Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie

PIE IS A SYMBOL OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MOM AND HER WAY WITH DESSERTS.”  Pascale le Draoulec.

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Well if this mom has a way with desserts, her kids would never know.  They don’t eat them much!  I don’t know what to say other than I can’t believe they’re mine.  But my kids just aren’t sweet eaters.  Birthday cakes?  Unless it’s plain vanilla, no icing, with a slight sprinkling of powdered sugar…..maybe.  Ice cream?  Now we’re talking!  So when the “fabulous 14”, the fun loving, creative and talented women who brought you Crêpe Week, Beer Week and Soup Week decided on Sweets Week, my head went straight to this recipe. 

It has been a really fun week of Sweets for Your Sweetie Pies.  The true sweetie pies in my life are my boys (now young men).  So I decided on this incredible Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie.  Every luscious layer of this ice cream pie blends together to have you feeling like you are enjoying your favorite smoothiePureed strawberries, bananas and blueberries are combined with vanilla frozen yogurt and stacked on a sweet granola pie crust.  Your spoon may not be fast enough and you’ll be wishing you had a straw!  And I’ve put together a Pie Package for one lucky winner. . . . .

But first, the recipe for this sweet, smoothie pie.  You may make the entire pie from scratch, use store bought ingredients, or a combination.  I used Haagen Dazs low fat vanilla frozen yogurt.  The one thing I encourage is this…..DO NOT substitute the fresh fruit in each layer.  It really shines through in this frozen dessert and is truly the highlight of this ice cream pie.  And this pie lends itself really well to variation:  different berries, any flavor ice cream, classic graham cracker crust or how about crushed pretzels or ice cream cones?

 

BERRY SMOOTHIE ICE CREAM PIE:

Yields: 1 pie is 10-12 servings

Level of Difficulty:  easy

Adapted from Southern Living

 

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Use your favorite granola for the crust.  I used Crunchy Monkey made by Little Red Wagon Granola.  It is full of oats, banana chips, almonds, pecans, chocolate chips, cinnamon and spices!  Here’s how to throw it all together:

 

GRANOLA PIE CRUST:

  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite granola
  • 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Place the granola in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until you have small crumbs.  Drizzle in the butter and pulse it again until it is combined.  Press the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 10 inch springform pan.  Refrigerate the pan until the granola mixture is firm, about 15 minutes.  Then bake the crust for about 10-15 minutes.  The crust will become golden and fragrant.  Let the crust cool completely before filling with your ice cream mixture.

BERRY SMOOTHIE ICE CREAM FILLING:

  • 4 pints of premium vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries
  • 2 ripe bananas, roughly sliced into chunks
  • 1/4 of a cup of powdered sugar, divided
  • additional fresh fruit for garnish

Let the vanilla ice cream stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, puree your strawberries in a blender with 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar.  Process this for about 10-15 seconds.  Transfer the strawberry mixture to a bowl.  Rinse out your blender and repeat this process for your blueberries and 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar.  Transfer the blueberry mixture to another bowl.  Rinse the blender and repeat one last time with the bananas and 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar.  Transfer the banana mix to a third bowl. 

Place 2 pints of vanilla ice cream in a large mixing bowl.  Roughly chop any large clumps of ice cream.  Fold the strawberry mixture into the ice cream until it is blended.  The ice cream will become more of a liquid and this is okay.  Pour half of the strawberry mixture into your prepared pie crust pan.  Place in the freezer for about 1/2 hour.  Next, place 1 pint of vanilla ice cream into another mixing bowl.  Fold in the blueberry mixture and place the bowl in the freezer.  Repeat this step once more with the last pint of ice cream and the banana puree.  Place that bowl into the freezer as well.  After 3o minutes has passed, take out the pan and the bowl of banana puree.  Stir the banana puree to be sure it’s combined and slightly liquid and pour it over the strawberry layer.  The pan goes back into the freezer for another 30 minutes.  Then repeat the next layer with the blueberry mixture.  Freeze for a half an hour.  And then finally, stir the remaining strawberry mixture and pour it over the blueberry mixture.  Freeze for at least 3 hours or until all the layers are firm.  And then cover with plastic wrap.  Take the pie out of the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before serving.  Garnish with additional fruit.

These layers are so pretty!

 

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie | From My Sweet Heart

 

I really love pie of all types and I enjoy making them all year round.  As a matter of fact, I enjoy pie so much, that I made a little Pie Package to share with one lucky reader.  If you love pie as much as I do, and would like a chance to win this little package, all you need to do is answer this question in the comment section.  WHAT IS ONE TYPE OF PIE, OTHER THAN THIS SMOOTHIE PIE,  THAT YOU HAVE NEVER MADE YET, BUT ARE HOPING TO TRY?

 **THE CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED AND THE WINNER IS KRIS (FROM SUGAR COOKIES TO PETERBILTS)**

I would like to keep the playing field equal for those who are not into the many forms of social media, so everyone gets one shot.  This contest is open to U.S. residents only.  The contest will run from 8am EST on Saturday 2/16/13 and will end at midnight EST on Monday 2/18/13.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on Tuesday 2/19/13 in the comments section here and notified by email.  You will have 48 hours to respond or at which time another winner will be chosen.

Here’s the loot (notice on the left of the picture how the sun was shining hearts down on me that day!):

 

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You will receive TWO of my favorite pie cookbooks:

  • Sweetie Pies by Patty Pinner
  • A Year of Pies by Ashley English

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You will also receive:

  • One 9 inch white ceramic pie dish from Sur La Table

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You will also receive:

  • 1 pretty kitchen towel from the Sur La Table vintage collection.

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You will also receive:

  • One pie crust shield from Sur La Table (fits any 9-10 inch pie and assures that your crust doesn’t brown too quickly before your pie has finished baking!)
  • One OXO Good Grips pastry cutter (perfect for forming your best crust ever!)

 

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You will also receive:

  • A ceramic bird pie vent from Sur La Table (a pretty little bluebird to bake in your pie, allowing steam to vent!)
  • An Ateco pastry brush (to lavish your pies with eggwash before baking)
  • One jar of bright white sparkling sugar from India Tree (my favorite sprinkles to give a little sparkle to your pie crust or other desserts!)

 

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And last, but not least:

  • My undying love and gratitude if you stop by my fellow Sweets Week creators to see what wonderful and yummly things they’ve whipped up for this special Valentine week of treats!  Here’s the official line up and there is also another give away on the menu by my kind and generous friend Jeanne, of Inside NanaBread’s Head!

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:

So good luck everyone!  Enjoy the treats and make something special for someone you love!

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Comments

  1. says

    Now that’ is one beautiful ice cream pie! I cannot believe how fantastic your giveaway is… it’s amazingly generous! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Anne!! Wishing everyone luck on the giveaway… someone will win a fantastic prize. :) **let it me be me** hee!hee! :)

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Ramona! Crazy to make ice cream pie in February, but I love ice cream all year round. Though with the temps this week, I’d rather have a bowl of your beautiful red curry soup! : )

  2. says

    I think the Mr. would love this pie as much as I would. I have been thinking about making more pies and this is the kick in the pants I need. Chess pie is what I’d like to make. Love this giveaway, thank you.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Sandra! I’ve been curious about Chess Pie too! But it’s your beautiful Chocolate Pound Cake Cupcakes that are calling my name! That glaze is incredible! : )

  3. Martha R says

    I had to go back to my pinterest pie board and see which pie appealed to me this morning…..I’m thinking the Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache! Thank you for all your sweet recipes and the chance at this giveaway!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Hi Martha….and I have a Pinterest Pie Board, too! I am definitely making a coconut cream pie this year, maybe around Easter! But that chocolate ganache sounds like a great addition! : )

  4. says

    Anne, you make the most gorgeous desserts! I’ve been meaning to try a Hoosier specialty…a sugar cream pie…maybe I’ll get it done this year :)

    PS…what a marvelous giveaway!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Liz….and that’s what I always say about you! Your chocolate lava cakes look heavenly! And that sugar cream pie sounds wonderful! : )

  5. says

    Anne, your pie looks super delicious! I love your prize package too I would love to win those pie cookbooks and all the other beautiful items. I am a pie freak! I think it’s a genetic thing – lol. My grandma and mom made pies a lot – between the two I bet a week didn’t go by that I got to enjoy a slice. My favorite (as of late) is custard. I can’t get enough. Of all the pies I’ve made over the years, I’ve never made a chocolate cream pie. I need to do that right after I make yours!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Eileen! As a fellow baker, I know you could appreciate this prize! The only pie I remember from growing up were these individual deep dish apple pies my mother would make at Thanksgiving. I’d love to enjoy pie weekly, though! And chocolate cream pie sounds like a GREAT choice. Though I’d be happy eating one of your beautiful sugar yeast donuts right now! : )

  6. says

    Wow. I love this pie. It reminds me of the banana split pies my mother used to make in the summer when we were little. It has been a very long time since I’ve had one. I love your fro-yo twist on it, and love the fresh fruits. You certainly helped send our Sweets Week out with a bang, Anne! Love the pie; love the giveaway; love that little bluebird pie vent!

    I’ve had my eye on this recipe found on Pinterest. I can’t wait to try it:
    http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/pies/uss-missouri-buttermilk-pie/

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh Jeanne….that banana split pie sounds awesome! I loved participating in Sweets Week with everyone….you all the the best! Thanks so much for inviting me in! And that buttermilk pie looks fabulous! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Susan….and I am really curious about Chess Pie and Lemon Chess Pies in particular. Good luck! I’d love to see that pie on your site! : )

  7. says

    Wow, just… wow, Anne. I was not prepared for the amazing beauty that is this pie. I want this right now (doesn’t help that I just came back from a trail run, so I’m starving!)! All of it. I don’t want to share.
    Hmmm, as far as pies go, I’ve made a lot of different ones, to varying degrees of success, but I have never made any “cream” pie. The Husband shudders at the thought, not being a sweets person himself, but I feel like I would not be honoring his Southern heritage if I did not attempt a coconut cream pie at least once. I’m sure I could choke it down all by myself….
    But really, what a great idea for a granola crust! I’ll bet that adds so much depth to the flavor! I’m so glad you joined our “Theme Weavers!”

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh Allison….thanks so much. And I have been waiting most of the week for your Home made Lemon Marshmallows! Those look so outrageously good and I’m crazy about anything and everything lemon! I am totally with you on the coconut cream pie! If you don’t make it in honor of your hubs’ heritage….I will! And I’m so happy to be a part of the “Theme Weavers”….(don’t put that song in my head again!)….thanks for making me feel so welcome! : )

  8. Ann Mc says

    The pie is stunning! Believe it or not – I’ve never made a BLUEBERRY pie! ….and I love to make pies! Thanks for a terrific giveaway!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Ann. And sometimes it’s the simple things we keep putting on the back burner. I LOVE blueberry pie. Looking forward to great summer berries again. I owe you an email. I am so happy you stopped by today….I miss you so much! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Uru…and unfortunately I have a weakness for ALL pie! Loved reading about your Nutella days….lots of deliciousness there! : )

  9. S. Isaac says

    What an awesomely fun giveaway! And thanks for the no social media thoughtfulness. I am a pie-bakin’ girl but I have never made a raspberry pie yet! And raspberry is one of my all time faves. Just getting some raspberry bushes established in my back yard but the rabbits are defeating me…:(

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Hello Ms. Isaac! I’m glad you like this giveaway. I plan to have more in the future! I realize that many people aren’t involved in all forms of social media….I have a love/hate thing with them myself. And I just wanted to keep it fair. But I’m glad to know you are a pie-bakin girl like me! Raspberry pie sounds awesome! I envy your raspberry bushes. And rabbits….are the reason I can’t plant cucumbers anymore! Good luck! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Anna….and I just want to dig in to all of your recipes….especially that chocolate souffle! Well done! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Kathryn…..I’m not a fan of rhubarb, but maybe if you win you can convince me! I know so many people love that combo! You may want to add tofu and liver to it, though! ;- }

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Natalie….and the granola crust was the best part here. I know you are already a pie pro….that coconut custard pie was gorgeous! : )

  10. says

    I love love love this smoothie pie! Pinned to make for my hubby this Summer…he’ll love this, and it would be so pretty for Easter or even July 4th! Believe it or not, I’ve never made a from-scratch apple pie. It’s on my kitchen bucket list.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Hi Wendy and thanks so much! I’ve made apple pies before but still feel like I could probably perfect it somehow! Your slow cooker cassoulet looks fabulous! : )

  11. says

    Anne ~ Every layer sounds so absolutely delicious! The crust being made from granola has me wanting to have a slice of this right away. The pie that I have always wanted to try, and for some reason have never tackled is a French Silk Pie.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Kris….and I have always wanted to make a French Silk Pie, too! I’ll let you perfect the recipe first… ;- }

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks John….and you know I just love your site. Your ingredients are always unique and I feel like I learn so much. That pasta with shrimp and fennel looks marvelous! : )

  12. says

    What a pretty pie you’ve made! And that package of goodies is amazing! I would love to use the cook books and gadgets in my kitchen. what would I make first? Tough Choice!! Maybe a lemon meringue pie, that was always my dad’s favorite but not one I’ve made since I was about 10 years old trying to make him a Father’s Day surprise!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Holly…your brioche rolls are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for your compliments. I love pie and lemon meringue is a pretty good choice! And a great reason to pull out the blow torch! ;- }

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Lauren….and I had fun participating in sweets week with you! Lemon meringue is a really great choice….I’m in! : )

  13. says

    I am not a cake fan, but I definitely am a pie fan!! This pie is incredible!! With all of that fruit, I would even be tempted to call it “healthy”. That would be my rationalization for the day anyway. :) Bobby and I are both Key Lime pie lovers but I’ve never made one. I usually make fruit pies and then of course, pecan pie. So to answer your question – a Key Lime Pie. What a fabulous giveaway! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks MJ….and I have no doubt you can bake a mean pie! I would kill for a slice of your pecan pie! I love key lime pie…and that ‘s one that I want to put on the blog this year! And your slow cooker steel cut oats look awesome. I’d love to have breakfast waiting for me in the morning! : )

  14. JC says

    I have never made a lemon meringue pie, and they are one of my favorite pies. Thank you so much for this sweet offer. (I HAVE visited all your other Sweet Weeks co-creators and loved their creations.)

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks for taking the time to see what my cohorts did with Sweets Week, JC! I really appreciate that! And lemon meringue is one of my favorites! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Jessica! And your chicken corn chowder is what I could have used here today! And I would LOVE to see your version of a strawberry meringue pie! : )

  15. Franny says

    I would looooooove to make coconut cream pie!!! Im in love with the ice cream and think that its so delicious!! If I won, that is definately what I would make.

  16. Katie says

    This pie looks absolutely delicious! Love the idea of granola for the crust rather than something like graham crackers.

    I have never made, but would like to try my hand at strawberry rhubarb pie It seems like the quintessential pie to usher in the warmer season!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks so much Katie and I’m so glad you stopped by! It is coming up on rhubarb and strawberry season and that is such a classic great combo for a spring pie. Actually, you and Jon can make that to celebrate when Barnaby wins the photo contest! I’ll be voting for him…and often! : )

  17. rachel says

    I have a few pie recipes that I’ve been saving (deep dish pumpkin meringue pie, mexican chocolate pie)…this might inspire me to actually try them!

  18. Amy Z. says

    I’ve always wanted to try making key lime pie, but never got around to it! I’m planning on trying it out for my brother’s birthday – it’s his favorite kind!

  19. says

    Oh thats one awesome pie…looks incredible. I am sure it wud have tasted great too. Loved your give away too…thats alot of stuff:).All the best for the lucky one!

  20. Joyce H. says

    Anne, I would LOVEEEEEEEEEEE to make key lime pie!!!!!!!!! This would be my VERY FIRST pie *smiling from ear to ear!!!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Awwww Joyce….how cool that would be! Key lime pie is one of my favorites and I know Mita Kleek would love it, too! : )

  21. Margot C says

    I have always wanted to make a Boston Cream Oie but have never tried. It would be pretty in that dish wouldn’t it!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Margot….I LOVE Boston Cream Pies….so so good. And you are right…it would look pretty in this dish! Good luck! : )

  22. Sandra C says

    I can’t wait to try the Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie. It looks amazing! Speaking of berries, I would love to learn how to make an old fashion berry pie with bottom and top crusts! Yum!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Sandra…thanks so much and I would LOVE to make some sort of mixed berry pie. Don’t you just love the bottom crust of a pie when it gets all saturated with berry juice! It’s the best part to me! Good luck! : )

  23. jacquie says

    i’m drooling over your pie – yummy. i much prefer pie/crisps over any kind of cake. i have never made a chocolate silk pie so would like to experiment with that.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Hi Jacquie and thanks so much! I love pies and cakes equally….gosh it’s hard for me to choose between those! But making a chocolate silk pie sounds like a wonderful idea! : )

  24. Anne Boeckl says

    Thanks to everyone for your very kind comments. The winner of the Pie Package is. . . . . (insert drum roll here)……..Kris @ From Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts!!!! Congratulations Kris! We look forward to seeing one of your luscious pies (French Silk?) very soon!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh…thanks Stephanie and so sorry that it looks like you were writing this post as I was announcing the winner! But coconut cream pie is high on my to do list this year! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh thanks Roxana…..and I don’t blame your daughter for loving strawberries so much….it won’t be long before we get them fresh again. I’d make up some jam so I could put it on your best ever dinner rolls….cuz I’d eat those beauties breakfast, lunch and dinner! : )

  25. says

    Too bad for me I was late getting here! I love pie. As a child, I would ask for pie instead of a birthday cake. Fruit pies are my favorite. We had a big red raspberry patch growing up and I have a special fondness for a double crusted raspberry pie like Mom made. Can’t seem to duplicate it, though!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh Rosemary…I’m sorry you were late, too! Hopefully next time, because I plan on doing this periodically. I envy the raspberry patch. I would love to make a raspberry pie one day. Meanwhile, your last post, was one of the most heartwarming posts I’ve read in a long time! : )

  26. roberta says

    Thank you for posting such luscious recipies, I found your link through Crispy Creamy Sweet!I’m looking for recipes that would use my crazy blueberry crop a bit! Started with your Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo, love lemons and blueberries together! Now I’m looking at so many more and must try this Berry Smoothie Pie. Very well written, easy and concise, love that you use ready made things as I often don’t have time to make every aspect from scratch!
    Thanks again, I’ll be checking back!
    Happy Independence Day/Weekend!
    roberta

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks so much Roberta! One of my favorite things about summer is enjoying really good, fresh blueberries. So I use them a lot in my recipes! Glad you stopped over from Anna’s site. She is amazing. Hope you get a chance to make this smoothie pie…it’s so good! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment! : )

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