Healthy-ish Banana cream pie in a jar

banana cream pie in a jar

A quick dessert with stuff you probably might already have in the pantry plus some that can be whipped up in a jiffy. This dessert has it all. Crunchy, creamy, fluffy, sweet, tangy you name it! The main ingredients are, the base layer which is usually the digestive biscuit, but granola in my case followed by the banana flavored custard and then the whipped cream on top. The rest is up to you. I like cut up bananas here and there and a caramel drizzle on top. Do not go over board with the caramel if you want to keep the dessert low sugar. Let’s sort out the three layers quickly so you can go and start making one for you. This recipe is for 2, but feel free to make 4 or 6 and refrigerate the rest for later!

Base layer: Granola

I am a big granola fan so I always have a healthy granola jar sitting on the counter. I love it with yogurt in the morning. You can use your favorite granola for this, home made or store bought, either way is fine. I will quickly mention my granola recipe, but feel free to substitute.

2 cups oats/quinoa flakes
1/2 walnuts roughly chopped
1/2 cup whole almonds chopped
1/4 cup linseed, chia, desiccated coconut, sesame each
1/4 cup flour ( spelt/quinoa/buckwheat)

Melt 1/3 cups peanut butter, 3tbsp butter, 1/4 cup coconut sugar or honey, pinch of salt in a saucepan. Add to the above mix and fold to coat everything. Sprinkle with some cinnamon. Spread on a lined tray.
Bake @ 350F for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Once baked, add some resins or dried cranberries. Let this cool completely and store in an air tight jar.

banana cream pie

Middle layer: Banana custard

This may or may not be something that you always have in your fridge, but it takes only a few minutes to make. I have a custard recipe video on my YouTube channel. If you have never made a custard before, it might be helpful to watch this first. This is a quick custard,

150 ml milk
1 tbsp. sugar
11/2 tbsp. corn flour
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. butter
1 very ripe medium banana

In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk, sugar, corn flour and egg yolk. Add a splash of milk and whisk to dissolve everything. Add the rest of the milk and cook over medium-low heat stirring constantly until it thickens. Once thickened ( jelly consistency), leave to cool a bit. Add the butter and banana and process until creamy ( use a small food processor or a blender) I use my smoothie maker. It’s done, set aside to assemble.

For a healthier version, replace custard with vanilla yogurt (or Greek yogurt) and process with a banana the same way. It might not set as much but be equally delicious

Top Layer: Whipped cream

This is easy. Just whip up 1 cup of cream to soft peaks and set in the fridge until ready to use.

Caramel: Yes, I know this is the reason this dessert is “helthy-ish” and not “healthy”. Of course you can not put it, but let’s be honest, we all know we are here for the caramel so get the recipe from this link. You can use any caramel sauce you have got at hand.

To assemble, simply deposit 1/4 cups of granola in the glass jar, arrange few banana slices (to separate granola and custard, this will keep granola from going soggy) Pour the custard on top, leave about an inch from the top. Place another layer of banana slices, if you fancy. Cover and let this set in the fridge for about an hour or until the custard is set (even semi-set is fine) When ready to serve, top with a few dollops of whipped cream or pipe for a fancier look. Drizzle with caramel and serve with a long spoon.

banana cream pie in a jar

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