Who doesn’t love banana pudding? Whether it’s cold or warm, it conjures up lots of nostalgia for me as a young girl visiting my grandmother in North Carolina. I loved traveling the eight hours by car to my mother’s hometown because my grandmother always had a smorgasbord of food awaiting our arrival. She would go overboard with her cooking since we visited usually once or twice a year. To my delight, she always made something sweet. I still salivate when I think about her banana pudding. In my opinion, it was the absolute best banana pudding I ever tasted and I only wished I had her recipe today.
She would often tell me that she didn’t do anything special and that she just made it with love. Ahhhhh….the secret ingredient to lots of good cooking and baking…Love. Every time I see a box of Nilla Wafers, I smile; because I think of my grandmother and how she would be very proud that I inherited her culinary skills. I know you too, will love these simple Cold Banana Pudding Parfaits.
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This recipe makes a total of 3 servings. To stretch it out, you may however make your portions smaller in any way you would like. Also, feel free to double the recipe; because this dessert is quite creamy and delicious. You will certainly want more. Not only is it tasty to the palate, it is simply an eye pleaser.
I love layering the bananas, pudding, wafers and whipped cream in a pretty glass jar, and then, placing it in the refrigerator to chill for about 20-30 minutes. I even set my timer to remind me when it is ready to devour. It is a decadent and easy dessert to make with minimum effort. I like to keep it simple, but make it tasty.
I understand that people are busy and are looking to make their food choices as simple as possible, given all that is going on in today’s world. The prep time for this banana pudding could not be any quicker-10 minutes tops. Just be sure that your banana is ripe, but not too soft or mushy. Feel free to layer wafers inside and around the pudding. I am quite visual; and not only do I love that my desserts are satisfying; but I absolutely love that they are my very own work of art.
They do not have to be perfect to look pretty and you do not have to use a glass jar like me. Feel free to get creative. Use your favorite mug or a small bowl. I believe in using whatever is already in my cupboard. It saves time, money and alleviates stress. My grandmother did not have perfect dishes and expensive cookware, but somehow her food was absolutely magical.
Again, her secret ingredient was LOVE and I’m glad she shared that with me. I hope you enjoy making this dessert. I did a little banana pudding research, thanks to Google, and discovered that this extremely satisfying decadence has been around since 1888. That is over 132 years of creamy goodness. Thankfully, it is a joy to make for any occasion and I hope you too, will enjoy creating memories and passing them on for generations to come.