Happy first day of May! My how time flies! Today I’d like to share with you a little baking experiment I did. The result was surprisingly successful and plays upon my love love love of animal crackers.
You may remember the “Animal Cracker Banana Bites” that I posted a couple weeks ago. While in the kitchen creating those, I was hit with another idea.
My initial concept was to make an animal cracker crust of some kind and layer a filling on top. When I saw a “No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie” from Chocolate Covered Katie I decided that it could work!
STEP 1: Create base layer.
Use the “Animal Cracker Banana Bite” recipe. Create a thin layer at the base of the liner. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
STEP 2 : Prepare filling.
Combine pumpkin, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and melted dark chocolate in a bowl and mix well.
STEP 3 : Fill & Bake.
Fill liner with pumpkin mixture until it is 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
STEP 4 : Prepare topping.
I used the leftover topping I had from the Animal Cracker Banana Bites which included crushed animal crackers, pecans and dark chocolate chips. I sprinkled it on once the bites were finished baking.
STEP 5 : Let cool then EAT!
I recommend sticking them in the refrigerator and keeping them there. The pumpkin layer firmed up quite nicely that way.
Look at those lovely layers!
SO TASTY! I tried one right from the fridge, but liked it better warmed in the microwave for 10 seconds. A truly delightful bite-sized piece of chocolatey- banana goodness.
FYI: Although serving size says 6, that number is a bit flexible.
Happy baking!From your resident animal cracker enthusiast,