As most of you know I’m pregnant and we are all just so thrilled! We waited a few months before sharing the news because after our miscarriage last year I’ve been a little paranoid. Though things are looking and feeling great so far and our excitement is definitely out weighing my nerves. I’ll definitely be sharing more about this pregnancy soon, since I know I have not given too many details to you all yet. Though for now, I thought I’d share a quick recipe Mila and I have been making non-stop! I thought this would be a great dessert to make for any upcoming BBQ’s or family get togethers. Especially with the Fourth of July coming up next week!
When you are pregnant people tend to ask the same series of questions;
When are you due? Do you know what you’re having? Are you craving anything in particular?
When I was pregnant with my son I craved cereal at all times of day. When I was pregnant with Mila I was so sick, all I wanted were sour cream and onion Pringles. I ate them in the shower a few times because showers helped me feel less nauseous for some weird reason. This time around I feel more tired than anything and all I want is BANANA PUDDING! I adore Magnolia Bakery and their version of banana pudding so much, but this quick version satisfies my craving just fine.
I found these cute glass jars at Target and they are perfect to store individual servings of my banana pudding in the refrigerator. Plus, it helps me portion control. For family parties I like to make a whole tray and if I made that for myself I’d eat half of it in one day. The jars are easy and work better for parties anyways too. I’d make a bunch the night before and store them in a cooler when taking them to your party or BBQ.
Here is how I put my banana pudding together. I’m warning you … It is BEYOND EASY and fast!
Start by whisking up your banana pudding. Trust me when I say, instant pudding is great! I love it. It might not be your thing and that is ok. Though, I love it and keep a few flavors in my pantry. For the instant pudding, just follow the directions on the back and one box will do. Be sure to use cold whole milk for the best tasting pudding.
I like to make my own whipped cream for this. Just take a whole carton of heavy whipping cream and use either a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer to whip it up. (You can also whip it by hand with a whisk) Add in one teaspoon of vanilla while mixing. Once it comes together and makes fluffy stiff peaks then it is ready. Be careful not to over whip it, then it can become too dense and not silky smooth.
Using classic vanilla waffer cookies are the absolute best and ripe bananas! You’ll need 1-2 boxes of cookies depending on how much you like to layer them and snack on them in the process. Typically I use only 2 bananas thinly sliced.
Use piping bags to easily layer the banana pudding and whipped cream. Adding sliced bananas and cookies in between each layer or however you like!
Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Note, it takes better the day or two after it is made!