July 7, 2016

Banana Cream Pie in a Glass

If you saw my list a few posts ago about my favorite kitchen tools, you know I was in the hunt for a new blender. (Also, if you read that? Thank you!)

I finally got one, but please don't be mad at me, all you lovely people who recommended the Ninja or the Vitamix. Because I got a Black & Decker. I know. I know! But the version I got had good reviews on Amazon and didn't break the bank. Which matters because you may recall I am the mom of teens and we have car insurance and orthodontia and other financially disastrous things going on around here on a regular basis. And among other features, this has a smooth digital keypad, not those raised buttons that every crumb in the world is always finding its way down between and driving me to distraction.

One of the first things I made in my new blender was this Banana Cream Pie in a Glass. Let's face it: there is only so much banana bread you can make with those overripe bananas that seem to multiply overnight. This healthy "shake" is a good alternative. 

Whether you've got a Ninja or a Vitamix or a blender you picked up at a garage sale, whirl one of these up. I'll keep you posted on the life-span of my newest appliance. In the meantime, what can you tell me about washing machines? Because I think mine is on the way out...

Banana Cream Pie in a Glass {print}

1 medium or large or 2 small bananas (frozen ahead of time if you think of it)
3/4 cup ice
1/4 cup (approximately) vanilla "milk": almond, coconut, soy, rice...whatever you like (or, do what I do because I am that kind of person: use sugar-free French vanilla creamer)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional but nice:
Crushed graham crackers
Whipped cream

Optional and more work but worth it:
Graham Cracker Crumbles

Throw everything into your blender and whirl it up until you don't hear any more ice clunking around. Check for consistency and flavor according to your preference. If it's not banana-y enough, add more bananas. If it's too thin, add more ice or bananas. If it's too thick or not vanilla-y enough, add more "milk" or vanilla extract. Serve in a pretty glass. Top, if desired (I, personally, always desire), with whipped cream and crushed graham crackers or (even better) Graham Cracker Crumbles. Serves 1.

Graham Cracker Crumbles
1 "sleeve" graham crackers (1 individual package from a box) 
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Beat up the graham crackers until you have a mix of some crumbs but also plenty of larger chunks. Use a fork to toss these with the sugar and melted butter. Spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet. (I line mine with parchment paper, which will in no way surprise you if you read that kitchen tools post I mentioned earlier.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, stirring once. You want your crumbles a nice deep golden brown for maximum crunch factor. You do not, however, want charcoal.

Update on my washing machine: going, going, gone...
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  1. This sounds amazing. I have a few bananas I need to freeze. Then, this. I've never made graham cracker crumbles because after I mix the butter and crumbs I tend to eat them all up.

    1. Aw, thanks, Nicole! You're the best. And I am SO with you on the graham cracker thing...really, what is it about graham and melted butter? I don't know whether to warn or promise you that when you bake that mixture, it gets even more toasty and addictive. If I leave the pan cooling out on the counter, it tends to walk away. Take this for what you will. ;) Thank you for stopping by...you've made my day.

  2. That picture makes me want to dig right in!! I think this will be right up my husband's alley - he's a huge fan of banana cream pie!

    1. Tracey, thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say, considering that I am the world's worst photographer! The product must sell itself. ;) If you make this for your husband, I'd love to know what he thinks...and thanks as always for taking time to stop by! Blessings, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah! I do think the taste lives up to the look! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by...here's hoping it's a Banana Cream Pie in a Glass kind of day for you soon!

  4. Oooh yummmmmmmy... thank you for sharing this tasty recipe at #FridayFrivolity!! Pinning and tweeting...!

    1. Heehee...thanks, Sarah Eliza! You're the best...along with the rest of the #FridayFrivolity girls, of course. And THANK YOU for sharing!

  5. Yippee for a new blender! (can you tell I'm STILL trying to get caught up with my emails from the trip?) ;) I'm not a super-huge fan of bananas, but I'm with you on the point that you can only make so much banana nut bread...

    1. Oh my, yes, I am LOVING my new blender. It has almost changed my life. ;) As always, it is among the greatest delights of life to hear from you, my camping-queen friend. xoxo


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