Feb 8, 2013

Not Your Mama's Banana Pudding (Lighter)


I kept seeing this banana pudding on Pinterest. It seemed to be attracting lots of attention, but I didn't get it. After reading the ingredients, I thought, "How can people say this is so good? It's not 'homemade'. It uses instant pudding and cool whip."

There's nothing wrong with instant pudding or cool whip, but again, my brain said it couldn't be as good as homemade.


I'm not a homemade snob. I use convenience foods and mixes like everyone else. But I do love real, made-from-scratch banana pudding. I thought maybe these people who were commenting on how good this other stuff was just didn't know any better ("bless their hearts").


So I made it for myself. And I was wrong when I thought it couldn't be very good. This banana pudding is extremely good- even the lighter version that I came up with. The taste is rich and creamy, and the texture is light and almost mousse-like. The use of shortbread cookies instead of vanilla wafers gives it a little different twist and presentation that I like.


So is it better than homemade? Not better, just different. The two are distinct enough that they almost can't be compared. Both are very good, just in their own ways. One Pinterest commenter said, "This will be the only banana pudding I make from now on".....but I say, "Make both!"


Shortbread cookies layered on rich, fluffy pudding

Not Your Mama's Banana Pudding (Lighter)  Print
Adapted (lightened up) from Paula Deen

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used Cool Whip lite)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 (5 oz.) box French Vanilla instant pudding
6 to 8 ripe bananas, sliced
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

Directions:

1. Line bottom of 13 X 9 inch pan with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
2. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well with a handheld electric mixer. 
3. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. 
4. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. 
5. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well-blended. Pour the cream cheese pudding mixture over the cookies and bananas. Cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The cookies make perfect little portions

The pudding is delicious all by itself, even without cookies or bananas!



Not Your Mama's Banana Pudding (Lighter) may have been taken to
 some of these fun parties!



Subscribe to Yesterfood by email:

http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=YesterfoodCreatingConnectionsThroughTimeWithFood




16 comments:

  1. I am like you...been seen it on Pinterest! Beautiful picture....now I am going to have to give it a try. Like that you used Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies...think that is what caught my eye!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kay, thank you so much! I'm glad I tried it- I will make it again! :)

      Delete
  2. Although I like the traditional banana pudding, my son loves this one very much. I have made it for several birthdays and even for his wedding rehearsal dinner. When I have made it for a crowd I have substituted a cheaper and less pretty shortbread cookie for the bottom layer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan, I'm so glad you wrote! The people who like this one r-e-a-l-l-y seem to like it- I can totally see it at a wedding rehearsal dinner! I love your idea of less-expensive shortbread cookies for the bottom layer! Thanks for the tip! :)

      Delete
  3. I agree. Homemade pudding tastes amazing and YOUR recipe looks delicious! Thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back this week for another great party!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lois, thank you, and I appreciate your visit!! :)

      Delete
  4. I've never seen those chess men cookies before - they are wonderful! I agree, there is a place for both homemade recipes and recipes that use convenience food, and 'making both' is definitely the right thing to do :) This pudding sounds really delicious and it looks yummy too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, some days we have more time than others! :) Thank you for coming by!

      Delete
  5. This is not my mama's recipe but it looks wonderfully unique and tasty.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Faye, it's very tasty! :) Thank you for visiting!

      Delete
  6. I love the chessmen cookies in this banana pudding; it looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ericka, thank you, and thanks for hosting FFF! :)

      Delete
  7. Replies
    1. Thank you, Felicia, it really is! :)

      Delete
  8. Would you recommend making it the day of a potluck and let it sit overnight or make the day of? Worried about soggy cookies...thx

    ReplyDelete
  9. This, looks delicious, I will try it out. Thanks for the recipe.

    ReplyDelete

I would love to hear from you- thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! :) I read all comments, and answer them by email. If you ask a question that I think others might be wondering about, too, I'll answer here in the comment section! :)