Banana Pudding Parfaits

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Banana Pudding Parfaits are a classic dessert that brings together the creamy richness of homemade vanilla pudding, the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, and the satisfying crunch of vanilla wafers. This layered treat is not only visually appealing but also irresistibly delicious, making it a perfect addition to any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering, a potluck, or a simple weeknight dessert.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Flavorful Layers: Every spoonful offers a delightful combination of creamy pudding, sweet banana slices, and crunchy vanilla wafers.
  • Simple Ingredients: Most of the ingredients are pantry staples, making this an easy dessert to whip up.
  • Make-Ahead Dessert: Ideal for preparing in advance, allowing you to enjoy the party without last-minute stress.
  • Family Favorite: This dessert is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults, bringing smiles all around.
  • Versatile Presentation: Serve in individual jars for a charming presentation or in a large trifle dish for a stunning centerpiece.

Banana Pudding Parfaits

Banana Pudding Parfaits are a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that combines the sweet flavors of bananas, vanilla, and cookies. Let's explore how to create this parfait to bring sweetness to your family!
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time4 hours
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Banana Pudding Parfaits
Servings: 8
Calories: 439kcal

Ingredients

For the pudding:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 large egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For the parfait assembly:

  • 4-5 ripe bananas sliced
  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • Whipped cream homemade or store-bought
  • Optional garnish: Crushed vanilla wafers or banana slices

Instructions

Make the Pudding:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt.
  • Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks to temper them.
  • Return the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan, whisking constantly.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes on low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and butter until fully combined.
  • Let the pudding cool slightly, then refrigerate until chilled.

Assemble the Parfaits:

  • In small jars or parfait glasses, start by adding a layer of vanilla wafers at the bottom.
  • Add a layer of sliced bananas on top of the wafers.
  • Spoon a layer of the chilled pudding over the bananas.
  • Repeat the layers: vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding until you reach the top of the jar or glass.
  • Finish with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Optionally, garnish with crushed vanilla wafers or banana slices.

Notes

Serve the parfaits immediately, or refrigerate them until ready to serve. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
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