It’s Irrational Not to Eat Pie on Pi Day!

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Chocolate Banana Empanadas (Mini Pies)

March 14th is National Pi Day.  It celebrates the irrational number of Pi.  Whatever the reason, in my world it’s just another day to enjoy some food!  These chocolate banana mini pies are perfect for tomorrow’s festivities.

Time-45 minutes

Servings-24 mini pies


2 pre-made pie crusts, Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels, 1 banana, 1 TBS brown sugar, 1 egg, 2 TBS granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and bench flour.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Roll out the pie crust on a lightly floured surface.

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Use a 3 inch circle cookie cutter to cut.  Combine left over dough and roll out again. You should get 12 pies per crust.

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Mash banana with a fork and add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar set aside in a bowl.  Beat one egg and set aside in a bowl.

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With each pie crust use rolling pin to make slightly oval to fit in filling.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of banana mixture a 3 chocolate morsels.  Close and crimp edges on both sides with a fork.

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Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay 12 per cookie sheet.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Cook in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Dust with powdered sugar.


Happy π Day!

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First off, I'm not a writer. This should be abundantly clear as you read this bio. I'm not a trained Chef either. I'm a Mother, Wife, Registered Nurse and Fraudulent Chef. Why a blog you ask? Well, I don't want to be a line cook, executive Chef, or a restaurant owner. I just want to cook what I want, when I want, and for who I want. Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I don't even consider myself a blogger because I don't blog often. So advertising dollars and web fame is not my motive. Finding the time to cook, write up a recipe, photograph it while maintaining a job and household is challenging. However, it has given me great joy over the years to see people carrying on dishes that I've developed. It's also an online cookbook that I can reflect on. My cooking is an expression of the strong women in my life and inspired dishes from my favorite restaurants. I'm a recipe impostor of dishes from restaurants I love. Furthermore, many of the recipes are spruced up from my childhood. I'm a Mexican-American, native Californian who has spent time in New York and married a first generation Costa Rican. My cooking reflects all of these aspects. Karen's Kitchen is not a Mexican food blog. As much as I'd like to fit into a pretty little red, white and green box. I find it too limiting and reject the notion of creating a Latino point of view because it makes a blog cohesive. So my recipes are all over the place, with no rhyme or reason. Home cooks never apologize for not graduating from culinary school. You will find that my recipes are easy to follow and geared for the home cook. They look amazing and will make you look like a Domestic God/Goddess in front of your loved ones. It's my hope that you find the love for cooking and make some of my recipes your own. Cheers to cooking, eating and surrounding yourself with lovely people.


  1. Janie Lugo says

    Yummy Karen..Filling is two of my favorite things…I will need to make some.

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