Mini Banana Pudding Parfaits
Snowed in? We’re a winter white wonderland here in Nashville! About 6-7 inches on the ground, fire in the fireplace, and lots of hot cocoa are happening in Pizzazzerie land! I also had the chance to make these mini banana pudding parfaits for you, they’re so delicious! Serve up a tray of these mini desserts (or make them in a larger trifle) for parties or just a fancy little treat! I have quite an obsession with mini desserts (a whole Pinterest board devoted to them in fact) and this Southern treat is one of my top faves!
Growing up, I always chose the “chocolate” dessert anytime I had a choice. Then for some reason, around graduate school, I became obsessed with all things b-a-n-a-n-a! I don’t really know why, but I’m totally not complaining. Bring on the banana desserts!
If you’ve never made banana pudding before, you are in for a TREAT! It’s rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Down South, we love our banana pudding. This is my go-to recipe that my Mom passed down to me. Add in sliced banana, vanilla wafers, and whipped meringue? Now you’re talking! This little parfait is oh so delish. Why not throw a dessert party and serve up all your favorites “mini size”? My kind of party!
On an unrelated note, my baby turns 2 in April! I have no idea what kind of party she should have! When you do what I do, it’s hard to finally commit to a theme! Here is her garden 1st birthday party from last year. I have a few themes rolling around in my head. Yes, I know it’s a little early to be thinking about it, but it’s just so much fun!
Mini Banana Pudding Parfaits
- 2 cups vanilla wafers
- 3 ripe bananas
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, combine yolks from 3 eggs (set the whites aside) with 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Whisk together.
- Mash 1 1/2 ripe bananas and add to saucepan.
- Stir in the milk and cook (uncovered) for 10-12 minutes (until thickened).
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- In electric mixer, beat leftover egg whites until stiffened. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff.
- Layer each parfait cup with vanilla wafers, scoop of pudding, sliced banana, and meringue.
Looking for more banana recipes?! I included a few fabulous ones from around the web!
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Sounds and looks so good right now…thinking of whipping some up now. But did I read that right, is there no actual banana in the pudding, just as garnish?
Thanks and Happy Birthday planning!
Hi, where did you find the mini bowls?
So, apparently when I originally read this I totally missed step 2.^ But I came back to it tonight because I had a random craving. This time I saw that there *were* indeed mashed bananas in the recipe.
So I followed along with the directions, but mine totally flopped. It didn’t mention what heat setting or if it should be stirred. So I just kept it a little lower than medium, and since I’ve never made pudding before and it didn’t say to stir, I just watched it and gave it a little stir every once in a while.
Apparently I guessed wrong, as it just became this clumpy, watery mush. :-\
Towards the end I started to figure it out but it was too late for stirring to reincorporate the lumpiness and save it.
It still *tastes* and smells good, but definitely doesn’t look or feel like a smooth pudding.
Oh, I just re-read the whole post to see if maybe I missed something again, and just noticed there is flour in the ingredients! Since I was just following along with the directions, I didn’t use any flour…not sure when I should have put that in. ????
Thank you for the inspiration to make such a yummy-sounding dessert! I’m not complaining about my own first-time flop, haha. Just thought I’d let you know how it went incase there are some recipe tweaks to help anyone for next time. (Feel free to delete this comment upon reading it, as I don’t mean to leave anything sounding like a negative review or anything!)
Thanks and Happy Night!
These look and sound so yummy!! Just wondering if it would turn out the same to use boxed banana pudding instead of making it from scratch?
I just had the same problem as Krystal ^^ mines a mess! wasn’t sure what heat setting and it doesn’t say where to add the flour
Oh wow! Just what I need for my daughters sweet 16 birthday party. Where might I find the mini bowls you have? I really like the look.
Can you eat raw meringue?
Banana pudding is traditionally baked in the oven to lightly brown the meringue.
Hello! great recipe and idea. Where can you purchase the dessert bowls? They are adorable
Hi Helene! I actually got these on a trip in the dominican republic, but I have seen similar mini dessert cups and bowls at Party City!
How many mini desserts will this make?