The petite blonde slowly made her way through security at the Minneapolis airport. She casually chatted with her traveling companion as she placed her carry-on, laptop bag, shoes, and purse onto the conveyor toward the x-ray machine.

“Miss, is this your bag?” the agent inquired. “Why, yes, it is” the girl answered.

“Please step over here for a moment because I need to check inside” instructs the agent. Unzip. Prodding. “Ah ha! You’re trying to smuggle peanut butter onto an aircraft. This is a federal offense and highly punishable!”

“Oh no!” cries the sweet, innocent girl as they handcuff her. “I couldn’t help myself. Please forgive me!”

Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how it went. But still. I DON’T HAVE MY PEANUT BUTTER!! And I have no doubt that some TSA agents have been enjoying this delightful spread on their morning toast every day this week.

In all seriousness, my Hell’s Kitchen peanut butter was confiscated by security at the airport on my way back from Minneapolis last week. I’m normally very aware of items I pack in my carry-on, but honestly never gave a thought to peanut butter being considered a liquid! Drat. $9 down the drain.

The dark cloud has a silver lining though. That travel companion of mine? She also had the exact same peanut butter in her bag, but apparently they were so preoccupied with me that they totally missed hers! Lucky for me, she is a very nice lady so she’s keeping it at our office and sharing with me. So take that TSA!!

All that peanut butter trouble gave me the hankerin’ for a freezer pie that I used to make at least a few times every summer, so I made it. Because that’s what you do when you have a hankerin’. I don’t make sweets that often, but this one is definitely a hot weather must.


Peanut Butter- Banana Cream Pie

Serves 8. Adapted from Cooking Light.


1 cup vanilla wafer cookies (about 20 cookies)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
Cooking spray

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (4 oz) 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 (8 oz) container frozen fat free whipped topping, thawed
1 large banana, sliced (enough to cover bottom of crust)
chocolate syrup


Preheat oven to 350°. Place cookies in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar and butter; pulse 2 to 3 times or just until combined. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; cool completely on a wire rack.

Place 3/4 cup brown sugar, cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl, beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Arrange banana in bottom of crust. Spread peanut butter mixture over banana; drizzle with chocolate syrup. Cover and freeze 8 hours, let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

*Tip: If you're in a rush or just don't feel like heating up the house, you can take the easy route, and just buy a prepared Nilla wafer crust by Keebler. Sometimes they can be a little difficult to find, but I usually have luck with Publix.

7 Responses to “Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie”

  1. 1

    ErinsFoodFiles — August 11, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    That's ridiculous!! Bringing peanut butter in a carry-on is totally something I would do too.

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    Heather — August 11, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    Oh no! I adore this peanut butter and am very sad on your behalf.

  3. 3

    Lesley — August 11, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    Not being able to take peanut butter into an airplane cabin means the terrorists have won!

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    Hettar7 — August 12, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    I can not believe that your peanut butter was confiscated…. as liquid no less! Liquid? Since when is peanut butter liquid? It doesn't swish in your mouth. You can't pour it through a strainer. Sigh….. If it had been me and it had been some really expensive gourmet peanut butter I think I would have had to crack the sucker open in the baggage area and stuff it all into my face rather than surrender it. Consequences and waistline be darned.

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    Kira — August 12, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    Ugh! We had some spreadable cheese confiscated in Chigago, though they left the freezer jam my mother-in-law made. The pie looks delicious!

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    Epicuriani — August 20, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    Believe it or not, the same thing happened to me, with the same peanut butter. I live in MPLS and was going to visit a friend of mine in Korea, and they TOOK IT FROM ME. They didn't even listen to my argument that technically, peanut butter is a colloid. Let me know if you want more and I will send it to you.

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    betheats — August 22, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the offer Epicuriani! I go up to Minneapolis a few times a year, so I can get some the next time I go, and this time I'll be sure to check my bag instead of carrying on!

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