Are you looking for a delicious snack or dessert that you can eat when craving something bad? Maybe you’re bulking and the extra calories and carbohydrates are something you’re looking for? Then you’re going to love these healthy banana pudding recipes. I’ve searched high and low for banana pudding recipes that wouldn’t have the wheels fall off of your clean nutritional habits. Try one of the below or try them all! See which ones win in your heart and in taste.
- Baked Banana Pudding
Are you looking for healthy yet fairly basic banana pudding recipes? Well, here’s one for you. It’s similar to a classic banana pudding but a little bit healthier from a nutritional standpoint. It makes enough to have for several days or to be shared with family and friends.
Servings: 10 servings
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- Dash of salt
- 2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 cups sliced ripe banana, divided
- 45 reduced-fat vanilla wafers, divided
- 4 large egg whites (at room temperature)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- The first thing you need to do is preheat your over to 325°F.
- Next, take the salt and flour and mix them in a medium pan. Then, slowly start adding in the egg yolks and milk. Stir the contents to ensure they are thoroughly mixed. Put them on the stovetop and stir continually at medium heat for around 8 minutes (or until the mixture is thick). Take the pan off the stovetop and add in your vanilla extract.
- Grab a 2-quart baking dish and your bananas. Take one cup of the sliced banana and form a layer at the bottom of the baking dish. Use 1/3 of the pudding-like mixture from your saucepan and pour it over the bananas in the baking dish and spread it out evenly to coat the bottom with the bananas.
- Take 15 reduced-fat wafers and place them on top of the pudding you just poured on the bottom of the baking dish. Be sure to not overlap them just yet. Next, repeat this process two more times but have the final 15 wafers be used around the outside of the baking dish to resemble a crust. Make sure that the wafers you place are pushed into the pudding and not just sitting on top.
- Using a mixer, beat the egg whites until they create a foamy consistency. Then, very slowly add in your sugar and continue beating. You will notice that stiff peaks will start to form – resembling a meringue. Take the contents and spread it over the pudding/wafers in the baking dish.
- Toss the baking dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Check to ensure the top layer is a golden-brown color (but do not burn it).
- Remove the baking dish from the oven and allow it to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the liquid in the dish to set.
- Plate and enjoy!
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
- Peanut Butter Banana Pudding
For all the vegan lovers out there, you’re definitely going to want to add this to your banana pudding recipes. Why? There’s tofu in it for added protein. Now, for those who are slightly turned off at the thought of tofu in your banana pudding, trust me, you can’t even taste it. This recipe comes out thick, creamy, and all sorts of delicious!
- 1 cup soft tofu
- 1 1/2 cups very ripe banana (about 3 small bananas)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla
- 1 tsp. coconut sugar (or more to taste – it depends on your banana ripeness)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 tsp. coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried fruit, crushed
- 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed
- Grab your food processor (a strong blender would also work) and toss in the tofu. Puree until you have a smooth consistency. Then, toss in your sugar, cinnamon, peanut butter, bananas, and pure vanilla. Again, puree the mixture until you have a creamy consistency.
- Put the entire contents in the refrigerator for around one hour to ensure it is cold.
- When ready to serve, turn on your stovetop to medium heat and preheat a nonstick skillet. Slice up your bananas and cook them on the skillet along with the coconut sugar. This will caramelize your bananas. Then, set them to the side off of the heat.
- Using a glass or a small bowl, dump in a small amount of the crushed freeze-dried fruit along with some crushed peanuts. Then, using half of the pudding you created, pour that on top of the bottom layer. Next, place a layer of your caramelized bananas and then the final (top) layer is the rest of the pudding you made.
- As a garnish to finish off the look you can add some crushed nuts, freeze-dried fruit, as well as a caramelized banana.
- Grab yourself a spoon and dig in!
Serving Size: 1/4 of contents
- Banana Pudding Protein Smoothie
Who doesn’t love a quick and simple breakfast idea or any time of day smoothie that tastes like it should be bad for you but really isn’t? It’s for that reason that I had to add this to our list of healthy banana pudding recipes. In five minutes, you could be sipping on one of the most delicious smoothies you’ve ever had.
- 1 scoop of vanilla flavored whey protein isolate powder
- 1 large banana
- 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Vanilla Jell-O Pudding Mix
- 1 cup water
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Vanilla wafers (optional)
- Take the banana and cut it into slices. Put them in the freezer and allow them to harden.
- Pull the frozen banana from the freezer and put it in a blender.
- Add your protein powder, water, and your Jell-O pudding mix to the blender.
- Blend until you are left with a smoothie consistency of your preference.
- Pour your smoothie into a glass and enjoy as is or add some whipped cream and vanilla wafers.
Serving Size: entire shake