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It’s pretty cool how and why we decided to share this Southern Banana Pudding recipe with you. Keebler ask me to create a recipe that brought back childhood memories. My husband and I reminisced about our favorite cookies. It was so much fun! We’ve known each other for like 13 years and we still learned more about each other just by thinking about the Keebler cookies we enjoyed as kids. During the brainstorming session, my husband blurted out, “My mom’s banana pudding recipe!”My husband told me stories about how his mom would regularly bring her banana pudding to family gatherings. He was so enthusiastic about it, and nostalgic at the same time, that I just knew I had to make his mom’s Southern banana pudding.
The recipe is a summer classic, perfect for family BBQs and other special events. According to my husband, his mom’s was the best, and it was so fun to recreate a family recipe from my husband’s childhood.The best part of this Southern banana pudding recipe is just how simple it is. The recipe calls for only four ingredients—bananas, Keebler vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding and milk! Even if you’re a novice baker, this recipe is for you.To make the banana pudding, start by layering Keebler vanilla wafers in a 9×9 baking dish and then layer sliced bananas on top. Continue layering the wafers and bananas until they reach the top of the dish. Make sure the top layer is wafers, for aesthetic reasons.
Next, prepare the pudding according to package directions. Make sure to buy the cook and serve pudding, not the instant pudding. Once the pudding is ready, pour it over the layers of wafers and bananas. Let the pudding soak in by placing the dish in the refrigerator for several hours, until completely cooled and set.If you’ve never had banana pudding before, the dessert is almost like a Southern version of tiramisu in texture. To serve the Southern banana pudding, I suggest using a nice clear glass dish or bowl. Add a large scoop, and top with whipped topping and a whole Keebler vanilla wafer, to make it look pretty and for some extra vanilla cookie crunch on top.What’s your favorite Keebler cookie that reminds you of your childhood? For me, it is probably the fudge stripe cookies. When my mom would buy them, I loved sticking my finger in the middle and slowly nibbling around the outside in a circle. For my husband, clearly it is the vanilla wafers cookies.
I find it so interesting how a little cookie can conjure so many great memories while helping me and my husband create new memories of our own. I hope you try the Southern banana pudding recipe and love it as much as we do!
Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
1 Box of Keebler® Vanilla Wafers
2 Boxes of Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
2-4 Bananas, Depending on Size (my recipe used two very large bananas)
4 Cups of Whole Milk
Whipped Topping (optional)
Create the layers for the banana pudding by placing vanilla wafers on the bottom and along the sides of a 9×9 baking dish.
Slice bananas and place on top of wafers. Repeat layering process two more times or until the layers reach the top of the 9×9 pan, ending with a final layer of wafers for decorative purposes.
To make the pudding, add four cups of milk to a saucepan. Add the two boxes of pudding and mix. Over medium heat, bring the pudding mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. This will take approximately 10 minutes.
Once the pudding comes to a slow boil, remove from the heat, and pour carefully over the layers of wafers and bananas. Place the banana pudding in the refrigerator for several hours until it is completely cool and firm.
Serve right from the refrigerator and top with whipped topping and extra wafers.
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