There is something to be said for sweet nostalgia. Childhood favorites that bring back memories of an innocent time when kids actually played outside and were not always glued to a screen.
Banana Pudding is one of those favorites.
We have a local steakhouse that has a salad bar buffet. My kids are obsessed with it but my husband only goes for the Banana Pudding. Did you know that banana pudding isn’t actually banana flavored pudding? I didn’t…until I made a banana pudding cake for my husband using banana flavored pudding and he hated it.
I can say with complete certainty though, that THIS recipe, he loves. It tastes very reminiscent of a frozen banana at Disneyland! You know the favorite treat of a frozen banana dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with peanuts. These pudding cups taste like you dipped a frozen chocolate covered banana in vanilla pudding and whipped cream. The best of both treats!
What is banana pudding?
Banana pudding is made up of layers of creamy vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, Nilla wafers and whipped cream (or Cool Whip). It is often served in a trifle dish or casserole dish. It is served cold, and chilled for several hours to soften the cookies.
How to make Chocolate Covered Banana Pudding Cups
Get yourself some pretty stemless wine glasses. You could also use clear plastic cups. the point is to be able to see all the yummy layers so whichever type of cup you choose, make sure you can see through it. Mason jars are super cute, too.
Swirl some chocolate sauce in the bottoms of the cups. Use the Hershey chocolate sauce rather than a fudge sauce because it’s thinner and won’t solidify as much in the fridge.
Next break up some vanilla wafers and place them on top of the chocolate, then add sliced bananas. Slice them just before layering to keep browning to a minimum.
Layer vanilla pudding on top of the cookies. You could make your own from scratch, make it from a box mix or even just scoop it out of those little pudding cups you can buy at the grocery store. Don’t be afraid to simplify!
Repeat these steps until the glass is full! You want to be sure to end with vanilla pudding on top.
Garnish those beautiful banana pudding cups with a whipped, a vanilla wafer, a banana slice and chopped peanuts. You could also add a drizzle of chocolate sauce, just not too much as it can cut through the whipped cream. Be sure to hold off adding the garnishes until just before serving.
Can you make them in advance?
You should make these banana pudding cups at least two hours in advance to give the cookies time soften; and up to 24 hours in advance. Cover the cups with plastic wrap and chill them in the fridge. Add the whipped cream and garnishes just before serving.
How long will they last in the fridge?
I recommend enjoying your chocolate covered banana pudding cups within 24 hours. Leftovers may still good good one more day but beyond that the cookies will be pretty mushy and the bananas brown.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.