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Banana Pudding Bread

Ah, banana pudding.

The quintessential Southern dessert of summer. The elitist pudding that takes up its own shrine at the picnic table. The creamy confection that your Aunt brings tubs of to family barbecues.

Banana pudding is the ultimate summer fare. It’s so refreshing to dip your spoon in the banana-Nilla wafer-whipped cream concoction after a hot summer day. If you stuff yourself silly with pounds of grilled meat, you can still always make room for some good ol’ fashioned banana pudding.

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I know everybody thinks their family makes the best banana pudding, but my family truly does. The secret? Well it’s best not to tell. If so, you’ll wonder how we’ve all survived without a diabetic coma over the years.

My cousin makes her famous pudding with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese mixed in with the vanilla pudding base. Yes, that’s one key secret to a good banana pudding: you’ve got to use vanilla pudding mix instead of banana pudding mix. Trust the family tree. Banana pudding is serious business over here.

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Homemade whipped cream instead of the processed junk makes banana pudding all the more better. And make sure you slice up plenty of bananas! There’s nothing worse than banana-less pudding. Yuck.

I was trying to decide what to take to a cookout this past weekend when one of the most brilliant thoughts invaded my mind: what if I transformed banana pudding into banana bread??? How has this never been thought of before?!!? Brilliant!

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I researched and let the internet make my wildest dreams come true. After a mish-mosh of different recipes, I came up with this one. Boy, let me tell you…this banana bread is incredible. It’s so moist, so sweet, and so delightful. A true joy to savor.

Don’t just take my word for it. Try it yourself! You’ll never want to make banana bread the normal way ever again.

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Banana Pudding Bread

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Banana pudding meets banana bread. Nilla wafers and vanilla pudding mixed in with bananas in a quick bread recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup vanilla pudding
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Nilla wafers

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.
  2. In another large bowl, mix bananas, pudding, butter, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just mixed.
  3. Grease a loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with one layer of Nilla wafers. Pour 1/3 of the batter over the top, then cover with another layer of Nilla wafers. Pour another 1/3 of the batter and add another layer of wafers. Top with the rest of the batter.
  4. Crush remaining Nilla wafers and sprinkle them on top.
  5. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then turn out carefully on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.

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In another large bowl, mix bananas, pudding, butter, eggs and vanilla until well combined.

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Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just mixed.

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Grease a loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with one layer of Nilla wafers. Pour 1/3 of the batter over the top, then cover with another layer of Nilla wafers.

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Pour another 1/3 of the batter and add another layer of wafers. Top with the rest of the batter. Crush remaining Nilla wafers and sprinkle them on top.

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Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then turn out carefully on a wire rack to cool completely.

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