November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month. We’re honestly a little confused about this holiday. Is it just celebrating the pudding or the dessert that shares the name? The dessert is enjoyed regionally and isn’t a dish that’s popular all over the country. So, maybe how you observe the holiday depends on where you live. Either way, we’re willing to mark the celebration.
You can buy sugar-free instant banana pudding mix. It might not be as tasty as homemade, but it’s great, sugar-free and so easy! As you can buy that, we’re looking beyond the base pudding to both the dessert and other recipes that use banana pudding flavor. We want to celebrate the dessert with as few carbs as possible. Here are four delicious options.
As we get into the season of hostess gifts, we start looking around for perfect recipes to give as homemade presents. These truffles are fantastic for any banana lover. They’re the flavor of banana pudding with a touch of peanut butter dipped in dark chocolate. The instructions call for topping with salt. We know that adding salt to chocolate can be a bit galvanizing. Even people on our team have very divided views. Some people think it’s great; others think it’s disgusting. We say skip it if you’re giving it as a gift. While all recipes need a little salt to add flavor, there’s enough it the peanut butter. A serving has 94 calories, 4.8 grams of carbs and 0.3 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Next up, we have the classic! We love this three-layered dessert. There’s a base of homemade shortbread cookies, then banana pudding and it’s topped with whipped cream. This tastes like a fancy banana pudding. Having homemade shortbread in place of store-bought wafers feels less like you’re cutting carbs and more like you’re making it classy! It’s so delicious, and the texture is perfect. A serving has 446 calories, seven grams of carbs and 2.6 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This is another classic that brings us back to our childhoods. This recipe uses a custard rather than a pudding. However, you can use an instant pudding if you’re in a rush — you have to let the custard sit overnight to thicken. It does make a deliciously silky pie, though. So, if you aren’t worried about time and like baking in steps, this might be the perfect dessert for you! This isn’t a recipe you can just slap together, but it is worth it! A slice has 526 calories, 9.8 grams of carbs and 4.3 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This cake makes it onto our list because of its creamy texture. We love cheesecake and consider it the pudding of cake. It’s rich and soft and melts in your mouth when it’s baked correctly! This cheesecake has a crust. Not all low-carb cheesecake recipes include a crust, so that’s a plus in our books! The carb count of this cake seems really high, but it’s sugar alcohol, so it doesn’t count toward net carbs. But, while the serving suggestion shows it covered in banana slices, we would skip those. Without the decorative bananas, a piece has 308 calories, 17 grams of carbs, one gram of fiber and 13 grams of sugar alcohol. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes allow you to savor the flavor of banana pudding without the high number of carbs often associated with the dessert. It’s a tasty treat you should enjoy as part of your rotation!