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Banana Pudding

Coconut milk beverage adds a hint of sweet flavor to this classic dessert.



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⅓ cup raw cane sugar
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4 Tbs. cornstarch
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⅛ tsp. salt
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3 cups coconut milk beverage, such as Silk, divided
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1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
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3 very ripe bananas, sliced
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48 vegan vanilla wafer cookies
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Nondairy whipped topping for garnish, optional


1. Place sugar, cornstarch, and salt in saucepan, and gradually whisk in coconut milk. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes, or until thickened, whisking constantly. Stir in vanilla, then banana slices.

2. Line bottom of 11- x 7-inch baking dish with 24 cookies. Spread hot pudding over top, making sure bananas are submerged to prevent browning. Top with remaining 24 cookies, cover with plastic wrap, and cool. Refrigerate until cold. Top with whipped topping (if using).

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
41 g
4 mg
113 mg
2 g
23 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

No vegan, chemical free homemade nilla wafer recipe?

cookies aren't vegan and sweet soy milk is better for those on sugar restricted life - the sugar can also be more natural with date sugar and or natural sugar use less not more

I'd rather omit the yucky non-dairy whipped topping with all its artificial flavorings.....eeew, it would be enough to turn me off to what seems like a tasty dessert!

Sounds wonderful. Great way to use up some older bananas!

Can you use my flax, soy, or almond milk instead of a coconut beverage?

@ Juliette: check out for a guideline on preparation. the recipe is by pastry chef Stella Parks. you'll need to sub the butter for earth balance (or, my favorite: mostly earth balance and some coconut oil), the honey for agave (or if you eat honey, don't bother), cream for coconut cream (or soy creamer, just something as thick as cream), and egg yolks for 8 oz. of flax egg (i like to add 1 T flax meal to 1/4 cup hot water along with 1 T egg replacer and whisk till thick to replace yolks. but its whatever you like. you'll likely need to double that to get 8 oz.)

The Silk is to be divided? Why and how?

Hey, where do you buy vegan vanilla wafers????

Vegan vanilla wafer cookies are hard to find. Any sources out there?

Check lower-priced store brands when looking for egg and milk free vanilla wafers. Bilo's Clear Value brand works if you are in the southeast U.S.

I usually love recipes from VT, but I have to give this recipe two thumbs down. Twice. Even if you manage to find or make vegan vanilla wafers, the vanilla pudding base is a watery disappointment. I made it a second time using more corn starch and a long chill time to ensure it would set. Nope. Still too soupy.

Where do you buy vegan vanilla cookie?

This turned out soooo good!! I found gf, vegan mini vanilla cookies at Whole Foods. It was not runny, but thick just like pudding should be. I used canned coconut milk.