Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Easy, no cook banana pudding trifle

I think banana pudding may be my husband's most favorite dessert. We are going to dinner at some friends' house tonight for our church community group and I signed up to bring dessert, so when I asked my husband what he would like, he said he would love to have banana pudding. Now, I like banana pudding, too, but when I make it, I like to serve it as a trifle to dress it up a little. I think trifles are always a fun, easy dish and they often make for a prettier presentation than something in a regular bowl or pan. I've made the pudding and cream from scratch before, but when I don't have time or feel like it (like today), this recipe is super, super easy. I'm not claiming that this is any kind of gourmet recipe-rather, it's embarrassingly processed, unhealthy, quick, and easy to assemble- but it is a fun way to serve this classic dish. I didn't have any, but it would be great garnished with a mint sprig or cherry. This is a great dessert to make when you don't have time or feel like baking. If you want to make it a hair 'healthier' (is that possible?), you can always make homemade vanilla pudding and homemade whipped cream.

Banana pudding trifle

I N G R E D I E N T S :
2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 large container cool whip
4-6 bananas, diced
1 box vanilla wafers

D I R E C T I O N S :

Prepare vanilla pudding according to directions.

In a trifle dish, begin by layering the bottom with vanilla wafers, followed by a layer of diced bananas.
Spread one layer of pudding and then a layer of cool whip.

Repeat vanilla wafers, bananas, vanilla pudding, and cool whip, then repeat again (you want three layers of each ingredient, total).

Garnish top with banana slices, mint, or a cherry.


amber@This Mommy Cooks said...

I love banana pudding! I add sweetened condensed milk too, my mother in law's recipe, so good!

Stacey Hays said...

So this is how I have always made my banana pudding. It is Ryan's favorite. He would love to have it all year round but I reserve it only for spring and summer.

Lisa said...

I love the ease of your dessert and its beautiful presentation. I bet it was scrumptious. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your trifle up.

Anca said...

This is going on my list of things to try with company or bring to potluck. Otherwise, I'd eat the whole thing by myself. YUM, Nancy!!!!!!!!!

Sara and Sebastien said...

I can attest to the fact that the banana pudding is yummy! Looking forward to dessert this week too:)

Sandie (Sandie's Bitchin' Kitchen) said...

Hi, Nancy!
I came across your blog, and this recipe, after coming home from the store with what I hoped were all of the ingredients for this. My mom called me last night and asked if I could make something for the potluck at my nephews' school tonight, which I, of course, agreed to, being kind of the chef of the family... When I woke up this morning, I did so with no ambition, so that meant cookies were out of the question! So, I trekked on over to the grocery store to see what I could see... While standing in the isles, I got the idea to do this trifle. Funny enough, I've never made it before, so I didn't even know if I had everything I would need! I even asked a lady in the isle with me (because she had children with her, so I figured she would HAVE to know) if she knew how to make it, and then we got into a discussion about that for a few minutes. She didn't know how to make it either, but agreed that it was a good idea!
Anyways... Finding your blog, I'm glad that I've got all of the stuff now! I know that Alton Brown has a recipe to make it all from scratch, right down to the vanilla wafers, but I just don't have that kind of ambition today!