Monday, October 17, 2011

Roasted Banana Pudding

This is the first time I have ever roasted a banana.

Honestly, it's the first time I have ever roasted fruit!

It's also the first time I have ever made pudding from scratch.

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I loved this pudding and so did my family.

The original recipe calls for three bananas to be sliced and two are to be  mashed.  I did the opposite.  I like the banana flavor more than I like the actual banana pieces in my pudding.

Let's Get Started:

Roasted Banana Pudding
recipe adapted from

5 ripe unpeeled medium bananas (about 2 pounds)
2 cups half-n-half 
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
45-55 vanilla wafers, divided 

 Preheat oven to 350°.

 Place bananas on a jelly-roll pan covered with parchment paper.

 Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

 Remove 2 bananas; cool completely.

 Peel and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Bake the remaining 3 bananas at 350° for an additional 20 minutes.
 Carefully peel and place the 3 bananas in a small bowl, and mash with a fork until smooth.

*The original recipe calls for 3 sliced bananas and 2 mashed bananas.  If you want more banana pieces in your pudding you may want to do this.  

 Combine half-n-half and 1/3 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer (do not boil).

 Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and eggs in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk.

Slowly add hot half-n-half mixture to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. It's very important that you mix these together very slowly and stir constantly. If the hot mixture is added too quickly it can cook the eggs!  So take it slow and don't stop whisking!

 Return this combined mixture to pan.
Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 3 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add mashed bananas, butter, and vanilla, stirring until butter melts.

Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until mixture comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally. If you don't have a large enough bowl, fill the bottom of your sink with ice.

Fold half of whipped topping into pudding.

 Spread 1/2 of the custard evenly over the bottom of an 8x 8-inch baking dish. Top evenly with  vanilla wafers and half of the banana slices.

 Spoon remaining custard over banana slices.

Repeat procedure with vanilla wafers, banana slices.

Spread remaining half of whipped topping evenly over top.

Crush several wafers; sprinkle over top of whipped topping.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.

The longer it's in the frig---the better it is!


  1. Banana pudding a favorite in my home. Great recipe.

  2. Oh man. I live in the south and have never seen a banana pudding this good. Roasted? Seriously? That is major flavor boost there. I will definitely add this to my "to-make" list, serve it to my southern friends and say, "in your face." But more nicely. :)

  3. I love the idea of roasting fruit - and banana, in particular. Sweet, caramelized and full of flavour - great idea!

  4. I've never heard of a roasted banana,and this is a very different recipe. Looking forward to trying it.

  5. I've never roasted a banana nor have I made my own pudding so I give you props right there! This pudding looks so SO good, Shay!! I bet the roasted banana gives it such a great flavor!

  6. I've never roasted bananas either but you can bet i will now! This looks fantastic!

  7. Wow...I love that you roasted the bananas first. I have never made scratch pudding or banana pudding and I have actually been thinking about it recently. Now you've set the bar very high with this roasted banana pudding version. Too cool!!

  8. I've never thought to roast a banana, but I'm sure it gave your pudding great flavor!

  9. While roasting the bananas my entire house smelled like was wonderful. The pudding was great. I'm pretty sure this will be my go-to recipe for banana pudding from now on. I tried making homemade vanilla wafers but they didn't come out like I wanted so I didn't use them. Next time I may add an extra banana too!

  10. I adore banana pudding, but unfortunately I don't get to eat it very often seeing as I haven't yet made it myself. I want to, though! Looking at your photos makes me want it even more. Add roasted banana pudding to my baking to-do list :)

  11. Out of all the puddings, I would say that banana is my favorite. The sheer idea of roasted bananas and vanilla wafers in all that creamy goodness makes my mouth water! Your picture is stunning. This is a great post, not many people post pudding recipes and this one is a winner.

  12. Roasted bananas is an interesting twist in this dish! Like you, I too, have never tried roasting a fruit but its always fun trying out new stuff!! Great post!

  13. Roasted banana pudding...that sounds fascinating.

  14. This recipe is full of firsts! Congrats because this sounds so good! I bet roasting the bananas made the flavor come out so well =)