Friday, June 29, 2012

Banana Cream Pie Pops

This time of year always reminds me of my favorite summer time dessert...banana cream pie.  My mom used to make it when I was a kid and I can't remember the last time I had it.  (Note to self:  must rectify that.)  But I can make a version that so easily fits into my calories and my latest push pop obsession.  You might've seen  my tropical push pops last month and thought it was a passing fling.


Oh no, m'ladies.  (And gents if there's any dudes out there)






We're talking full fledged, lusty, rendezvous almost every single night.  That's right, I had to kick Skinny Cow to the curb in favor of banana soft serve EVERYTHING.  Don't worry, I'll bring you the recipes because I love ya's!    Let's get to the one at hand which, I might add, would be perfect for the kiddies at this and next weekend's holiday gatherings.


Here's what you'll need for 5 servings:


6 oz frozen bananas, sliced
2 oz bananas, fresh
8 oz skim milk
2 tbsp Speculoos Cookie Butter  (or Biscoff Spread)
1/2 cup Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch Cereal
5 tbsp Cool Whip Lite
1 tbsp chia seeds






Measure out half a serving of Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch cereal and set aside.




Measure out 2 tablespoons of cookie butter.  (Freakin' camera would not focus and I was too lazy to take a 5th picture)




Grab your personal blender (I have a Magic Bullet but you can use whatever blender you have), add the skim milk, frozen bananas and cookie butter and give it a whirl until it's completely combined.




When everything comes together, add the chia seeds and give it another go round.





Make sure the seeds are all broken up.  (Don't worry, that cookie butter on the side is gonna be scraped in there.  No way am I missing out on a drop of that stuff!)





Get the small cup for your blender and add the cereal.






Give it a few pulses until it's all broken up.






Add just enough to cover the bottoms of the push pop containers .






Like so.  Oh and yes, I made a push pop holder out of a stiff white floral block and foil so I can have both hands free while pouring stuff.  Quite awesome since I make these all the time!






Dice up the 2 oz of fresh bananas.






Pour in the banana mixture leaving about 1/4 of the top empty.








Split the bananas up into equal parts and add them to each pop container.






Use a small spreader or knife to push the bananas around so they're not all clumped together.






Measure out 1 tbsp of Cool Whip Lite.






Top each pop with it.





Sprinkle on the remaining cereal crumbs on top of each pop.





Time to cap it off for the deep freeze!






Put the pops somewhere in the freezer where they will be standing upright.  Give them at least 4 hours to set up.  The longer the better.






In the meantime, this is why I cover the floral block with foil.  Crumbs and drips everywhere.  A couple taps into the trash can and a wipe down with a wet sponge or paper towel and we're ready to roll for the next time!




Time to check the freezer...


Wanna bite?


Don't have push pop molds?  Click here to get 'em.  Seriously, I don't know what I'd do without them!


Speculoos Cookie Butter is found at Trader Joe's and Biscoff Spread is at World Market, specialty food stores or some big box grocery stores, just ask.  You can also find it online but honestly the cost with shipping isn't worth paying.  They are both about $5 in store so if you can find something similar online, go for it!


Nutritional Info:  Calories  114  Total Fat 4g  Sat Fat 1g  Sodium 35mg  Potassium 119mg  Carbs 18g  Fiber 2g  Sugars 9g  Protein 3g  Vitamin A 3%  Vitamin C 5%  Calcium 8%  Iron 2%
(5 servings per recipe)

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28 comments:

  1. Those look AMAZING! I have to find those push pop things so I can make these and your tropical version. Summer's going to be over and before I get to taste these if I don't get a move on, lol!

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    1. I've updated the post at the bottom to include a link on where to buy the push pops. (Same place I got them) Let me know if you end up getting them. I think it'll change your life, I know it has ours! Such great recipes coming up!

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  2. I wish I had the freezer space to make these!
    They look sooooo good!!

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    1. You can do 2 at a time if you want. I'd hate to see you miss out on these bad boys!

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  3. Wow! Really cool! I love that there is so much detail to these!

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    1. They are sooo good! That cookie butter gives that nilla wafer taste to it. So good!

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  4. WOW!! These look incredible. My laptop took a little rest had way through and I was like, "What?! What do I do NEXT? Where the wonderful nutrition info she always provides?? Waaaa!" Then my wireless kicked back in and I was at the chia stage. I am making these for sure!
    Intrigued by a couple things that I must google. First, I've never heard of the cookie butter. Intrigued, because I know you don't go for the ingredients lists from hell. Secondly, that tablespoon pump thingy for messy measurables is COOL! Very cool! Is that a new addition to your kitchen "schtuffs"?
    Your picture recipes are unmatched! Easy to follow and very attractive. I love the floral foam in foil idea and will use that myself. Finally, my SIL has a Magic Bullet (I think *I* gave it to her for Christmas one year when I pulled her name!). Are they a good thing to have in addition to the blender?
    Have a great weekend, girl!

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  5. Hahaha... I was bitten by the CLICK here to keep reading. I got a gratuitous :next page:. Oh, she blames her wireless so fast .....

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    1. HA! Yep, this one was rather pic heavy so I put the page break in there. Cookie butter is at Trader Joe's, Biscoff Spread (which I actually think is better) is at World Market and even some big box grocery stores. It's SO good!

      I use the adjust a cup thingy every single day multiple times a day. If you go to the store under Food Prep (http://astore.amazon.com/sucalothewei-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=3) you'll see the Magic Bullet and mini plunger there. We use the Magic Bullet every day as well. Whether its the Mr making his smoothies, to me making push pops or small batches of this or that, it's perfect! We love it. Since it's just the two of us, the MB means we don't have make monster batches of something and that is awesome. You have a great weekend too girlie!

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  6. Sounds yummy. I personally love banana "ice cream". I buy the "extra ripe" bananas at a discount, sliced them and freeze them. Then I take some of those and blend with a little milk fat free milk and maybe a touch of peanut butter or a few mini choc. chips. Super easy, and totally awesome.

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    1. Yep, we do too or we'll buy a huge bunch we know we could never eat during the week and freeze them at the end of the week. I've been experimenting with them a lot and have some awesome recipes I can't wait to share for the summer!

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  7. Hmmm, I have bananas, milk, peanut butter, chia and some sort of granola. I don't like Cool Whip so no problem there. I can always add a squish of chocolate syrup if it needs a little something extra. Yep, this is my weekend snack. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I hope you like it! We can't wait to dig into ours tonight!

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  8. They look fabulous! Not sure I'm up to searching for the push-pop apparatus, but I'll bet I can find something that would work. Little Dixie cups? Yeah, that's the ticket.

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    1. I've updated the post to include the link where I bought mine. (Look just under the last picture) I can't imagine my life without 'em now!

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    1. Ooh, thank you! It was fun to make and the Mr heartily approves.

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  10. OMG--those look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  11. Um, those look super yum!! I also have never heard of cookie butter. I'll have to look for it, maybe I've just never noticed it being the creature of habit I am. Wonder if Nutella would be good? Hmmm. This whole idea has me intrigued :).

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    1. Cookie Butter is at Trader Joe's and Biscoff is at World Market or specialty food stores. (But gaining popularity) I can affirm, Nutella is awesome.

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  12. I will attest that these are indeed as yummy as they look. I love being the Mrs' taste tester! Aren't you all jealous??

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  13. Yum- those look amazing!

    Also, I love your 'measuring spoon!' If it looks like what I think it is, you don't have to fiddle around trying to get the ingredients out of the corners to make sure you're adding the correct amount- ingenious! I want to find one of these!!

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  14. Yes, I would like a bite! Could you send me one? :)

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  15. Such a great idea to use chia seeds here! These are perfect for summer. Gosh I miss push pops! I'll have to get some molds.

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  16. YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!!!!!!!!! Enough said. Oh, except I'm completely obsessed with banana soft serve and will never buy ice cream again. Seriously.

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  17. Whoa. I want to make these NOW! You? Are a genius. I still haven't bought Speculoos at Trader Joe's, but I did have the little impulse buy Speculoos chocolate bar they sell by the register and it was super good.

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