This is a quick and easy recipe for banana pudding. You could make your own pudding from scratch but why when Jello brand is so delicious and easy to prepare. If you dress it up just a little bit people will think you stood over a stove and made it. This is one time I will insist you use name brand. It really does make a difference in this particular recipe. You can make and serve in a trifle dish or in pretty parfait glasses for indivdual servings or just keep it old school and make it in 1 big bowl. Here’s what you’ll need….
2 boxes vanilla wafers
3 boxes (2 vanilla and 1 banana creme) flavored pudding mix
6 cups milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2, 12 oz tubs of whipped topping or fresh whipped cream.
Crush half of one box of vanilla wafers and set aside. In large mixing bowl whisk the pudding mix, cinnamon, vanilla together slowly with the milk to avoid lumps. and set aside so the pudding will set. After 5 minutes, mash 2 of the bananas and fold into the pudding mixture. Take other 4 bananas and slice them thin.
Now begin the layering process. Line the bottom of the prefered serving dish with cookies (Use crushed cookies to fill in the spaces), then pudding, then bananas, then cool whip. Repeat the layers until the bowl is full. For the top layer put some whipped topping in a ziplock bag with small slit and pipe it around the edges and the in the center, Garnish with any remaining crushed cookies and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.