This sweet, rich, and creamy banana pudding recipe goes light on added sugars and big on fresh banana flavor! Whip up this kid-friendly fruit dessert in under 15 minutes, then chill it for an after-dinner treat.
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Pudding is an underappreciated dessert. And that’s probably because when we think of pudding, a lot of us think of the instant kind that comes in a box or a plastic cup: gelatinous, overly sweet, with a lingering taste of “fake food.”
Kids might eat instant pudding and store-bought pudding cups, but there are so many reasons to share good, homemade pudding with them! Here’s one you won’t want to miss.
This pudding is rich, creamy, super-fresh, and topped with real fresh bananas and whipped cream. And it takes just minutes to make! Try it yourself, and share the god stuff with your kids.
5 Reasons to Love This Banana Pudding Recipe
- With just 1/4 cup of added sugars in the full recipe, this dessert has less sugar than most desserts.
- The pudding is absolutely delicious: sweet, creamy, and so fresh you’ll wonder why you ever bought instant pudding.
- This pudding lets you add an extra serving of fruit to your kids’ day.
- It has no artificial ingredients or flavorings.
- It’s quick and easy to make on your stove-top in less than 10 minutes!
Tips for Making Great Banana Pudding
If you’ve never made homemade pudding before, you might not realize how insanely easy it is to make. If you have 10 minutes, you can have this pudding chilling in your fridge. It’s that fast!
The basic process goes like this: whisk the ingredients together in a saucepan, simmer until the mixture thickens, then put the pudding in serving dishes and pop it in the fridge.
Here are a couple of details that help you have the best experience making this banana pudding recipe:
- Add all your ingredients to a saucepan at the same time and whisk them together BEFORE heating. This keeps your pudding super smooth-and lump-free.
- Once the pudding starts to simmer, stay at the stove and whisk it more or less continually. You really only need to whisk like this for 3-4 minutes.
- Watch out for splatters! When the pudding is just about done, the bubbles can start to pop out of the saucepan. If your kids are helping, help them steer clear.
- Chill the pudding for a couple hours and add bananas until just before serving. (If you portion the pudding into individual cups, it’ll chill faster. If it’s in on big serving bowl, it might take a little longer.)
- Have fun with presentation! You can layer the bananas and pudding like a parfait, top it with whipped cream, or even a drizzle of melted chocolate.
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Homemade Banana Cream Pudding
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large bananas for slicing
- In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, vanilla, and egg yolks.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently. Cook until bubbly and mixture begins to thicken, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Transfer the pudding into a serving bowl or individual cups. Chill to desired temperature, then place sliced bananas on top and serve immediately.