Every once in a while, a dessert comes along that dances on your palate and leaves an indelible mark on your memory. Our Banana Pecan Crunch Pudding is just that—a harmonious blend of the creamy sweetness of ripe bananas and the rustic crunch of toasted pecans. This is more than just a pudding; it’s an experience, a journey of flavors and textures, transporting you to a cozy corner of a Southern kitchen. Whether you’re looking to impress guests or indulge in a solo treat, this pudding promises a delightful escape in every spoonful. Dive in and let the symphony begin! 🍌🌰🎶
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- 3 ripe bananas, sliced
- 2 cups whole milk or almond milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs or vanilla wafer crumbs
- Whipped cream, for garnish
- 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- Prepare the Pudding Base: In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat, constantly whisking until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth.
- Add Bananas and Butter: Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla extract, and sliced bananas. Mix well, ensuring the bananas are well-coated in the pudding mixture.
- Pecan Crunch Topping: In a separate bowl, combine finely chopped pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter. Stir until the mixture resembles a crumbly texture.
- Layering: In serving glasses or a large bowl, start with a layer of graham cracker crumbs or vanilla wafer crumbs. Follow with a layer of banana pudding mixture. Repeat the layers until the glass is almost full, ensuring the top layer is the banana pudding mixture.
- Top and Chill: Sprinkle the pecan crunch topping over each pudding layer. Cover the serving glasses or bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld.
- Serve: Once chilled, top with whipped cream and a few more toasted pecans if desired. Enjoy your creamy, crunchy, and delightful Banana Pecan Crunch Pudding!
This pudding can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The pecan crunch adds a wonderful texture contrast to the creamy pudding, but for an added touch, you can also drizzle some caramel sauce on top before serving.