Banana pudding tends to come in two variations: Pudding that "resembles the flavor of bananas", and pudding made with actual bananas. This foolproof recipe sits firmly in the latter category, and will make the banana lovers in your life, uh, bananas about you and stuff.
Coconut flower nectar and bananas, ahhh. As anyone in the raw or paleo communities will tell you, their combination represents one of the greatest partnerships in the history of dessert. From gluten-free banana breads to the simple pleasure of dunking bananas slices right into the grains of coconut nectar, there's something about this combo that makes other sweeteners pale in comparison, adding next-level delight to an otherwise basic treat.
Well, not to offend raw foodies or their cavemen counterparts, but we have co-opted this guilty pleasure and created a somewhat guiltier interpretation of this magical flavor combo. Your work can begin and end with banana pudding (inspired by the recipe and handy method of mixing our ingredients in a blender, shared over at Butterlust). Or, you can take your pudding over the moon with layers of salted coconut nectar caramel, almond butter whipped cream, and a layer of crunchy, salty chopped nuts of your choosing (and stay tuned for an eclair recipe that pairs this incredible stuff with chocolate ganache).
Here, we share two versions of super simple pudding - one a little more decadent, one lightened up with coconut, soy, almond or other milk alternative of your choosing. Enjoy!
Two Step Banana Pudding
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup cream*
1/3 cup milk*
1/2 cup granulated coconut flower nectar
2 tbsp cornstarch
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp butter
Pinch of salt
*Low-fat modification: Replace cream and milk with 2/3 cup milk alternative. We like coconut milk, but soy or nut milks work well, too!
1. Place bananas, cream, milk, coconut flower nectar, cornstarch and eggs in a blender. Blend on high until mixture is very smooth.
2. Pour contents into medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, whisking constantly. This happens pretty quickly, so watch closely! When pudding is the consistency of - pudding - remove from heat, add butter and whisk until butter is melted and pudding is smooth and glossy. Refrigerate and enjoy!