Yum Peaceful Cooking: Grandma Mary's Banana Pudding

Monday, October 19, 2009

Grandma Mary's Banana Pudding

The other day I asked my sister if she had a recipe she'd share with me. I wanted a dessert....and I wanted it to be something I hadn't made.

My sister lives in Alabama, so for me this would be a total blind recipe. Never tasted, never seen.

She told me about Grandma Mary's Banana Pudding.

Nope...we don't have a grandma named Mary. I don't even think we have a relative named Mary. But there was a real Grandma Mary.

She lived next door (read 1/2 mile away) from my parents. I had the pleasure of meeting Grandma Mary a few short times but for my little sisters, she was like a grandmother. Just a sweet, darling little lady. Southern through and through and this recipe is one of hers.

Let me tell you....this is not like any banana pudding you've ever had.

If it is, then thats only because you've had this very same one before and you will be able to confirm that this is one fantastic dessert.

There aren't a whole lot of ingredients. It's not difficult at all. But I have to warn you...what sets this apart from the others is the coconut topping. And that takes a bit of time.

but WAY worth it!!!

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups coconut flakes
2 packages 3.5 oz vanilla pudding mix (pair according to package instructions)
6 bananas
1 16 oz container cool whip

Preheat oven to 300' F

In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter and coconut

I started out using a fork to mix this up and ended up using my hands. It makes a doughy blob which would be kinda messy in a mixer.

Take that blob and crumble it as best you can into a shallow roasting pan. Bake for about 45 minutes. During the baking process, say....every 10 minutes or so, stir, mash, and crumble the mixture with a spatula. This will accomplish two things

1. Prevent the mixture from turning into a cake
2. Create nice toasty, golden brown crumbles...which is what you want the end result to be

Have you pre-paired the pudding? Cuz you're gonna need it

In a 13 x 9 casserole dish, take about 2/3 of the coconut crumbs and put them on the bottom of the dish. Carefully spread the pudding over the crumbs. Slice the bananas and cover the pudding with the slices....spread the cool whip over the bananas and then sprinkle the remaining coconut crumbs over the cool whip.

Put into the fridge to set and enjoy!!

My oldest daughter told me...."Mom, I don't LIKE pudding". Ok dear. Whatever you say.

10 minutes later she's going back for seconds. Apparently "this is pretty good for pudding".

Just so ya know...It would be very simple to cut the recipe in half and make an 8x8 dish. I'll do that next time. (half of this went to work today so I wouldn't be eating it all week)

Also....I'll probably make my own vanilla pudding from scratch the next time I make it. I'm not saying it wasn't good as is...cuz this stuff is waaaay good. But come on...homemade pudding? I knoooooow!!! I thought about making my own whipped cream but I don't know if it has lasting power the way cool whip does. Right?

Oh...and if you're tempted to use banana pudding......be my guest. I personally can't do the "banana flavor" thing. Trust me...with all those banana slices, you get plenty of real banana flavor!


  1. OK...Yum! I could totally go for a big bowl of this pudding right now--it looks delicious!

  2. Awesome, this sounds fantastic. Dont you just love grandma mary type recipes?

  3. OH this sounds goood. I don't like banana flavoring either, and my mom and grandma NEVER made their banana pudding with banana flavoring, only vanilla. I have a recipe for their vanilla pudding if you want to try it! It's my go-to recipe for cream pies and puddings.

  4. Wow! That looks awesome! And I need a vanilla pudding recipe! I make my own lemon pudding, but never vanilla. Now I want to try it!

  5. I never had banana pudding but that looks really good. Tell me, how do you plan on making pudding from scratch? I don't know anyone who ever has. lol

  6. What a gorgeous way to make pudding. Must have been difficult to give it away, at least it would have been for me :))

  7. You must have so much patience placing all those banana slices so perfectly! It looks good!

  8. Mmmm, pudding. Looks great! I wish I had had a neighbor who was like a Grandma to me, that mut have been fun. Well, for your siblings. ;)

  9. Wow, this banana pudding looks delicious, very creamy and I like the coconut in it :-)

  10. I am making this. I wish I could make it now. Wait a second...if i find a recipe for real pudding...and have the patience, I can! I'll probably just wait 'til I go to the store, though. ;) Looks outta this world!

  11. That looks like one of the most delicious Pudding Lushes I have ever seen!!!! I am drooling on my keyboard as I type this. YUM!! Oh, and incidentally my mom hates banana "flavored" stuff too... It was always Vanilla or Coconut with Bananas added to it. :)

  12. Sounds great, but oh yeah, it would be amazing with pudding from scratch. That is the way I always make banana pudding. The best part of this is the coconut crumb stuff. Mmmmmmmm.

  13. Danielle this recipe is going into my save forever pile. I want a Grandma Mary who makes me banana pudding! I am just going to have to make it myself.

    Banana pudding is one of my favorite things ever.


  14. Danielle, Thanks for the comment under the Isaac post. I can imagine you coming up with quite a few witty comments! ;)

  15. I've never had a banana pudding with such a delicious topping! This looks really scrumptious!

  16. Deb - I could go for one now too but I think I'm suppose to eat my dinner first (damn)

    Donna - I soooo do. I just love everything about Grandma Mary types....just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy

    DD - yes yes yes...I want a vanilla pudding recipe please!!!

    Joanna - as soon as DD gives me her vanilla pudding recipe, I'll share it with you ;)

    Michele - I know there HAS to be a recipe. I don't think Jell-O invented it LOL

    Dajana - thank God I only gave half of it away (I'm not THAT crazy LOL)

    FLB - Im not typically a patient person but I was kinda mesmerized but all those slices

    Bob - I know right? I have a neighbor right now who is like a grandma to me....except she doesnt really cook much at all. her late husband did all the cooking

    Juliana - the coconut part is awesome! Thanks :)

    heather - LMAO!!! ya, you need the cool whip....shit!! Here, have a glass of wine

    Patti - So...do you have a vanilla pudding recipe that ya wanna share :)

    Laura - I hope you enjoy it when you try it. I'm so glad you stopped by :)

    FLB again LOL - you crack me up!! to be honest, I don't think I'd be able to think of anything witty "on the spot" with a mic in my face! you did great!!!

    Reeni - Thank you...the topping def. put it over the top

  17. Shane - Does your mom make her pudding from scratch?

  18. That looks like a dessert my nieces and nephews would love!

  19. banana pudding is hands-down one of my favorite desserts. i'd take it over the fanciest of tarts and cakes any day. i have a recipe that i love, but your addition of coconut has me intrigued--i'm just gonna have to give this a try!

  20. Wow! This pudding looks fabulous! I love banana puding and this just brings it to a new level. A toast to Grandma Mary!

  21. I love the step by step pictures!Sounds fantastic.

  22. Nanner pudding, a true American food:)

  23. Angie - I'm sure they would...what kid wouldn't?

    Grace - I'd love to see your banana pudding recipe. I'm just dying to make this again with homemade pudding :)

    Velva - Thank you for stopping by! and yes, the topping really does bring the pudding to a whole new level. Although I was thinking today...what if instead of coconut, I used a crumbly chocolate with peanuts?

    Erica - thanks....those were kinda fun to do in that odd way that only a blogger would get LOL

    Chris - In my book it beats hot dogs :)

  24. Homemade Vanilla Pudding
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 Tablespoons flour
    dash of salt
    1 whole egg + 3 yolks
    2 cups milk
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Combine sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. Mix in 1 whole egg and 3 egg yolks, combine thoroughly. Stir in 2 cups milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

    Just a simple vanilla pudding. Enjoy.

  25. Patti, OMG...thats awesome. Thank you so much. You're a sweetheart :)

  26. This sounds amazing...Thank you for sharing...:)

  27. I think you are reading my mind! I've been thinking about a Banana Pudding dessert with crunch topping for at least a month now!

  28. The kidlets would be all over that!!!


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