Mini Banana Cream Pies

My Daughter and I- Mini Banana Cream Pies

Quite a while back, we posted our famous Faux Banana Cream Pie and it’s still one of our all-time favorites. It’s the perfect combination of easy and totally delicious. Not only is it a favorite in our family, it’s also one of our more requested desserts for bringing to potlucks and events.

We had a friend’s bridal shower a few weekends ago, and the hostess asked us to make banana cream pie. For a fun twist, we decided to make them single serving, displayed in little mason jars. Even though serving the dessert in jars made prep a bit more time-consuming, the end result was so fun! It was such a cute and perfect for the bridal shower.

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Mini Banana Cream Pies

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 1 1/2 packages, crushed in food processor)
2 T sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 bananas, sliced
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened (I use low fat)
2 packages instant vanilla pudding, 4 serving size
3 1/2 cups milk ( I use 1%)
1 8 ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed

Melt butter, and mix with the crushed graham crackers and sugar. Mix well, and then press into the bottom of the mason jars. I used a cookie scoop to measure and press the crust down into the jars. Arrange sliced bananas on top of crust. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth, gradually beat in milk and pudding mixes. Beat until well blended – but don’t worry if you see some cream cheese globs, it’s fine. Spread pudding mixture over the banana slices. Spread Cool Whip over pudding. Refrigerate 3 hours or until ready to serve. It’s good the next day, but after a couple days the bananas start getting sort of funky, so eat it for breakfast!

Cindy & Jordan 

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My Daughter and I- Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Two summers ago, we went to an outdoor showing of The Endless Summer. There were booths, a history of surfing exhibit, a band and food. We met some friends there, and we all brought picnic dinners to share. One of our friends brought frosted banana bars- something that I’d never tried before- and we all absolutely loved them. Ever since then, Mrs. Smith’s banana bars have been floating around in the back of my mind as a recipe that needed to be tried. Last week, I finally got around to making a similar recipe, and they did not disappoint!

We love our banana bread recipe, so normally, if we have over-ripe bananas on the counter, that’s our go-to dessert. This banana cake with cream cheese frosting was another hit- the cake itself is moist, and isn’t overly sweet and the frosting is simple and delicious. The recipe came together very quickly too.

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients for cake:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana

Ingredients for cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 lb. powdered sugar

 

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the wet batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting:
In a bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until completely smooth.

 

Original recipe from Taste and Tell

Cindy & Jordan