Looking for a simple and healthy treat? This peanut butter and banana pudding is 100% fruit-sweetened, packed with protein, and easy! Make it with yogurt or cultured whipping cream for a probiotic boost!
I love serving my kids desserts, but we already have way too many treats in our life. It’s hard to avoid the Birthdays, holidays, and sunny days that provide us with excuses to indulge.
So I prefer to serve desserts that are refined sugar-free and healthy. It’s my small attempt to counterbalance the effects of our sugar-happy culture.
This peanut butter and banana pudding is the perfect dessert. It is fancy enough for a dinner party, yet healthy enough for breakfast!
I love the creaminess. I love the fact that the sweetness comes entirely from ripe bananas. But most of all I love that it is full of protein.
It can be particularly difficult to get children to eat enough probiotic foods. So why not sneak it into their dessert!
To make a probiotic pudding replace the whipping cream with 1 cup of cultured dairy. Here are a few delicious options:
- If you make fermented dairy (milk kefir, buttermilk, or yogurt), why not try making cultured whipping cream? The process is pretty much the same, and you’ll end up with some deliciously probiotic cream.
- Greek yogurt is a low-fat option. It won’t be as creamy or fluffy. However, it will be healthy enough that you could serve it for breakfast!
- Cultured sour cream is traditionally made with a room-temperature bacterial culture. It isn’t as thick as store-bought sour cream, which makes it perfect for this recipe.
- For a vegan option, use thick, cultured coconut cream.
Peanut Butter and Banana Pudding
This pudding is fancy enough for a dinner party, yet healthy enough for breakfast. It is refined sugar-free, and full of protein. The perfect dessert! See the section above for details on how to add a bit of probiotics to this pudding.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 2 ripe bananas, fully mashed
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup of whipping cream or coconut cream
- Whipping cream and garnishes (optional, see notes)
- Beat the mashed bananas together with the peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. This is easiest to do with a food processor or an immersion blender.
- In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form.
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter and banana mixture.
- Spoon into individual serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- For a rich chocolate pudding, add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder.
- The pudding is delicious all on its own. But if you want to turn it into something fancy, top it with a dollop of whipping cream. Then, sprinkle on some chocolate shavings or chopped peanuts.
- If the pudding isn’t sweet enough for your taste buds add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce.
- Thank you to Peanut Butter Lovers for the inspiration!
Keywords: probiotic, sugar free, gluten free, healthy, kid-friendly, keto, treat