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Miles and Aunt Panda Make a Banana Cream Pie

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On Tuesday morning I got a voicemail from my mom.

“Amanda, Miles wanted to give you a call. Here’s Miles. [Miles enthusiastically gibbering.] And here’s the translation. Miles just told me he wanted to go to Aunt Panda’s house and make a banana cream pie. Just wanted to let you know.”

So we made a banana cream pie.

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First I had to decide on a recipe. I have difficulty committing, so I combined a few different recipes.

Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie

Creamy Banana Cream Pie

Graham Cracker Crust

The Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 c. graham crackers (finely ground)
  • 6 tbs. butter (melted)
  • 1/3 c. sugar

Filling

  • 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 3/4 c. milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 c. sugar

Topping

  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • powdered sugar (to taste)

Miles did most of the hard work.

First we ground the graham crackers in a small food processor. Mixed in the melted butter and sugar.

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Pressed into a pie plate. Bake at 375 for 7 minutes.

 

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Next we mixed the filling. Cream the cream cheese with the sugar. Add in instant pudding and milk. Mix until smooth and thickened.

 

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Roughly chop one banana. Mix into the filling. (Snack on some if desired.)

 

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Slice second banana and line bottom of pie plate. Pour filling over bananas. Chill in fridge until firm.

Take a break to eat a snack and play with toys. (optional)

Make fresh whipped cream topping. Mix heavy cream with powdered sugar until firm. Spread over pie.

 

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Enjoy with Uncle Glenn (no gluten for Aunt Panda).

 

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Play with food (optional).

 

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We managed to have only one small meltdown when Miles spilled water on his shirt. “I got water on my beautiful shirt! I have to go home and change!”

Later I made a gluten free version by substituting gluten free chocolate cookies for the graham crackers. I also added the salted caramel sauce and mini chocolate chips on top. Completely delicious.

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