banana pudding.

Last year we attended a Friendsgiving and our favorite thing there was this banana pudding one of our friends made.

IT WAS INCREDIBLE.

So this year we asked her for the recipe and then I made it.

AND IT WAS EVERY BIT AS INCREDIBLE.

It’s a Paula Deen recipe and I realize that’s problematic and I’m sorry. But it’s also a very good recipe so we can just pretend my friend actually made it up and forget about Paula altogether.

Paula who?

Exactly.

This recipe starts with a foundation of Chessmen cookies. These are holiday Chessmen and I didn’t realize it until I got them home and I feel really silly about it but they taste the same.

Then you make a layer of bananas. Because this is banana pudding.

Then you mix up vanilla pudding mix and milk and condensed milk and maybe something else I forgot.

Oh! There was cream cheese involved too.

CURVEBALLS – I used one packet of French vanilla and one packet of banana cream pudding and I was pleased with the results. Also, I used vanilla almond milk as the milk and it tasted great. According to me.

Once that stuff is mixed you have to “fold” in some Cool Whip.

First of all, I had no idea how to thaw Cool Whip in a reasonable amount of time and I felt all was lost and I wasn’t going to be able to make this recipe and I totally panicked. But I googled it and you can thaw Cool Whip in a bowl of room temperature water and it only takes like 30mins.

Oh.

Second, I had to figure out how to “fold” the Cool Whip into the rest of the mixture. After some reading and searching I came to the answer that “folding” is “gently mixing” and I think they could have just said that. Either way I learned a new baking skill!

Before “folding in” the cool whip.

You put that pudding on top of the bananas, then more chessmen on the top, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

This stuff turned out so good and it was so easy. That sounds obnoxious but I feel it’s necessary to tell the truth here. And the truth is, it was life changing.

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