by Texas Homesteader ~
Banana Pudding is a comfort food for sure. And when it’s homemade? Well it doesn’t get any better than that!
Healthy wholesome ingredients – skim milk, real butter, flour, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla, plus bananas & wafers to make banana pudding.
Our daughter came to the homestead recently for a long-overdue visit. Now although she currently lives on the east coast, she’s got deep roots in Texas.
Inside she’s a Texas girl through and through. And she longed for some good ‘ole Southern eating during her visit. So I made banana pudding for dessert.
How To Turn Vanilla Pudding Into Banana Pudding
I simply used my regular vanilla pudding recipe and added the bananas and nilla wafer cookies to turn it into banana pudding.
Vanilla Pudding Ingredients
Add-Ins To Make Banana Pudding:
Vanilla Wafer Cookies (NOTE: Now I typically make my own!)
I’ll show my procedure to you here and I’ll share my recipe below.
Baker’s Note: You can include up to 3 egg yolks to make a richer pudding – I usually just go with one though.
Making Homemade Banana Pudding
Pudding is one of the easiest desserts for me to whip up. So preparing the pudding was a snap.
I combined the sugar, flour and salt and stirred it all together in my pan. Then I added the boiling water and the butter, turning the heat on the stove to medium.
After the butter melted I blended the egg yolk into the milk and poured it all into the pudding. It was gently simmered until it began to thicken.
Just as it was starting to thicken I mashed a banana and stirred it right into the pudding. I think it infuses the banana flavor nicely throughout the pudding.
When the pudding was as thick as I wanted it I pulled it from the heat, added the vanilla and stirred it in.
How To Serve Homemade Banana Pudding
Then I prepared the pudding dish. The dish was lined with cookies and I placed a layer of sliced bananas on top of the cookies.
Then I poured the hot pudding into the dish and topped it with more cookies. You can either crush the cookies and sprinkle them on top or simply place a layer of cookies on top so it covers completely.
When it’s time to serve I line a cute vintage wide-mouth 1/2 pint jelly jar with a few wafers and spooned the warm pudding in.
Our daughter loved the pudding and it gave her a home-spun southern-country hug that she had been craving.
Serving Banana Pudding In Canning Jars
At other gatherings when I’ve whipped up this banana pudding I’ve also presented them in single-serve 1/2-pint jelly jars. I really love the way they look.
And the pudding can be made up in advance and served right in their jars. So it makes it simple when serving – already portioned out in single-serving sizes. And oh-so-cute to boot!
Sectioning off the pudding in these single-serve jars was easy, I just layered cookies on the bottom for the jar and then poured in the pudding to fill about a third of the jar.
Then I chopped some bananas and laid them on top of the pudding, added a crumbled cookie, and finished filling up the jar with additional pudding.
A dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed cookies on top and BAM! Now that’s a fun presentation, y’all!
And now as promised, here’s my vanilla pudding recipe – simply add the bananas and cookies if you prefer a delicious homemade banana pudding instead. Enjoy!
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Homemade Vanilla Pudding (w/Banana Pudding Add-Ins)
Good ole comfort food. Homemade Banana Pudding - could anything be better?? Texas Homesteader
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
- 1 Dash Salt
- 1 Cup Boiling Water
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 Egg Yolk, beaten (can use up to 3 for richer pudding)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Banana Pudding Add-Ins:
- 1 Banana mashed (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)
- 1 - 2 Bananas, or to taste chopped (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)
- 20 Nilla Wafers, or to taste (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)
Mix sugar, flour & salt together in skillet on stove.
Add boiling water & butter and stir to combine and turn heat on medium. Heat until butter is melted
Mix milk and beaten egg yolk together in separate container and pour into the pudding and stir.
OPTIONAL: For Banana Pudding, add 1 mashed banana now
Continue to cook over medium heat until thickened. When pudding is thick remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
Allow pudding to cool slightly - either serve warm or cover top of pudding with cling wrap to keep skin from forming and store in the refrigerator.
OPTIONAL - For Banana Pudding, add chopped bananas atop a bed of vanilla wafers, ladle on pudding & top with additional vanilla wafers as desired.
NOTE: Can use up to 3 yolks for a richer pudding
Other Easy Desserts
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- Quick Homemade Whipped Cream
- Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake
- Apple Crumble QUICK With Pie Filling
- Fast Dessert: Spiced Rum Fried Apples
- Pumpkin Bread (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)
- Healthier Banana Bread Recipe
- Rich, Chocolaty Homemade Brownies
- Healthier Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies
- Chocolate Pudding In A FLASH
- Banana Pudding – A Hug From The South
- Cherry-Pie Tortilla Rolls
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Easy Homemade Shortcake
- Strawberry Shortcake Dessert
- Fresh Pear Cake
- Easy Homemade Peach Ice Cream
- Healthier ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit
- Easy Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream Cake
- Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
- Cake-Mix Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients!
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies
- Sugar-Free Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
- Triple Chocolate Truffles
- Rich & Creamy Hot Cocoa
- Chocolate-Covered Rice Krispie Treats
- No-Cook Chocolate Frosting
- Stir-n-Pour Drizzle Chocolate
- Easy Honey Glaze
- Homemade Whipped Cream (Sweetened With Honey)
- Cherry Pie Filling From Frozen Cherries
- Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches
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