Super Easy Banana Cream Pie

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This five ingredient Super Easy Banana Cream Pie recipe is a reminder that not all desserts especially pies have to be a complicated process to make. The purpose of this recipe is to save time when you have an event planned in the last minute and want to serve a delicious yet frugal dessert to your guests. That’s why it calls for a crust that is pre-made, however, if you have the time and prefer the good old fashioned homemade crust you can replace it with the pre-made one by all means. Another wait to make the crust is by using ingredients like shortbread cookies, lady fingers, or any cookie with cinnamon in it. You can even use Oreos, or Sara Lee pound cake, Milk Arrowroots, Vanilla wafers, soda crackers, etc in the place of a store-bought crust. No matter what the crust is made with, the result will still be the same – a delicious creamy dreamy banana cream pie that you will love. This recipe for banana cream pie is also perfect for picnic, potluck or just about any occasion.

Some good tips that will help you when making a banana cream pie are to cook the pudding long enough if making from scratch until it thickens before setting it up in the fridge. Since the recipe uses instant pudding mix just follow the instructions on the box. Most instant puddings need not be cooked. A great way to make an instant pudding come together is by adding four ounces of softened cream cheese to the pudding mixes, and follow directions on pudding box as usual. This will prevent the pudding from turning runny in texture. Ideally, the pudding should set up as soon as it is combined without even letting it sit in the fridge. If the pudding is still runny, add a tablespoon of cornstarch to help it thicken up and to get a rich, thick texture. If you’re lactose intolerant, you can replace the regular milk either with coconut or almond milk, but the result may vary due to the difference in their taste. Bananas, when exposed to air, become discoloured due to the oxidation process and can be unpleasant to look at. To avoid this, you can sprinkle some lemon juice and give it a good tossing before you incorporate them in the dessert.

Quick desserts recipes such as this not only tastes great on its own but takes as little work as possible to make them. However, some people like toppings as well. You can add chopped pecans and almonds for instance. They are healthy and also add a crunch to the topping. If you're allergic to nuts, you can garnish the top with chopped fruits instead such as berries, kiwis, peaches etc. Sometimes kids are fussy when it comes to eating fruits. Easy dessert recipes like this one is perhaps a good idea to prepare because not only is it fun to eat but also a great way to sneak in the real fruit. The nutritional value of banana comes from the fact that it is rich in potassium and other minerals that our body needs which helps in maintaining blood pressure levels and heart functioning.

Thank you to Jen at the Cincy Shopper food blog for sharing this Super Easy Banana Cream Pie recipe with us. Do visit Jen’s blog for more quick dessert recipes or ideas on frugal living. This Banana cream pie recipe will surely make your family go bananas because it is a sumptuous little surprise they will surely enjoy. Make this recipe for your loved ones today.

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