I love banana pudding. It is such a comfort food for me. I can remember my Nanny making it whenever we would visit. I would lick the bowl like any child would, as long as we were allowed. With that in mind, I had had a hankering for some banana pudding, but did not want to use boxed pudding. So I looked for a recipe from scratch, and what do you know, it is not that difficult to make. Simple ingredients and I was able to veganize it, so heads up ya'll, time to throw your boxed puddings away, there's a new recipe in town. I found this from Allrecipes and again it was easy schmeazy to make. So give it a try and be taken back to your childhood.
2 cups milk (we used rice, but it was too thin, next time I will use soy or almond)
1/2 cup sugar (we used raw (it turned the pudding a nice carmel color)
1/4 t salt
1t vanilla extract
1T butter (we used dairy butter)
In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat milk until bubbles form at edges. In a bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Pour into hot milk, a little at a time, stirring to dissolve. (Very Important) Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. (It is so cool when this happens) do not boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter. Pour into serving dishes. (I poured my into a big serving dish for I knew I would put it in another dish before I was done) Chill before serving.
I then went about putting together my banana pudding. I layered vanilla wafers (note to self, find a healthier version of these cookies) along with the pudding and bananas. you layer it the way you want, but let me tell you this. Everyone in the house went bonkers for this recipe. This will definitely be made again, for sure.