One of the things I love about living where I do (outside Sacramento) is how close it is to lakes and mountains. Lake Tahoe is less than two hours away, making it super easy to head to the snow in the winter or to the lake in summer.
Last summer we took a couple of day trips to Donner Lake. I think I prefer the beach we went to over the large, overpopulated Lake Tahoe beaches. It was a small shore-front, had bathrooms (a must), and Truckee is a little bit closer than Tahoe City. And? There’s a Dairy Queen in Truckee.
Now, I’ve talked to you all about my love of Dairy Queen. Many of you are new, and might want to check out that story. Because now, I’ve passed my love of all things DQ down to Jordan.
When I mention Donner Lake, she mentions stopping at DQ on our way home. Girl after my own heart!
Anyway, back to the point. Last year on our first trip to DQ, the special of the month was a banana cream pie blizzard.
I may have died a little and gone to pie heaven when I saw that. And it tasted even better.
So I knew, one day, I would want to recreate it at home.
And now I have.
Two-ingredient ice cream has been all the rage these days. Last year, I made this ice cream out of Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk and it turned out awesome (are you surprised I used Nutter Butter’s?) I have an ice cream maker, but I love this recipe because it’s so easy, versatile, and I can make it (almost) fat-free (using both fat-free Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk).
This time I kicked it up a notch with banana pudding, chunks of pie crust, and chunks of banana.
It tastes exactly like a banana cream pie. It was exactly how I remembered the blizzard, but more ice-creamy. So. Freakin’. Awesome.
I will be making this again. And, oh, the other pie creations I could make…
And it’s okay if you, ahem, eat the whole thing yourself. Because besides the pie crust, it’s fat-free!
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