What do you do when faced with a fruit bowl full of overripe bananas – and more tumbling out of the freezer every time you open the door – and yet you don’t want to turn on the oven and heat up the house by baking another loaf of banana bread? A smooth, sweet ice cream pie makes perfect use of mashable bananas. The addition of crunchy walnuts and toffee bits or chocolate pieces makes the pie reminiscent of banana bread, in smooth, creamy ice cream form. It’s perfect to bring to a barbecue, or to celebrate summer birthdays – why should cake get all the attention?
Frozen Banana Walnut Toffee Pie
The sweetness of vanilla ice cream and toffee, paired with the unique blend of bananas and California walnuts, ensures this cool summer treat will be a hit with children and adults alike.
4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
1 cup California walnuts chopped, toasted
1 cup toffee bits or chocolate chips
1 frozen prepared pie shell, baked
1 cup 35% whipping cream
12 California walnut halves, toasted
To toast walnuts: In large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast walnuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, quickly stir together ice cream, mashed bananas, California walnuts and toffee bits until smooth. Spread evenly into baked pie crust and freeze immediately until solid, about 4 hours and up to 2 days.
In a bowl, whip cream until it is light and fluffy. Cut banana into 12 slices. Spread whipped cream evenly over frozen pie. Top with walnut halves and banana slices. Makes 12 servings.