Banana Pudding Parfait

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 2nd, 2019 | Desserts, Recipes
Layers of dessert happiness

Banana Pudding Parfait

Layers of dessert happiness
Prep Time1 hr 25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: bananas, nilla wafers, parfait, pudding
Servings: 4
Author: Michele Pesula Kuegler


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg yolks slightly beaten
  • 1 Tb butter softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 bananas
  • 32 Nilla Wafers
  • Whipped cream optional


  • In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; gradually stir in milk.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
  • Allow to boil for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
  • Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan.
  • Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
  • Pour pudding into medium-sized bowl. Cover with plastic wrap (making sure it is flat against the pudding) and refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Cut bananas into 1/2″ rounds; cut each round in half to create half circles.
  • Place wafers in plastic bag, and break into smaller pieces. (Some should be crumb sized and some should be bigger)
  • Place a layer of banana slices in the bottom of 4 parfait glasses.
  • Top each with an eighth of the pudding.
  • Sprinkle with an eighth of the wafer crumbs.
  • Repeat with layers of bananas, pudding, and wafer crumbs.
  • Serve with a topping of whipped cream, if desired.

When I originally started blogging (12 YEARS AGO!!), I initially named this blog Tasty Thoughts. However, that URL was only available as a .info website. So, after a couple years with the .com still not available, I switched to Think Tasty, which had a similar feel- that basically I like to think about food. It occurred to me just the other day; I always have been thinking about food.

I was in Florida a couple weeks ago and spent a day with my parents. My dad was telling a story about a friend of his named Skip. As he passed away ages ago, my husband didn’t know him, so we were telling stories. One of these stories was about his wedding when I was about the age of seven. Skip and his bride-to-be, Patty, came to visit us in Nevada and to get married in Reno.

For those who don’t want whipped cream. (Looking at you, my dear husband.)

It was a small, city hall wedding with a reception at our house. What do I remember the most from that day? Their cake. And that I was disappointed. Patty had not had a real wedding previously, so our neighbor baked a wedding cake for her big day. How sweet! Except for me. I was imagining real wedding cake, like my parents sometimes brought home from a reception in a box.

I was so sad when I discovered that it was a banana cake. As a little kid, I was crushed. I was hoping for that subtly almond flavored cake with buttercream frosting and instead got banana cake with who knows what frosting. Yes, for me, the day was a loss. I know I was happy to see both of them, but the food? There might as well have been no dessert.

Banana, wafer crumbs, pudding, & whipped cream- all in 1 bite!

Since that day (and even before then), I’ve spent time thinking about food. A lot of time. I have thought about treats to make for friends and family. Once I had my own family, I thought about food to make for birthday parties and holidays. I think about what new ingredients I want to try and what old ingredients I want to use differently.

And of course, at the end of all that thinking I want it to be tasty. So, yeah, Think Tasty is about the best name this blog could be.

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