Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Banana Pudding

It is certainly nothing special... a box or two of vanilla pudding... some banana slices and some good ol' vanilla wafers... But there certainly is something special about making something with your kids so that in the end they can proudly bring it to the table and serve it knowing that they helped make it.
When I was a kid I always enjoyed making banana pudding...it was a dessert that everyone loved that I could make all by myself. I especially loved making a happy face on the top with bananas and cookies. We always made it in a bright yellow bowl... much like the blue bowl pictured in the photo. I think my mother still has that bowl. I know there are more complex and probably better tasting versions of this recipe... but this is how I've always done it... and it is a perfect recipe to introduce kids to the joy of cooking.

Banana Pudding

2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (plus the milk needed to make it- 4 cups)
1 box of vanilla wafers
2-3 bananas, sliced

Make the pudding according to the package directions. Have your helper slice the banana (this is great for kids because they get to chop something up and all they need is a table knife to do it). Line the bottom of a bowl or baking dish with cookies and bananas. Add a layer of pudding and continue layering until you are out of pudding. Decorate the top as you see fit. Chill until you've cleaned your plate and then dig in!


  1. yum! to make a creamier pudding, fold in half of tub of cool whip with your pudding, use the other half for topping.

  2. I agree, I love cooking with my children. My daughter's favortie thing to bake is bananna bread. We made it so many times together that she makes it on her own now. Love it when she adds, peanut butter, chocolate chips, or nuts.

  3. Love your blog and figs. <3 I especially enjoyed the segment on the New Mexico style foods. I was raised in northern NM & southern CO. I'm going to try your recipes!



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