Southern as Banana Puddin’!

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There aren’t many desserts more Southern than banana pudding. Ok, well there might be some, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s the one I love the most! I was at the Pic-n-Pig a few weeks ago, a country BBQ restaurant located on an airstrip. There are some local restaurants that do Southern comfort food to die for. The Pic-n-Pig does great BBQ and fantastic banana pudding! Served in a wide mouth mason jar, the dessert was creamy, not too banana-y, with the little Nilla Wafers and topped with homemade whipped cream. Heavenly!

Flash forward to today. That creamy banana goodness was weighing on my mind. After a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things I was on my way home to make some banana pudding of my own.

This was one of the first desserts I tried when I moved to NC about 19 years ago. My then-neighbor Dorcia was a Southern belle who taught me how to eat Southern food, and was key in me gaining a pound or 50 when I moved here. They just didn’t cook like this where I grew up!

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Luckily, I’ve had some super de-lish Southern desserts over the years. I’ve been thinking about that banana pudding in a Mason Jar and want to make some myself to snack on after dinner or take for lunch for about a week now. Trying to justify my need for this sweet, I tell myself that bananas are a great source of potassium and other nutrients, fiber, and carbs. It’s a fruit after all, and surely that will balance out the Nilla Wafers and pudding! Justification solidly in place, today is the day! Not only did Dorcia school me up on good Southern eatin,’ she also schooled me up on how to make some Southern recipes. Banana pudding was one I eagerly learned.

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So here it is! Nilla Wafers are layered on the bottom and sides of the dish then topped with a layer of banana slices and vanilla pudding. I choose instant pudding for my version and I like to use heavy cream to make it even creamier. I also go heavier on those golden vanilla wafers and use only 2 bananas. When you cover it and let it rest in the fridge the wafers soften and the bananas subtly flavor the dessert. After you let it sit for a bit you get this……

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Can you think of a better treat?!?