I keep talking to y’all about dinner meals, like the one I posted last week on crockpot beef baby back ribs, but we occasionally need to treat ourselves to some tasty desserts. One of my easy favorites is banana pudding. This dessert is effortless to prepare, but I do something slightly different with mine that you will find equally delish.
- Belgian Waffle Crisps (4 or more boxes)
- Vanilla or French Vanilla Jello pudding
- Whipped cream
- Vanilla extract
So, I usually use the french vanilla or vanilla pudding because there will be enough banana flavor from the actual bananas used in the recipe. However, if you are a traditionalist, you can use the banana pudding flavor. Mix the french vanilla in the bowl with the milk that is required and then add a teaspoon of vanilla extra to intensify the vanilla flavor. Use a mixer to whip the pudding, milk, and vanilla extract together until it’s nice and creamy. Slice your bananas. I usually cut the bananas on an angle similar to the way that plantain is cut. I do it like this because I prefer longer banana cuts and not the circular ones.
Get out the dish that you plan to prepare the banana pudding in. I use a glass bread pan because it allows me to concentrate everything close together, but you can use a wider pan or even small glass mason jars. I like to start with a layer of wafers. You can use the traditional Nilla wafers, but I prefer to use Belgian waffle butter crisps because they are sweet, light, and flaky. You can find these at Kroger in the cookie section or order them online from Amazon. I usually get about four boxes because there are few in each box. They are a bit pricey, though. You may need more or less, depending on how you prepare your pudding. The next layer can be the sliced bananas, followed by some of the pudding mix. Then repeat for a few more layers. I usually end with the pudding layer on top and crumble all of the remaining Belgian waffle butter crisps and sprinkle them on top.
Place the dish in the refrigerator for about an hour or more so that it can be nice and cool. Letting it cool will create a nice blend of soft and crunchy all together. When you are ready to eat it, spoon some out into a dish and place a whipped cream dollop on top. Enjoy.
I hope you like this segment of my blog. Check back for more food ideas during the lockdown. If you have any questions about preparing this meal, leave them in the comments section or contact me directly here.
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