Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Frozen Banana Cream Squares

Today we made these delicious frozen treats.  These squares are easy, and very kid-friendly.  By the way, the crumb crust is standard and can be made using any kind of cookie (including graham crackers).

8 oz. vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (we used the Trader Joe brand and it took 50 cookies)
4 oz. sugar
2 oz. butter, melted + a little extra for the baking dish
2 3.39 oz packages of instant vanilla pudding (the Trader Joe brand is really good!)
5 medium bananas (after being mashed, about 16 oz.)

Line a 13 x 9” baking pan with parchment paper, allowing the parchment to spill over the sides of the dish.  Brush the paper with the extra melted butter.

Combine the cookie crumbs and the sugar.  I like to use a whisk to make sure it gets all "mixed in".   Pour in the melted butter and stir together.
Firmly press the cookie mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish, refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Mash the bananas. 
Make the pudding, following the package directions. 

Spread the mashed banana over the cold crust.  Pour the pudding over the mashed banana.

Freeze for at least 4 hours.

Using the sides of the parchment like handles, pull the frozen banana cream out of the dish.  Place it on a cutting board and slice into squares.

If you eat these right out of the freezer, they can just be picked up by hand.  Or, let the squares sit for a few minutes and eat using a fork.  If you want to get fancy, top with a little whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

We ate them plain, super yummy.  The kids helped with every step of this one!
 Brushing melted butter onto the parchment.
 Crushing the cookies in the food processor. 
 Whisking the crumbs and the sugar.
 Pressing the cookie-crumb mixture into the baking dish.
 Mashing the bananas.
 Spread the mashed bananas onto the crumb crust. 
 Pour the pudding over the mashed bananas, and freeze.
 Use the parchment "handles" to pull the banana cream out of the dish.
Slice into squares, and serve. 

Yum!  Let me know how it goes, 

Please remember, this recipe is flexible.  Make adaptions, and tell me how to make it even better.

1 comment:

  1. looks to yummy! i cant wait to try this with my kids!