Monday, August 22, 2016

banana pudding jars

I think I've told the banana pudding story on the blog before... 
my sister and my mom have the same birthday and my mom usually makes my sister a cake, one year I decided to make my mom a separate birthday dessert. I knew she'd told me once that she liked banana pudding, so that's what I picked. I found the perfect recipe and made the most delicious banana pudding to surprise her with! turns out, my mom is not a fan of banana pudding. I don't know where I came up with this in my head, now that I think back, maybe she said tapioca pudding. can't remember... while I did not impress my mom that day, I at least discovered an amazing banana pudding recipe.

we recently had some friends over on a weeknight and stephen said he wanted to serve dessert. I wanted to do something different and banana pudding came to mind. the perfect late summer, light yet sweet treat. I made them a few hours ahead of time in mason jars so I didn't have to fuss with serving them out of a trifle bowl. not only did they turn out to be adorable, this banana pudding was just as good as when I made it years ago for my mother.

I definitely love photographing people most of all, but there are some food dishes that I just adore taking photos of... like this one! I mean how delicious do these crumbled nilla wafers look?!

-1-8 oz package cream cheese, softened 
-1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 
-12 oz frozen whipped topping, softened 
-2 cups milk 
-1-5 oz instant french vanilla pudding 
-1 box vanilla wafers 
-6 small bananas 

1. in a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.  mix until the mixture is smooth.  fold in the whipped topping.  

2. in another large bowl, whisk together the milk and pudding mix.  add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture.  stir until well combined.  

3. slice your bananas. now choose the bowl or dish you want to serve the pudding in, such as a clear trifle bowl or a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan or mason jars.  

4. start with a layer of cookies and bananas.  then add the pudding, continuing to layer with cookies and bananas. finish the top with more whipped cream, cookies, and bananas.


  1. So I am not a huge banana person but banana pudding is SO TASTY! Plus I can't resist anything if it's served in cute containers.

    The Adored Life

    1. Same! Not a fan of bananas but banana flavoring, sign me up. Go figure!

  2. Aww that was so sweet of you! Funny that it was a misunderstanding, but still really thoughtful of you! This sounds super yummy! :)