As friends and family of Jennie Perillo gather to remember her husband today, our family sends love and support from far away. Many of us asked what we could do to help, and Jennie being the incredible, strong woman she is only asked for one thing: that we make a peanut butter pie, her Mikey’s favorite, in his memory. So if you read food blogs, Twitter, and other social media sites today, you’ll find hundreds of people supporting Jennie and her girls with the simple gift of a peanut butter pie that we will share with our loved ones. My own Mikey and my boys love peanut butter and bananas, so my version is a peanut butter banana pie with Nutella, their favorite chocolate hazelnut spread.
So hug the people you love today and enjoy some food with them, because in Jennie’s words, “…today is the only guarantee we can count on.”
[Update Oct. 15, 2012: When I originally wrote this post, I did not include the recipe because Jennie is a friend and I felt that it was important for people to read her post and see the original recipe written in her own words. That heartfelt post was recently removed from her site, so in light of this I am including the recipe with my variations here. Thanks for understanding.]
Jennie’s pie is delicious and so easy to make, a no-bake refrigerator/freezer pie, perfect for a hot summer day. Because my family loves peanut butter with bananas and/or Nutella, I spread a layer of Nutella on the chocolate crumb crust (instead of the melted chocolate chips) and added a layer of sliced bananas between the Nutella, chopped nuts, and the creamy peanut butter filling. The filling is loose in hot weather, and mine started running while photographing, so just make sure you let it get very very cold.
I now make this pie using gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies, my favorite being Trader Joe-Joe's.
Peanut Butter Banana Pie with Nutella
- 9-inch springform pan
- small glass bowl
- small mixing bowl
- stand mixer with paddle attachment, or hand mixer and large bowl
- 8 ounces gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies (or regular chocolate sandwich cookies)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
- 4 ounces Nutella
- ¼ cup chopped peanuts
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 14 ounces canned sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 large banana
- ¼ cup Nutella (melted)
- Process the cookies in the food processor until you have fine crumbs. Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl and stir with a fork to mix well. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of the springform pan.
- In the glass bowl, warm the Nutella in the microwave, then pour it over the bottom of the cookie crust and spread to the edges. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts over the Nutella, then place the pan in the fridge to chill.
- Pour the heavy cream into the stand mixer bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer to the small mixing bowl and store in the fridge until ready to use. Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in the mixer bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until everything is combined and the filling is smooth.
- Using a large spatula, stir ⅓ of the whipped cream into the filling mixture. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream. Slice the banana and arrange the slices on top of the Nutella and chopped peanuts, Pour the filling into the pan, spreading it neatly, and drizzle the melted Nutella on top. Freeze for six hours or overnight before serving.
I'm just loving the first photograph -- great action shot. Hope you and your "Mikey'" are enjoying the pie and more - 🙂
A sobering experience, hasn't it been? I know you gave yout own Mikey and those gorgeous boys of yours many hugs this week. They loved the pie, right? The bananas and Nutella sound really yummy 🙂
Stephanie Inge says
Where is the recipe for the filling that goes into the Peanut Butter Banana Nutella Pie. Thank you!
Hi Stephanie. The recipe is on Jennie's website. I linked to her recipe directly in the first paragraph. Hope you enjoy it.
Oh my gosh I can not find the Peanut Butter Banana Pie with Nutella on Jennie Perillo website. I looked everywhere. I typed in banana, pie, peanut butter, I just can't get to it please help me out. This looks so...... good would really love to try this HELP... LOL. THANKS, Joann G.
Hi Joann. The link to Jennie's peanut butter pie is in the first paragraph. The added Nutella and bananas were my idea. Hope you enjoy it!
This looks amazing, all my favorite ingredients! I really want to make this but the link to the peanut butter filling is not working 🙁 any chance you could upload the recipe again? Thanks!
Hi Abby. I've linked to the original recipe in the first paragraph. Thanks for visiting!
This looks incredible. I had actually seen the information about the peanut butter pie for Mikey on another site so it was neat to come across your adaption of the recipe and see other people making it. Just curious, do you put the nutella on the crust and STILL make the chocolate topping to go over the Nutella or do you use the Nutella in place of the melted chocolate chips like in Jennie's recipe? This looks so good.
Hi Sara, thanks for visiting. I used the Nutella in place of the melted chocolate chips.
I just saw this on pinterest, but don't see the actual recipe here. Would you mind reposting, emailing it to me, or letting me know where else I might find it. My husband LOVES nutella, peanut butter, and bananas! He would LOVE your recipe I am sure! Thank you!
Hi Nichole. The original recipe is posted on Jennifer's site (link in the first paragraph), all I did was add the bananas and use Nutella instead of melted chocolate chips.
My mom saw me repin this on pinterest and she's dying to make it. I got the recipe from the other website but she wants to know at what point you added the nutella and bananas. Im's assuming its in place of the melted chocolate chips?
Hi Emily. Yes, I spread the Nutella in place of the melted chocolate chips, place the banana slices on top of the Nutella, then pour the peanut butter mixture over it.
anna decicco says
hi , where is the recipe for the peanut butter filing Thank you
Just looking for the recipe for the peanut butter banana nuttella pie
Robin Galindo says
This looks amazing....however I might be crazy because I'm not actually finding the recipe....any help? thoughts? Thanks!
Hi Robin. The original recipe is on another blog and the link is in the first paragraph. I simply used Nutella instead of the chocolate chips and added banana slices. I hope you enjoy it!
Can you please post the filling recipe on your website?
how much nutella did you add and how much bananas did you add?
whats the recipe?!? im trying to find it but i havent been able to
Cheryl Keeling says
Where's the recipe? I wanted make this. I found it on Pinterst and there is no recipe. That is a real bummer! 🙁
Hi Cheryl. When I originally did this post, it was to honor the late husband of my friend Jennie. I linked to her original recipe in the first paragraph and described my variations in the second paragraph.
Hi Great recipe...
Can it fit to be 14 oz Can sweetened condensed milk in the recipe? And can this be replaced with something else, or simply left out?
Hi Winnie. To answer your question, the recipe needs the milk, otherwise the peanut butter filling will be too stiff. Sweetened condensed milk has the sugar dissolved in it, so if you want to replace it with something else, try some of these suggestions from Livestrong.
Made the pie today with the nutella spread...soooo gorgeous. I did let it refrigerate for about 4 hours and then the freezer for about an hour. It was still soft but solid enough to be cut and served without any spills. This is such a fantastic cake because of all the combos: banana & peanut butter, banana and nutella, peanut butter and nutella...it was a hit with the boys especially. Thank You for posting!
The link for the recipe isn't loading for me 🙁
Any other way I could get it?
I tried to use the link that you included in the paragraph and it show's jennieskitchen in the webaddress but nothing shows up on the page... so can't access the actual recipe... please help!
Mark Howell says
Loved reading about this pie... great idea. I'm trying to click on the link to the recipe (http://www.injennieskitchen.com/2011/08/for-mikey/ as stated in your review and in your comments) but it only opens a blank page....
You keep telling people the link is in the first paragraph, but aren't paying attention. THE LINK DOESN'T WORK. please get us a better link or add the recipe to your pin. Thank you
Hi Jennifer. When I originally wrote this post, I did not include the recipe because Jennie is a friend and I felt that it was important for people to read her post and see the original recipe written in her own words. That heartfelt post was recently removed from her site, so in light of this I am including the recipe with my variations here. Thanks for your understanding