I could have called this Super Simple Banana Chocolate Dulce de Leche Walnut Pie, but that doesn’t sound quite as simple, and really, this could have whatever you want in it.
But let me back up to the happy accident that led to this. Generally, I’m a recipe follower. I don’t do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. Last month though I made up a Guava Pie (delicious) and had about a third of a can of dulce de leche left from it. I also had a banana sitting on the counter, getting too ripe.
I also happened to have a little dough left from the Guava Pie, so I made a little square, put a dollop of the dulce de leche in it, sliced about half the banana on it, folded it in half, and threw it in the oven.
It was heavenly, and I was hooked.
The next time I did this I used a whole pie shell and two whole bananas, but then added stuff I had leftover in my baking drawer: A quarter of a bag of semi-sweet chips, a handful of pecans, and some individually wrapped caramels instead of the dulce de leche.
I’ve made this a few times now and what I like best is that you can’t go wrong, and it’s really fast to make. If you have a pie shell in the freezer then the next time your bananas start going bad, whip this up. I’ve started keeping dulce de leche on hand and I always have plenty of different chips and nuts to experiment with.
Here’s the basic recipe for you, but if you’d rather have peanut butter chips and marshmallows than chocolate and walnuts, or Nutella instead of caramel, go for it. I might actually try that one myself.
- Pie shell (if frozen, thaw it a bit)
- Bananas (2 is a good number, but throw in a third if you really want to heap them up)
- Chocolate chips (mini, regular, or chunks)
- Caramel or Dulce de Leche
- Walnuts or Pecans (or both, or neither)
- Pre-heat oven as directed by whatever pie shell you're using.
- Spread a little caramel or dulce de leche on the bottom of the pie shell. If using individual caramels, give them 30 seconds in the microwave to loosen them up, then throw them in.
- Slice your bananas and spread them in the shell.
- Toss in a handful of chocolate chips.
- Toss in a handful of nuts.
- Top with a little more caramel or dulce de leche if you're in the mood.
- Fold in the sides of the pie shell to keep all the gooey goodness together.
- Bake as directed by your pie shell, probably 25-30 minutes, or longer if the shell isn't brown yet.
- Let cool a few minutes because caramel can really burn your mouth.
- Serve with ice cream or whipped cream or just eat straight from the pie pan.
You’ll see I went a little too heavy on the dulce de leche for this one. It was still delicious, but a little messier than I like, and the yummy roasted bananas got lost in the soup. You can figure out if you want to go easy on the extras to let the bananas own the dish or if you prefer them drowned in chocolate.