This decadent Banana Peanut Butter Pudding recipe is creamy, rich and easy to make at home.
Our thick and velvety pudding is the perfect dessert for peanut and banana lovers. It’s vegetarian friendly too!
Enjoy by spooning through a bowl on its own or make a fun pudding sundae topped with sliced banana, roasted peanuts, peanut butter chips and wafer cookies.
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What Is Banana Peanut Butter Pudding?
In the United States, pudding refers to a sweet, milk-based dessert similar in consistency to egg-based custards, instant custards or a mousse, often commercially set using cornstarch, gelatin or similar coagulating agent such as Jell-O.
In the United Kingdom and some of the Commonwealth countries, the word pudding is used to describe both sweet and savoury dishes. Savoury puddings include Yorkshire pudding, black pudding, and steak & kidney pudding. Unless qualified, however, pudding usually means dessert and in the UK, pudding is used as a synonym for dessert. Puddings made for dessert can be boiled and steamed puddings, baked puddings, bread puddings, batter puddings, milk puddings or even jellies.
Banana Peanut Butter Pudding is a classic American-style dessert pudding thickened in several unique ways. Cooked over a stove, this easy homemade pudding recipe is thickened with eggs, flour, cornstarch, peanut butter and the pectin found in overripe bananas.
It produces a mouth-watering creamy dessert perfect for those who love banana peanut butter flavour combinations.
My Family Loves Peanut Butter Banana Pudding
My family loves making creamy homemade pudding for dessert.
When my mom was raising us little kids it was an easy, affordable and hazard-free dessert to serve at birthday parties. The dish is so creamy and smooth she didn’t have to worry about us having problems chewing our food.
While the popular dessert is known as a childhood treat, we love to serve this recipe to adults as a decadent sundae.
If you’re a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, this creamy pudding recipe will make you smile.
My family likes to make this recipe whenever we have a bunch of overripe bananas that need to get used up in the kitchen. The ingredients list features common pantry items we always have in the house so it makes for a great last minute dessert when a craving hits.
You can serve pudding warm right out of the pot or let it cool overnight in the fridge until it’s a thick and velvety dream!
Banana Peanut Butter Pudding Recipe Tips
If it’s your first time making pudding at home be sure to review our detailed step-by-step recipe below. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started:
- We suggest using brown or black overripe bananas in this recipe as they are packed full of flavour.
- We’ve used smooth organic peanut butter in this recipe but you can also use chunky if you prefer that texture.
- We suggest using whole milk but you can use 2%, 1% or skim milk if you prefer. Chocolate milk would also work with the banana peanut butter flavour profile.
- When whisking the pudding over the stove make sure to watch closely to avoid burning. Keep an eye on the pudding and if it starts to overthicken remove it from the stove.
- You can always thin out a cooked pudding by adding more milk, a little at a time, with a whisk, until you reach the desired consistency.
Our pudding recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
Containing starch and fibre, bananas are an excellent superfood for digestive health. They are a good source of heart-healthy potassium, as well as amino acids and vitamin B6, which help keep your brain healthy.
Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.
Peanuts are rich in protein, fat, and fibre. While peanuts may have a large amount of fat, most of the fats they contain are known as “good fats.”
What To Serve with Peanut Butter Banana Pudding
This creamy pudding is best enjoyed in a bowl all on its own.
We also like to serve it as a pudding sundae topped with sliced bananas, roasted peanuts, peanut butter chips and wafer cookies.
Add a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream to a bowl with a few spoonfuls of this yummy pudding and garnish with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for a truly decadent dessert. It doesn’t’ hurt to add a few squirts of canned whipped cream to the top for a truly eye-popping dessert.
If you have leftover pudding you can store it in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
You can also add pudding to popsicle trays and chill them in the freezer for a fun cold dessert, which kids love licking up on a hot day.
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What Can You Add To Pudding To Thicken It?
We like to use thickeners like flour or cornstarch, which can easily be added to a pudding. When making a thick pudding using cornstarch, the best way to do it is by dissolving cornstarch into cold milk before adding any other ingredients.
You can also use eggs to thicken pudding like you would a custard. Eggs add richness to puddings, whether or not the recipe includes additional thickeners. To add eggs to a hot liquid, you need to temper them so they don’t end up as scrambled eggs.
This recipe also uses thick organic peanut butter and ripe bananas, which adds addition thickness to the texture of the pudding.
How Can I Make Pudding Taste Better?
Replace regular milk for a can of evaporated milk to make a creamier, sweeter and more decadent pudding. Not only does it yield a luxurious texture, it dramatically improves the flavour. For a tropical twist, and vegan friendly option, reach for some canned coconut cream.
How Long Does It Take For Pudding To Thicken?
I use a whisk to mix the ingredients because it tends to help get all of the lumps out. Usually, it will take about 10-15 minutes to thicken. It will thicken more as it cools. If the pudding is too thick you can always thin it out with additional milk.
How To Make Homemade Pudding (RECIPE VIDEO)
Peanut Butter Banana Pudding
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Large pot
- Small Bowl
- 2.5 cups Milk
- 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Overripe Bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup White Sugar
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch
- 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 12 Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- 1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts
- 2 Ripe Bananas sliced
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips
- In a large pot over medium high heat, bring the milk, butter, vanilla, mashed bananas and 1/4 cup sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat and cover the pot with plastic wrap. Let steep for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl sift together the cornstarch and flour. Whisk the whole eggs, egg yolk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth and incorporated.
- Remove the plastic wrap from the milk mixture. Puree the milk mixture in a blender with peanut butter until smooth. Return the mixture to the pot and place over medium high heat and bring to a simmer.
- Begin streaming a small amount of the hot dairy into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from cooking. Continue whisking in the milk mixture until most of the liquid has been incorporated into the eggs. Pour the mixture in the bowl into a saucepot and place the pot over medium high heat, again whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickents, 5-8 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate overnight or until fully cooled.
- When ready to serve, stir then divide the pudding into 4 bowls and top with sliced banana, roasted peanuts, vanilla wafer cookies and peanut butter chips.
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