It has been over two months since my last post. To say we have been busy is a total understatement. If you follow me on Instagram at all, you will see that we recently moved across the country and have been trying to get settled in our new place. Our household goods shipment was delayed by an entire month, so we lived on bare floors and paper plates for that time. Loads of fun with small kiddos, pets, and a big pregnant belly! All is well now, and I finally have my kitchen in order.
I love desserts. I enjoy trying new ways to make them, and this version of banana pudding is one of my favorites. I have about four different banana pudding recipes that I lean on at any given time depending on where I am going and who I am serving. This version is quick, delicious, and great for someone looking to try a new way to make a classic.
Whipped Banana Pudding
You will need:
- 6 bananas
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 box Nilla Wafers (must be Nilla Wafers…absolute must)
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 1/2 cup sugar+ 2 tsp of sugar
- 3 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- pie dish, clear jars, or serving cups
Start by making the homemade vanilla pudding. Don’t be intimidated! This is very simple, and it tastes amazing. In a sauce pan, add in the 2 cups of cold whole milk, and whisk in the 3 tbsp corn starch. *The milk must be cold in order for the corn starch to mix in. Otherwise, it will turn into a clumpy mess.* Turn the heat to medium, and start stirring. Once the mixture is hot, add in the sugar and salt. You’re going to want the mixture to get hot, but not to boil. It will look and feel like it’s not ever going to thicken, but all of a sudden, it will be pudding! So keep your eye on it and continue stirring every 30 seconds or so for 10-15 minutes. Once it can coat the back of a spoon, you’ve got about 2-3 more minutes of stirring until it is nice and thick.
Once the mixture turns to pudding, transfer to a separate bowl and stir in the 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap, and press the plastic wrap down onto the pudding. Otherwise, a skin will form, and nobody likes that. Put in the fridge for an hour (or freezer for 20-30 minutes if you want to speed things up).
The pudding should be room temp or colder. If it is still warm after an hour, pop it back in the fridge until it reaches the right temp. Otherwise, it will completely ruin the next step.
Add the 1pt of heavy whipping cream to a bowl, and either by hand or with a mixing attachment, whip until it forms stiff peaks. Add 1tsp of vanilla and 2 tsp of sugar to it and whip until just combined.
This is where my banana pudding takes a different turn, but trust me- it is delicious. Take the pudding mixture and gently fold it into the whipped cream until it is just combined. It should form a silky texture at this point.
In your pie dish, or serving vessel that you chose, go ahead and put down a layer of Nilla wafers (set aside 4-5 wafers at this point for the topping). On top of the wafers, layer a few scoops of the whipped pudding mixture and smooth it out, and top that with sliced bananas. Add more Nilla wafers, whipped pudding mixture, and sliced bananas until the dish is full and topped with the whipped pudding mixture. For the topping, I crush the set aside wafers and sprinkle them all around. Put this into the refrigerator for at least an hour before eating. It is better overnight, but if you just can’t wait, an hour is completely fine.
When you are ready to serve, just scoop some out and put into a bowl. If you made this in serving cups or jars, follow the same layering instructions until your cups are as full as you want them. This recipe will fill an entire pie dish to the top with banana pudding.
I hope you love this recipe! I adore banana pudding, and this version just changes things up a bit without adding or taking away any of the best parts. The homemade pudding is absolutely wonderful, but if it intimidates you to make it, a box of instant vanilla pudding won’t hurt a bit.
As always, thank you for your support. I am due to give birth to this little guy around August 8th, but if he is anything like his sisters, he will arrive no earlier than a week late! That is fine by me though… I will enjoy my sleep as long as I can.
Lots of love and many blessings,
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.