Healthy Banana Pudding (Low Calorie, Low Fat)

Lightened and Healthy Banana Pudding is lusciously creamy and filled with banana flavor. Serve this healthy banana pudding dessert at a potluck or party.

I could eat this all! Healthy Banana Pudding Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert Recipe

 

Here in the South, Banana Pudding is a big deal!  It’s like Sweet Tea and Pimento Cheese.  When you go to a restaurant and ask for iced tea, it is just assumed you want it sweet.  They know you are a Northerner if you ask for “unsweet”.   I’m not even sure I had ever had Banana Pudding before moving South.  It is so delectable and the best Banana Pudding always has cream cheese in it.  Everyone knows that!  Since moving to Georgia, I’ve been trying to embrace Southern Food.  Some of it is easy and I love it naturally, some of it – um – well, not so much.

Banana Pudding is definitely one of those “Southern Classics” that was love at first bite.  I had a scrumptious banana pudding with cream cheese in it.  It was so creamy and rich and full of banana flavor.  It is smack your lips together good.  You almost swoon from each luscious bite.  My family and I would sword fight with our spoons to get the last bite.  It’s mine, no it’s mine!  Our little 6 year old always has the advantage.  She is so darn cute and can always throw in an “I Love You” at the most opportune moment to get the “last bite”.

I’ve been thinking about making a healthy banana pudding for quite a while.  The trick was going to be the cream cheese.  Oh, I do love cream cheese but even the light cream cheese has a fair amount of fat.  Sorry I won’t touch fat free cream cheese – Yuck!  The supermarkets here don’t even sell fat-free cream cheese anymore.  Maybe that is a Southern thing too.  I decided to throw away some of the classic ingredients and put my own spin on it.  I realize I do this at my own peril.  I’m messing with an “institution”.  Banana Pudding is suppose to have vanilla wafers in it but I decided to go with lady fingers.  They are a tad less calories and work so well in trifle.  They actually held up really well in this pudding.  I did keep a little cream cheese but added it in the whipped topping.

I think I did a classic Southern Banana Pudding justice with my healthy banana pudding version.  We all gobbled it down and were ready to “spoon fight” over the last bite.  Sounds like success to me.

I could eat this all! Banana Pudding Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert

 

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I could eat this all! Banana Pudding Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert

Healthy Banana Pudding

Prep Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 208 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

Pudding:

  • 6 ripe bananas divided – 2 thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Cream or Soy Creamer
  • ¼ cup egg substitute
  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract divided
  • 1 tsp banana extract optional

Whipped Topping:

  • 4 oz third less fat Cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz Lite Cool whip
  • 1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 7 oz package lady fingers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place four bananas in their skin on a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes.
  3. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove bananas from their skin and place in a food processor. Puree.
  5. In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  6. Gradually whisk in coconut creamer and egg substitute until smooth.
  7. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  8. Once at a boil, turn off the heat and stir in the butter, 1 tsp. vanilla and banana extract, if using.
  9. Pour custard into the food processor with the pureed banana and process until almost smooth, or desired consistency.
  10. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and yogurt. Fold in cool whip and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
  11. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  12. Place ladyfingers in a single layer into the bottom of the baking pan. (I had 4 ladyfingers left. Keep aside.)
  13. Dollop banana pudding on top and even out with a spatula.
  14. Top with sliced bananas.
  15. Dollop cool whip mixture on top and even out with a spatula.
  16. Place left over lady fingers in a bag and crush.
  17. Sprinkle crushed lady fingers over the banana pudding.
  18. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 10  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Banana Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    I have always lived in the south and never heard of cream cheese in banana pudding. A real banana pudding to us is a cooked vanilla custard poured over vanilla wafers and bananas then meringue on top. I am not fond of the wafers though. I have heard of a non cooked version with sour cream. I don't care for sour cream or cream cheese. I am strange I know. HAHAHA!!!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Charlotte, I am so so about the wafers too. That is why I want more of a trifle route with the lady fingers. Love how found can change regionally!
  2. I love banana pudding, this sounds great! They've started to take FF cream cheese off the shelves in Michigan too, which makes me sad. I actually really love the fat free variety, so long as I'm not simply slathering it on a bagel. It works great in recipes, surprisingly enough.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      That is really interesting Kelly. I wonder if it wasn't selling or if there was a problem with the fat free version.
  3. Believe it or not but I've never eaten such pudding. It definitely looks like something I would LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE
  4. Peta Wilson says
    This is the best ever love it, been doing this for a long time now.
  5. Hi, this looks simply amazing and I can't wait to try it out but I just wanted to ask could this be made without the butter or is this a key ingredient that performs some magic when all combined? Also is there an alternative to using cool whip or again is this needed? Thanks so much
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Fed, You can omit the butter. It just provides a little more richness to the dish. You can use fresh whipped cream in place of cool whip. The calories and fat will be significantly more but it will taste delicious.
  6. I love banana pudding and this looks amazing! :)
  7. I think I need to experience my first southern banana pudding dessert!

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