The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

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This recipe for Banana Cream Pie with Greek Yogurt Cream is a lighter version of a classic. Greek yogurt lightens up the thick pastry cream and adds khổng lồ the pie’s silky texture.


This recipe for Banana Cream Pie with Greek Yogurt Cream is a lighter version of a classic. Greek yogurt lightens up the thick pastry cream và adds to the pie’s silky texture. The best part for me? The fresh cubes of banana, folded in just prior to lớn assembly.

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Disclosure: Though this is not a sponsored post, I did receive a package from the folks at Chobani lớn help me find ways lớn enjoy Greek yogurt in my kitchen. As always, all opinions are my own.


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In my hands, I held a time machine. The box was familiar from a time long ago, the warm yellow và red script bringing me back to lớn an era of hair bangs & headbands, purple shirts (purple anything), and my unicorn bike.

My fingers slipped under the flap & opened the plastic, and I pulled out a wafer. That first crumble brought me back in time, lớn lazy summers reading under the lilac tree, when I would sneak into the cupboard for snacks lớn bring outside. Nilla wafers were delicious then, & it turns out, delicious still.


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I haven’t bought a box in years, but I was on a mission. I craved the little cookies to lớn eat on their own, & my husband was craving a Banana Cream Pie. It’s nothing I particularly craved, it’s not even a nostalgic dessert for me, but I am always happy khổng lồ oblige, and besides, I wanted to lớn see what all the fuss is about.

Perhaps it is the word cream that kept me from making it. Or all the whipped cream on top. In all it’s simplicity, Banana Cream Pie can be a very decadent dessert, especially when made just right.

How lớn Lighten Up Banana Cream Pie

I thought I would offer a comprise: would it still be possible khổng lồ bite into a creamy slice of pie, lightened a tad with Greek yogurt? It turns out that the answer is, yes!


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This pie is filled with a pastry cream lightened with yogurt that lends lớn the familiar texture we all love, and little cubes of freshly sliced banana folded in.

And the Nilla wafer crust, well, I added a little bit of oomph with some cinnamon graham crackers. It doesn’t sound lượt thích a profound change, but it makes all the difference in the world.

For one, having this lighter version means I’m sure khổng lồ make a slice of nostalgia a little more often. I understand this love for Banana Cream Pie now. & it received a resounding thumbs up from my husband. Had I not told him about this skinnier version, he would not have known any different.

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And this slice of Banana Cream Pie with Greek Yogurt Cream? Well, it’s for you!

Disclosure: I received a package from the folks at Chobani to help me find ways to enjoy Greek yogurt in my kitchen. While I did receive this package, I was not sponsored khổng lồ write a post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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This recipe for Banana Cream Pie with Greek Yogurt Cream is a lighter version of a classic. Greek yogurt lightens up the thick pastry cream và adds to the pie’s silky texture. The best part for me? The fresh cubes of banana, folded in just prior lớn assembly.
For the Nilla Wafer-Cinnamon Graham Crust:▢ 40 Nilla Wafers▢ 2 sheets cinnamon graham crackers▢ 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted & cooled▢ 1/3 cup sugar
For the Greek Yogurt Banana Pastry Cream:▢ 1 cup skim milk▢ 50% vanilla bean▢ một nửa cup plus 2 tbsp sugar▢ 1/4 cup cornstarch▢ 4 large egg yolks▢ 2 tbsp butter cubed▢ 1 cup Greek yogurt with vanilla I used Chobani▢ 1 small banana peeled & sliced into 1/4 inch cubes
Prepare crust by using a food processor or blender khổng lồ process the Nilla Wafers và graham crackers until fine. You should have about 2 1/4 cups. địa chỉ butter & sugar, và pulse. Pour into a 9" pie or tart pan, pressing down with fingers or measuring cup, creating an even layer up the sides of the pan. Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, or until firm.
Place a layer of parchment paper on the crust and place ceramic weights or beans on top. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and firm. Cool completely on a wire rack.
In a small saucepan, combine the milk & vanilla bean và bring lớn a light bubble of medium heat. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, & egg yolks, then slowly ladle in the warmed vanilla milk, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium low heat, while whisking, until it just starts khổng lồ thicken. This will happen very quickly. Remove immediately, then whisk in the cubes of butter, strain into another bowl, and fold in the Greek yogurt.
Cover with plastic wrap, applying it directly khổng lồ the surface of the cream khổng lồ prevent it from forming a skin. Place in the refrigerator khổng lồ chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
In a cold mixer bowl (I like to put my mixer bowl and whisk in the freezer beforehand), whisk the heavy cream, sugar và vanilla until soft peaks form. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator until ready khổng lồ serve.
Pour the pastry cream into the crust & level with a spatula. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready khổng lồ serve. đứng đầu with whipped cream before serving.
Adapted from white Chocolate-Banana Cream Pie, Boulevard: The Cookbook (Oakes và Mazzola, 2005) và Banana Cream Pie, Bon Appetit (February, 2003) via Epicurious.
Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | vi-ta-min A: 1008IU | vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg
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