Chocolate and peanut butter collide in our favorite frozen treat: Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie! Homemade ‘cool whip’ makes it creamy and light – and a bit more healthy.
UPDATE: Deanna made this for the first time for her husband’s b-day and it was a great hit!!
There are pies so special – they are requested year after year for birthdays – even instead of cake. My husband has requested this pie for his birthday for over a decade now. Yup. Back in 2007, a Frozen Peanut Butter Pie recipe appeared in Cooking Light Magazine and I made it for my peanut-butter-loving husband. He loved it.
But that was 2007. And that recipe contains ingredients I no longer buy or cook with including reduced-fat peanut butter, whipped topping (AKA Cool Whip), fat-free milk, and fat-free cream cheese. So over the years, I’ve changed all the ingredients in the recipe to be what this pie is today: our favorite way to eat chocolate and peanut butter.
Here are some of the ways I’ve adapted the original recipe to fit our tastes:
- Whipped up Homemade Cool Whip – my Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream – to replace the whipped topping
- Swapped out reduced-fat peanut butter for regular peanut butter – with all it’s benefits from the good fats and nutrition in peanuts. The amount was changed too.
- Used Neufchatel cheese instead of fat-free cream cheese
- Mixed up a new (super-yummy!) crust: with real cocoa powder and butter. The crust puffs up when baked and is easier to slice through when frozen.
- Cut the amount of sugar
- Increased the vanilla a lot!
The result is a much creamier pie that tastes more ‘homemade’ – with more vanilla which seems to make the peanut butter really shine. Chocolate and peanut butter collide in our favorite frozen treat: Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie via @TspCurry #PiDay Click To Tweet
It’s also a fun pie to make with the kids. They can:
- Crush the graham crackers in a large zip-top plastic bag with a rolling pin
- Whip the cream (my 5-year-old hold the electric mixer with help)
- Spray the measuring cups with cooking spray to measure the peanut butter (the spray helps the sticky peanut butter come out of the measuring cup smoothly)
- Light the birthday candles (especially if you have a pyrotechnic-loving son)
Not sure what the kids like more: Making the pie “for Daddy.” Or eating it?!Print
Do you only serve birthday cake on birthdays? Or do you have a special birthday dessert?