Chocolate Banana Pudding

Chocolate Banana Pudding

My grandmother, Nanny, came to visit us back in March for a few days.  She traveled by car with her sister, my Aunt Mozelle.  Aunt Mozelle noticed a ton of overripe bananas on my counter and asked if she could make some banana pudding.  Well, of course!  I would never turn that down! 

Does that ever happen to you?  When it comes to bananas, I feel like I’m either completely out of them, or I have a ton of them going bad.  So instead of making banana bread or a smoothie, this is a new/old way to use them up.  This is the original custard recipe from the Nilla brand, but I made it chocolate.  I also prefer whipped cream to meringue, so I did that instead.

This recipe calls for a double boiler.  That sounded a little bit intimidating to me, less like cooking I am used to and more like a science experiment that could turn into chocolate scrambled eggs if I messed it up.  It’s actually really easy though.  Once you whisk all the custard ingredients together, just place the glass or metal bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.  Make sure the pot and bowl are a good fit, and it should turn out just fine.

Total Time:  1 hour

Yield:  8-10 servings

Difficulty Level:  Easy


½ cup flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

¾ cup white sugar

5 egg yolks

3 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

60-70 vanilla wafers, plus a few extra for garnish

6-8 very ripe bananas

2 cups heaving whipping cream

½ cup powdered sugar

Mini chocolate chips, for garnish


  1. Start a double boiler on the stove. Fill a pot with water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heat safe bowl (either glass or metal), sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl. Add the sugar, egg yolks, milk, and salt.  Whisk for 1-2 minutes to remove any lumps.
  3. Put the bowl over the pot, and whisk continuously for 15-20 minutes until the pudding has thickened to the right consistency.
  4. Remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Add a ½ inch layer of the pudding to a trifle dish.
  6. Add a layer of vanilla wafers, and then a layer of bananas.
  7. Repeat the layers of pudding, wafers, and bananas until you’ve used up all the pudding. End with a layer of pudding.  Set aside.
  8. To make the whipped cream, add 2 cups of very cold whipping cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
  9. Begin with the mixer on low speed, then gradually work up to high speed.
  10. Once peaks have formed, add the powdered sugar, and whisk for another 30 seconds to incorporate.
  11. Carefully spread the whipped cream over the chocolate pudding, being careful not to mix.
  12. Crush up a few vanilla wafers, and sprinkle them over the whipped cream. Sprinkle a handful of mini chocolate chips on top.
  13. Chill until ready to serve, up to 4 hours.

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