Growing up, banana pudding was one dessert that we wouldn’t have often. But when we did, everyone enjoyed- even our neighbors. Learning to make the homemade pudding can be hard for some, especially learning home cooks like myself so I’ve created a simple recipe that cannot be ruined.
This trifle banana pudding can be the perfect dessert after Sunday dinner or toting to a get together
with friends or family. The cookie layer is buttery and the whipped topping layers
with sweetened condensed milk are rich yet light and creamy.
I truly hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I did.
Strawberry & Banana Cream Trifle
Crush the nilla wafers and one and a half bags of chessman cookies together. This will be used for the crushed cookie layers. I prefer to use my food processor for an easy crush and mix but if not, another option is to add both types of cookies into a gallon-sized freezer back and crush cookies using a heavy pot, cast iron skillet, or rolling pin.
In a medium bowl, mix both of the puddings together using the described ingredients which is usually about 6 cups of cold milk. Place the bowl of formed pudding into the fridge to thicken it while preparing the other layers.
In another bowl, combine condensed milk and majority of the whipped topping until smooth. I prefer to use the whisk attachment on my hand mixer. Another delicious option is to add softened cream cheese and vanilla extract. This makes for a rich and creamy layer.
At this point, you should remove the thickened vanilla pudding from the fridge and place all ingredients and a clean trifle dish to prepare your dessert. Mix two cups of vanilla pudding into the whipped topping and condensed milk mixture.
Save one cup of both sliced bananas and strawberries for the top of the trifle.
Add the first layer of crushed cookies, next add the french vanilla pudding, then a layer of sliced bananas and strawberries, and top with the whipped topping layer.
Add another layer of the cookie crumble and restart the layers of pudding, fruit, whipped topping, and cookies.
Keep repeating this process until you run out of layers or you are one layer from reaching the top of the trifle dish.
Add the 2 cups of softened whipped topping to the top and add remaining (whole or crushed) chessman cookies to the top. Use the 1 cup of strawberries and bananas to decorate the top of the trifle.
Serve chilled and eat up with the ones you love! Don't forget to tag me in all pictures and reviews!