Dessert/ Fruit

Strawberry Banana Parfaits

Strawberry Banana Parfaits – Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom.Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom ~ The Complete SavoristI made vanilla pudding. I know this doesn’t sound like much or a big deal. But I really hate vanilla pudding. You can blame my sister Jennifer for this. It is wholly 100% her fault.

When she was in 5th grade and had to do her state report, Mom2 drove all over town stopping at travel agency after travel agency to pick up information on the 50th state, Hawaii. This was before that new-fangled invention called the Internet, when research was done primarily out of books and such. We had a stack of library books on the table, encyclopedias, and travel literature.

Jennifer wasn’t really wasn’t a procrastinator in school. Sure, she had her moments, but somehow this project got saved until the night before it was due. I was the big sister, (and studying history in college), so the task befell me to help her out.

Come one or two am, we were still going strong (let’s ignore the fact she was only 10 or so). But as true De La Cerda women, we got a bit munchy. There was plenty of leftovers in the fridge, plenty of junk we could have eaten, but we opted to make vanilla pudding, that blue box instant stuff hawked by the now dethroned, sweater-wearing Father of Clean Comedy-you know the stuff.

One 3 oz box was not sufficient, so we made two, and making two meant we had to eat two or die trying. Die trying is what happened. Belly ache does not even begin to describe what we felt post-consumption. Until recently, the mere thought of vanilla pudding could induce all out body shivers in the grotesque.

So, making vanilla pudding was pretty brave on my part. Somewhere, the feeling of rabid disgust subsided, and the ability to stand vanilla pudding crept in. I truly believe it’s just a punishment that I want to eat a bite or two vanilla pudding again. You see, I love chocolate, banana, pistachio, butterscotch….But they are on my banned list. One, maybe two bites of the real stuff and about four, maybe six bites of the sugar-free stuff is all I can handle. I was happy in the fact I disliked one flavor, removing the temptation.

This homemade version is fantastic. It puts that blue box stuff to shame. I enjoyed eating with the graham cracker crumble, fruit, and the bit of whipped cream. Perfect balance of sinful and saintly ingredients coming together in this Strawberry Banana Parfaits.

Oh and Jennifer has gotten over her aversion to vanilla pudding too. Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom ~ The Complete Savorist

Strawberry Banana Parfaits

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom.
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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas; sliced
  • 8-10 strawberries; sliced
  • Whipped cream

Pudding

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs; large
  • 1 egg yolk; large
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Graham cracker crumble

  • 1 sleeve graham cracker (about 9 sheets)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp butter; melted

Instructions

Pudding

  1. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sauce pan that is not heated.
  2. Very gradually (a few tablespoons at a time) whisk in milk. Carefully dissolve the cornstarch.
  3. Whisk in eggs and egg yolk.
  4. Over medium heat and whisking constantly cook until the first set of bubbles form and break.
  5. Reduce heat to low; still whisking, cook 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat; immediately pour through a fine-mesh sieve into bowl to remove any clumps. Stir butter and vanilla into hot pudding. Mix well.
  7. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding and around the bowl to prevent that rough skin from forming.
  8. Place in the refrigerator and chill at least 3 hours, if not overnight.

Graham Cracker Crumble

  1. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until it is crumbs. It can be fine or chunky, this is a matter of personal preference.
  2. Remove the crumbs from the food processor and add to a bowl.
  3. Mix to combine the sugars and salt into the crumbs.
  4. Pour the melted butter in, and using a fork, mix to make wet crumbs. It will occasionally clump together.

Assembly

  1. Add about 2 tbsp graham cracker crumbles to the bottom of bowls, glasses, or dishes.
  2. Layer the bananas and the strawberries.
  3. Add 1/4 cup or so of pudding.
  4. Add a dollop of whipped cream
  5. Sprinkle with more graham cracker crumble.
  6. Chill for 15 then serve.
  7. Cover is going to to serve after the initial 15 minutes chill and set time.
  8. Enjoy.

Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom ~ The Complete Savorist

Whisked eggs, milk, and plastic cover to prevent ‘skin’ from forming.

Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom ~ The Complete Savorist

Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom ~ The Complete Savorist

Strawberry Banana Parfaits - Creamy vanilla pudding layered between fresh strawberries and bananas with a graham crackers crumble bottom ~ The Complete Savorist

Thank you for sharing!

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    June 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    5 stars
    I like a good banana parfait recipe. This one looks incredible and very healthy.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 17, 2015 at 12:39 am

      The pudding might not qualify as healthy.

  • Reply
    Serena
    June 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Bananas and strawberries, I’m sure it’s kinda healthy 🙂 Looks yummy!

  • Reply
    Pam
    June 18, 2015 at 9:19 am

    My kids love parfaits – these look terrific.

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    June 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Bananas and strawberries are a winning combination in my book. Such great summer fruit and love the sweet parfait mix added!

  • Reply
    Tara
    June 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    5 stars
    Love a simple dessert like this one for the summer, just perfect!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:27 am

      Simple is my wheelhouse where desserts are concerned. Thanks Tara.

  • Reply
    christine
    June 23, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I really enjoy parfaits, especially fruity ones in the summertime. This sounds easy enough, and although not “healthy”; it’s healthy-ish compared to a dense chocolate dessert 🙂 Do you see how I just justified eating like 5 of these???

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Christine, I so love your line of thinking.

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    Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner?
    June 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    These parfaits are so pretty. There is something about homemade pudding that is WAY better than the box stuff. Glad you were able to get over your aversion, LOL.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:36 am

      Ha, thank you Cindy. Homemade is always better. The only argument I can give to that is brownies and then I have a pretty amazing recipe for them.

  • Reply
    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    June 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I could definitely go for one of these parfaits right now!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:34 am

      They are quite satisfying. Hope you enjoy.

  • Reply
    Elena
    June 24, 2015 at 12:53 am

    5 stars
    This parfait looks delicious! The vanilla pudding looks so creamy 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:33 am

      I may have eaten more than my fair share of the pudding.

  • Reply
    Katerina
    June 24, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Great summer desert! Easy and very refreshing!

  • Reply
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    June 24, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever made anything like this before, but it looks so yummy, and pretty straightforward to make! Lovely recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Thank you Becca, it’s fairly easy. For you, a piece of cake, I’ve seen what you can do.

  • Reply
    Manila Spoon
    June 24, 2015 at 8:06 am

    5 stars
    Wow, what a delicious palate-pleasing dessert this is! I love it and can easily help myself to 2 glasses! Pinned. 😉

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Two are very easy to consume and enjoy.

  • Reply
    Diane
    June 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Yay! I have been looking for a homemade vanilla pudding recipe and here it is! We love parfaits at our house. This recipe is going on my pin board. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 25, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Hope you enjoy it Diane.

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