5-Ingredient All-Natural Banana Pudding Recipe
1/6th of recipe (about 1/2 cup): 81 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat. fat), 101mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g sugars, 1g protein
Cook: 10 minutes
Cool/Chill: 2 1/2 hours
12 oz. peeled extra-ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas; about 1 lb. before peeling)
1 packet natural no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
Seasonings: cinnamon, salt
In a blender or food processor, combine bananas, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Add 2 cups almond milk, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Puree until smooth.
In a medium nonstick pot, combine cornstarch/arrowroot with remaining 1/2 cup almond milk. Stir to dissolve. Add banana mixture, and mix well.
Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until mixture thickens, about 8 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl. Let cool, about 30 minutes.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until thickened and chilled.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
Top Toppingsblueberries * mini semi-sweet chocolate chips * unsweetened coconut flakes (toast 'em!) * sliced almonds * natural light whipped topping (like Skinny Truwhip or So Delicious Cocowhip Light) * sliced strawberries * chopped peanuts
Foolproof Mini RecipesPB 'Nana Spread: Thoroughly mix 2 tbsp. of the pudding with 1 tbsp. powdered peanut butter. (46 calories, SmartPoints® value 1* on all plans) Great on sliced apples!
Yogurt Topper: Flavor up a 5.3-oz. container of fat-free plain Greek yogurt with 1 natural no-calorie sweetener packet, a dash of cinnamon, and a drop of vanilla extract. Top with 2 tbsp. of the pudding. (112 calories, SmartPoints® value: 2 on Green Plan, 0 on Blue Plan, and 0 on Purple Plan.) Packed with protein, yet it tastes like dessert!
Amazing Oatmeal: Prepare 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, growing oatmeal style. Stir in 2 tbsp. of the pudding, along with some no-calorie sweetener, salt, and cinnamon. (211 calories, SmartPoints® value: 5 on Green Plan, 5 on Blue Plan, 1 on Purple Plan.) Game-changing!
Chia-fy It: For an even thicker consistency with a serious nutritious boost, stir 2 tsp. chia seeds into a serving of the pudding; refrigerate for at least for 3 hours. (120 calories, SmartPoints® value 2* on all plans.) Fantastic as a snack or dessert.
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