Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello
You know why I love jello salad? Because you can legitimately serve dessert as a side dish with dinner and nobody bats an eye. Aunt Beatrice signed up to bring a nice green salad for Easter, but shows up with jello salad instead? It’s aaaall good.  Salad is salad people. Don’t question it.
Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello
Eric didn’t like jello as a kid (he has since mended his ways). His grandmother always brought a special jello recipe to family events and would get so offended when he didn’t eat it. She was always trying to convince Eric’s mom to force him to eat it, as if it were something actually nutritious instead of straight up sugar and fruit.
Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello

My sister-in-law Sandi has made this jello for multiple events over the past year, and every time I end up back in her fridge eating it with a spoon after the party is over. It was her idea to blend it all up. I love how creamy it is. I am all about fruit in jello, and this one certainly has it, but without the inconvenience of chewing. (It’s like the smoothie of jellos. You could even add some spinach to make it healthy. Oh my gosh I’m just kidding.)

Don’t even worry about the sour cream. It makes it creamy and even adds a nice little tang.

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello
This Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello is a good option for Easter. It’s super easy, and make-ahead to boot. It may not be gourmet, but you know what, I don’t think anyone will complain once they taste it. Jello is a classic, embrace it!
Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello
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Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello

Serves Serves 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (6-oz) package Strawberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 24 ounces frozen strawberries, whole or sliced
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups (16-oz) sour cream, light or regular
  • fresh strawberries, to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Empty the jello package into a large bowl. Carefully pour the boiling water over the top, then stir until the jello is dissolved.
  2. Add the frozen strawberries and stir until mostly thawed. Pour this mixture into a large blender.
  3. In a small bowl, roughly mash together the banana and lemon juice. Add this to the blender.
  4. Add the 2 cups of sour cream. Blend for about 30 seconds, some lumps are okay.
  5. Prepare a jello mold or a 10-12 cup bundt pan with nonstick spray. (Or just use a pretty bowl, no need to spray).
  6. Pour the jello into the prepared pan, cover tightly, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, until completely chilled.
  7. To invert the jello, place a plate over the mold and flip. If the jello doesn't come out, fill a large bowl with hot water and hold the bottom of the mold in the water for no more than 1-3 seconds, then invert again. (This will help melt the outer edge, releasing the jello.)
  8. Serve the jello with fresh strawberries.

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Source: slightly adapted from Allrecipes.com

Creamy Strawberry Banana JelloJellooooooo! You know you want this.

Creamy Strawberry Banana JelloAdd the boiling water and stir it up.

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello

Don’t worry about mashing the bananas too much, you just want to make sure to get the lemon juice all over it.

Creamy Strawberry Banana JelloDump it all in a blender (No this is not a Blendtec! I wish!)

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello

And give it a whirl.

Creamy Strawberry Banana JelloIf the jello won’t come out,  hold the mold in a large bowl of hot water for a couple seconds. Should do the trick.

Check out this other jello I posted a while back: Coca Cola Jello Salad with Cherries

Coca-Cola Jello Salad with Cherries