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December 1, 2007

foxy banana puddin’

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Rachel @ 10:11 pm

I looooooove banana pudding. So much nostalgic value: remembering my Nana making it for me, remembering eating it with friends in North Carolina who love it too, just remembering it being really comforting throughour my childhood. The idea of it makes me feel happy; not particularly crave it, but just think of it very fondly.

And this recipe is everything I could ever want. I got the original recipe from SusanV’s blog. At first I was wary because:
a) vegan vanilla wafers are apparently hard to find, and
b) the pudding in the dessert has no added banana, making it just a regular vanilla pudding, and I’m used to banana pudding-stuff in my… pudding.

But no worries! At the grocery store, I found the exact same vanilla cookies as SusanV uses in her recipe (Earth’s Best Organic alphabet cookies); and after the vanilla pudding has time to chill with the banana slices and cookies that it’s layered with, it takes a creamy banana-vanilla flavor. The result: amazing, comforting, spot-on banana pudding. Oh yes, it is so right. And the bonus of using alphabet cookies is spelling out messages on top of the dessert (I chose my message because I was bringing it to a lunch where some of my favorite ladyfriends would be, so I had to represent). And then you wonder what the cookie layers beneath spell out. And then you feel like you’re eating subliminal messages.

F is for foxy.

1/4 c. cornstarch
3/4 c. sugar
3 cups soymilk or almond milk (rice milk doesn’t work here)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon rum extract (optional, I didn’t use it)

about 5 ounces vanilla cookies
2-3 bananas, sliced
1/2 banana, mashed

Mix the cornstarch and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir in the milk and begin heating on medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and rum extracts (if using).
Line the bottom of a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with vanilla cookies. Cover the cookies with banana slices. Pour about half of the pudding over the bananas. Spread all of the mashed banana over it. Repeat the layers of cookies, sliced banana, and pudding, reserving some of the cookies and placing them on top to decorate, or around the edge of the dish. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
See how easy?

(Original recipe here.)

My dear friend Kate (a recent vegetarian convert!!!) made a super-tasty lunch today for my other dear friends Philip and Jordan, my boyfriend, and myself.

She set out a fruit plate for us, composed of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries (!), and pineapple. Sometimes simple is very, very good.

Kate’s specialty is Italian food, so she roasted portobella mushroom caps with squash slices, red bell peppers, olive oil, and rosemary. She put it all on multi-grain bread and topped it with a homemade herbed tomato sauce. Also in the picture above we have more fruit, plus Kate’s good salad with red peps, cucumber, sliced portobella, and roasted brussel sprouts, all in a balsamic-olive oil dressing. Isn’t she amazing? She’s always been a great cook, but I’m so proud of her for going veggie!


  1. What cute cookies, that is so cool!

    Comment by Alisa — December 3, 2007 @ 4:55 pm |Reply

  2. […] so I guess I’ll try again. I really like the thickness of the pudding in the banana puddingthat I made a while back, and that was simply thickened with corn starch. Yeah, the next time I make […]

    Pingback by making soy yogurt « rocket ship go! — December 31, 2007 @ 2:45 am |Reply

  3. I don’t know why, but that “subliminal message” thing actually made me laugh out loud. My kind of humor I guess. You think finding vegan nilla wafers is hard, try gluten free vegan…not gonna happen. So, long story short, I want to make this so much that I am (as we speak) making the cookies to go in it. I have to wait an excruciating hour for the dough to chill so I thought I’d leave you a comment to help pass the time. Thank you for this inspiration.

    Comment by allergymom — April 16, 2008 @ 2:57 pm |Reply

  4. great post,but i experience some difficulty in understanding the last paragraph, could you please explain a little bit further?

    Comment by ASO — April 29, 2012 @ 5:46 pm |Reply

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