Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie in a Jar Recipe

Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Seriously!  Are these little jars filled with creamy peanut butter and banana lusciousness not the cutest things ever?  I could just eat them up with a spoon.  As a matter of fact, I did just that.  And they were wonderful. I call them Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pies in a Jar, because…well…because that’s pretty much what they are.  They include all of the components of a classic pie, except they’re layered in small, self-contained, single serving jars.  Pretty clever, huh?  Yeah.  I think so too.

I was cleaning out a few things in my prop room, when I came across some Bormioli canning jars that I didn’t even remember I had.  I couldn’t find the rubber rims, so actually canning something in them was pretty much out of the question.  I thought it would be fun to fill them with some kind of scoopable dessert, like a custard or panna cotta.  Then, a bunch of bananas sitting on the counter caught my eye.  “Hmmm,” I thought, “What about banana pudding with vanilla wafers, just like my mother used to make?” That sounded like a plan.  Then, I noticed the jar of peanut butter next to the box of vanilla wafers, and remembered the most amazing peanut butter cream pie that one of our local restaurants is famous for.  I die over that pie!   Honestly, I just couldn’t choose between the two, so I decided to make them both – in the same dessert.  Peanut butter and bananas are already BFFs, so it made perfect sense to pair them up.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made! 

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To make the “crust” for my “pies”, I pulverized some vanilla wafers into crumbs and mixed them with a little sugar and melted butter.  Then, I pressed a thin layer of the mixture down into the bottom of each jar.  After that, I added layers of homemade vanilla bean pastry cream, sliced bananas and peanut butter crumblies that I made by blending crunchy peanut butter and powdered sugar together.   After they were assembled, I snapped on the lids and stored them in the fridge until I was ready to serve them.   It was as easy as pie (pun intended)!  And OMG people, they were unbelievably good!   I could have slurped down that whole bowl of pastry cream all by itself.   Mixed with the other ingredients, it was completely off the charts!

I’ve made other desserts like this before.  I love the idea that everybody gets their own individual portion.  It’s a lot easier than slicing up a pie, it’s neater to eat and it’s a lot more fun.  I think I might really be on to something here.  I’m already toying with the idea of pumpkin streusel pie in a jar for Thanksgiving and apple crumb pie in a jar for Christmas.  Think about it.  You could literally do this with any kind of pie ingredients.  The possibilities are endless.  Deliciously and gloriously endless!

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16 responses to Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie in a Jar Recipe

  1. On November 06, 2011 at 12:01am, angela@spinachtiger said...

    These are too cute and I love peanut butter and banana together. Anything in a jar gets me.

    • On November 10, 2011 at 8:10am, Susan said...

      Me too! :)

  2. On November 06, 2011 at 2:58am, katie said...

    That does indeed look fabulous! All the layers and the little jars really set it off. Yummy!

  3. On November 06, 2011 at 5:09am, Rosa said...

    A great idea! so pretty and luscious looking.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. On November 06, 2011 at 9:44am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Great idea. Sort of like a more sophisticated version of the icebox cakes make out of graham crackers and Jell-O pudding, and Reddi Whip my grandparents used to make me when I was a child. I agree you have endless possibilities with stuff like this. Maybe use graham crackers instead of vanilla wafers – or gingersnaps! Try different fruits – or nuts! Now you have me wanting to do this. I don’t have the jars though and sadly no place to put them if I did. I need a bigger house so I have more space to store more options for how I serve food.

    • On November 10, 2011 at 8:13am, Susan said...

      Great ideas, Rachel! My mom used to make that icebox cake all the time. When I was pregnant, she made it for me using sugar free pudding and cool whip because I couldn’t have sugar. I’d forgotten about that! Maybe, I’ll recreate it for the blog…. :)

  5. On November 07, 2011 at 7:34am, bellini said...

    Love these in a jar treats Susan!

  6. On November 07, 2011 at 9:03am, SMITH BITES said...

    oh how i love individual desserts like this one Susan – and the prof would be all over this – peanut butter and bananas!!

  7. On November 07, 2011 at 2:09pm, Living The Sweet Life said...

    You can never go wrong with Peanut butter and banana’s!! I love the continuous layers of crust and filling ~ delicious!

  8. On November 07, 2011 at 3:49pm, Susafina said...

    Oh…my…heavens! I want to make and eat them NOW.

  9. On November 07, 2011 at 5:54pm, sara said...

    Delicious! What a cute idea! :)

  10. On November 07, 2011 at 5:58pm, Katrina said...

    This sounds lovely! So tasty looking!

  11. On November 09, 2011 at 11:42pm, Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen said...

    Unbelievable how much i want one of this!

  12. On November 14, 2011 at 7:01pm, nicole said...

    I love the presentation just as much as the recipe!

  13. On November 18, 2011 at 3:51pm, Liz said...

    I made these last night and they were a hit! I went a little overboard with the peanut butter crumblies though – the pastry cream is so delicious that the crumblies can overwhelm it if you have a heavy hand.

  14. On November 18, 2011 at 7:28pm, Culinary Collage said...

    This dessert is such a beautiful work of art. What a creative idea to put them in these cute little jars. I love banana cream pie and the addition of peanut is wonderful!

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