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 The pudding and cool whip been replaced by plain greek yogurt; the vanilla wafers with my nutty granola.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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