Creamy, chocolatey and so easy to make. This chocolate banana pudding is the dessert of your dreams!
Do you always find yourself in a fix when it comes to making desserts and sweet treats for your family? This chocolate banana pudding is here to your rescue. It has some classic flavors that everyone will love, and you can put it together in minutes. It just doesn’t get better than that.
Tempted enough to go ahead and give the recipe a shot? Here’s all you need to know about the recipe before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need just 5 simple ingredients to make the pudding.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 5 oz semisweet chocolate
- 2 tablespoon confectioners sugar
- 10-20 chocolate wafers depending on the size of the dish
- 3 bananas sliced lengthwise
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Chocolate Banana Pudding
Once you are ready with all your ingredients, here is what you need to do to make the chocolate banana pudding from scratch.
Pour the heavy cream into a pot over medium heat.
When it starts boiling add the chopped chocolate.
Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring periodically, then add the confectioner’s sugar.
Whisk until the sugar is melted then allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to rest while you prepare the dish.
Pick a dish or a mold that you will be using and start placing chocolate wafers on the bottom in a single layer.
Pour about ⅓ of the pudding mixture over the layered wafers, then place sliced bananas on top.
Repeat the same procedure with the layers until you use all of the pudding mixture.
You can decorate with banana circles on top.
Can be served immediately or cold.
Frequently Asked Questions
This simple chocolate banana pudding works best when you keep the ingredients minimal, but if you really want to go the extra mile and add in some more ingredients, you totally can.
Chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, desiccated coconut, chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, and walnuts) are all great since they bring some extra texture and flavor into the pudding.
You will find that confectioners sugar is used often in baking and dessert recipes, and that’s simply because it has a layer of starch that helps it dissolve and assimilate into the mixture more readily.
If you don’t have confectioner’s sugar, you can use regular powdered sugar or brown sugar too.
Chocolate wafers are great since they have a nice versatile taste. You could use Oreo thins too if you’re looking for something else, and if you want to keep the flavor subtle, you could use Nilla wafers or any other neutral, vanilla-flavored wafers.
This layered pudding can also be made using stale bread! In fact, it is a great way to put the leftover bread slices to use.
This chocolate pudding recipe does not require eggs, which is why it might need an additional thickening agent. If your pudding seems runny, you can add a bit of cornstarch slurry into it while it is still cooking until it gets to the right consistency.
Remember to whisk the mixture nicely to get rid of any lumps.
Your leftover pudding can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Try to consume it within a day, because the bananas can start to soften and brown the longer you store them, and the wafers can become soggy too, which can ruin the texture of your pudding.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
Think you’ve got the recipe all covered? Wait up! You might want to keep these little tips and tricks in mind to nail the recipe.
- This delicious chocolate banana pudding relies on its refrigeration time to get to the right texture and flavor. Let the finished pudding chill for a minimum of 4 hours for the wafers to soak up all the moisture and get soft. Remember to cover the bowl with cling wrap to preserve its freshness.
- If you want to put this pudding together quickly, you can soak the biscuits in a mixture of espresso powder and water to help them get soft, then assemble the pudding and pop it into the freezer to allow it to chill quicker.
- When choosing bananas for the pudding, stick to the ones that are just ripe enough. Overripe bananas with black spots will have a stronger flavor that might overpower the flavor of chocolate, and also turn brown faster even when you layer it into the pudding.
- Not too keen on making the chocolate pudding from scratch? You could use banana or chocolate-flavored pudding mix instead.
- If you’re making this pudding for a crowd, you can layer the pudding in individual dessert jars or bowls as opposed to one single larger trifle bowl. This can be really convenient and can take the headache out of serving out portions of the pudding.
- Want to get a little extra creaminess into the pudding? You can add some condensed milk and skip the confectioner's sugar.
- Looking for a healthier addition to the pudding? You can mix some mashed avocado into the pudding too! Just remember that you might need to add some unsweetened cocoa powder to balance out the flavor of the avocado.
- Always use the best quality cooking chocolate you can get your hands on. It can really make a difference.
- To enhance the flavor of the chocolate in the pudding, you can add a dash of sea salt into it.
How to Serve the Chocolate Banana Pudding
This classic chocolate banana pudding tastes best when topped with some whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, crushed chocolate wafers, or some chocolate shavings on the top.
Remember to use cold whipping cream and let the whisk and the bowl chill in the freezer for a few minutes before actually whipping the cream. This will help you get the cream to the right, soft peak consistency faster.
You can also drizzle a bit of salted caramel sauce on the top of the whipped cream for some extra deliciousness.
Loved how the chocolate banana pudding turned out? On the hunt for some more simple recipes that you can try out over the weekend? Here are a few good options to consider.
- Decadent Creamy Vanilla Caramel Pudding
- Raspberry Oreo Nutella Pudding Parfait
- Easy Black Forest Icebox Cake Recipe
- 2 cups (473ml) heavy cream
- 5 oz (142g) semisweet chocolate
- 2 tablespoon (14g) confectioners sugar
- 10-20 chocolate wafers depending of the size of the dish
- 3 bananas sliced lengthwise
- Pour the heavy cream into a pot over medium heat.
- When it starts boiling add the chopped chocolate.
- Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring periodically, then add the confectioner’s sugar.
- Whisk until the sugar is melted then allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to rest while you prepare the dish.
- Pick a dish or a mold that you will be using and start placing chocolate wafers on the bottom in a single layer.
- Pour about ⅓ of the pudding mixture over the layered wafers, then place sliced bananas on top.
- Repeat the same procedure with the layers until you use all of the pudding mixture.
- You can decorate with banana slices on top.
- Can be served immediately or cold.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 4gSugar: 35gProtein: 6g