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Chocolate-Banana Manjar Pie Cups (Mexican Style Pudding Pie)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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If you do decide to try this, let me know how it turns out in the comments below!

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Chocolate Banana Manjar

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.
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