Last week while in New York we had lunch at Peanut Butter & Co, yes I made it there and it was amazing! There really wasn’t a question of if we would make it there, no way would I be in New York and not go. I am a huge Peanut Butter & Co lover, if you are a regular reader or know me you already know this, and my family loves it too. Although I think only A has a love for it as much I do, S is not far behind her. It was everything I thought it would be. The cutest little sandwich shop in a neighborhood setting in SoHo. There were maybe 6 tables, the staff was friendly, the menu was up on a board behind the counter, and there were some peanut butter photos up on the wall. The sandwiches were a little larger than your standard sandwich you would make at home but the bread was soft and slightly thinner than bread we buy at home. The sandwiches come out on blue or yellow plates with a little bag of chips and carrot sticks. It was so cute and I felt like a kid but a sophisticated kid with really good taste. There was a definite nostalgic feeling. With that I was sitting there having a conversation and saw a photo on the wall, I can’t remember exactly what was on the picture but I bet it was crackers, and I was transported back to my childhood. It reminded me of smearing peanut butter between saltine crackers as a kid, oh those yummy peanut butter cracker sandwiches. I can’t even remember the last time I had that but instantly I wanted to make them. While I thought about them and the gears kept turning I got this idea, I would make a peanut butter pie with a saltine crust! Yes a sophisticated way to enjoy that simple combination I enjoyed as a child. I’m not going to lie while I really enjoyed our vacation the thought of getting home and getting in the kitchen to make this pie ran threw my mind a few times. Don’t worry it wasn’t while we were out having fun but while sitting in the car or laying in bed trying to sleep. There has been a lot going on since we have been home and it has been a very emotional time but I had to try to unwind and needed time to myself to reflect and reading wasn’t going to work so late one night I went to my happy place, my kitchen. I knew this is what I had to make. A couple tweaks and it was perfect, a salty saltine cracker crust with a sweet peanut butter filling!
The filling is definitely peanut butter but I didn’t want to make it too rich either so I found a balance and swirled in a little extra peanut butter on top so it not only looked good but the peanut butter swirls would give those hints of rich peanut butter flavor. I didn’t want it to be quite as rich as my PB&J Strawberry Peanut Butter Mousse Pie and I wanted it fluffier. If it turned out is good as I imagined and hoped it would I also wanted to enter it in the So Delicious and Go Dairy Free Snackable Recipe contest so I was using So Delicious Culinary Milk like I did I my PB&J Peanut Butter Mousse Pie but also used So Delicious Coco Whip to keep it fluffy and lighter. If only they had a sweet and salty category this would be it with the sweet peanut butter filling and salty cracker crust, it truly is a perfect combination that will transport you back to your childhood. The other great thing about this pie is you can make it ahead of time as it is stored in the freezer. Pull it out the next time you have company as I can assure you it will be something different that everyone will love!
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Oh there is more, if you are like me you are already excited so what could I really do to top this delicious pie you might ask…..you could win the peanut butter products to make this pie! I couldn’t contain my excitement about this pie so I had to send a sneak peak over to my friends at Peanut Butter & Company. They graciously offered to share the peanut butter love and are letting me give 3 lucky winners a jar of Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator and a jar of Mighty Nut Original Powered Peanut Butter to help you create this Peanut Butter and Cracker Pie! You probably already know how much we love Smooth Operator, it’s a staple in our house, but we are loving the Mighty Nut Powered Peanut Butter! Mighty Nut Powered Peanut Butter has double the amount of protein as the powered peanut butter we were using, there are flavors like chocolate and vanilla, and even one with flax and chia! See below for details on how to enter!
Peanut Butter and Cracker Pie
Makes 1- 8-9.5″ pie (made mine in a 9.5″ pie pan), 8-16 servings
1 1/2 sleeves of Saltine crackers, not low sodium or no salt (60 crackers)
1/2c Earth Balance spread, or unsalted butter
11oz So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk, or 1 1/3c full fat coconut milk only the thick cream part (used So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk)
1 tub So Delicious CocoWhip Original, thawed not frozen
1c powdered peanut butter (used Peanut Butter & Co Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter)
1/4-1/3c peanut butter (used Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator)
Preheat oven to 375F. Crush the crackers to a fine crumb texture, I use my mini food processor to grind them. Add or pulse in the butter spread to the cracker crumbs until combined and mixture starts to come together. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a pie pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, until it starts to get golden brown. Let crust cool for about an hour before adding in the filling. To make the filling whisk or blend together coconut milk and powdered peanut butter until combine. I did this by hand, press the powered peanut butter against the bowl with a spatula to break up any lumps. Once well combine and there are no lumps gently fold in CocoWhip. Spread the mixture into the cooled pie crust. Place peanut butter into a plastic bag and cut the end, or you can use a piping bag, and drizzle over the top. I went horizontally and then vertically, then gently run a knife through the peanut butter. Place pie in the freezer on a level surface for 4 hours, until set, or until ready to serve. If making ahead of time cover the pie with plastic wrap once it has set. Remove pie from freezer 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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