Banana Tapioca Pudding

by Jenn on June 26, 2009

in Desserts,Gluten Free


Because I hate to waste food, one trick that I have learned to adapt is that when I have bananas that have ripened too far for me to want to eat, I throw them in the freezer to use for later (in cupcakes, banana bread, or things like this pudding).  Throwing away good usable food makes me want to cry, one because of the dollars wasted that I see going in the trash, and two because it’s not very socially responsible to throw away what could have been perfectly good food.  If I can freeze bananas and save them for later, then great! I’ve just found a quick and easy way around this problem :)

I’d never added bananas into pudding before, and this turned out to be the perfect use!  You’ll notice that there really isn’t that much sugar in this recipe.  In fact, looking back, I think I could have made it without the sugar at all.  The bananas add so much sweetness and richness to the flavor that they really didn’t need any help.  If you like bananas, and if you like pudding, this is the perfect dessert hot or cold – though after a couple taste tests – ok so I totally ate banana pudding for dinner tonight, I guess that’s more than a mere taste test haha – I think I prefer it chilled for sure.

I then garnished with some homemade vanilla whipped cream.  Yum!  Whipped cream is SO easy to make by hand, and once you start doing this, you’ll never go back to that fake stuff ever again.  Making whipped cream goes like this – pour cream into a bowl.  Take mixer (I use a hand mixer, you can also use a stand one) and place in bowl.  Turn onto highest setting, keep going until magically it looks like whipped cream, with stiff peaks -meaning that when you stop beating, the peaks stay in place.  Gently fold in the vanilla, and voila, fantastic whipped cream.  This process seriously takes less than 5 minutes, and is LEAGUES better than the store bought fake stuff.  So go spend the $1.67 on some heavy cream, and make the real stuff.  Please.  You’ll thank me, I promise.

Oh and please forgive the terrible piping job I did with the whipped cream, I took this picture when I first made the pudding, so it was still warm, and I wanted to get the whipped cream in and the picture taken all before it melted….Melty whipped cream still tastes super yummy, but tends not to look as pretty, as evident in my French toast.