This week is a big week this weekend we're celebrating Zeynep's monumental 3-0 birthday with lunch at our place. ( I hope she doesn't kill me for putting her age out there like that. If it makes her feel any better I'll be 30 soon too ;) Anyway, I am so excited for this lunch because as I've probably mentioned countless times Zeynep is a true foodie. She knows all of the best places to eat in DC and she keeps a mental running list of all the newest and coolest places to try. I seriously need to start blogging our food adventures in the city because the food is great and we tend to have a good time. A few weeks ago Zeynep sent me a couple emails filled with links of things that might be fun to try and this weekend is the grand experiment! I've been so busy planning my menu of delightful southern inspired dishes that I forgot to post the most amazing part of our Easter lunch-- the Nutella Banana Pudding. Yup, I went there, I jumped on the proverbial Nutella Bandwagon that has taken Pinterest by storm. Chocolate + Banana + Nutella + pudding = no brainer.
I never doubted for a second that this banana pudding wouldn't be amazing because anything with banana pudding in the title is automatically amazing-- it's a rule or something. Seriously, when I tasted this banana pudding I was finally okay with the fact that pudding pops don't exist any more.
1 small box of vanilla jello pudding
1 small box of chocolate jello pudding
1 can sweetened condensed milk divided
2 8 oz containers of whipped cream
3 cups of milk divided
2 tbs. Nutella
What you do:
- Slice some bananas!
- Make the pudding. ( I used sugar free pudding because it's habit and besides, I added sweetened condensed milk which has sugar and I couldn't come up with a valid reason for having double sugar)
- Starting with the vanilla pudding, mix the pudding, 1 1/2 cups of milk and 7 oz oz of condensed milk in a medium bowl. Before the jello sets fold in 1/2 container of whipped cream.
- In another bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of milk, 7 oz sweetened condensed milk and Nutella. Beat with electric mixer until the Nutella is incorporated. Then add in the pudding mix and mix completely. Before the jello sets fold in 1/2 container of whipped cream.
- Layer the pudding/bananas/Nilla Wafers/whipped cream in large casserole dish or in individual serving sized containers using wine glasses, mason jars, or martini glasses. I used my stemless wine glasses that Spinop got us as a wedding present making banana pudding the first official use after four years. I'm not sure if that's good or bad...
- Refrigerate the finished product over night. I made the monumental mistake of serving the banana pudding on the same day that I made it. It was good, don't get me wrong, but the best part about banana pudding is when the Nilla wafers get soft. Make sure you serve it the next day!
- This recipe made 4 monster wine glass servings + another medium glass serving bowl enough for plenty of friends and family!
Next time I make this I might skip the bananas, vanilla pudding and Nilla wafers in favor of all chocolate pudding, strawberries and oreos. Gosh, just writing that sentence made me hungry!