April 13, 2015

An Ode to Childhood: Banana Nut Parfait

 When I was a kid, I love Banana pudding.  You know the one, banana pudding, cool whip, bananas and vanilla wafers.  Kraft really knew what they were doing when they put that recipe together.  My grandmother used to make it all the time for us grandkids.  We loved it!

From time to time, you can still find this recipe popping up at summer picnics.  It never lasts long when it does because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it.  

Flash forward to adulthood and I’m still looking for the taste of that creamy dessert in a much a healthier way.  My palate has developed alot since childhood, so I’ve put my own little twist on the dessert.  The pudding and cool whip been replaced by plain greek yogurt; the vanilla wafers with my nutty granola.


There’s something about the comfort of banana cream pudding that just makes you want to find a way to recreate the flavor without all the guilt.  For those of you that really know me, you know that I don’t love a banana until it gets all those brown spots all over it.  I’m actually the complete opposite from my friend, Jess, when it comes to bananas.  If it has a single brown spot on it, she won’t touch it.  If it doesn’t have enough brown spots on it, it isn’t ripe enough for me!  As you can see, I waited quite a long time for my banana to get this ripe before making my parfait.


I don’t always eat my bananas like this.  In fact, when I buy bananas, I actually buy two different bunches – one bunch that’s green and one that’s almost ripe enough to eat.  That way, by the time the first bunch has been eaten, the second bunch is perfect.

To make the parfait, I put some plain greek yogurt in the bottom of a glass, sliced up a banana putting half in each layer and sprinkled little bits of my nutty granola on top of each layer of banana.


I think it’s the combination of the ripe banana and my favorite nuts that really make this parfait a little bit of healthy comfort food for me.  It makes me not even miss the decadence of that childhood concoction!


As you all know, I’m a big fan of eggs for breakfast.  But, you can only eat so many eggs.  So, when I’m feeling tired of eggs, the next best thing is a parfait.  Just the word parfait conjures up those feelings that you’re somehow indulging in the most luxurious, decadent guilty pleasure.  So, dive in to this  Banana Nut Parfait and the guilty pleasure feeling can go away!


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7 Comments on “An Ode to Childhood: Banana Nut Parfait

April 13, 2015 at 8:56 am

I so wish I liked bananas because this looks awesome! Love the swap of nutty granola for the cookies…those wafters were my FAV when I was little πŸ˜›
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Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
April 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

There is something so comforting about those yummy little vanilla wafers. If only they qualified as a good-for-me food πŸ˜‰

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
April 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Yum that does look good. I do love bananas. Which tri races are you doing this summer?
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Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
April 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Right now, I’m only doing IronGirl Columbia (10th anniversary year). I’m still debating my schedule which is frustrating because I’m usually signed up for all my races by the beginning of the year. I’ve had a few injuries so I’m considering a light year this year. How about you?

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
April 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm

A well deserved Ode if I do say so myself! Love Banana Pudding – so dreamy! Here in the south it’s certainly not something to be taken to lightly – people swear by their grandmas recipes!! Also so fun to try the different versions!
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Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
April 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Everything in the South is worth the extra calories!!!

Tina Muir
April 14, 2015 at 6:09 am

This sounds yummy! I do love a good banana dessert, and I love how well nuts go with it! I hope you will join deborah and I for meatless monday again in the future πŸ™‚
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