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Banana Pudding Ice Cream

June 29, 2008

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

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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.


55 Comments Add A Comment

  • What a fun flavor! Bet it tasted out of this world!

  • Ya know . . . the Cool Whip and Jello instant pudding mix scream comfort to me the most . . . I grew up on the stuff, but I’ve been a little too snobby as of late to use them as ingredients. Unfortunately, my ice cream maker broke a few months ago and I haven’t yet replaced it. This may just be the nudge I need to order a new one. I could break it in with this recipe . . . reconnect with my roots!

  • egad! this is amazing! banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts–i can eat ridiculous amounts of it without a second thought. thanks for introducing yet another way for me to consume its goodness. amazing, i say. :)

  • Oooooh, there is a special place in my heart for banana pudding… and what could be finer on a hot afternoon than banana pudding ice cream! Glorious!

  • Oh that does sound like comfort in a bowl! I’m so loving your macro shots!

  • That sounds so rich and decadent! mmmmmm!

  • that sounds SO GOOD! my fiance always keeps nilla wafers around, and he literally has to hide the box from me after a while. they are so addictive!

  • Banana pudding is one of my all-time favorite desserts – this looks like heaven!!!

  • That looks like a delicious ice cream and I really like the first photo (the tempting drip)!

  • This looks absolutely amazing. I found you through Baked who I found through Cathie Cooks Food. Thanks for the delightful way to start my day. Coffee and pics of banana pudding ice cream….doesn’t get much better than this.

  • I love banana ice cream and yours looks super delicious!

  • Oh, I’m crazy about bananas myself, and your pudding ice-cream looks gorgeous!

  • i make banana pudding ona regular basis. i will definitely be trying this recipe.

  • Catherine-Alexa June 30, 2008 at 5:25 am

    You had me at “Add chopped bananas and vanilla wafers.” ;)

    Just THINKING about the mere smell of banana pudding brings back a flood of memories from childhood. My husband loves it too, and he’s a huge fan of strange and/or unusual ice cream flavors. He gets back from Afghanistan tomorrow, and we are totally going to try this!

    I love how photo-dense your posts are. It makes the blog very interesting!

  • Joy: This looks delicious! Those shots with the drip down the side of the red cup are so enticing. Coincidentally, I made some banana sorbet this weekend. So good, so summer.

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