Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding Recipe

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Imagine a golden, thick, rich custard with vanilla bean flecks swirled through it, absorbed into a tender, fluffy vanilla-flavored cake.

That’s what pioneer woman banana pudding is all about.

When I was a kid, banana pudding was one of my favorite treats.

Bananas are a tasty treat alright, but they can be even better.

For instance, they’re great on top of lemonade or mixed into homemade banana peanut butter bread.

However, there’s nothing better than a bowl of pioneer woman’s banana pudding made the way my mom makes it.

Who doesn’t love a recipe that combines bananas and vanilla?

The pairing in pioneer woman’s banana pudding is classic, and it’s one of my favorites.

It’s creamy, filling, and so easy to whip up with an old-fashioned flavor that you will love.

A few ingredients and an oven are all you need to make this special treat.

How to Make Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding Recipe

Pioneer woman banana pudding is a comfort dish you’ll look forward to stirring up almost every week.

Use this homemade recipe for dessert occasionally or snacks throughout the week.

Ingredients for Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding

Four eggs (large)

3 tbsp. flour (all-purpose)

Sugar (about 3/4 cup)

1 tsp. salt

Whole milk, 2 cups

Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)

Vanilla wafers (about 30 to 40)

3–4 ripe bananas, medium (thinly sliced)

Instructions

1.Separate the yolks and whites of three eggs. Put the whites aside.

2.Combine the remaining whole egg with the yolks.

3.Add flour, 1/2 cups sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a saucepan. Whisk to combine.

4.Pour the three yolks and whole egg into this mixture. Add milk and stir well.

5.Stir the mixture often as it cooks uncovered, until it thickens, for approximately 10 minutes.

6.Once the pan is off the heat, add the vanilla extract.

7.Prepare your oven by preheating it to 425°F.

8.Put a thin layer of pudding into a casserole dish with a capacity of 1 1/2 quarts. Then, place a layer of your vanilla wafers on top of this pudding.

9.Spread a layer of banana slices over the wafers. Then spread a third of the leftover pudding over the bananas.

10.Keep layering your wafers, bananas, and pudding. Finish with pudding on top.

11.Add some salt to the reserved egg whites. Pour them into a mixing bowl and beat until stiff to make meringue.

12.Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar as you continue to beat. Keep beating until the whites stop sliding out of the mixing bowl when tilted.

13.Use a spatula to make a few decorative peaks on top of the meringue and spread it over the pudding. Bake for approximately five minutes or until the meringue changes to light brown.

14.Serve it as a dessert topped with fresh whipped cream.

There’s just something about the combination of bananas, vanilla wafers, and vanilla pudding that gets me every time.

Plus, it’s straightforward to make.

It’s always a hit, and you can’t go wrong with the pioneer woman’s banana pudding recipe.

What Is The Shelf Life Of Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding?

If you have a large batch of pioneer woman banana pudding, don’t stress.

This delicious dessert can last up to five days if you store it properly.

Avoid leaving it sitting out any longer than a couple of hours.

Instead, let it cool for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before storing it in the fridge.

After cooling, wrap each serving in plastic wrap and transfer it to the fridge.

Maintaining proper storage conditions ensures your dessert’s quality and longer shelf life. .

Tips for Freezing Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding

Freeze pioneer woman’s banana pudding to enjoy it at any time.

It’s better than making new banana pudding from scratch whenever you want to eat it.

However, there are tips on how to freeze the banana pudding that you must follow.

1.Freeze the pudding to make it last longer and retain its freshness.

2.Cool it completely before transferring it into an airtight container.

3.If improperly wrapped, you may expose it to air during freezing, creating a less-than-optimal texture and a higher risk of freezer burn.

4.Glass is better for freezing than plastic, metal or ceramic since it retains the flavor and prevents chemical leaching.

5.Press food-grade plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding before sealing it with the lid to avoid freezer burn.

6.Use a layer of plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. Up to 3 months can pass before the pudding goes bad.

7.Ensure to remove the container from the freezer a few minutes before serving.

8.Pour the frozen dessert into a bowl and let it sit at room temperature for about ten minutes or until thawed completely.

Best Ways To Reheat Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding

Oven: Reheat banana pudding in the oven for the smoothest, creamiest results that taste just as good as when you made it. The heat helps to keep the texture and consistency.

Preheat the oven to 350°F to warm it up. Wrap the banana pudding in aluminum foil to maintain its moisture and place it in a baking pan. Add warm water before putting it in the oven. This process ensures every corner of your dessert heats uniformly.

Organize banana pudding cups in a baking pan and place them in the center of the oven. Set a timer for 10 minutes and reheat until warmed through.

After 5-7 minutes, check if the temperature of the pudding is just right by inserting a bamboo skewer into the creamy part of the pudding. If it comes out clean or with just traces of cream, then your banana pudding is ready. Overheating can impact how good your dessert looks and tastes.

Microwave: Remove the plastic wrap carefully, place a paper towel over the top of your microwave-safe bowl or ramekin and pour the pudding in it. Microwave on medium for one minute, and add another 30 seconds if needed. Avoid microwaving the pudding covered with aluminum foil, as it may be unsafe to eat.

The Air Fryer: Reheat leftover servings in an Air Fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes by placing them wrapped in aluminum foil. Do not peel the banana pudding cups before reheating. Allow them to cool off a bit to regain their dense texture.

Air fryers are easy to control and clean. Before digging in, allow the pioneer woman’s banana pudding to cool for a few minutes. Eat it straight from the cup or use a spoon to take it out.

Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding: The Best Side Dishes to Pair with It

Thanks to rich, creamy custard, the pioneer woman’s banana pudding is full of flavor.

However, it may sometimes appear plain on the plate.

Banana pudding is a complete dessert for many people, and it does not require any additional side dishes.

You can serve many dishes with the pudding recipe to contrast its richness.

As it stands, banana pudding can be a good snack for the afternoon, especially after complementing it with sweet crackers or nuts like almonds, walnuts, or peanuts.

1.Serve pioneer woman’s banana pudding as a side dish.

2.It will also go great when served alongside chicken, beef, or grilled vegetables.

3.Serve with fresh fruits and vegetable snacks to help your body absorb all the fat and sugars your pudding contains.

4.Enjoy a cold banana pudding with a glass of fresh orange juice or lemonade in summer.

5.To give your banana pudding a crunchy top, sprinkle almond slivers and granola over it.

6.Use some toppings that complement the flavors in your dessert, such as toasted pecans or dark chocolate pieces on top.

7.Serve it as a sweet treat after dinner or as a meal on its own.

8.Also, it goes well with fresh juices and toasted French toast sticks topped with honey cream, cheese for breakfast.

9.Serve with any meal because of its ease in preparation and delicious taste. Choose from many different recipes for banana pudding depending on your preference and how much time you have available to prepare it.

Pioneer Woman’s Banana Pudding Recipe Tips and Variations

Banana pudding has so many different variations.

Some use instant pudding with Cool Whip stirred in and layered between the wafers and bananas.

The recipe is versatile and easy to put together, whether you make it with a vanilla pudding mix or use a ‘cook and serve’ vanilla pudding.

1.Whip up the pudding, fold in the banana slices, and the Cool Whip to create an irresistibly fresh dessert that’s light, creamy and sure to please a crowd.

2.Add cookie crust, an extra layer of cream cheese pudding, and caramel drizzle. This pie has all the best parts of traditional banana pudding.

3.Use store-bought pie crust or chocolate wafer cookies instead of oven-heated crust, and pulse brown sugar and melted butter until crumbly.

4.To keep the freshest bananas in this Pioneer Woman Banana Cream Pie:
Don’t slice them too thick.

Mix them into the pudding so they don’t come in contact with air and start browning.

Use only fresh ingredients to get the best taste.

5.If you’re not going to eat your pie right away, don’t add the fresh banana slices until it’s ready to serve. It’ll keep them from browning too quickly.

6.Drizzle lemon juice on banana peels to discourage browning. Alternatively, you can buy unripe bananas and put them in a paper bag with an apple for three days to ripen. The apple releases ethylene gas which causes the bananas to ripen faster.

7.Adding cinnamon to bananas will make them taste fresh and delicious.

8.Stir in drained crushed pineapple or other fruit. Use a combination of mashed bananas and sliced bananas on top of the pie.

9.If you can’t track down vanilla wafers or don’t have time to make your meringue, feel free to use whipped cream instead.

Toppings

Pioneer woman’s banana pudding pie is already awesome even before adding the toppings.

However, the toppings make it look special for guests.

There are two options here: (1) Just spread a layer of whipped cream on top and call it a day; or (2) Be fancy and pipe a design with more whipped cream, then add banana slices on top.

Sprinkle some toasted coconut or crushed vanilla wafers on top if you want to go all out.

Final word

So what happens when you combine banana and five other ingredients?

One of the best-known flavors of all time, that’s what.

Pioneer woman’s banana pudding is essentially a recipe for happiness.

More importantly, it allows you to break the monotony of those super-sweet, sugary treats that most people serve over the holiday.

Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding

Pioneer Woman Banana Pudding Recipe

It’s creamy, filling, and so easy to whip up with an old-fashioned flavor that you will love.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 406 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg large
  • 3 tbsp. flour all-purpose
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar about 3/4 cup
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Whole milk 2 cups
  • 1 tb Vanilla 1/2 teaspoon
  • Vanilla wafers about 30 to 40
  • 3 banana medium (thinly sliced)

Instructions
 

  • Separate the yolks and whites of three eggs. Put the whites aside.
  • Combine the remaining whole egg with the yolks.
  • Add flour, 1/2 cups sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a saucepan. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour the three yolks and whole egg into this mixture. Add milk and stir well.
  • Stir the mixture often as it cooks uncovered, until it thickens, for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Once the pan is off the heat, add the vanilla extract.
  • Prepare your oven by preheating it to 425°F.
  • Put a thin layer of pudding into a casserole dish with a capacity of 1 1/2 quarts. Then, place a layer of your vanilla wafers on top of this pudding.
  • Spread a layer of banana slices over the wafers. Then spread a third of the leftover pudding over the bananas.
  • Keep layering your wafers, bananas, and pudding. Finish with pudding on top.
  • Add some salt to the reserved egg whites. Pour them into a mixing bowl and beat until stiff to make meringue.
  • Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar as you continue to beat. Keep beating until the whites stop sliding out of the mixing bowl when tilted.
  • Use a spatula to make a few decorative peaks on top of the meringue and spread it over the pudding. Bake for approximately five minutes or until the meringue changes to light brown.
  • Serve it as a dessert topped with fresh whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 15gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 1083mgPotassium: 789mgFiber: 5gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 588IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg
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