I am beyond excited about sharing this adorable dessert! This BANANA CREAM PUDDING IN A JAR will bring back memories of an all American childhood with roots to the classic Banana Pudding dish present at every church or neighborhood pot-luck.
Did you know…?
It turns out the history of this dessert goes back to 1921 when Nilla Wafers published a recipe from Mrs. Laura Kerley of Bloomington, Illinois that called for custard, sliced bananas and a pound of vanilla wafers. There have been many variations created since but it remains a deliciously simple, sweet staple recipe in kitchens across the USA and beyond. Cool huh? She was a recipe blogger of the 1920’s! 🙂
Today I am sharing with you the recipe I made up for these adorable little jars which I feel takes the traditional foil casserole style to a new level. These sassy little servings are perfect for your next little soiree!
- 1 c. rough chopped or broken Nilla Wafers
- *Additional Nilla Wafers to garnish (optional)
- 2 medium bananas sliced
- ⅔ c. Cool Whip
- 1 c. prepared Jello vanilla pudding
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. sugar
- Evenly distribute the chopped or broken Nilla Wafers into 4 -5 oz. jars.
- Pipe or spoon the prepared Jello pudding into each jar on top of the Nilla Wafers- distributing evenly.
- Add the bananas to each- again distributing evenly.
- Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle ¼ of your mixture onto the bananas in each jar.
- Pipe the Cool Whip onto the top (I just use a ziplock bag for this -with about ½ in of the corner cut off) of each jar.
- Garnish with additional Nilla Wafers if desired.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until serving.
This Banana Cream Pudding in a jar is easy as pie… or pudding!
You could very easily multiply the ingredients in this recipe to make more darling Banilla Trifle Jars for your company.
I am over the moon with this recipe for several reasons… first, it is delicious! Even my kid who “hates” bananas gobbled this up quicker than a contestant leaving Survivor! That in itself is a miracle. Second, it takes 10 minutes guys!!! Yep, 10 minutes start to finish- and actually, that is on the high end because I included the time it took to whip up the Jello vanilla pudding (it is soft set in just 5 minutes). Three, it is just such a simple go-to crowd-pleasing dessert that looks really beautiful.
Also, speaking of beautiful…
I will let you in on a little secret! I recycled for this project. That’s right! I actually went to the store and picked up these 4 oz. Mason jelly jars (which you could totally use by the way) and then I remembered something. I saved the containers from my Oui French Style Yogurt because they were nicely shaped glass jars I thought I could use for something. Turns out they were the most attractive little vessels for this tasty treat. So now you know my secret- but you don’t have to keep it to yourself.
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Also, if you LOVE dessert like I do and are looking for a quick treat try these easy BANANA BREAD RECIPE!
Or this amazing Banana Bundt Cake!
I hope you LOVE all my recipes and try some of my DIY too. Get inspired by all my beautiful creations.