The genius in this recipe is that the bananas are cooked two ways: Some are partially roasted and sliced, so you get sweet bananas that keep their shape. The rest are fully roasted, almost caramelized, so you get bananas with rich, sweet flavor. For a fun presentation, scoop the pudding mixture into pretty ramekins.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light Lighten Up, America! by Allison Fishman Task, Oxmoor House 2013.
|5 ripe unpeeled medium bananas (about 2 pounds)||2 large eggs|
|2 cups 2% reduced fat milk||1 tablespoon butter|
|2/3 cup sugar, divided||2 teaspoons vanilla extract|
|2 tablespoons cornstarch||1 (12 ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed and divided|
|1/4 teaspoon salt||45 vanilla wafers, divided|
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bananas on a jelly-roll pan covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove 3 bananas; cool completely. Peel and cut into 1⁄2-inch-thick slices. Set aside. Bake remaining 2 bananas at 350° for an additional 20 minutes. Carefully peel and place 2 bananas in a small bowl; mash with a fork until smooth.
Combine milk and 1⁄3 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer (do not boil).
Combine 1⁄3 cup sugar and next 3 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Gradually add hot milk mixture to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 3 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add mashed bananas, butter, and vanilla, stirring until butter melts. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until mixture comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Fold half of whipped topping into pudding.
Spread 1 cup pudding evenly over bottom of an 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Top with 20 vanilla wafers and half of banana slices. Spoon half of remaining pudding over banana slices. Repeat procedure with 20 wafers, banana slices, and pudding. Spread remaining half of whipped topping evenly over top. Crush 5 wafers; sprinkle over top. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
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