Monday, August 5, 2013

the best banana pudding you'll ever have

So, my friend Ari made us this amazing banana pudding the week after I had Knox. Banana pudding is one of my love languages and this banana pudding was probably one of the best I've ever had. It made my little southern heart so happy. Come to find out that this recipe was from none other than Paula Deen. Since I know that eventually the Food Network will remove her recipes from their website ((what a shame)), I wanted to document it here because whoa dang, this recipe is GOOD. 

I probably lost some followers just now for mentioning her name and using her recipe, but it's a risk I'm willing to take. It's for the sake of banana pudding, y'all. You understand. 

We had hot dogs and Olathe sweet corn for dinner and then had this for dessert last night. It doesn't get any more American than that, now does it? The answer is no. 

The only thing that I did differently was use a couple less bananas ((but they were large bananas)) and added vanilla into the mixture before pouring in at the end. I took photos along the way, but I half-assed it and used my they kind of sucked. The steps are pretty self-explanatory're on your own. Believe in yourself. You can do it. 

What You'll Need:
1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese, softened
6 small bananas 
2 packages of Pepperidge Farms Chessmen Cookies
2 cups of milk
1 container (12 oz) of whipped topping (aka cool whip)
1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
1 box (5 oz) of vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Layer cookies into a 9x13 pan
2. Slice bananas and layer on top of the cookies
3. In a large bowl, mix pudding mix and milk with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 1 minute.
4. In a separate bowl, mix the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese with mixer until smooth.
5. Fold in the whipped topping to the cream cheese + sweetened condensed milk mixture. 
6. Pour the whipped topping + cream cheese + sweeteneed condensed milk mixture into the pudding, add a teaspoon of vanilla, and stir until it's all incorporated well.
7. Pour and spread mixture on top of cookies + bananas. 
8. Top with remaining cookies. 
9. Chill until you're ready to eat it all in one sitting serve. 


((original recipe found here))
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  1. this looks all kinds of delicious! thanks for sharing!

  2. I had my first experience with banana pudding in Charleston this June and my life has not been the same since.

  3. this looks sooo good! those chess cookies are the boooooomb.

  4. I know it's understood considering this is BANANA pudding and all haha, but you didn't list bananas in your ingredient list! About how many did you use?

    1. Haha crap! I used 3 large bananas.

    2. Thanks!! I'm trying it this weekend :)

  5. Look amazing!!! I can't wait to try this :)

  6. My Mom has made this before and it's always a hit! seriously too good!

  7. I tried your recipe just by chance and I must say, it is fabulous! And EASY! Thanks again for sharing.

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  8. I made my own personal dish of this and it was AMAZINGGGGG!!!! No one eats banana pudding but me and its great to have a recipe to go to when I cant get to a store.

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