Quick and Easy Banana Cream Pie Crunch with Blueberries

When I was a little girl we lived in Missouri, way out in the country in a little town. And even though the town was small, the people were giants. It was the happiest time of my life and I remember some of those young years so clearly like it was yesterday. Tadpoles in the spring, snow angels in the winter and fireflies and picnics in the summer time. The food at those picnics was epic! Everything was homemade, coconut cake, potato salad, fried chicken and banana cream pie. Yum!!

And one of mums favorite sweets ever in the whole world, is banana cream pie. I needed to make a desert recently, but we didn’t have everything we needed to make the cherry crunch I wanted to make, so I had to improvise with what we had. And please let me say, that it turned out ten times better than I thought it would. Let’s just say it was AMAZING! Mum ate half of it in one day it was so good!

Banana cream pie necessities
Banana cream pie necessities

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1/4 pound of butter
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 rounded teaspoons of coconut sugar or you can use brown sugar
  • 1 package Jello vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 bread baking pan
  • 1 jar
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 fork

Preheat your oven according to the directions on your cake mix.

Pour your cold milk and instant pudding into the jar. Put the lid back on and shake semi vigorously for 1 minute.

Slice banana into thin slices
Slice banana into thin slices

Pour your pudding into the bottom of the bread pan. Wash your blueberries and add into the pudding. Slice your banana into thin pieces and add to the pudding. Your pudding will start to thicken and you might need to use a spoon to press them in just under the top.

Sprinkle the 3 rounded teaspoons of coconut sugar over the top of your pudding, bananas and blueberries.

Mix melted butter and cake mix into a stiff dough
Mix melted butter and cake mix into a stiff dough

Pour your cake mix into a bowl. Melt your 1/4 pound of butter and add to your cake mix. Stir together until all the cake mix and butter make a stiff dough. Crumble the dough over the top of the pudding and fruit.

Crumble dough over the pudding and fruit
Crumble dough over the pudding and fruit

Place on the center rack in your oven and bake according to the directions for your cake mix. If you would bake a cake for 30 mins, them bake the crunch for the same time.

It should be just a little golden on top and bubbly on the edges when it’s done.

Let it cool a little or a lot. It’s great served hot over ice cream and it’s amazing at room temp or cold! Makes about 8 servings.

Lightly golden and bubbly at the edges. Serve warm or cold.
Lightly golden and bubbly at the edges. Serve warm or cold.

This did not last long at our house, but its now on our top 10 list for easy deserts! We think its almost better than banana cream pie and the blueberries add a nice fresh pop. I hope you and your family will enjoy it as much as ours has!

Happy eating!

Marianne


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