Monday, May 7, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding


Okay, so I got a bit excited about jars and handheld pi

es my last post. Individual desserts. Portable pies. Personal puddings. Endless

  • possibilities.


    Then Saturday I found some little jars and scooped them right up.

    I wanted to make a banana pudding for my mom. Similar to this one that I usually make and that she loves.

    I make it. She makes it and so does my sister. It’s easy and creamy. And cold. We like it cold.


    I thought individual puddings would be fun to bring over on Mother’s Day, but I couldn’t wait to use the jars so she’s getting treats early.

    Not all of them. I’m keeping one or two. You know for investigative purposes.

    The jars work great to contain and carry desserts and definitely make a dessert more special.

    This time I changed the pudding up just a little… adding peanut butter, cookies and chocolate.

    And I started with a vanilla wafer crust.

    Crush cookies. Mix with sugar and butter and press in the bottom.


    The next layer was a melted mixture of chocolate and peanut butter.


    And the next layer … vanilla pudding combined with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.


    Fold it in to the pudding to make it light and creamy.


    Then layer the pudding in the jars and fill it with banana and broken peanut butter cookie pieces. Drizzle more chocolate and add more pudding.


    Looks good.


    And then put a lid on it.

    You can add your own custom label and make it more special. These canning jars can easily secure the label under the lid.

    I love that I can carry these to my mom’s and she can have her own… but so can I. Win. Win.

    So what does your mom like? Are you making her anything yummy for Mother’s Day?

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

    30 vanilla wafers
    3 Tablespoons melted butter
    2 Tablespoons sugar

    8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
    2 Tablespoons butter
    1/3 cup peanut butter

    2 – 3.4 oz packages vanilla pudding mix
    2 cups cold milk
    8 oz. container COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed in refrigerator

    Nutter Butters, about 16 broken in small pieces
    3 medium bananas
    lemon juice

    4 – 1 pint glass jars with lids

    • Crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor or in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin.
    • Add sugar and melted butter and stir together until crumbly.
    • Press the mixture into the bottom of glass jars.
    • Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave on medium. When melted, stir in the peanut butter until completely combined.
    • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate on top of the crushed vanilla wafer base.
    • To make pudding, combine pudding mixes with milk and beat with a mixer or wire whisk for two minutes.
    • Slowly fold COOL WHIP Whipped Topping into the pudding. Don’t over mix.
    • Slice bananas and dip in lemon juice to help prevent them from turning brown too soon.
    • Then layer bananas, cookies and pudding into the jar. Drizzle more chocolate and layer more pudding.
    • Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

    Notes: You can change this up as much as you like. Eliminate the peanut butter. Don’t want chocolate? Want to try a different cookie? No problem.
    You can even forget about the crushed vanilla wafer base and go all pudding. But if you do want the base, you can also just use peanut butter cookies in place of wafers. I probably would have done that too, if I hadn’t crushed my wafers too soon. : ) You can also just layer everything in one big dish.

    Update: Mom loved them. But we both agree that the chocolate would be better if it were not layered on top of the crust. So first place some bananas, cookies or pudding and then a layer of chocolate so it won’t such a hard surface to break through at the bottom.

    And update 2: I didn’t include the labels originally because the file crashed before I saved it. But I received several comments and emails that you would like it so I recreated it tonight for you.

    Here you go: Pudding Jar Labels


  • Labels:
    Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab said...

    Those look SO cute! I love banana pudding- adding chocolate and peanut butter is a brilliant idea!

    May 7, 2012 12:42 AM
    Katie Dale said...

    This looks so delicious! I’m allergic to bananas but I think I’ll try this recipe with blueberries or raspberries instead. Thanks!

    May 7, 2012 12:48 AM
    Kristen said...

    This post is making me hungry!

    May 7, 2012 12:54 AM
    Jenni Renee said...

    This looks SOOO Good. I cant wait to try it sometime. Thinking about it really soon.

    May 7, 2012 12:55 AM
    Jessie said...

    These look SO. GOOD. I would love to have this with me at work…this would beat the 2pm blues like nothing else!

    May 7, 2012 01:08 AM
    Danielle said...

    Oh My Goodness! These look so good! Your mother is a lucky one. :)

    May 7, 2012 01:09 AM
    Samantha said...

    I am not a Cool Whip fan. If I was to make whipped cream, how much cream should I start with? Otherwise this looks fantastic!

    May 7, 2012 01:16 AM
    Desiree said...

    Oh they look really delicious. I think I wanna try those if I can find all ingredients in Germany :)

    May 7, 2012 01:18 AM
    barb said...

    wondering… do the bananas brown though if you don’t eat right away?

    May 7, 2012 01:20 AM
    leisa said...

    I like !

    May 7, 2012 01:32 AM
    Caitlyn said...

    Whoa, so much delicious packed in a cute little space! This sounds amazing!

    May 7, 2012 01:42 AM
    Karen said...

    How long do they last?

    May 7, 2012 01:52 AM
    Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

    Anything is better in a jar, and this sounds so delicious!

    May 7, 2012 02:16 AM
    Kati said...

    Oh, it looks so good and here in germany is someone, who can not stop say YUMI!

    May 7, 2012 02:20 AM
    S said...

    These look good. Is it a similar method for cupcakes in a jar. Friend of mine recently put up a pic of cupcake in a jar which she got as a gift.

    May 7, 2012 02:32 AM
    od-kuchni said...

    They looks SO cute! I would like them for breakfast, lunch and dinner :)

    May 7, 2012 02:42 AM
    Nicole Ambata said...

    Love! Can’t wait to try them!!

    May 7, 2012 02:46 AM
    Adry said...

    This looks sooo delicious!!

    May 7, 2012 02:47 AM
    Mae @ Passionatemae said...

    can I get a jar too please?!?! :)

    May 7, 2012 02:57 AM
    Zee said...

    The jars are so cute and they are making the pudding look even more tempting!

    May 7, 2012 03:18 AM
    isay75 said...

    Too cute to eat!!!

    May 7, 2012 03:19 AM
    ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

    Oh my… these look sooo good!

    May 7, 2012 04:07 AM
    tania@mykitchenstories said...

    Great packaging. The pudding looks delicious and the labels are great

    May 7, 2012 04:33 AM
    Kezia said...

    Those are super cute! Mothers day in the UK was back in March, so we won’t be celebrating this weekend, but I’m sure I could think of a excuse to make this!

    May 7, 2012 06:28 AM
    Cindy said...

    Looks and sounds sooo good!

    May 7, 2012 07:01 AM
    Liz said...

    Oh my gosh those look so scrumptious and what a fantastic idea! I always love your posts! They are visually stimulating!

    May 7, 2012 07:02 AM
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

    Oh goodness, this looks too yummy! Love it!

    May 7, 2012 07:17 AM
    Amanda said...

    That’s such a cute idea!

    May 7, 2012 07:24 AM
    Amanda said...

    That looks so cute!!

    May 7, 2012 07:26 AM
    CTallmage said...

    I love this post! I was just thinking the other day that chocolate and peanut butter would be good in banana pudding and was going to create my own recipe.. now I don’t have to.. u did it for me!! Thanks!!

    May 7, 2012 07:37 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

    What a perfect dessert in a jar! They look so cute with those labels.

    May 7, 2012 07:38 AM
    Kim Mora said...

    When I make a vanilla pudding custard like that (with the whipped cream), I always add about 4 oz. of cream cheese. It just makes it that much better!!! Sooooo hungry now!

    May 7, 2012 07:50 AM
    Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

    yum, I love jar deserts, they are just the cutest!

    May 7, 2012 08:05 AM
    Martha said...

    I know Barb already asked this: How far in advance can you make these before the bananas turn brown?

    May 7, 2012 08:06 AM
    Erica said...

    AWESOME! I’ve been looking for a party favor in mason jars, and I think thi smight be it! Also wondering about length of time they would stay good? (bad grammar sorry) And if bananas were taken out, how about the pudding and how long it would last?

    May 7, 2012 08:17 AM
    Samantha said...

    So cute, and looks yummy!

    May 7, 2012 08:26 AM
    Nicole said...

    So… if your mother doesn’t like them, you can give them to me. I’m happy to sacrifice myself.. They looks delicious! ;)

    May 7, 2012 08:27 AM
    nashnordin said...

    I love whipped cream! and peanut butter! and chocolate! This is very tempting! And it looked perfect as a gift!

    May 7, 2012 08:32 AM
    Marian (Sweetopia) said...

    OH my, Angie, these look absolutely scrumdiliously delicious! Thanks for another amazing idea!

    May 7, 2012 09:08 AM
    Aimee said...

    Looks DIVINE!!!

    May 7, 2012 09:28 AM
    Francesca said...

    Awesome…Simply awesome.

    May 7, 2012 09:42 AM
    Tanya Schroeder said...

    The presentation is beautiful! I was just thinking of banana pudding, this is a must try! Love the Nutter Butter Cookies, yummy.

    May 7, 2012 09:45 AM
    Rita said...

    I am laughing, quite pleased that I chose the last book’s post correctly – I wanted you to do something out of the hand held pies book :D

    My auntie Jess used to make a wonderful banana pudding based on you and your mom and sis’ – I am going to make this one for mother’s day in her beautiful honor <3 Thank you, Bakerella :)

    May 7, 2012 11:29 AM
    Nicole B said...

    Hey Bakerella, I cant wait to make this, Banana pudding, and chocolate/peanut butter are staples in our house, but never together, yet!

    Quick question, in this recipe you have milk, but in the other, you used sweenten condensed milk. Why would/did you use the condensed milk in the other recipe, and milk in this one? Just curious, as I haven’t used the condensed in puddings before, and love the sweetness of it.

    May 7, 2012 11:29 AM
    mikky said...

    These look super tasty!


    May 7, 2012 01:01 PM
    Mom said...

    Thanks honey, I loved every bit of it. XOXO

    May 7, 2012 01:22 PM
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven said...

    These are ADORABLE! Love the labels as well. So yummy!

    May 7, 2012 01:40 PM
    Jenny said...

    I love this! And it is such a win win, isn’t it? I always get nervous about pies and such because I don’t get a chance to taste it before others do to make sure it’s any good. This is a great idea!

    May 7, 2012 01:49 PM
    Billie J. said...

    GIRL – you have to tell me how you made the labels! But don’t think I’m not interested in the jar contents. . . .

    May 7, 2012 01:51 PM
    Yarid said...

    These look great for a picnic !

    May 7, 2012 02:57 PM
    Yarid said...

    These are great for a picnic!

    May 7, 2012 03:00 PM
    Katie said...

    You just made that store-bought cupcake on the edge of my desk far less tempting – thank you! = )

    May 7, 2012 03:17 PM
    Lynnsey F said...

    OH OH this looks sooo good! Can’t wait to make it!

    May 7, 2012 03:46 PM
    Monika said...

    YUM, Bakerella you rocked my world with this! What a great combination of flavors — and I LOVE the presentation.

    May 7, 2012 04:46 PM
    MINDY1 said...

    Looks good, i’d make it without banana :D

    May 7, 2012 04:47 PM
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

    love this!! Hope you are well! Miss you!

    May 7, 2012 05:57 PM
    Heather said...

    How do you make the labels? Love this idea!!

    May 7, 2012 07:47 PM
    Kathy said...

    Oh yum!! For mother’s day, I think I’ll do individual pies too, but make them less sweet as my (step)mother doesn’t quite like sweets. Then, I’ll cook and clean for her :]

    May 7, 2012 07:48 PM
    Isa said...

    oooooooh i’m going to do this with lemon curd and meringue cookies!

    May 7, 2012 08:06 PM
    a3stars said...

    I once used Nutter Butter cookies for a peanutbutter pie, and it was the most delicious thing! I would use those cookies again for the crumble bottom layer on this dessert. Looks amazing, Bakerella! :D

    May 7, 2012 09:12 PM
    Tracy {Pale Yellow} said...

    So cute and delicious looking! Fantastic idea and so versatile.

    May 7, 2012 09:13 PM
    Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate said...

    You had me at jar. I love just about anything in a jar, but here are all the food groups! Great idea!

    May 7, 2012 10:57 PM
    tonja said...

    Love, love,love this idea. Can you give us a download of your labels? Pretty please????
    Thanks for keeping me inspired!

    May 7, 2012 10:59 PM
    Nicole said...

    Yummy! These look so delcious and super cute! I just love little treats like this! Thank you for sharing!
    My Mom really loves angel food cake. She has this special frosting that she makes to go on it, it’s delicious and I have never tasted anything like it before.

    May 8, 2012 12:08 AM
    tonja said...

    Thanks for the labels!!

    May 8, 2012 02:17 AM
    Robin said...

    Oh my! These look so good and the perfect individual dessert!

    May 8, 2012 06:00 AM
    Sue Kramer said...

    wow – love it!

    May 8, 2012 06:11 AM
    Christine said...

    This was amazing I made it last night and I can’t get enough. Now just to get the cute jars to make to-go versions :)

    May 8, 2012 10:52 AM
    Leah said...

    Chocolate peanut butter banana is my favorite flavor combination ever!!! I always get chocolate shakes with peanut butter and banana at ice cream places and everyone looks at me weird. Most people wouldn’t think of it, but I love it! Will definitely have to try these out sometime.

    May 8, 2012 04:50 PM
    hayley wright said...

    this is such a great idea, going to try these for picnics, girly nights instead of taking a bottle of something and the occasional posh packed lunch, they look so pretty!

    May 8, 2012 05:40 PM
    natalia said...

    this is the best thing ever.

    May 8, 2012 07:08 PM
    SandraM said...

    Seriously!!?? This is awesome! What a great idea for desserts. I can picture taking them for a potluck. Imagine individual trifles??!!! The possibilities are endless for mini desserts. I will have to try this. Once again, thank you for a great idea. :o)

    May 8, 2012 08:06 PM
    Jen said...

    I don’t normally comment on this sort of post – but seriously, where did you find those jars? They are adorable and the perfect size for desserts like this! I’m thinking teacher appreciation gifts…thanks for sharing!!

    May 8, 2012 08:52 PM
    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

    I’m a mom. I think I will make these for myself. I’m sure my daughters wouldn’t like them anyway. ;-)

    May 8, 2012 09:38 PM
    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

    Perty little puddin’s! These are very cute. :)

    May 8, 2012 10:49 PM
    Alex said...

    You just inspired me to do this… Like RIGHT NOW! Please let us know where we can purchase these amazing little jars! :)

    May 8, 2012 10:50 PM
    Marina(the baker) said...

    I love <3 this! I looked in the frig and the pantry and I found all the ingredients I needed. So I combined all the layers then I layered them in one dish and stuck it back in the frig last night. I ate a wonderful dessert tonight!!! :D

    May 8, 2012 11:53 PM
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    May 9, 2012 07:08 AM
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

    Get this in my mouth now! Wow! This looks so good, and super cute in those tiny jars!

    May 9, 2012 09:49 AM
    Seanna Lea said...

    I’ve made the standard banana pudding and added chocolate chips, so this one will be next on my list. Unfortunately, next month because I swore off sugar for May.

    May 9, 2012 11:34 AM
    Alice said...

    This is a great shower/birthday favor idea for each guest to take home with them. I wonder if I would need to have these chilled before setting them out for each guest to take home with them.

    May 9, 2012 11:50 AM
    ginny said...

    Oh my gosh!Get outa town.Individual banana puddings and chocolate and peanut butter.Now that’s a real treat.Yummy!

    May 9, 2012 12:11 PM
    Connie said...

    LOL I was about to ask about the labels! :) Thanks, that idea is so cute! Yummy~~

    May 9, 2012 01:23 PM
    Andrea Santos said...

    This looks so yummy! Great pictures as well

    xo Andrea
    link to

    May 9, 2012 01:42 PM
    Grace Vaught said...

    My dad will LOVE this, thanks Bakerella!


    May 9, 2012 02:42 PM
    Katie said...

    Could you please share how many servings did this make, or jars did you use?

    May 9, 2012 02:48 PM
    Katie said...

    Mea culpa, I just saw that you used 4 1-pint jars. Thanks!

    May 9, 2012 03:23 PM
    Megan S said...

    That sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make that. Do you need to refrigerate that after you make it.?

    May 9, 2012 06:44 PM
    Mima said...

    She loves meringue and lemon…. So I would like to surprise her with a LEMON PIE.
    I believe a very popular cake in the USA, Right?
    I’m searching a recipe :O) !!!

    May 10, 2012 04:04 AM
    The Teacher Cooks said...

    I love everything about this – pudding, chocolate, and peanut butter! YUM! The labels are beautiful!

    May 10, 2012 09:28 AM
    cheyenne said...

    this looks amazing.
    such a cute little gift as well!
    xo, cheyenne

    May 10, 2012 12:09 PM
    Bobbi said...

    Oh boy, those look so yummy and cute!! Where did you get those jars? Love the shape.

    May 10, 2012 12:17 PM
    Michelle said...

    I was going to make smore’s in a jar for all the mommies in my life for Mother’s Day but after seeing this recipe I’ve changed my mind! These are divine and so pretty!!!

    ***I would also like to know how far in advance these can be made?

    ***Also wondering if any of you have replaced the melted chocolate and peanut butter with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips?

    Thanks for helping me find the perfect treat that’s pretty as can be for all my mommies!!! xox <3

    May 10, 2012 07:16 PM
    Ashley said...

    Omg. Ever since I got pregnant I have been craving chocolate, peanut butter, AND bananas, it’s like you read my cravings and now I want to drive thirty miles back into town to get the supplies. O.o

    May 10, 2012 07:46 PM
    Jill said...

    Such Genious!!!!! My kids have teddy bear picnics coming up at their school and I’m responsible for bringing treats for both. I just found out what I’m making. Thanks for all your inspiration!!!

    May 10, 2012 10:25 PM
    Lynn said...

    The dessert looks amazing! And I LOVE the labels. Where can I get a template to make similar labels for other spdesserts or canned goods?

    May 10, 2012 10:44 PM
    Linda said...

    How extremely clever and delicious! I would love to have your creative mind for just one day!

    May 11, 2012 10:38 AM
    Janel said...

    I made this for Mother’s day and I just wanna say how delish this was! Thank you again Bakerella, you’ve done it again!!!!!

    May 15, 2012 03:30 PM
    DD said...

    I saw that and started thinking of elvis. It wouldn be cool to see a banana peanut butter bacon something.

    May 19, 2012 07:30 AM
    Linda Gilbert said...

    Where did you find the labels??? Darling!

    May 22, 2012 10:05 AM
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