Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Banana Cream Pie Trifle

Vanilla wafer cookies layered with bananas, whipped cream, and vanilla yogurt. A dessert recipe you don't have to feel guilty about!





It's the end of the night. The kids are in bed. You settle down to catch up on Law & Order SVU. Fixer Upper. Gray's Anatomy. Whatever show it is you're obsessed with these days (those are only three of many for me).

What are you snacking on?

Some days I'm really good and I have an almond milk smoothie. Other days it's a big bowl of ice cream. Or a plate of some sweet treat I made and photographed earlier in the day. And then of course Paul goes ahead and makes frozen pizza and I have a slice (or two).

Either way, I know I HAVE to have something to munch on while I just decompress from the busy day. And what can I say, the end of the night is the WORST for me - apparently I have no willpower at that time! 





Something that has helped me immensely is making sure I have GOOD stuff in the kitchen and fridge at all times, and making sure the BAD stuff never enters my kitchen in the first place. Easier said than done when you're a food blogger I have to admit! I've begun to put any baked goods or treats into small plastic containers in the fridge for the boys to have later - I'm much better when I don't have it staring me in the face every time I walk into the kitchen.




This Banana Cream Pie Trifle is super easy to put together at night for yourself and most of the ingredients I'll bet you have in your kitchen right now as you're reading! Bananas, Yoplait® Vanilla Yogurt, whipped cream, and vanilla wafer cookies - you only need 6-8 cookeis for each trifle. I swear, you will not miss the bowl of ice cream once you get your tastebuds on this dessert. In fact, you could have it for breakfast as well!


 


Banana Cream Pie Trifle

Ingredients
  • 8 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1/2 cup Yoplait® Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • whipped cream
Cooking Directions
  1. Assemble your trifle by placing 4 cookies in the bottom of the dish. Top with half of the yogurt and half of the banana slices. Repeat the layers. Top with some whipped cream. Serve immediately.




I actually let mine sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes to let the cookies soften. It was heavenly!



Grabbing my favorite flavor of Yoplait® yogurt while on my weekly Walmart grocery trip is one way I try to keep healthy and fit on a day-to-day basis. I chose to customize my favorite vanilla yogurt with a banana cream pie theme, but there are countless ways to "1-Up Your Cup" of Yoplait® yogurt: stir in some granola, peanut butter, or blend it in with some frozen fruit. With over 125 different yogurt flavors available, the possibilities are endless! Check out more great ideas on their awesome Pinterest board, too!

What way will you 1-Up Your Cup? Let me know in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumble

Crumbled, chewy brownies topped with cream cheese frosting, maraschino cherries, and whipped cream. The perfect Valentine's Day dessert recipe for the family!






I know I'm partial, but my boys are so adorable. 

:)

Of course I'm talking about all three, but in this case I'm referring to my two older ones. At 4 and almost 7 years old, they are ALL ABOUT mommy's dessert concoctions. Wesley's the lucky duck who is only in preschool three mornings each week, so he's usually here when I'm baking up something special to share here on the blog. He is also usually hiding under the kitchen table, right next to my photography set-up, just waiting until I'm done.

And yes, he's usually the one to taste-test the photo-ready dessert. I'm a total push-over!





Just yesterday I had put together a few mini-trifle glasses of these Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumble desserts. Photos were all done and they were sitting on the counter. Paul came walking through the back door with Silas, who he just picked up from school. What's the first thing I hear out of Wesley's mouth? "SI! Mom made a cherry brownie cake!!!"

And then what does Silas say? 

"YAY!! Mom made brownie cake!!"

Cue little boys jumping up and down in the kitchen.

And yes, this scene plays out at least once a week when I make something sweet to try out for the blog.

I told you they were adorable! :)

These Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumbles are an amazing, EASY dessert idea - perfect to celebrate upcoming Valentine's Day with your little Valentines.




Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumble

Ingredients
  • 1 box Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (plus ingredients called for on box)
  • 1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 container Pillsbury Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice (from the jar)
  • Optional: whipped cream and additional cherries
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare brownie mix according to directed on box, stirring in chocolate chips before spreading into a 9 x 13 baking dish, and baking. Cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together frosting, cherries, and cherry juice. Spread evenly over cooled brownies.
  3. Scoop small pieces of frosted brownies with a spoon and into serving dishes. Top with optional whipped cream and cherries if desired.





My mouth is watering already - yum!





I really love being able to stock up on these great Pillsbury products at Walmart when I stop by during my weekly trip. There's really no need to make brownies completely from scratch when these delicious mixes are available - and they taste amazing. 





It's a great excuse to #MixUpAMoment with my little boys during Valentine's Day! I think we'll share the next batch with their Grandparents, too.






Who would you give these adorable little desserts to? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.


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