When I step into a bakery, I often look right past the popular cupcakes and cookies and opt instead for a cup of banana pudding. Smooth and creamy with a bit of crunch from the vanilla wafers…what could be more satisfying? This version is 100% vegan with soy milk, soy whipped cream, and vegan vanilla wafers. It makes about four servings.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tbs corn starch
about an inch of a vanilla bean (recommended) OR 1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups soy milk
1 tbs Earth Balance
2 ripe bananas
about 2 cups Soy Whip
about 1 cup crushed vanilla wafer cookies
(Lots of supermarkets sell store-brand ‘nilla wafer cookies, and I know I’ve seen vegan versions before. Of course, things like that have a way of becoming much harder to find when you actually need them, so I ended up making some from scratch. I modified this recipe, substituting an Ener-G egg for the real egg and Earth Balance for the butter. The vegan batter was a bit crumbly, so I rolled them into balls and flattened them with my palms, rather than piping them onto the baking sheet, as suggested. They came out great!)
Combine the sugar and corn starch in a small mixing bowl. If you are using a real vanilla bean, cut it in half the long way, scrape out the inside, and add that to the sugar mixture.
Heat the soy milk in a small saucepan. If you are using vanilla extract, add it to the soy milk.
Stirring over low heat, slowly add the sugar mixture to the soy milk, mixing to combine.
Continue heating and stirring. The sugar should dissolve and, after a few minutes, the mixture should thicken to almost to a pudding consistency.
Take the pudding off the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes, then move it to the refrigerator. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
If you haven’t already, crumble the wafer cookies. I put mine in a ziplock bag and hit them with a rolling pin.
Cut the bananas into thin slices.
When the pudding is completely cool, take it out of the refrigerator and add about two cups of soy whip. Mix to combine.
Assemble the pudding in individual glasses or in a larger glass bowl.
Begin by spooning in a layer of the pudding:
Then add a layer of banana:
and a layer of cookie crumbs:
Add a second layer of each:
and a final layer of pudding:
I topped mine with a bit more whipped cream and some cookie crumbs. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.