A Strawberry Adventure Turns into Strawberry, Chocolate and Banana Pie


At the suggestion of some friends, the twins and I went strawberry picking at Trax farm.

We arrived just before their closing time so had just a short time to fill our baskets. This was not a problem for us at all because the bounty was plentiful. Unlike the two little strawberry plants we have in our back yard that have been stripped of their fruit by my toddlers.

The twins were excited about seeing a ”real” farmer and a “real” tractor parked right outside the strawberry patch store.

I had to drag them away to get them to see the real gem – all the strawberries waiting to be picked by their little hands. Mason was a pro at eating the strawberries and picking the strawberries, although he tended to pick a lot of green ones in the beginning. Cameron on the other hand had more success eating the ones he picked – very few ended up in his basket at the end  :)

The boys really LOVED this day. They were so busy “working” and getting lessons on picking the red strawberries that they wouldn’t even stop for a photograph.

Despite all the strawberries eaten, we still came home with two big pallets of strawberries and now the challenge was to use them all.

I was having some friends over for dinner so I decided to try out a recipe that seemed relatively easy.

Uh ha – it’s always a risk when you try a new recipe for guests. You know just how risky this move is when your microwave oven starts to billow with smoke as you proceed to burn the chocolate chips instead of melt them!

I was just following the directions – HONEST! The expert tip said to melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, so I did! Except instead of delicious melted chocolate I had a bowl of really burnt chocolate chips :(

Anyway the end result was delicious – but you have to know that this recipe is not without risk. It’s definitely pretty risky but delicious. I think I will rename this the “Dangerous Strawberry, banana and Chocolate pie” from now on. I used milk and white chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate.


Disclaimer: Any chocolate chips burnt during the process are at the risk of the risk taker 😉

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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25 Responses to A Strawberry Adventure Turns into Strawberry, Chocolate and Banana Pie

  1. Kristl Story says:

    If it tastes as good as it looks…I want a piece! I have a blueberry pie recipe that we were given when we picked blueberries as little kids…whenever I make it, I have fun memories of that family outing!

  2. DelSheree says:

    Well, the final result looked delicious! I can feel for you with the burnt chocolate chips though. I’ve done that a few times. Now I always use a double boiler or fondue pot to melt them because the stink of burnt chocolate sticks around forever! What a great place to take your kiddos! It looked like they had a blast.

    • Twin Mom says:

      OOOH Fondue pot would have been perfect – not to mention a fun activity in itself. Burnt choc chips weren’t fun!

  3. rhonda says:

    That looks so delicious, it’s ridiculous.

    Great photos of your trip :-)

    Glad you had enough strawberries left over, and that everything still worked out despite the chocolate chips. I think you’ve got yourself a great recipe regardless. It looks so beautiful!!!

    • Twin Mom says:

      LOL Thanks Rhonda! It was easy despite the chocolate chips – I will probably make it again once I have mastered my chocolate melting technique!

  4. Lexie Lane says:

    You think they’d wanna be farmers when they grow up? This is really such a fun thing for kids! I remember cherry picking when I was little and I had the best time! So good that I remember it so well!

    The pie looks so scrumptious! I could eat it all by myself!

  5. Ronae Jull says:

    There’s a strawberry farm within a few miles of where I live, and we’ve enjoyed the bounty every year since I can remember. But it seems those strawberries never last very long! I think the Strawberry, Banana, Chocolate Pie is one of those “must tries”, and thanks for the warning about not burning the chocolate chips in the microwave!!

  6. Regina says:

    Oh what an adventure they must have had. It’s great to show kids how things go from the garden to the dinner table.

  7. I love strawberry picking, and a strawberry, chocolate, and banana pie sounds (and looks!) delicious. When melting chocolate in the microwave, only put it in for 20 seconds at a time. After 20 seconds, check on it and give it a good mix and put it back in for another 20 seconds. Repeat until it’s completely melted. If you don’t want to melt chocolate in the microwave, you can also create a double boiler on your stove top and do it that way.

    • Twin Mom says:

      Thanks a million Holly! I ended up doing it on the stove for a LOOOOOOOONG time – I remember learning about creating your own double boiler by putting a stainless bowl over a saucepan of water – but in the moment I forgot! Tricky desert lol

  8. The pie looks super yummy.. it was really a great adventure.

  9. Don’t feel bad, my husband burned chocolate chips in the microwave a few years ago when making a dessert for Thanksgiving. When melting chocolate in the microwave you have to reduce the power to 50% to avoid burning it. Your dessert looks yummy.

  10. Looks yummy… though, I confess I am the one person on the planet (actually there are a few of us and we plan to create a support group — LOL) who does not like fruit and chocolate combined. Ever!

    My college boyfriend brought me chocolate covered strawberries once and I gagged them down. Oh the horror. :)

  11. Megan says:

    I LOVE strawberry season and it’s looks like your boys had so much fun strawberry picking! What a great way to show them where their food comes from and what you can make with it. I’m definitely going to have to give your pie recipe a try one of these days. It looks delicious!

    • Twin Mom says:

      In all the years this was a first for me – strawberry picking season will never be the same again! It really was so much fun.

  12. Sofia says:

    I so need to go strawberry picking this year! We missed it last year but I won’t let that happen again…!! I’d be pretty excited to get to meet a real “farmer” too! :)

  13. Michele says:

    I would have a very hard time picking strawberries and then having any to bring home!! So I can understand where your twins were coming from!!! That pie sounds delicious but I don’t think I will attempt it–half would be gone before I got it in the oven or refrig!!!

  14. Corinne says:

    You’d never know you almost started a fire from the look of the end result. It looks wonderful and I bet it tasted great!

  15. I have not been strawberry picking since I was a little girl! It looks like you guys had a great time :) And the pie looks amazing in spite of the fact that the chocolate chips burned lol. I’d probably eat them anyway…..

  16. OUPA says:

    Yea TRAX.

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