At first I figured I could just grind up graham crackers and throw them into the blender along with my other ingredients, but I decided that it wouldn't have quite the same effect as that buttery, toasty graham cracker crust that lines the tins of so many banana cream pies. So I essentially made the buttery crumbs for the crust and used them in my milkshake instead of a pie. Because they're baked, they don't get soggy in the milkshake and they really do taste like ground up graham cracker pie crust.
As for the milkshake itself, you'll notice that the milk measurements range from 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup. Start slow with the milk; it's always easy to add more but more difficult if you end up with a liquidy milkshake. You can adjust depending on your tastes here. I'm not sure if it was this milkshake or the simple fact that the flu had run its course, but I felt much better the afternoon I enjoyed this on our front stoop. A new magazine had come in the mail, the sun was suggesting an afternoon showing, and I couldn't help but wonder why I didn't make milkshakes much more often.
Banana Cream Pie Milkshake Makes 1 large milkshake or 2 very small milkshakes You will have enough graham cracker pie crumbs for 2 milkshakes, so feel free to save the remainder in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for a future milkshake. Or if you have two milkshake-loving folks at home, double the recipe and make two shakes! 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup vanilla ice cream 1 ripe banana 3 tablespoons - 1/4 cup whole milk 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Whipped cream, to top To make the graham cracker pie crumbs, preheat the oven to 350°F. Stir together the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Turn out onto a small baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. In a blender, combine the ice cream, banana, milk, 1/2 cup of the graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass, and top with whipped cream and a pinch of graham cracker crumbs.Related: Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Milkshakes (Image: Megan Gordon)