Easy banana pudding almost doesn’t feel fair to call cooking–it’s more like assembly and you taking all of the credit, but that works for me. The original calls for cooking a custard and all sorts of steps that can go wrong and end up with sweet scrambled eggs. I don’t want you calling me mean names and I don’t want to cook a custard so we’re gonna cheat. Cheat with me now…
Every time I think of banana pudding, almost every time I am reminded of hookers and truck stops.
Yeah that’s what I said.
I probably shouldn’t repeat this story–but sometimes stories we shouldn’t repeat are the best kind.
In college, there was a truck stop on the edge of town–it was a run down old brick building with a beat up sign on the outside, tucked in behind a sad gas station about a half mile from the interstate. (Sound like a movie yet?) The rumor was, that you could go in and ask the desk clerk for some “nanner nanner puddin’ ” and you’d be conveniently connected with a woman of questionable reputation. Where this woman (or women) came from and even if the story is true I have no idea–but it made for great late night dares for a bunch of teen and twenty-something year old kids with nothing to do.
“Let’s go down to the truck stop and see if we can get a hooker,” someone would say. Usually, this was said among a group of girls so we would all laugh. What did we care? A few time some of us (including guys) made it as far as the parking lot. We’d stare at the door.
“No way. You go.”
“I’m not going…” and then we’d all just chicken out and go home.
No one I ever knew could actually verify that asking for nanner nanner puddin’ would in fact get you anything more than a bowl of pudding, cookies and Cool Whip. I’m completely in favor of just opting for the food–heck I’m completely in favor of pretending I didn’t tell you that story and trying to figure out a way to transition this train wreck into a recipe.
Easy banana pudding really is easy.
There. Now let’s forget this whole thing ever happened.
Easy Banana Pudding
- 1 4- ounce box cheesecake pudding no cook
- 1 10- ounce box vanilla pudding no cook
- 4 cups cold milk
- 11 ounce box vanilla wafers
- 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed or homemade sweetened whipped cream
- 3-4 inch ripe bananas sliced about 1/4 thick
- In a large bowl, beat the puddings and milk and allow to sit in the fridge until just set--about 8 to 10 minutes or so.
- In a 9x13 or slightly smaller dish (you can make it in anything really), start by laying down a layer of cookies.
- Add about 1/3 of the pudding and spread it evenly.
- Add a layer of sliced bananas and repeat layers two more times if you can.
- Top with a layer of whipped topping or whipped cream and some crushed cookies.
- Cover and chill overnight so the cookies can soften.