Coming up with dessert ideas for the warmer months can sometimes be tricky. You don’t want to serve anything steaming hot in the spring and definitely not in the summer! However, you also want something that won’t fall apart in hot weather. solution? Banana pudding of course! This works especially well if you need a dessert to satisfy a crowd. It only takes 10 minutes to make, and the hardest part is waiting for it to cool. Bring it to your next picnic or BBQ and it’s sure to please.
Vanilla Wafer Substitute
If you don’t have any vanilla crepes on hand, or you simply don’t like them, here are some substitutes you can use:
- butter biscuits
- butter biscuits
- Graham Crackers
The key is to try using butter cookies. The buttery flavor goes perfectly with the vanilla pudding and sliced bananas!
Are there eggs in the pudding?
Some recipes will call for you to use eggs in your vanilla pudding. Ours didn’t! While this recipe isn’t suitable for vegans — because of the butter, whipping cream, chocolate, and heavy cream — it doesn’t contain any eggs.
The key to perfect homemade banana pudding is the bananas! You want to use the ripest bananas you can find – they should be yellow with small brown spots on the skin. Ripe bananas are sweeter, and the flavor goes well with vanilla pudding and wafers.
How do you thicken homemade banana pudding?
The key is the quick batter! Our recipe calls for you to heat the butter, then add some cornstarch. This adds thickness and gives you the perfect pudding consistency you’re after. Make sure not to skip this step!
While we like to keep the banana pudding recipe as is, feel free to add more fruit! Here are some of our favorite combinations – feel free to pick one or combine several together:
- kiwi fruit
Troubleshooting: How to Keep Bananas From Browning
Some cooks find that their banana chips tend to turn an unpleasant brown color. You can avoid this by scrubbing the fruit lightly with a little citrus juice, such as lemon or lime. Be careful not to use too much or it will affect the flavor of the dessert.
For our homemade banana pudding recipe, we use a 9×9 casserole dish. If you don’t have one at home, you can use something else of the same size. Serves approximately a 2.5 qt dish.