Tuesday, June 3, 2014

EASY Banana Pudding - Dairy, Gluten, Soy & Refined Sugar Free



There are many dairy & gluten free of banana pudding recipes out there already so, why make another one?  Well, after looking at said recipes, I came to find that some just didn't fit that authentic, nostalgic bill.  No cookies?  No layers? Really???  Some were far too complicated for my liking.  I mean, I love the idea of making my own vanilla wafers but, I'm a busy, homeschooling mama... ain't nobody got time for dat!  (Okay, I know, that line is probably overused but, I had to do it).  I may eventually get around to trying my own but, for now, I wanted simple & easy.  Some recipes involved soy which makes me crazy.  (No, really, it does!).  Anywho... As I was browsing recipes for that one that would hit the nail on the head (with no success), I was snacking on a few of my toddlers cookies HappyTot Best Friends Honey Buckwheat cookies and that's when I got a brilliant idea.

Basically banana pudding is vanilla pudding layered with fresh banana slices and vanilla wafers.  I already knew how to make dairy free vanilla pudding (it's so easy) so I set to work to make my own creation.  I pondered using tapioca starch since I know so many of you are grain free out there but, It's just a little trickier to work with in a pudding (too much can make it gummy) and since the cookies are not grain free, I figured it didn't make a difference if I used corn starch.  I recommend Organic, Non-GMO Cornstarch of course.  The end result was...Oh! My! Wow!  It's Banana Pudding perfection folks.  Creamy, banana goodness in a bowl.  YUM!  I enjoy it as is but, it's also great with a dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream (found at the bottom of that link).  And, the next time I make it, I plan to try the HappyTot Best Friends Chocolate Pumpkin cookies.  (They are SO yummy).  Then it will be a Chocolate Banana Pudding.  Mmmm. I hope you try the recipe (despite my awful photography skills) and I hope you love it as much as we do.

Easy Banana Pudding  

(free of dairy, soy, gluten & refined sugars)

Ingredients: 

1 Can (14 oz.) of Organic, Full Fat Coconut Milk
2 Eggs
1/4 C Maple Syrup
1/4 C Honey
2 TblSp of Organic Non-Gmo Corn Starch
3 Tblsp of water
2 tsp pure Vanilla extract
Bananas (6 Small or 5 Med. or 4 Large), sliced thin and divided in half
1 Package of HappyTot Best Friends Honey Buckwheat cookies

Directions:

  1. Slice bananas, separate and set aside 
  2. Mix cornstarch and water and set aside
  3. In a pot, whisk coconut milk, maple & honey together over Medium heat, whisk constantly
  4. When mixture just starts to bubble, pour in cornstarch mixture (you may need to give it a quick stir first)
  5. Continue to whisk until mixture is thickened
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla and half of the banana slices.  Whisk well until bananas are broken down.
  7. In your dish of choice and layer 1/3 of the pudding, banana slices and cookies and repeat, ending with pudding on top and cookies for decoration.  (Could add Coconut Whipped Cream for decoration too AFTER it cools).
  8. Let chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. 

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