Healthy Mini Banana Cream Pies

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2014-09-02 Banana Cream Pie-605Creamy, custardy, vanilla filling, sandwiched between a layer of fresh bananas, nestled on top of a lightly sweetened crust. Healthy Mini Banana Cream Pies are the perfect combination of fruit, protein, and a satisfying dessert. These little delights will leave you licking your fingers and fighting for seconds.

It was another busy week and a great weekend around here! Yesterday was a mellow day filled with family, fun, and even homemade sushi for a little date night in. Today, we went with our friends to the Selfridge Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels! The boys loved seeing all of their tricks in the sky. Check out a few of our favorite pictures 🙂

Speaking of favorites, if you ask Andrew his idea of the perfect dessert, he won’t hesitate to say, “banana cream pie”. When I first discovered this, I was shocked! When I think of dessert, I tend to think of MY favorite dessert, chocolate cake and ice cream. (I guess that’s two, but then again, how could you have chocolate cake without a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream? ;)) Ok, back to Andrew’s dessert. Let’s talk banana cream pie.

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It took me awhile to get over the fact that anyone would want to have bananas with their dessert. Over the years with Andrew, I have sampled a variety of banana cream pies from different restaurants and bakeries. A few years ago, I decided to take my own crack at it, and I made Andrew a banana cream pie for his birthday. I used a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen that was fairly involved, but well worth the effort. I couldn’t believe how much I liked it! All of the other banana cream pies that I had ever tasted didn’t even compare to this one. I loved the purity of the creamy, vanilla custard, with just a subtle layer of bananas. As much of a die hard chocolate lover that I am, I will confess that the whole banana cream pie idea has really grown on me. I’m still a chocolate lover at heart, but over time, I’ve started to develop my own special appreciation for this dessert.

There’s just one problem, though. When I hear the word “banana”, of course my mind first thinks, “fruit, healthy, good”, or something like that. But let’s be honest, that usually isn’t the case with your typical banana cream pie. Such a bummer! Especially, since I have such a new found appreciation for them. Well, let me introduce you to these Healthy Mini Banana Cream Pies! These little guys pack a big punch both nutritionally AND on the taste front.

I used the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen as my inspiration, and from there, created a whole new, and even better banana cream pie. It’s easier, it’s creamier, it’s healthier! Everything we love about banana cream pie, rolled into a cute, mini, delectable little square. (Incase you’re wondering which pan I used for these, it’s the Wilton Brownie Bar Pan. I just got it and have been having a lot of fun with it lately!)

This is one banana cream recipe that will live up to it’s name and add some fruit (and protein) to your day, without weighing you down! These Healthy Mini Banana Cream Pies are satisfying enough for a birthday celebration, yet healthy enough for breakfast!!!2014-09-02 Banana Cream Pie-633

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