1950's Banana Split Pie Recipe!

I've been on a 1950's baking kind of kick lately. You know the kind I'm talking about; lots of butter, nothing low-fat and always throwing around "easy" in the recipe titles. Easy for whom? For a homemaker who has to be ready to greet her husband in full makeup and a beautiful dress (dinner on the table) at 6pm?! Cause, that doesn't sound do-able. 

Anywho, I saw a recipe in an old cookbook (in an antique store and, yes - I snapped a pic of the recipe on my phone instead of buying the $25 book - I'm the worst) for Banana Split Pie! Um, yes, you read that correctly - BANANA SPLIT PIE!!! I knew I had to make this pie, it was calling to me. 

The problem is, I don't work in an office setting day-in and day-out anymore, which means I'm running out of places to take my baked goods. So, like any good friend, I volunteered my friend's house as a gathering place and said I'd bring pie! Basically, I forced her to have a get together so that I could bake a pie and bring it. Again, I'm the worst. 

Never being one to go about things the easy way, I decided to make individual pies. I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy their own, plus I thought they were way cuter this way. But, yeah, it wasn't the easiest approach. Putting it all into one pie would've been the easier way to go, but who cares: pie!!!

2 pkg.  (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups  cold milk
1  ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
1  banana, sliced
1 cup  sliced fresh strawberries, divided
1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
2 Tbsp.  chocolate syrup

1.) Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with for 2 minutes (instructions said use a whisk for 3 minutes, but I'm all about embracing technology, so I used an electric mixer for 2 minutes: perfection!).
Which turns into this beautiful yellow pudding! 

2.) Spread pudding mixture over bottom of the pie (or into each individual pie crust).

3.) Cut up your strawberries and bananas and place them into bowls (because it's easier to work that way - organization is key to any project people!).

4.) After spreading the pudding layer into each pie, top with strawberries and bananas. I used exactly 2 of each (4 total pieces of fruit) for this pie layer. Mainly because those individual pies are super small!! 

5.) Now, mix half the COOL WHIP into the remaining pudding. Mix until well combined.
6.) Spoon  COOL WHIP and pudding mixture (delicious layer) over the fruit layer of your pie(s) and "frost" until all the fruit is covered. 

7.) Now, simply spoon on some plain COOL WHIP and "frost" until covered. 
8.) Next, time to be creative and artistic! Drizzle the top(s) of your pie(s) with chocolate syrup! Think, banana split! 
9.) Top with the remaining banana and strawberries and BAM!
10.) Refrigerate 3 hours or at least until firm.
11.) Add chopped peanuts before serving for an extra banana split appeal! 

I can't wait until the girls try these tonight. I'll probably force them all to like the blog on social media (aka follow me!), then sample the pie and write a comment about their experience. Cause, I'm that person. LOL

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