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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.