Nutter Butter Banana Pudding; a quick and delicious snack that will have you scraping the bottom of the jars for more.
Confession. I have an obsession with banana pudding. Like, I totally freakin love it. It reminds me of home. It reminds me of childhood. And it makes me happy. But often times, it can be soggy boring vanilla wafers with sliced bananas topped with plain pudding. That’s boring.
This, this is not that. Every bite is luscious and rich and crazy good. All that childhood joy – but better.
If you are just looking for a quick way to use up bananas (hello, banana mug cake), thinking about other classic southern desserts, or just want to skip the banana bread, this is a must-make sweet treat!
Super Easy Nutter Butter Banana Pudding
I can not believe how easy this recipe is to make. A couple minutes over the stove and it is ready for the fridge. You have to use a real vanilla bean. This is so crucial to flavor. I was tempted to grab the jar of extract myself.
Like, life-changing kind-of-difference.
Now that we have that established, that may be the hardest part of this recipe. The rest is easy, and turns those dixie cup desserts into something quick, painless and totally coveted.
Set these out for some guests, or the kids when they get out of school. Yum.
What are nutter butters?
If you don’t know what a Nutter Butter is then you obviously are not spending enough time on the cookie aisle.
Ok, that might be a good thing. People that spend too much time on the cookie aisle are a bit weird.
But that doesn’t change the fact that the Nutter Butter is the most popular peanut butter sandwich cookie on the planet earth. It is like the peanut butter version of a Oreo. Billions and billions are eaten every year.
But, let’s face it… If you are from another dimension of time and space then you might not know what a Nutter Butter is.
Of course, if you have a peanut allergy, then you need to know that a Nutter is something that you should avoid at all costs…
Luckily there are options.
What are the best substitutions for Nutter Butters in the banana pudding?
If you are allergic, don’t feel left out. If you just consider one of the many varieties of Oreos, then there are plenty of options.
You could do the chocolate or the vanilla cookie style, and any one of the cream fillings on those works too. There are chocolate and vanilla and even varieties with other nut or sun butter so that you can avoid all allergens. Pick one that strikes your fancy and crumble those in as your cookie layers instead.
Can I use instant pudding instead of making custard?
If you want the easy way out, and you don’t want to stir together a simple (no, really it’s simple, promise) custard-style pudding, then a packet of vanilla pudding will do.
It isn’t anywhere near as tasty in my humble opinion, but sometimes convenience has to precede flavor. Hopefully not too often. Because matters of good taste should always take priority.
I mean if leading an epicurious life is a goal. If not, then pay no mind.
Banana custard pie in a jar
By now you have probably figured it out and the gig is up. This is really essentially a banana cream pie in a jar. Ok, you got me?
I almost had you fooled though didn’t I?
But let’s face it, you aren’t about to take a slice of banana cream pie on the go are you
All that changes when you make a Nutter Butter banana pudding in a jar. You can easily take these on a picnic. As long as you keep it decently cool until serving it travels very well.
The convenience of it just can’t be denied.
So, what kind of jars work best?
Try to use the wide mouth lidded Mason style jars. It makes it a lot easier when you want to scrape out that itsy, bitsy, last tiny little bit that you just can’t see go to waste. It just tastes too good to let that happen.
Otherwise, short squat recyclable cups work great too. The ones you find at the market near the paper plates and cutlery.
Just go for wider on top that the bottom for stacking ease.
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- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- dash salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 ripe bananas, peeled
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 sleeve peanut butter cookies, about 12 cookies
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt.
- Whisk in the cream and milk.
- Add the egg yolks.
- Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds into the saucepan. Don't skip this step or replace it with vanilla extract - this one bean goes a long way.
- Whisk the mixture until everything is combined.
- Place the saucepan over a burner and set the heat to medium-high.
- While whisking constantly, bring the mixture to a boil, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and the butter and stir vigorously for two minutes to release excess heat. The mixture will be smooth and thick.
- Place plastic wrap directly against the pudding and let cool in the fridge at least one hour.
- After the pudding has cooled, remove from the fridge while preparing the bananas.
- Slice the bananas and toss with orange juice. Set aside.
- Place the peanut butter cookies in a heavy-duty Ziploc bag and beat to fine crumbs with a rolling pin.
- Place a layer of peanut butter cookie crumbs in a serving jar and top with banana slices.
- Place a dollop of pudding over the bananas to cover and repeat the process as needed to fill the remaining jar/s.
- Top with a sprinkle of cookie crumbs and banana slices. Serve and don't expect leftovers.
adapted from Baked Explorations
If you have ever wondered if splitting a vanilla bean is worth it - it is.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 3gSugar: 42gProtein: 9g
Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.