There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world to accurately convey how freakin’ excited I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t believe it!!!!!!!
On Monday afternoon, I got a call from the library I interviewed at on Thursday. The director had told me not to expect a decision until later this week, so when I saw the number on my phone, my heart jumped into my throat. When she offered me the Children’s Librarian position, I was so excited that I accepted before she told me how much I’d be making or the fine details of the position.
Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about that. After working for and volunteering at the BEST library in the world during my days in Brainerd, I knew that becoming a Children’s Librarian was what I wanted to do with my life. I LOVE creating programs and helping kids love reading, exploring, and learning. When I found out we were moving to Mankato, I started job searching right away, applied to what is essentially my dream job, and crossed my fingers.
I couldn’t believe my luck in finding an open Children’s Librarian job, but when they called me in for my interview, I was over the moon. A chance to actually be in the running for a professional librarian position?!
I cannot express how completely and utterly grateful I am for this opportunity. I cried. Real tears (after I got off the phone, fortunately. You can ask Stefania). I will be the best Children’s Librarian I possibly can be, and work my butt off to make the library programs absolutely amazing. My heart is 110% in this job, and I cannot WAIT to begin!
In the meantime, LET’S CELEBRATE! And what better way to celebrate than with PIE?!
I love pie (you may recall my Key Lime Pie recipe). I choose pie over cake, brownies, cookies–pretty much anything besides ice cream (because, why choose between the two? Just do ala mode!).
This Banana Cream Pie recipe changed my life. It was the first time I really tried making a raw dessert, and MAN is it good. This recipe is Shane’s favorite and most requested dessert. The flavor is out of this world, and as a bonus it is made with 100% whole food ingredients. Chia seeds act as the thickener to turn the coconut milk into pudding, and are packed with so much nutrition they are know as a “super food.”
Top this delicious pie with coconut shreds or homemade coconut whipped cream. Either way, it is healthy enough to have for breakfast. Trust me. I’m a librarian. 😉
Julia’s Best Ever Coconut Banana Cream Pie
For the Crust
For the ingredients & directions for my Super Easy Oatmeal Crust, check out my Key Lime Pie post!
For the Filling
1 can Coconut Milk, either full fat or light
1 cup Shredded Coconut
1 cup Chia Seeds
2 tsp Vanilla
4 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2-3 ripe Bananas
Make the crust according to directions. Set in the fridge.
In a large bowl, mash up 2-3 ripe bananas. Once they are good and creamy (a few chunks is fine), whisk the coconut milk, shredded coconut, vanilla, chia seeds and maple syrup.
Pour the banana mixture into that delicious pie crust. Lick the spoon. Heck, lick the bowl.
Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the pudding has thickened enough so it doesn’t wobble when you shake the pie tin back and forth.
Top with shredded coconut, coconut whipped cream, or more sliced banana. Whatever sounds good to you.
A glass of bubbly to toast your awesomeness!
I’m a real librarian! I’m a real author! I guess this year has been pretty darn good, huh? 🙂
Mankato, here I come!
Happiest of Wednesdays!