Re-think the classic southern dessert with my Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe!
As a good Southern girl, banana pudding has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother, Bea used to make it every time we visited her in Chattanooga. Her beautiful creation would always be on the table after a farm fresh lunch. I got older she taught me out to make my own. Bea’s version involved real meringue on top… of course. It was rich, loaded with real egg yolks, sugar and vanilla wafers.
Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe
Fast forward a few years and I finally meet the love of my life… the Hubs. He’s from Pittsburgh and before he moved south for college had never heard of decadent delights like sweet tea and banana pudding. Once he moved south though it was game on for him as those two things became two of his all time favorites. He says he came to the South to play baseball and stayed for the sweet tea and banana pudding.
As the Hubs and I started dating I learned of his love for Banana Pudding and started making it for him on special occasions. Luckily for him I had a tried and true family recipe. I like to think I won him over with my pudding skills.
So Banana Pudding is truly a dessert that has run through the story of my life. I hate to mess up a good thing… BUT… as a healthy food blogger I can never pass up the opportunity to take a sweet classic treat and turn it into something a little BETTER.
Or at least a little healthier…
Meet my new Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe. It’s fresh interpretation on my Grandma’s classic and the Hubs favorite.
This version uses frozen bananas and spices to get that vanilla pudding flavor. Since there is no real replacement for a good ole’ vanilla wafer… I decided to blend two into the smoothie. Because of that I’d say this is more of a dessert smoothie than breakfast.
The real dessert has a huge handful of these things though, so two is a nice balance.
Somehow with the whipped cream it all comes together and with that familiar Banana Pudding taste. It’s downright addictive.
I haven’t given up on my classic family recipe at all, but this is a fun way to mix it up in between those special occasions.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Click over for the full recipe and pinable. —–>