Melanie’s Banana Pudding Dessert

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When we lived in Knoxville Tennessee, we had a favorite Mexican restaurant that  had the BEST fajitas you have ever had.  Even more than the fajitas, the banana pudding for dessert was one of the things that kept us coming back.  It was the best stuff.   Sadly, the one in Knoxville closed up one day.  It didn’t stop us from getting our favorites though.  We would spend a Saturday and drive up to the one in Columbus Ohio just to get our fix.  Yes, we take our food pretty seriously.

We haven’t lived near one for awhile, so it has been years since we had their banana pudding.  One day while we were at a church function, we tried a banana pudding that a friend had brought.  We all immediately said it reminded us very much of our long lost favorite.  It wasn’t made the same but the taste was very familar.  I immediately asked my friend Melanie for the recipe.  Believe me, I was ready to beg and plead for it.  She happily gave it to me and we LOVE her for it.  She got the recipe from somewhere else, but for us it will always be Melanie’s Banana Pudding Dessert.  What’s even better, it is low fat too!

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THANK YOU Melanie!!  You have made us a very happy family!  🙂

Melanie's Banana Pudding Dessert
 
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Ingredients
  • 24 reduced fat Nilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 pkg. (8oz) Neufchatel Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tubs Cool Whip Fat Free, thawed
  • 6 medium ripe bananas
  • 3 cups fat free milk
  • 2 pkgs (4 oz serving) Jello Vanilla Fat/Sugar Free instant pudding mix
Instructions
  1. Mix together the crushed Nilla wafers and melted butter in a small bowl.
  2. Press them firmly into the bottom of a greased 9x13 glass baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the Neufchatel cheese and powdered sugar. Blend well.
  4. Gently stir in 1¼ of the Cool Whip containers
  5. Spoon this mixture evenly over the crust. Be careful when spreading.
  6. Cut bananas in half crosswise. Arrange them over the cheese mixture.
  7. Pour milk into a large mixing bowl. Add the dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisks with an electric mixer or by hand for 2 minutes.
  8. Spoon over the bananas.
  9. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Gently spread evenly.
  10. Refrigerate at least 3 hours (more is even better) before serving.
  11. Enjoy!!
Notes
This is one of my family's favorite desserts. When I cut into squares to serve, I also add a Vanilla wafer to the top of the slice. Yum!!

I am working on creating another similar recipe to this that will be an even closer match to the one that we used to love.  I will hopefully be sharing that soon!  🙂

Banana Streusel Muffins

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Today we are talking about one of my favorite breakfast muffins – Banana Streusel Muffins.  Well, they are great anytime muffins actually.

It has been crazy town around here lately.  This is my daughter’s birthday week.  We make a BIG DEAL about birthdays around here.  I always joke with the kids that I have birthday week for my birthday.  It is more of a strategy to get the kids to mind me better and get along with each other better just for mom.  Well, my daughter has picked up on this idea and declared that this was her BIRTHDAY WEEK and boy has it worn us all out!  She has something planned out for every day.  It’s cute though so I don’t mind.  She turned the big ELEVEN officially yesterday but the celebrating is far from over.

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She requested a cookie cake from the Great American Cookie store this year instead of the traditional cake.  We enjoyed it last night and it was so yummy.  I have to say that they did an amazing job in decorating it exactly the way I had requested.  It was perfect!  Saturday is her skating party with her friends.  Her dad said that we are getting on skates too.  This should be interesting.  I was a really great skater back when I was her age, but that was a LONG time ago.  We actually took Logan skating when he was little (12 years ago) and we weren’t too steady then.  Let’s hope I don’t fall and break a hip or something.  I mean I am FORTY now.  Sigh…  Then Sunday, she planned a family dinner with all of us and her grandparents at Olive Garden.  That will be followed up with her favorite dessert of Tiramisu.  I told you she was spreading it all out!!  It’s all good though.  Birthdays are very special and should be celebrated well!

Back to the muffins…

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I love banana muffins, bread, pancakes, you name it.  What really makes these is the streusel topping though.  It just takes them to a whole new level.  Yum!

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Banana Streusel Muffins
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ c. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
For Streusel Topping:
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°. Line 10 muffin cups with muffin liners or lightly grease muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combin 1½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and the cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, beat the bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and melted butter.
  4. Add the banana mixture into the flour mixture. Blend just until moistened.
  5. Fill the muffin cups ⅔ full with the mixture.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon from the streusel ingredients.
  7. Cut in the butter until the mixture is the consistency of coarse cornmeal.
  8. Sprinkle the topping over your muffins.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the center of muffin comes out clean when inserting a toothpick into the middle.
  10. Enjoy!

Adapted from All Recipes.

Skinny Banana Bread Cookies

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My biggest challenge is that I like something sweet after each meal.  Oh, and I might also tend to graze the kitchen throughout the day.  I am always going through there to do laundry or other tasks.  It is just so easy to grab a cookie or snack.  I knew I needed to come up with some healthier options that were still just as convenient.  In comes these amazing Skinny Banana Bread Cookies.

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These cookies are so delicious.  I have a confession to make.  I don’t handle moderation very well.  I am an all or none kind of girl.  At least with these cookies I know that I am eating something healthy rather than junk.  That makes me feel good even on the days when the scale doesn’t move and I know I ate  about 10 of these.  😉

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This recipe came together because, as you know, I have a sincere love of Oatmeal Raisin cookies, or bars or milkshakes…  The list could go on and on.  I wanted something that would fit my craving.  I started playing around and came up with these.  They are absolutely delicious.  It proved to me that healthy can be very tasty.  😉

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Do these not look just absolutely scrumptious??  I am fighting the urge to head into the kitchen right now and scarf down the whole container full.

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Don’t you love a recipe that feels sinful when you eat it but it’s actually healthy?  I do!

Skinny Banana Bread Cookies
 
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Serves: 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 very ripe large banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, banana, honey, egg and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture.
  5. Now stir in the oats and raisins.
  6. Drop Tablespoon size cookies onto a parchment lined or greased baking pan.
  7. Flatten slightly with your spatula.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
* You can make oat flour by putting old-fashioned oats in your food processor and process until it becomes a powder.
* You can also take out the raisins to cut more sugar.