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While planning our July 4th party last year, we decided that another dessert was in order. And really, when is another dessert not in order? For a while I wanted to try a traditional southern dish, banana pudding. I found a recipe that was super quick, got great reviews and seemed easy to modify. Judging from the response, this recipe is not only a keeper, but a new tradition – the entire bowl of pudding was gone within 10 minutes. To our surprise it went even faster than the immensely popular raspberry brownie. This pudding is so good, that I’ve made it at least 15 times this past year. After a few hours in the fridge the vanilla wafers begin to soften and absorb the pudding like a sponge. Even after several days when the wafers have completely softened, they are still just as delicious and add the perfect depth to this simple dish. And since this dessert is nearly guiltless I guarantee you’ll soon be eating leftovers for breakfast like me.


1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt, regular yogurt or sour cream
8 oz (~3 cups) nonfat frozen whipped topping, thawed for 30 minutes
2 cups skim milk
1/3 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
2 small packages nonfat (sugar-free) instant vanilla pudding
30 vanilla wafers or ginger snaps
2 bananas, in 1/4″ slices
shaved dark chocolate, to garnish


1. In a large bowl whisk together the greek yogurt, peanut butter, whipped topping and milk until no clumps remain. Stir in the instant pudding until well incorporated and mixture begins to thicken.

2. In a large glass serving dish or trifle bowl, form a layer of vanilla wafers, flat side facing up. Cover with a thin layer of pudding, followed by a layer of banana slices. Add another thin layer of pudding and repeat. Or get creative by pudding (hah!) some wafers against the wall before adding the next layer of pudding for a nice presentation. Top with a few vanilla wafers and garnish with shaved chocolate and/or fresh berries. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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  1. Grace says:

    this is just the way i like it. impossible to beat, in my humble opinion. i’ve actually witnessed elbowing and shoving and dirty talk used in an attempt to get the last serving. :)

  2. mom says:

    As Nick said, this was a huge hit on the 4th.The bowl was clean in 10 minutes.The second time the three of us finished it in 3 days and we don’t really eat dessert! Irresistable! The fat-free ingredients make it almost guilt-less.
    One tip for ease in making is to allow the whipped cream to defrost completely and when mixing together, use a wisk. With all the summer fruit options, it’s fun to decorate the top.This whole recipe went together very fast.

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    Well I’m a WOMAN who enjoys her pudding; and banana pudding is definitely delicious. No doubt that that dish was such a hit with everyone! :0)

  4. Sagan Morrow says:

    That looks very tasty!

    I actually have a huge love for vanilla Jell-O Pudding too. But I never buy it because its processed… what I need to do is find a recipe and make my own vanilla pudding, I think. Because that stuff is SO delicious!

  5. Kevin says:

    That banana pudding looks good!

  6. Lyn says:

    I bet this would be yummy with a glob of melted peanut butter mixed into the pudding…. :)

  7. daphne says:

    that looks fantastic..and where is the peanut butter in this? =)

  8. giz says:

    What an easy way to get a gorgeous looking dessert.

  9. Dee says:

    Ooh, guilt-free! Make mine a double serve please :)
    I love that delicious doesn’t require hours of work.

  10. Carla says:

    I’ve seen an off-brand banana cream pudding at Wal Mart. It tasted fine to me, but I would much prefer homemade pudding. Period. And you definitely need to make one with peanut butter!

  11. Nick says:

    Grace, It’s quite amazing what good food can do to people!

    VeggieGirl, Now the only problem with it is that it’s not vegan right? Because of the pudding mix? Are there any good pudding subs out there?

    Sagan, I think homemade pudding is fairly easy. I believe it is egg yolks that thicken it, you need to cook it on low heat stirring constantly so the eggs don’t actually “cook” and turn to scrambled pudding.

    Lyn, Daphne, Thanks for reminding me about the peanut butter! I’ve added the suggestion to the recipe.

    Giz, Dee, I agree! It’s a quick dessert which can be dressed up easily for a nice presentation. It’s so good, I’ve already had friends ask me for the recipe.

    Carla, I agree, homemade is always better, but I don’t know how that would come to play in this recipe because the only thing added here is the powder, but traditional pudding is already made with egg yolks and such. Considering the recipe calls for 2 packages of pudding mix, perhaps I’ll just make a half batch for myself and add some peanut butter in!

  12. Bren@Flanboyant Eats says:

    i’m only on this post to remind you of how my brain is asking and licking crumbs off my finger from the peanut butter bread.

    okay.. i had to say that..

    i loved ur marinara story by the way.. that was classic. *ragu*! ick! but i grew up eating it too!! :)

  13. Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" says:

    Nicely done. I love the simplicity of the whole thing, and can “taste” how great this dessert is going to be. AND I’m going to add the prerequisite “peanut butter” as well…….


  14. skye says:

    wow, this looks absolutely delicious! :)

  15. runningwithfood says:

    Ohhh … sounds DELISH! Have to put this one on my “to make” list as well! :)

  16. This is definitely going on my summer to-cook list :)

  17. pigpig says:

    Looks gorgeous! I’m bookmarking this!

  18. Maria says:

    Looks really tasty!!

  19. grace says:

    hello again, you beautiful bowl of pudding, you. this continues to be, and will ALWAYS be, an amazing creation.

  20. Kelley says:

    I’ll be making this on Friday for out of town company. Can’t go wrong with banana pudding and we’ll see what they say about adding the PB to it. I know I’ll be liking it. :) p.s. Love the pun too!

  21. Shelby says:

    Wow, this looks absolutely amazing!!!

  22. Reeni says:

    Faster than the raspberry brownies? This must be the bomb! Awesome treat for breakfast!!

    • Nick says:

      Yea, we were incredibly surprised but we wound up making a new batch for ourselves the following day. It’s just that good.

  23. Elyse says:

    Boy oh boy, does this look fabulous! It’s dangerous for me to be reading this around 1am. You see, now I have a craving that needs to be satisfied, but it’s 1am… I can see this treat in my near future (read: tomorrow morning)!

  24. Alison says:

    Beautiful photo! A nice PB addition to a classic dessert. Although the traditional southern belles might revolt at you disturbing their trademark dish. :-)

  25. This is just a short note to let you know you have been awarded on my blog:


  26. Marta says:

    Wow Nick! for a dessert this isincreadibly healthy! I’m loving it! I’m also a big fan of the softened wafers… oh when you can just spoon them out… heaven!

  27. Carolina says:

    This is a recipe after my own heart. I need to make this for my babies!

  28. Marta says:

    Hey Nick! Sorry for the multiple comments: the recipe I’ve posted last reminded me of you because the last time I made it I added 1/3 cup of PB and they came out SOOOOO delicious!!!! Thought you might like them :)

  29. Jen says:

    Wow! That looks awesome! It’s also great that this delicious dessert is quite simple and easy to prepare..Thanks =)

  30. This looks too good to be true!

  31. Lauren says:

    This banana pudding is the best ever! I love the Greek yogurt and the peanut butter. And you mix everything in one bowl so there’s no mess to deal with. Couldn’t ask for a better dessert (or breakfast!).

    • Nick says:

      I’ll be having some for breakfast this weekend – I’m psyched! Super easy to make, you really can’t afford not to make it =)

  32. Jared says:

    I haven’t had this anywhere but in LA with my grandmother.. She makes it almost exactly like this, but sprinkles something on top, and I can’t remember what! Maybe chocolate shavings? I think that is just her personal touch. But this recipe is to DIE for, it’s great for potlucks too.

    • Nick says:

      Perfect for the potlucks! So good in fact, that when I go to potlucks now it’s expected of me to bring it. I don’t get to try new dishes but I don’t mind since the pudding is so good!

  33. Kenzie says:

    My favorite! I was looking for something a little different from just the normal banana pudding, and the twist on this one is awesome. My grandma always made this for me growing up, sans the shaved chocolate. We are making this for a baby shower this weekend, YUM! Kudos for the recipe.

  34. Eve says:

    Im am adding PBS to mine this year. I think I will add crushed peanut buddy bars to the top or maybe crushed butterfinger bars.m ilike to embellish, :)

    • Eve says:

      I meant pb not PBS. lol

    • Nick says:

      Hah, you confused me for a second =].

      Definitely some crushed peanut butter candy bars on top! I don’t know what Peanut Buddy bars are though…

      • Eve says:

        Freshleys makes them but they are the same as a kit kat bar or little Debbie’s peanut butter bars. Toffee or peanut butter chips would look good on top too. Of course it is perfect just the way it is. Love your blog. :)

  35. Jude says:

    Elvis would be so proud……

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