Microwave Banana Pudding–a Cool Dessert for a Hot Summer Day

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Microwave Banana Pudding with Shortbread Crumbles

The day I discovered I could make vanilla pudding in my microwave changed my life. No more scorched custard, hot stoves or instant pudding mix.

Microwave banana pudding is the perfect summer-time dessert.  Cool to make and cool to eat.

It’s also high on my list of comfort food–something I’ve been needing lately.

Side note: Some of you might remember my father (the one wearing a green sweater) who celebrated his 92nd birthday a couple weeks ago. He hasn’t been feeling well. Congestive heart failure seems to be getting the best of him these days.

He recently gave me the key to his treasured Honda Civic with instructions to sell it.  Although necessary, he said it would break his heart. It broke mine too– I cried all the way home.

Today, I brought his computer to my house. He doesn’t need it. This man who has played online Scrabble for as many years as it has been available has not turned on his computer for several weeks. Says he’s not likely to ever use it again. I cried all the way home.

Thankfully, this recipe is so simple I have it memorized–a big plus when I don’t feel like cooking.

Store-bought vanilla wafers are my go-to cookie for this but sometimes I like to make my own shortbread crumbles for a dessert that tastes like banana cream pie in a bowl. Oh my! It is wicked good!!

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Microwave Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers

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Notes:

  • If you try my shortbread recipe, (one of the best recipes on this blog) make it as written leaving off chocolate chips. When cool, crumble and layer in the same way as vanilla wafers.
  • Because I keep only skim milk and heavy cream in my fridge, I sometimes put 2 tablespoons of heavy cream in a 2-cup measure and use skim milk for the rest to make it a touch richer but it’s certainly not necessary.
  • I don’t normally use a sieve for this pudding because mixing in a blender before microwaving prevents lumps.  However, if cream turns out a bit lumpy after it is cooked, push it through a coarse sieve before it cools.
  • I also use this recipe to make banana cream pie, coconut cream pie and chocolate cream pie.
  • Many people put meringue on top of their banana pudding but I’m a whipped cream girl. Suit yourself.

Microwave Banana Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Desserts
 
How to make vanilla custard in the microwave. Layer with bananas and vanilla wafers or shortbread crumbles to make banana pudding.
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk (skim, 1%, 2% or whole)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract (use vanilla bean paste if feeling extravagant)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 recipe of shortbread or vanilla wafers
Instructions
  1. Add sugar, egg yolks, flour, milk and salt to a blender or food processor bowl. Pulse 5 times until mixed well. Pour into 2-quart batter bowl. If desired, pour through a strainer into batter bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes. Stop and whisk well. MW for 2-3 more minutes stopping and whisking when pudding starts to rise up in bowl or at least once a minute. When mixture thickens enough to coat a spoon (see picture), remove from microwave and whisk till smooth.
  3. Allow pudding to cool a bit before adding butter and vanilla. Whisk well. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of cream and allow to cool to room temperature. If you are in a hurry, set bowl in sink of ice water for faster cooling.
Assembly
  1. Cover bottom of 1½ quart dish with thin layer of custard.
  2. Add layer of vanilla wafers or shortbread followed by layer of sliced bananas.
  3. Add ½ of remaining custard, followed by another layer of vanilla wafers and bananas.
  4. End with a layer of custard.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap placed in a way that it touches the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Chill at least 2 hours. Overnight is even better--especially if using vanilla wafers. Serve with whipped cream.
Notes
1.If you try my shortbread recipe, (one of the best recipes on this blog) make it as written leaving off chocolate chips. When cool, crumble and layer in the same way as vanilla wafers. 2.Because I keep only skim milk and heavy cream in my fridge, I sometimes put 2 tablespoons of heavy cream in a 2-cup measure and use skim milk for the rest to make it a touch richer but it's certainly not necessary. 3.I don't normally use a sieve for this pudding because mixing in a blender before microwaving prevents lumps. However, if cream turns out a bit lumpy after it is cooked, push it through a coarse sieve before it cools. 4.I also use this recipe to make banana cream pie, coconut cream pie and chocolate cream pie. 5.Many people put meringue on top of their banana pudding but I'm a whipped cream girl. Suit yourself.

Two of my very favorite desserts on this blog:

Toffee Bars Made Easy

Microwave Coconut Cream Pie

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Kathy January 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Made your pudding. It was so good!! Love the simpleness of the recipe as well. Thanks for a great recipe. No one would ever believe it was cooked in the microwave!!

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Paula January 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm

I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

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Alice September 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

For a nice twist on traditional banana pudding, use ginger snaps instead of vanilla wafers.

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Paula September 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

Alice, What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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honey January 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

lovely recipe paula!! It was made perfect.
have u got anymore easy recipes like this

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steve January 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Where and what is the shortbread recipe called on your blog!

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Paula January 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Steve,
That is a very good question. I usually make just the shortbread base for these toffee bars, then I break it into pieces.

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MadTyMom August 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

You are my hero…but if you think I’m capable of waiting 24 hours to eat this…. The pudding is in a sink full of ice water and I am standing over it with my spoon in hand.

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Paula August 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks MadTyMom, I don’t blame you one bit for your impatience. The next challenge will be trying not to eat it all in one or two sittings. 🙂

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Tasti Wave September 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

You provide very appetizing pictures. Thanks for sharing such detailed directions for the banana pudding.

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Elaine August 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hi,
I was searching for a recipe for banana pudding and found yours on foodgawker. I read your entire post and cried. My father too is battling congestive heart failure and I am so glad I live just minutes away. It is so sad when they start telliing your they are finished with things. I wish you and your father the best and know you will enjoy all the days you have with him. Elalne

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Akila August 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I just found your blog today and love your food photography. Beautiful and I love your focus on making unhealthy food healthy. I hope your time with your father is a good one. Treasure him as much as you can.

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Phoo-d August 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I’m sorry your Dad is not doing well. That is so hard. I love the photos here and think the idea of a quick no cook pudding is brilliant!

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Debbie August 6, 2010 at 7:25 am

Catching up on my reading. Had not heard the computer transfer story. It is very sad and tough to deal with. I hope you can find comfort in knowing this is what he wants, but it is difficult to resign ourselves to that. I hope they make the 70th too! How awesome would that be!!
Recipe looks great. I have no excuse for not cooking more since you make it look so easy with the microwave. Now, just need the time! You are always in my prayers!!

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mike August 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm

70? Now that IS an accomplishment. I’m right there with you in tears (all the way home). It is so thoughtful that he had the foresight to rid himself of the car (so many people have to yank it away from their parents)! 🙂 And so thoughtful to share another microwave recipe (LOVE your pastry cream – it has saved me)! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Paula!

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Der August 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Well, this is the first time your beautiful blog has made me cry:+)

The food looks incredible, as always!!

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Paula August 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Aw-w-w-w. It’s sad, I know. And thanks for the compliment.

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Katrina August 4, 2010 at 12:24 am

Blessings to you and your family at this time.

Mmm, banana! pudding.

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Margo August 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Sometimes comfort food is one of the few comforts around, isn’t it?
If you are needing another easy dessert, I suggest pudding and strawberry parfaits. Just cook up some Danish Dessert – close to the pudding section if you’re new to this gelatin dessert. Fold in sliced strawberries and layer it with instant cheesecake pudding. Top with whipped topping and a strawberry. It is so cool and yummy.
Hope things improve for your father soon.

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Chaya August 3, 2010 at 5:31 am

It is hard to see parents not as functional as they once were. This is an important time for you to grab the moments and the memories. I am sorry about your Dad and I pray he has an easy time.

Your dessert is wonderful.

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Paula August 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Thanks to all of you for your kind sentiments. I agree that my dad is being very thoughtful to make sure all is in order when his time is up–especially since my mom is still living and even older than he is. She’s hopeful they can celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this coming December.

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bonnie August 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

So hard to see our parents slowing down– your wonderful dad is giving you time to get used to the unthinkable….

Thanks so much for the recipe! Pudding is comfort food indeed, but I never seem to make it anymore–usually such an arduous process. I look forward to trying it this way!

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Hue August 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’m SO sorry to hear about your father. It made my heart pout with sadness to read what you’re going through. I’ll keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

Side note: love your blog!

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Helen August 2, 2010 at 6:48 am

No matter our age,no matter that we know this day will come, it is painful to lose a parent. How wonderful that your Dad is helping you prepare for his death. Wish I was there to help you too.

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TheKitchenWitch August 2, 2010 at 6:46 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos! Well done!

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Emma August 2, 2010 at 6:39 am

Was looking for a easy dessert, and this looks great!

Sorry about your dad not feeling well – from the way you write he must be a special guy, and I can’t imagine how tough this is for you. Big hugs.

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Annie August 2, 2010 at 5:26 am

Paula, I’m so sorry about your father. I hope things turn around.
But, I love the look of this pudding! It sounds delicious and I love the photos 🙂

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Paula August 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Thanks so much Christina. Hope you are doing better yourself.

I’ve gotten several positive comments on my new pictures. Thanks again!

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Christina Lee August 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

So sorry to hear about your dad not doing well. 🙁
Y’all are in my prayers.
On the upside, this recipe looks great.

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