I have always loved a good Banana Cream Pie Milkshake! And Banana Cream Pies in general.
Growing up, my mom and grandma made a delicious Banana Cream Pie with pudding and whipped cream. And then whenever we’d hit Sonic Drive in on road trips I’d order a Banana Cream Pie Milkshake.
There’s something about the creamy and sweet combination, whipped topping, bananas and graham cracker crumbs, yum!
But, they are not the healthiest. And with my severe gluten allergy, and other food allergies in our family, most pies and milkshake type treats aren’t safe either.
I’m always trying out new smoothie ideas with my kids and thought I could make a simple Banana Cream Pie Milkshake (Smoothie) that would work for all of our dietary restrictions and still be tasty.
There are a few keys elements that really help this milkshake/smoothie deliver on the Banana Cream Pie vibes.
- Use ripe bananas and slice and freeze them ahead of time
- Add a few gluten free graham crackers to the actual smoothie
- Top the smoothie with Coco Whip and few extra graham cracker crumbs
This Banana Cream Pie Milkshake (Smoothie) has become one of my family’s favorites, along with the Unicorn Milkshake (Smoothie).
I really think it tastes just like Banana Cream Pie! Creamy and sweet, with delicious whipped topping and graham crackers. It packs more of a nutritional punch with frozen bananas and cashews as the base instead of ice cream too.
Banana Cream Pie Milkshake (Smoothie) Recipe
- 3 ripe bananas (frozen and sliced)
- 2 to 2 and a half cups of almond milk depending on how thick of a milkshake consistency you like (Califia Unsweetened Vanilla is the best for the vanilla ice cream flavor)
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Coconut whipped topping (we like Coco Whip)
- 4 Graham crackers (we use KinniKinnick S’moreables Graham Style Crackers because they are gluten free, dairy free, and still delicious!)
Starting on low, blend everything except one of the graham crackers and the Coco Whip. Increase blender speed and blend until smooth (about 45 seconds). Top with Coco Whip and then crumble remaining graham crackers on top. Enjoy!
Tips to make the best Banana Cream Pie Milkshake
If you have time to plan ahead, slice and freeze ripe bananas to give your milkshake a thick and ice cream-like consistency.
But I’ve also made this recipe using regular (non-frozen) bananas. Just add about 1/2 to 1 full cup of ice to the blender to make it thick and cold.
I definitely recommend using ripe bananas for this milkshake. They are sweeter and taste better blended with the other ingredients.
You can also soak the cashews in water for a few hours, drain them, and then blend them to get an even more creamy consistency. I always forget to soak them and just throw them in raw, but they blend up really well in my Vitamix.
Speaking of Bananas
We have this fun Bananagrams game (that my kids are a little too young to play as intended). But we still enjoy using it to spell their names and learn simple words.
If you’re into scrabble or crossword puzzles, it’s a lot of fun for older kids and adults too!
My kids adore this sweet book called B is for Baby by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank.
There’s an adorable baby, bananas for breakfast, and a sweet story of visiting Baba.
In case you don’t know about Thrive Market, it’s a wonderful online grocery store chock full of healthy and allergy friendly foods, cleaning supplies, health and beauty, and more.
I order a lot of our smoothie ingredients, raw nuts, and other pantry staples from Thrive Market.
Their boxes are sturdy and great for recycled projects too!
Give it a Try!
If you try the Banana Cream Pie Milkshake, we’d love to hear what you think. Happy blending!