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.