Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding
Do you have those favorite fast-food chain restaurants for your road trips, but avoid them if they are attached to a gas station? I have to admit that I am guilty of this. Or at least I was until I had the most delicious banana pudding of my life at an amazing BBQ joint that was attached to a gas station. Banana Pudding is such a dessert staple in the south, and I am kind of obsessed. The absolute best Banana Pudding I’ve found so far is in Austin, Texas a gas-station/BBQ hybrid. So, when I saw that Granny had a banana pudding recipe I had to give it a try, but with a slight twist. I give you, Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding. You are welcome.
The recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding is almost embarrassingly easy, especially if you’re using instant pudding. I have made it both with instant and with regular pudding that I made on the stovetop and, frankly, I couldn’t tell a difference in taste. Sometimes I use Pepperidge Farm Shortbread Cookies in this recipe, and sometimes I use Vanilla Wafers. Both are absolutely delicious. If you have the time and energy to make your own shortbread cookies, then I applaud you and encourage you to do so. But, store bought cookies are perfect in this quick, no-bake dessert. I also like to use some homemade whipped cream from Granny’s Strawberry Shortcake recipe.
Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding is the perfect dessert to serve at a cookout, and this time of year, it’s an excellent after-school snack. You can make individual servings, or place the ingredients in a 8 inch square pan. This is such a forgiving dessert which leaves a lot of room for creativity. And if it is good enough to be served at a BBQ joint attached to a gas station, then it’s good enough for me!
Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding is a fun twist on a classic recipe. Not only is it quick to whip up, but it is also incredibly delicious. Serve it in individual servings or make a large portion so everyone can help themselves - be creative!
- 1 pkg vanilla pudding and pie filling (I used Jell-O Instant Pudding)
- 2 c milk
- 1/4 c mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 8 Pepperidge Farm Shortbread Cookies (or 10-12 Vanilla Wafers)
- 1-2 bananas
- whipped cream
- 3/4 c heavy cream
- 2 T sugar
- 1/2 t vanilla
Prepare the pudding per package directions using the milk. Add 1/4 c chocolate chips and mix. If you prefer more, add the additional 1/4 c. If you are not using instant pudding, you will need to chill the pudding for an hour before assembling the rest of the dessert.
In individual cups or in a 8x8 pan, layer the dessert in the following order: cookies, pudding, banana. Repeat this order 3 times. Chill in the refrigerator.
While the pudding chills, make the whipped cream using 3/4 c heavy cream, 2 T sugar and 1/2 t vanilla. Beat with a mixer for several minutes until peaks form.