WOW - Easy Instant Pudding Recipes - Peanut Butter Banana & Chocolate Fifth Avenue!

Finished dessert and you may indent your wafers in the pudding or not. They stay crispier longer is not pushed in.
Finished dessert and you may indent your wafers in the pudding or not. They stay crispier longer is not pushed in.

So Easy - So Delicious

These are my recipes and although I am sure someone out there somewhere has thought of this before me I am not aware of them nor have I seen recipes like these. They are so simple and easy a child could make them and probably have a pretty good time doing it! Wouldn't it be fun for a child to make the family dessert? They could do this. Honestly.

No sharp or dangerous utensils are needed and this could also be put in a plastic container. The beating only takes two minutes and can be done by hand which is what I do rather than use a mixer and have to wash all that mess up. Just a whisk or fork works fine. A child could go from start to finish all alone and be so proud of a couple of fantastic delicious dessert recipes. I promise they will love them even after they grow up!

Peanut Butter and Banana Pudding

Quick and easy dessert you will love!

I never liked instant puddings when they first came out and well after that. The only time I would use them was in a cake mix. After I used cooked pudding in these recipes I just did not like them as good so I thought I would try the instant ones knowing others in the family liked and used the instant ones. I am so glad I did. This recipe in my opinion is not near as good with the cooked. To each his own though; you may prefer the cooked. To me this is just quicker and tastier. I have a new appreciation of the instant and plan more experiments with it.

Vanilla Wafers with whipped peanut butter. Whipped is so much better in recipes like this!
Vanilla Wafers with whipped peanut butter. Whipped is so much better in recipes like this!

Crunchy or Creamy

Everyone has their own preference on things so these could be changed around I am sure and be just as delicious. If eaten within the first few hours the wafers will still be crunchy which is how I love them (especially the Fifth Avenue) but many in my family like the wafer soft so that really makes it easier on me when I want to make them up ahead. I can easily eat either way!

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Makes six approx 3/4 cup helpings.

Peanut Butter and Banana Pudding

  • 1/2 small box Fat Free Vanilla Wafer, Whole
  • 1 large or 2 small Banana, Sliced
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla or Banana Pudding, Whipped
  • Approx 1/2 cup Whipped Peanut Butter, Spread on Wafers
  • 2 cups Cold 2% Milk, Poured
  • Couple tablespoons Vanilla Wafer, Crumbled/Crushed
  1. Prepare in medium bowl with at least saucer sized flat bottom to place wafers to build around the edges and half way up the bowl.
  2. Add whipped peanut butter to flat side of wafer and place facing up. Make sure there are some left over to put on top. 8 or 10
  3. Once your wafers are half way up the bowl (just one layer) and you have extra ready for the top prepare your instant pudding.
  4. Use a mixer or simply beat or whisk by hand 2 cups of cold milk into the dry instant pudding for two minutes. The pudding will continue to thicken on its own.
  5. Pour immediately onto the wafers with peanut butter and be sure to scrape all your pudding into this and spread to cover any side wafers.
  6. Put remaining wafers evenly on top with peanut butter side down. These can be left flat on top or pushed down into the pudding to raise up over sides as seen in photo.
  7. Optional to sprinkle crumbs from the box or crush wafers yourself to coat uncovered pudding on top. Make sure no banana is uncovered to turn dark. (Bananas stay so fresh in this which is really great because I often make this dish to keep bananas from going to waste so they are not bought fresh yet keep fresh looking at least two days and I don't know past that since it is gone by then even without company around!)

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Banana or vanilla pudding is good in this and I know that would be just whichever you like. Any traditional or regular banana pudding I have eaten for years had both. When I was a child growing up it was always vanilla because everyone made their own puddings which of course would be vanilla...just filled with bananas once it was cold. I could never stand a banana pudding where the bananas had turned dark! That has never happened in this instant pudding recipe! One reason I love it so much. You can shop for low fat and/or low sugar items to use in these. I have bought the sugar-free pudding but have not tried that yet. Maybe soon.

Put pudding dessert covered in fridge and as soon as it is chilled through it is ready. Usually about one half hour to one hour, depending on your fridge's coldness or possibly where you place it there. You can put your two cups of milk in the freezer about 15 minutes to fix the puddings and have them ready even quicker. Your pudding just needs some minutes to thicken on its own and it is ready. To be honest many do not make it to the fridge if I am making it for the soul purpose of a snack! Especially the Fifth Avenue Pudding! Yum.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4oz
Calories 140
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 11 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 225 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Fifth Avenue Pudding. Six modest servings or four large.
Fifth Avenue Pudding. Six modest servings or four large.

Fifth Avenue Pudding

Tastes like Fifth Avenue Candy Bar!

The whipped creamy peanut butter is so good. It is better in everything I think and especially in these recipes, making it as easy to swallow as the pudding and keeping the consistency the same. I try never to pay more than $2.00 for a jar of peanut butter (which is getting to be a harder feat) and of course I want a name brand; usually Peter Pan, sometimes Jiffy, etc. Just a few days ago I found Peter Pan at $3.00 but it was BOGO so I paid $1.50 each. I made sure I got the maximum allowed of those!

This pudding is made the same as the peanut butter banana pudding above minus the banana and using chocolate instant pudding.

This is my favorite. I plan to crush the wafers or chop them lightly one time after the peanut butter has been spread on to see if distributing the crunch and peanut butter flavors make it even better.

If you liked Fifth Avenue candy bars though I know you are going to be wowed by the resemblance.

So much better for you than candy for sure!

A combination of chocolate, peanut butter and wafer give you a delightful Fifth Avenue flavor you won't soon forget! Fifth Avenue Pudding
A combination of chocolate, peanut butter and wafer give you a delightful Fifth Avenue flavor you won't soon forget! Fifth Avenue Pudding

A Family Tradition

Gone modern!

Banana pudding has always been a southern tradition and its origins are very southern and I do take pride in that but I see nothing wrong with taking a good thing to make it better for us.

The great thing about both these recipes is the lower fat, calories and ease of making them without a loss of fun or flavor eating them.

As I pointed out in my "Have Your Cake and Eat it Too" article we can have some fantastic foods to eat; we just have to use our imagination and pick the best things for us that still taste great. It really is our future and I look really forward to it. So far it has been so much fun learning!

Hope you give these two pudding recipes a try! I am sure you will be glad you did. Please come back and let everyone know!


Healthy Banana Puddings

Video

The video below shows two different recipes that look very delicious. How about fat free yogurts, sour cream and whipped cream in our puddings? Sounds very interesting to me and I am very sure I will be getting some new ideas to try very soon.

All photos by JackieLynnley@HubPages.com

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word55 10 months ago from Chicago

Hi Jackie, just stopped by to say hello and what a sweet, sweet hub this is :-).


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Rachel L Alba 10 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Jackie, I love your recipes. I just made the banana pudding dessert for my southern grandson-in-law and he loved it, but I never thought of adding the peanut butter. Since I love peanut butter, that put it over the top for me. Also the chocolate one looks sooo delicious! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Blessings to you.


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MsDora 10 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for these instant pudding recipes. I have two bunches of bananas coming in and I intend to try at least one recipe. If it goes well, maybe more. I watched the videos also. The toasted coconut sounds great!


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rebeccamealey 10 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Sounds yummy. I love peanut butter and bananas together. So this would suit me quite well. Thanks!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks word; it is easy and delicious. Try it sometime for your lady friend!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Rachel! You really should try the whipped peanut butter too because you can put bigger servings and it just blends right in! I love it and know you will too!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Dora I am really surprised I can use really ripe bananas (which is not my druthers usually) and they are so good and stay that way. I am always surprised how very much this makes too! Thanks for stopping by. Always great to see you.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Rebecca I was so surprised I couldn't find anything like it online so please try it and be one of the first for this new idea. Use the whipped peanut butter id you can; it just wows it better than plain.

The chocolate is my favorite and you know I guess you could put bananas in that...don't know if I am that brave!


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AliciaC 10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

These puddings sound wonderfully delicious. I love bananas, peanut butter and chocolate, so I appreciate your recipes very much!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Please do try them Linda; you will love them! I promise.

Thanks for stopping by!


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truthfornow 10 months ago from New Orleans, LA

Looks good. I like the idea of a jazzed up banana pudding.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Hi Marie! Thanks for checking it out; it really is good!


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DDE 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! Looks so delicious! I will try this recipe. Thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks DDE and it is delicious; you will love them!


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ChitrangadaSharan 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

This sounds yummy and your combination of ingredients is very interesting--all my favourites!

Thank you for sharing the details!


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lifegate 10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

I'm glad it's almost lunch time. I'm getting hungry! Nice work, Jackie.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you ChitrangadaSharan! They are delicious!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Bill; these are really easy ones to make and can be almost fat-free!


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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for these easy and yummy recipes! The Fifth Avenue one sounds so good.

I need to keep these in mind when the grands come up as they love pudding.

My poor husband wanted me to bake more pumpkin pie as I mentioned I have the ingredients to make one or two, so he went out and bought two pie shells, but they were the non-bake graham cracker ones LOL. Maybe I will pour these puddings into pie shells.

Hey, we should enter that context that Quaker Oats has out now ..."Make your best bowl" where you just come up with your own ingredients to add to the oatmeal you cook. I bet one of us would win, although they already have so much variety.

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Well, tried to share but none of the buttons are working for me. Will return. My laptop has been so slow lately.


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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

The sharing worked finally!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Theresa I think the butterscotch instant puddings are great in the graham cracker crust! (It just takes one pudding.) Try it and the old man can get back his dignity! lol The crusts last forever though; I have maybe four now I need to use up.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Doesn't matter! Don't worry about it!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

OK, thanks, but from now on really don't worry about it. I don't think anything like that really means much anymore. lol


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Glimmer Twin Fan 10 months ago

Mmmm..can't go wrong with bananas and peanut butter. I'll be trying one of these recipes for sure.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I sure hope you do GTF; I am absolutely certain you will love either or both!


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sujaya venkatesh 10 months ago

a hub, delicious


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks sujaya.


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Vellur 10 months ago from Dubai

Yummy recipes and easy to make thank you for sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Nithya; l hope you will try one!


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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

Yum! I will take both!


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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks FA. I really love the Fifth Avenue, but both are good.


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Peggy W 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

Gosh...I have not even thought of banana pudding in years! Have you ever had a peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas on it? Delicious! I have not thought of that either in years! Your combinations sound good and certainly easy enough to make. We always keep peanut butter in the house but have never had the whipped kind. Plan to share this and pin it as well. Thanks for your recipes.


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome Peggy. Hm, I might have that peanut butter and jelly with banana tonight! Sounds great. Of the pudding above though I am just crazy about the fifth avenue one! The banana is good too. Guess I just love chocolate most!


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vocalcoach 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Healthy banana pudding does it for me every time! I'm a chocolate lover but given the choice - banana pudding. Love your magnificent combinations and lovely photos. Sharing all around.


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Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Oh the chocolate one here is fantastic too and if you like Fifth Avenues you will so love it and it can be ready in minutes, Audrey! Hope you try it.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi Jackie

O my...these look totally sinful. Who could not like any of these? Chocolate...peanut butter....bananas....a party for our tastebuds!!!

I will share these with my friends. Pinning and sharing

Angels are once again headed your way ps


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Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you ps! So very sweet of you to take the trouble to come look at these. Best thing about them is not just how great they are but so easy!


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norlawrence 4 months ago from California

The article was great. They all sound delicious so I think I will try them. Thanks for the share


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Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Norma, they really are very good!


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teaches12345 3 months ago

Jackie, I love both banana and chocolate but my vote is always going to go with chocolate when it comes to dessert. You have me craving pudding now and I am going to have to go shopping to make these yummy desserts. Blessings.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You won't be sorry Dianna, for something so quick and delicious you just can't beat it! Chocolate my favorite too, with the peanut butter!

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