3 Kids, a Mom & a Kitchen: Jake’s Buried Treasure Banana PuddingJane Maynard
Disney has created some fun new cooking videos inspired by Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sofia the First that include recipes to make with the kids. Since my kids and I are always cooking and reviewing recipes together, we were excited to give these pirate and princess recipes a try! Dishes Inspired by Disney are fun, healthy recipes that are easy to share with friends and family. For our first recipe we decided to go with that theme of sharing and invited a few friends over to cook and eat with us. We started with one of the pirate-inspired recipes, Jake’s Buried Treasure Banana Pudding.
For this cooking with kids session I made the recipe with my two daughters, Cate (9) and Anna (6), and their friends who are also sisters, Ava (9) and Natalie (6). We made the pudding immediately upon Ava and Natalie’s arrival, and then they all played while we waited for the pudding to set.
Choosing the Recipe: Jake’s Buried Treasure Banana Pudding
We decided to go with Jake’s Buried Treasure Banana Pudding first out of all the Dishes with Disney recipes simply because it sounded super delicious! My kids like pudding and mangos a lot, so the recipe really appealed to them. One funny thing: part of the recipe includes putting sliced bananas in the bottom of the dishes as the “buried treasure.” I was thinking, “Oh fun, a little treat surprise at the bottom!” but as we were making the pudding, my 9-year-old says, “I’ll put the coins in the bottom of the dishes!” I totally didn’t get it before she mentioned it but, YES, the banana slices most certainly were doubloons! Glad my kids catch on quicker than I do!
Rankings: This Recipe Was a Hit!
This recipe was a great success! I was able to get the kids involved at every step, so they had fun making it and told me they thought it was an “easy” or “mostly easy” recipe to cook. And all the girls loved the final product and scraped their bowls clean. My son Owen (2) joined us for the tasting after his nap and did not like the pudding, but he’s going through a phase where he doesn’t like anything, so his opinion cannot be trusted.
Quick note: The pudding is supposed to set for 3-4 hours. We pulled it out a little early because the girls were eager to dig in, so it wasn’t completely set (it was set enough and still tasted great, though!). I honestly just didn’t read that step when getting ready to cook with the kids, so our expectations weren’t set properly and the kids thought we’d be eating the pudding shortly after preparing it. I recommend making the pudding in the morning and planning to eat it for an afternoon snack or for dessert after dinner. By setting those expectations when you start cooking with the kids, it will be much easier for them to be patient while waiting for the pudding to set.
Steps Where Kids Can Get Involved
For this recipe I had four kids helping me out. We set everyone up in a row along the counter and then went in order taking turns with the different steps in the recipe. The recipe is not difficult but there are a lot of steps, so each girl got to take ownership of two tasks. Everyone was happy and felt like they got their turn, so it worked great! I of course assisted through each step, but I could easily get the kids involved at every stage of the recipe.
As I mentioned above, the tasting went swimmingly! The girls loved this dessert. The pudding has a bit of a flavor twist thanks to nutmeg, and I wondered what the kids would think of it. When I asked them what they thought of the nutmeg flavor, they all looked at me with blank faces and then said, “The pudding is really good!” So, bottom line, they loved it — it’s just that simple!
Without further ado, the recipe! I added a few small notes but otherwise this recipe remains unchanged from the original!
Jake’s Buried Treasure Banana Pudding
Courtesy of Dishes by Disney
- 3 bananas (2 very ripe)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 3/4 cups light coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 large mango
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 envelope gelatin, unflavored
- Place 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Sprinkle one packet of gelatin into the water and let soften for 5 minutes.
- In a small sauce pan bring the coconut milk and honey to a simmer.
- In a blender or a food processor add 2 very ripe bananas, lemon juice, vanilla extract, nutmeg and blend until the mixture becomes a smooth puree. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- Remove the coconut and honey mixture from the stove and whisk in the gelatin.
- Pour the milk mixture into the banana puree and whisk.
- Dice half a mango into cubes for garnish and set aside. Place the other half in a blender with 1/8 cup water and puree.
- Slice the remaining banana to make some doubloons.
- Find your favorite cups or small bowls and add a few banana doubloons to the bottom (Jane note: We used 6 ramekins). Fill each cup with the banana pudding, add a dollop of mango puree in the center, and use a toothpick to swirl into the pudding. (Jane note: The pudding mixture has a very liquid consistency, so adding the mango puree and swirling didn’t really work without it all just mixing together. After the pudding had sat in the fridge for 1 hour, we added a mango dollop to the center of each pudding then returned them to the fridge.)
- Refrigerate the pudding for 3-4 hours to set.
- Remove the chilled pudding from the refrigerator and top with diced mangos.