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Simply Southern: Not your Nana's Nana Puddin'

Banana Pudding

Warning! This is simply, hands down the BEST banana pudding you will EVER taste! Being from the South, trust me, I have tasted my fair share of banana puddings and I am able to say this with complete confidence. This is the one recipe that takes them all!

I have to give credit to my good friend Julie for this recipe. Strangely enough Julie doesn’t even like bananas, so it’s even more incredible and a true testament to her cooking talents. I modified it only slightly. You’ll be tempted to scoop out a very large dish of this but I’m telling you it’s very RICH so go easy!

Here are a few tips: You’ll want to use nice, firm bananas. Also, I know you’re going to want to dive right into this, but it really is best to wait a few hours to let the pudding to chill and to allow the wafers to soak up that nana goodness!

Every time I have taken this dish to an event or served it at home, I get the same reaction. First their eyes get a little bigger, the smile starts to grow and then the lovely sounds of “mmmh, oh, oh, this is delicious” (and a myriad of other adjectives) inevitably followed by “I HAVE TO HAVE THIS RECIPE!”

So break out that Trifle bowl that you got as a wedding gift or engagement gift that you put WAY in the back of your cabinet somewhere & put it to good use. You’ll be happy you did!

Not your Nana’s Nana Puddin’
What you’ll need:
8 ounces cream cheese – softened
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 large package instant vanilla pudding
4-5 bananas cut into small slices
1 cup milk
1 large container cool whip
1 tablespoon PURE vanilla extract
1 box of vanilla wafers
1 bag of Heath chips you can find these in the baking aisle of your grocery near the chocolate chips.

What to do:
1. In a mixer, beat cream cheese, until creamy. Add sugar & continuing mixing. Add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, pudding package & milk. Mix well. Add about 1/3 of the container of cool whip and fold in sliced bananas with spatula.

2. In Trifle bowl arrange vanilla wafers on bottom of the bowl. Add in some of the banana pudding, arrange more vanilla wafers on the sides. After you’ve added half of the pudding mixture add a small layer of cool whip and then more vanilla wafers to the side. Add remainder of pudding mixture. Top with remainder of cool whip. Garnish with sprinkling of heath chips.

3. Chill for a bit to allow the wafers to soften.

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