It is not often I buy pre-made items like instant pudding and cookies. (Unless we are talking Oreos....I love those). I enjoy making those things but I wanted to try Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding and making the cookies and the pudding would have made this a marathon dessert. As is, it was quite simple and very tasty.
I did make a few little changes to the recipe as I went along. First, I used banana instant pudding instead of french vanilla to pump up the banana flavor. I also made my own whipped cream (some things I just can't buy!) and lastly I used Nilla wafers instead of Chessman cookies. The Chessman looked so cute but were just too pricey....I would have spent $8 in cookies, ouch!
Even though you are using pudding from a box, Paula does a great job making the whole thing taste much more homemade by adding cream cheese and whipped cream to the instant pudding. This isn't a low cal dessert buy any means but it is so good! And the 9 x 13 pan size makes it perfect for taking to a Summer bbq.
Click here for the recipe! And Enjoy!