I know I've told y'all that we moved
a million times already, but I don't think that I've mentioned that we are squatters for the month of May. We own a house here but we're waiting for our tenants to leave before we can move in. Most of our stuff is in storage and what we have with us is in boxes, bags and bins... it's not pretty. Where are we keeping this ugly mess you ask? At Allen's grandparent's house. I'm too embarrassed to show you what their upstairs now looks like - it's a disaster. Allen's grandmother is being a saint considering the chaos our little family has brought into her house. I was trying to think of a way to help them out since we are invading them. All I've come up with is cooking and it's a little bit of a challenge for me since neither of them eat much and Nanny is newly diabetic. She's not loving the diabetic diet because it's cramping her style... it doesn't allow for her regular milkshakes and desserts. Being a good grand-daughter-in-law (is that even a term?), I decided to do a little investigating into the world of sugar free desserts... and by investigating, I mean Pinterest.
I found a few things, but most of the pins were full of sugar substitutes ... 1/4 cup of splenda or six packets of sweet and low and honestly friends, I just couldn't bring myself to make anything like that no matter how hard I tried. It just sounded --- chemically (please don't send me nasty comments about your love of splenda, I know lots of people love it. It just weirds me out.) I was about to lose hope when a pin from My Recipes popped up.
A banana cream pie smoothie. I almost wrote it off because I assumed it would call for a box of splenda and some sweet and low sprinkled on top, but I read it anyway. I was so wrong. It didn't have any sugar substitutes in it at all... YAY! Time to test this puppy out.
The original recipe called for a low fat vanilla yogurt and I'm sure it would have been fine, if I had it, but I only had plain greek yogurt so that was going to have to do. The yogurt change started the usual steam roll effect and I made changes here and there and whipped up my version of this smoothie. After carefully pouring it into a little glass, I brought it downstairs... to Nanny. She was going to be my tester because she knows milkshakes. Now Nanny is a true southern lady and was not going to tell me if she hated it so I decided to go outside and take a few shots of the smoothie and let her taste it in peace. I came back in to this -
A good sign (and yes, that is her sweet Mac in the background that I covet) Allen asked her how it was and she said it was "pretty good," so he asked if she would drink it again and she said "I'd like that again." She even said that she had some bananas in the kitchen and we could use them. I am declaring victory! For the record, I tasted it and it was dang good... not just good... dang good. I may make another one to have as a victory drink.
Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
adapted from MyRecipes.com (Cooking Light)
1 C frozen sliced bananas (mine were in the freezer about 2 hrs)
1 C greek yogurt
1/2 C low-fat milk
2 tsp crumbled whole wheat graham cracker (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp honey
3-4 ice cubes
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. This makes about 16 ounces.