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Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie

Re-think the classic southern dessert with my Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe!

Easy & Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone,

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.

Easy & Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

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.

Easy & Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

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.

Easy & Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

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.

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I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Click over for the full recipe and pinable. —–>

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  1. […] pretty looking spots on them for recipes.  Some of them I’ll freeze for smoothies like my Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie or Green Detox Smoothie.   Others I’ll wait until they are just about ready to spoil to […]

  2. Mary August 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Oh Goodie! I moved away from the South recently, and I had almost forgotten how much I love banana pudding… Is there any better use of nila wafers than layered between gooey banana-y goodness? Giving this recipe a try tonight!

  3. your smoothies always look so inviting!
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  4. Annmarie July 31, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    This looks like a delicious and healthy way to enjoy banana pudding!

  5. I have not had banana pudding in forever fun twist on it!
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  6. Farrah July 25, 2017 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I haven’t made banana pudding in the longest time–this looks awesome + I love how you healthified it and transmuted it into smoothie form!

  7. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition July 24, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Ooooh yum! This looks delicious and healthy! I’ve always loved banana pudding but haven’t had it in forever!

  8. Miz Helen July 23, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Of course I have to have one of these awesome smoothies! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you will come back and visit us again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Susie @ Suzlyfe July 21, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Thank the Lord for good Southern Girls 😀 Totally sending this to my mom!
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  10. [email protected] July 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Banana pudding is a favorite, so I’m happy to see a healthier version available. Thanks, Julie!
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  11. Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups July 20, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Yum! I love banana pudding, will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks!
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  12. Edith Bryson July 20, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Julie, I think this is one of your best posts; I really enjoyed it.

  13. Paula July 20, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to make this, as the weather is hot and humid, my go to for lunch is a smoothie, and this one will be like eating dessert only for lunch.
    Thanks for sharing

  14. Emily July 20, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

    I TOTALLY agree that banana pudding is one of those wonderful classic summery desserts. And I love that you made it into a smoothie. 🙂
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  15. Shelley Marcy July 20, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Obviously you already “wow’d” your husband, but if you ever want to turn it up a notch, then you have to learn the recipe to make cantaloupe pie! Now that’s a southern delight!

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