I love comfort. Ok.. I know that’s a stupid thing to say. Who doesn’t like comfort? That’s like saying that kittens are cute. Not so controversial right?
Well, this Banana Pudding Ice Cream is an exploration in comfort. I absolutely love banana pudding. It not just the pudding, it’s the fresh whipped cream and vanilla wafers that just make the dessert feel like ultimate comfort.
Banana Pudding reminds me of laughter- comfortable summertime, gather in the backyard after a big summer meal- laughter.
I decided to put all of the goodness of Banana Pudding into my ice cream maker, laughter and all. I have to admit, I did feel a bit like Ben and Jerry throwing this dessert together. The batch was HUGE, so I’ll cut it half for you all. The ice cream is pretty sweet, has lots of banana pudding flavor, fresh bananas and bits of vanilla wafer cookies. If you have an ice cream maker, do try this dessert. It’s summery goodness.
Banana Pudding Ice Cream
adapted from recipezaar
4 ounces Cool Whip (1/2 of an 8ounce container)
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 ounce can)
scant 1/2 gallon milk (reserve about 1 cup for you morning cereal)
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package Jello Banana Cream Instant Pudding
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 bananas (mashed)
1/2 box of vanilla wafers, crushed
In a bowl mix cool whip, condensed milk, banana pudding and about 1/2 of the half gallon of milk. Add chopped bananas and vanilla wafers.
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker. With machine on, pour in the rest of the half gallon of milk.
Stir the mixture and begin freezing according the manufacturers instructions. My ice cream machine took about 15 minutes to get to soft ice cream.
Remove very soft ice cream and place in a freezer friendly plastic container. Serve with slice bananas and vanilla wafers.