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Easy Layered Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Trifle

Easy Layered Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Trifle is quintessentially the dessert among desserts with a southern soul.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, dessert, kid friendly, nilla wafer pudding, no-bake, pudding, southern banana pudding recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 397kcal

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    Ingredients for Easy Layered Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Trifle

    • 3 cups 2% milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter diced
    • 2 - 3 teaspoons banana extract I am using McCormick
    • 5 bananas medium sized, ripe but not overripe
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 11 ounce package Mini Nabisco Nilla Wafers
    • 2 cups whipped topping such as Cool Whip


    The Method

    • Fill a deep-bottomed baking dish with equal parts ice and water. Set aside.
    • Whisk the milk, eggs, sugar, and flour together in a semi-deep sided saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, for about 20 minutes. The mixture will start out watery and will end moderately thickened. Cut in the butter and the banana extract, stirring until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat.
    • Place the saucepan in the prepared ice bath and let it stand, whisking occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and thoroughly chilled.
    • Cut the bananas into 1/4-inch-thick slices and toss to coat well with the lemon juice.
    • Line the bottom of a pedestaled trifle dish or glass serving bowl with wafers. Cover with custard. Use a rubber spatula to 'guide' the custard to the sides of the bowl. Make a decorative band using some of the Nilla Wafers and go around the bowl, tucking each cookie gently into the custard. Top with bananas. Repeat. Make an additional decorative band using some of the banana slices.
    • Cover the final/top layer with whipped cream. Garnish with crushed wafers. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator before serving.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.