Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding | Life Healthfully LivedOk, so I learned some new things while making this recipe.  First, I have to tell you about my inspiration for this one because it’s weird and who doesn’t like weird stuff? No one.  That’s who.

I was making a loaf of my gluten-free banana bread (which you should make immediately because it’s the bomb.  Side note: I’m bringing back “the bomb”) and as I was blending the banana and avocado together I thought to myself, “Antoinette, (I call myself Antoinette NBD) that kind of looks like pudding.  I wonder if it would be any good as pudding?  I wonder if there is banana pudding?” So I set about to research banana pudding.

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I remember pudding snack packs used to have a banana flavor but I doubt that there was any actual banana in that pudding.  My google searches told me that banana pudding was indeed a thing.  A southern thing.  Which means it’s delicious because it has all the fat and sugar.  All delicious things have fat and sugar.  Most recipes called for making a vanilla custard type deal and adding sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, and in one case merengue.  While it wasn’t a difficult process, it was more steps than I wanted for my pudding. And by more, I mean this is pretty much just one step.

There are no eggs in this so you don’t have to cook anything but because of the addition of avocado, stick with me, it is creamy and delicious without the eggs.  And depending on how ripe your bananas are, it’s pretty sweet too.  You can add maple syrup if it isn’t sweet enough but mine was totally delicious without it.  See?  Fat and sugar.  Just a better version of fat and sugar.

I know you’re probably getting tired of me putting avocado in things but I’m not, so get over it 🙂  It’s delicious and I can’t stop, won’t stop.  You can get creative with toppings like coconut whip cream, pecans or walnuts, crumbled up graham crackers, or in my case cacao nibs because, chocolate.

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As I was making this I started singing the part about figgy pudding from We Wish You A Merry Christmas.  Adam asked me if I was singing a Christmas song and I said no, I was singing a pudding song because how do you make pudding without singing about it?  So feel free to sing about pudding while making this because I think it enhances the flavor.  

  • 2 very ripe bananas, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (you can buy coconut cream from Trader Joes or just put a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight and scoop off the solid cream)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, optional if your bananas aren’t super ripe.  I didn’t need any extra sweetener for mine
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp maca powder, optional but adds a nice caramel-y flavor

Toppings (optional)

  • chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • pecans or walnuts or almonds
  • sliced banana
  • coconut whip cream
  • graham crackers
  • nilla wafers if you’re rebellious or Southern 😉
  1. Ready for this?  Put all the pudding ingredients into a blender and blend until super smooth.  Dish it out and put on all the toppings.

Told you it was one step 😀 Happy Friday friends! Have a great weekend!Homemade Banana Pudding | Life Healthfully Lived