Imagine the grown-up version of a classic southern dessert that all you banana lovers enjoy: this Caramelized Banana Pudding is just that. This recipe features homemade vanilla wafers (a recipe you’ll want to keep in your back pocket), sweet, custardy-pudding, and caramelized bananas coated in sugary-cinnamon goodness all layered together into a delicious dessert. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big banana fan. But this recipe may have changed that!
So first, a HUGE thank you to everyone who filled out my survey! You’ve helped me gain so many insights, and now I know exactly what you want to see and will do my best to deliver. In summary, I have a huge sourdough journey ahead of me. Banana pudding was actually a recipe requested by our survey drawing winner, Ryan Friedman! So congratulations Ryan, thanks for taking my survey, and I hope you enjoy this recipe. :D
I’ll also be posting a lot of quick “this or that” and “what would you like?” questions on Instagram to bake those specific mango, Asian-inspired, or “baking for one” recipes you want to see, so stay tuned and keep providing your feedback. And please feel free to message me on Instagram or through the Leveled Blue blog to tell me more specifics! Or to just say hi, I love that :)
Back to the banana pudding!
This recipe was so much fun to create, I really do love getting special requests. I wanted to modernize the traditional banana pudding at least a little bit, so my first thought was to make homemade vanilla wafers. I forgot how delicious these cookies are on their own, like why didn’t I ever think of making these before? Point being, keep this cookie recipe around and feel free to use it for more than just banana pudding.
The custard-pudding element of this recipe is also 100% from scratch, no Jello boxes needed my friends! The key here is to use medium heat and to stir constantly to prevent the custard from burning, but I promise it’s easier to make than it may sound.
Finally, why use plain old sliced bananas when you can caramelize them? Exactly. These caramelized bananas are coated in brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom to add delicious warmth to the sweet custard and cookies. You can also feel free to add in a splash of bourbon or brandy to the bananas to give this an extra bananas foster feeling.
Sending you on your banana pudding way – meanwhile, I’ll be planning out the next few weeks’ worth of recipes based on all of your survey responses!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
For the pudding and caramelized bananas
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