One of the things I look forward to on holidays is the old fashioned banana pudding that almost always appears. Every Chrsitmas, my mother-in-law used to make this dish for me and my sister-in-law. We both love it. I can almost taste it now. Yum!
Surprisingly, banana pudding is a dish that is super easy to create. Yes, you can do the old fashioned variety and make everything from scratch and that tastes good, too, but you know me… I love something simple to make and fast to put on the table. I think boxed pudding tastes almost as good as homemade. Not quite, but close enough to pass.
- 2 boxes vanilla pudding I prefer instant myself, but the taste of that cooked on the stove is better
- Milk as stated on the box likely 4 cups for 2 boxes
- Bunch of bananas
- Vanilla wafers
- Cool Whip
Mix vanilla pudding according to package instructions. I like instant, because I can add everything into my blender, give it a whir and pour.
Layer the bottom of your serving dish with vanilla wafers.
Add a layer of bananas.
Pour 1/4 of pudding mixture.
Add another layer of wafers and another layer of bananas. Add 1/4 more pudding.
Repeat until you are out of pudding.
Top with Cool Whip
You can certainly make any of these ingredients from scratch if you have the time. I prefer to keep things simple, so that is what this recipe is about. Yes, the taste is always just slightly better when you cook from scratch.
You can also jazz up banana pudding in a variety of ways:
- Add sliced strawberries on top.
- Drizzle on chocolate hardshell (the type you buy for ice cream) and let it set up in the fridge
- Top with fresh sliced pineapple rings
- Blend Cool Whip and pudding together before pouring into dish for a really creamy pudding. However, if you still want to top with Cool Whip, you will need an extra container.
What do you do for your banana pudding that is unique?