
While your pudding is setting up just a little bit, go ahead and cut your bananas into 1/4” slices. You don’t want the slices to be too thick.
After your bananas are cut into slices, it’s time to assemble your pies! Did I mention this recipe was easy? Fill your pie crust 2/3 of the way full. Add a layer of banana slices. Layer more pudding into your pie crust, so your pie crust will be about 2/3 of the way full. Add another layer of banana slices on top. This time make the slices more ”decorative” since its the top of your pie.
You can follow the same instructions with a 9” pie crust. After your pies are full place into the fridge for 2-3 hours to really firm up.
To serve, add a little pie of fresh whipped cream on top and enjoy! Your guests will love this delicious, simple, vintage inspired recipe!
Hopefully we have given you the inspiration to make a Banana Chocolate Cream Pie of your own! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on any adventures to hopefully inspire some of your own! Happy Summer!