Easy Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Do you look for easy dessert or snack recipes to make with your kids? Here’s a great one that’s been around for a long time and has many different versions. There are ways to make this dessert from scratch, but this way is quicker and easier because it uses instant pudding. Doesn’t it look delicious? 🙂

You will need a box of Nilla wafers, 1 box of instant vanilla pudding, milk and bananas.

Begin by making a layer of Nilla wafers in the bottom of your dish.

You can use the Nilla wafers whole or you can break them in half. I prefer to break them because it’s easier for little mouths to eat them in smaller pieces.

Take a handful of Nilla wafers and put them in a ziploc bag and crush them into very small pieces.

Set the crumbs aside for a later step.

Next add a layer of sliced bananas on top of the Nilla wafer layer. I prefer to also cut the banana slices in half for little mouths.

Prepare the instant pudding with milk according to the package directions.

Pour the prepared pudding on top of the banana slices immediately after mixing, before it sets up.

Sprinkle some Nilla wafer crumbs on top to make it look nice.

Pop your bowl of yumminess into the refrigerator and let the pudding chill and set up. Then it’s time to enjoy! You can add whipped cream or sprinkles on top. You can also make 2 layers of each item or prepare it in individual bowls. But this dessert is super quick and easy and great fun for the kids to help make! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #37 Pudding

It’s that time again – Taste Testing Tuesday! Today I thought we would check out some awesome pudding flavors. Before we get started, what do you THINK your favorite pudding flavor is? Let’s see if you change your mind after you do this taste test today! I’ll show you 3 flavors that are favorites at our house.

Can you guess what flavors of pudding are in each cup? The colors are orange, dark brown and yellow. Did you make your guesses? Ok, here’s what flavors they are:

#1.) Chocolate

#2.) Vanilla

#3.) Butterscotch

Did you guess the right flavors? I bet you got at least some of them right! Now it’s your turn! What flavors of pudding will you taste test? There are many more flavors available in the store. Like lemon, cheesecake, banana cream, pistachio, cookies ‘n cream, white chocolate and French vanilla. And maybe even more! I think I like vanilla the best, then chocolate and then butterscotch. (Or as my dad used to call it “sutterbotch”. That’s rather fun to say, isn’t it?) 😉 Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite pudding flavor is and if doing this taste test made you decide you have a new favorite flavor!

Quick Yummy Pudding in a Cloud

Hope you are all doing well and practicing your social distancing! Let’s do our best to keep everyone healthy! How about a really quick and tasty dessert for the kids to make for something fun to do today? All you need is instant pudding mix (your favorite flavor, of course), milk, Cool Whip (or other whipped cream), 4-6 small dishes and maybe some sprinkles to make it look great. Gather your ingredients and let’s get started!

First, put a large dollop of Cool Whip into each of the small dishes.

Using the back of a spoon, spread the Cool Whip around the edges of each bowl so it makes a hole in the center.

I used a small box of chocolate pudding for this example. Two cups of milk are needed for this size package of pudding mix. Pour your milk into a mixing bowl and add the pudding mix.

Mix with a whisk for 2 minutes.

Oooo, this pudding looks so yummy! I’m drooling! Are you?

Now spoon pudding into the hole you made in the Cool Whip in each bowl.

If you have sprinkles, add them on top. Chill in the refrigerator for a little while. And then enjoy!! Does the pudding look like its floating in a cloud? 🙂

I hope you had fun making Pudding in a Cloud and you have even more fun eating it! I’m off to eat mine now too! Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

Quick After School Snack

Are your kids always hungry as they pour in the door after school? Are you always looking for a quick-and-easy-but-something-different kind of snack? Today’s blog is about a fun idea for you and your hungry kiddos to try. We’ll call it Pudding Snack Cups. You just need a few ingredients and a few utensils to make it and clean up is quick and easy too. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

1 Cup of graham cracker crumbs, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, 1/4 Cup butter, 1 – 3.4 oz box of INSTANT vanilla pudding mix and 2 Cups cold milk. Utensils you will need to use:

1 small mixing bowl, 1 medium mixing bowl, a large spoon, a whisk, 1 Cup size measuring cup, 1 Tablespoon size measuring spoon and 4 small dishes. My dishes are 1 Cup size. (And yes, there are only 3 dishes in the picture…one had gone AWOL when I was taking the picture.) 😉

There are a few extra ingredients that will make this snack tastier and more fun but you don’t have to use them if you’d rather not. The ones I used include a banana, Ovaltine Rich Chocolate drink mix, sprinkles, micro mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips.

Ok, let’s put this snack together! Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter together in the small bowl with the spoon. It should stick together for pressing into the bottom of the small dishes to make a crust.

And that’s the next step – divide the crumb mixture between the 4 small dishes and press down into the bottom.

Mix the cold milk and pudding mix together for 2 minutes in the medium bowl using the whisk.

Add the pudding to the 4 small dishes.

If you like, you can be done now or for more fun and a tastier treat you can try these options. Add slices of bananas on top of the graham cracker crust before you spoon the pudding in.

After the pudding is in each dish, try adding your favorite topping. Like…sprinkles…

Micro mini marshmallows…

Mini chocolate chips…

Or a sprinkling of chocolate Ovaltine powder.

Of course, there are MANY options for this recipe! Use a different flavored pudding (think chocolate!) and other toppings that your family enjoys such as butterscotch chips, chopped nuts, mini M&M’s, white chocolate chips, chopped fruit, crushed cookies, etc, etc. Now you have the basic idea and you can run with it however you like! 🙂 Enjoy! Let me know what combinations you try!