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When I was a girl growing up in Mexico there was one drink that I remember always drinking with my breakfast – banana milk. My mom or my grandma would always make it from scratch, adding some bananas, sugar, and milk and blending it up. It was always one of my favorites.
I always planned on carrying on the tradition when I had kids of my own, but now that I do, I have found that sometimes I just don’t have time. In fact, I never made banana milk for my boys until just a few weeks ago! That said, they loved it, and have been asking for it ever since. Unfortunately, I am not able to make it too often, so I am so happy that I recently found a pre-made version at Walmart! It is called Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk. I stocked up on it and my kids have really been enjoying it every since. Click here to find out where you can buy it.
Sir Bananas™ has a great creamy taste, is made with real bananas, and comes in two flavors – Bananamilk – 2% milk, and Chocolate Bananamilk – 2% milk. It is a great option for kids, especially if they love bananas! Today I am going to share a recipe using Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk, and if you want to learn more about the product and find some other great recipes, you will want to check out their site here.
Today’s recipe is a variation of a delicious dessert that in Mexico is called “manjar” (pronounced “mawnhar”) which is really the Mexican version of pudding. I always looked forward to eating it when I was younger, and I still love it now that I am an adult. This is a relatively simple recipe to make, and your kids will love it.
The traditional version uses regular milk, but I wanted to change it up a little bit, so I used Sir Bananas™ instead. I have to say – this was a great choice, as this turned out to be one of the most delicious versions of manjar that I have ever had! It seemed extra creamy and smooth, and the addition of the banana flavor was just what it needed.
As you can see, I also decided to add a homemade chocolate cookie crust to put under the manjar, but that step is totally optional. This is a great snack that you can make for your kids for an after school snack, or for something a little bit lighter than ice cream for dessert. It doesn’t matter when you decide to serve it, your kids (and you) are sure to enjoy it just like we do!
If you do decide to try this, let me know how it turns out in the comments below!
Chocolate Banana Manjar
For the Manjar
- 1 package of vanilla flavored maizena found in the Hispanic section at Walmart
- 1 liter of Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk or you can use regular milk
- 1 T of vanilla extract
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of sugar if you are making with the chocolate base, you might omit this for a healthier option
For the Chocolate Base
- 15 cream filled chocolate cookies
- 1/2 stick of butter melted
For the Manjar
- Start by blending 1 cup of the Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk, the maizena, the vanilla, the egg and the sugar until smooth.
- Add the rest of the Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk to a medium sized pot with the cinnamon stick and bring to a slow boil over medium heat.
- Once boiling, remove the cinnamon stick, add the above mixture and reduce heat to medium-low.
- Before the mixture comes to a boil again, stir rapidly until it reaches a pudding-like consistency. At this point you can stir in raisins if desired.
- Remove from the heat and pour into individual cups (on top of the chocolate base if using).
- You can eat it immediately, or you can put it in the refrigerator to chill.
For the Chocolate Base
- Crush the cream filled chocolate cookies and combine with the melted butter.
- Stir together and press into the bottom of the cups that you are using.