Nutty banana chocolate hand pies will cure your snacking blues and spread the love perfectly! Easy to make and fun to eat, these hand pies are a real treat!
I’m a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community, and I created this recipe as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser, Hershey’s. I’ve been compensated for this shop, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Brian and I went strolling down memory lane this past week. We were reminiscing about about our favorite childhood summer snacks.
I used to chase down the popsicle man, following the sound of his bicycle bell for blocks to get my hands on a banana Popsicle. This was decades before they started driving ice cream trucks around. Yes, I’m older than dirt. Anyway, Brian’s favorite summer treat was a frozen chocolate covered banana. Those were pretty flippin’ fantastic, too, especially when they were covered with nuts. So that discussion led me to crave bananas, chocolate, and nuts.
That’s the craving that developed my recipe for these nutty banana chocolate hand pies.
I had half a thought to make a nutty chocolate banana ice cream, but I wanted something that wouldn’t melt in the heat, so I decided on hand pies instead. I was all set to make them with miniature Hershey chocolate bars inside, but when I was at Walmart, I came across the Hershey Chocolate Spreads in the peanut butter aisle. When I realized that there was a chocolate hazelnut variety, it was love at first sight!
I wanted to be able to make the hand pies as soon as I got home, so I picked up some refrigerated pastry dough to use instead of making pie dough from scratch.
These were SO much fun to put together! I really miss having little kids around, because this is a perfect recipe for them to help with. It’s so easy. Just cut out circles of pastry dough, spread the love of Hershey’s around, add a couple of bananas and sprinkle some hazelnuts on top.
Yum. Now I’m craving that creamy, chocolate hazelnut goodness again.
If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that I have horrible hand-eye coordination. I decorate cupcakes like a preschooler and I couldn’t pipe royal icing in a straight line on a cookie if my life depended on it. That’s why the edges of my hand pies are crimped so horribly. I honestly don’t know what the trick is, but if you’re a fumbled finger baker like I am, you can use a fork to crimp the edges of your crusts together. That way yours will look MUCH prettier than mine do.
I made decorating these nutty chocolate hand pies as easy as…well, pie!
I just brushed a little milk on the top crusts (to help it brown) and sprinkled some cinnamon sugar over the milk. Into the oven they were sent, and 20 minutes later, into my stomach they went!
For more delicious ways to use the Hershey’s Chocolate Hazelnut spread, try using it in these recipes 🙂
Hershey’s has a bunch on their website, too. You can browse them HERE.
A big shout of thanks goes out to my #CollectiveBias family, for giving me the opportunity to work with such amazing and awesome brands! I puffy heart you!