WW Recipe of the Day: Easy Banana Pudding
I used the 3 ripe bananas sitting on the counter as an excuse to make this easy light banana pudding recently. Have you noticed, that when it comes to the desire for sweet treats, we can rationalize most anything?
I could have just tossed those bananas in the freezer to use in smoothies. But that wouldn't have been nearly as fun or delicious as this easy light banana pudding.
And sometimes you just need a little fun and delicious!
This light banana pudding is not all the way to low fat but it is lighter than most. I'm one of those people only willing to lighten desserts so far.
I'd rather eat less of something that tastes good, than more of something that doesn't. And I hate the taste of sugar-free pudding, so that's never an option.
I checked out the recipe for light banana pudding from Cooking Light on My Recipes, but it required a cooked-from-scratch pudding and turning on the oven to bake an egg white meringue topping.
With temps still in the 108 degree range here in Phoenix, I didn't feel like messing with the stove—never mind turning on the oven—to attempt a meringue.
So, I took the lazy way out and used instant vanilla pudding.
I added a cup of non-fat Greek vanilla yogurt for extra creaminess and a little boost of protein. It worked.
Both Rod and I loved this easy light banana pudding. I never mentioned it was light. And I don't think he ever suspected.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Banana Yogurt Dessert?
According to my calculations each serving has 218 calories and:
10 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
10 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
8 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
6 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Easy Light Banana Pudding Recipe
- 1 large package (5.1 ounces - 6 servings) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
- 2 cups fat-free milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage instead)
- 1 cup vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup whipped topping
- 3 ripe bananas, sliced
- 45 vanilla wafers
- In a medium bowl whisk together the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in the yogurt and whipped topping.
- Arrange ⅓ of the banana slices in the bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish . Spoon ⅓ of the pudding mixture over the banana. Arrange 15 of the wafers on top of the pudding.
- Repeat with another ⅓ of the bananas, ⅓ of the pudding and ⅓ of the wafers.
- Repeat again with the last ⅓ of bananas and pudding.
- Arrange the last 15 wafers around the edge of the pudding.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you liked this easy banana pudding dessert, you might also like:
- French Women Don't Get Fat Chocolate Mousse
- Easy Chocolate Dessert
- Skinny Banana Cream Pie Breakfast
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