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Keto Banana Pudding

 

This keto banana pudding is the dessert that will singlehandedly bring back a Southern favorite in one fell swoop to your keto diet.

Before you think it’s not possible to enjoy a low-carb version of banana pudding, I’ve got news for you, it is possible with just a few adjustments to the classic many of us loved. 

If you’ve been missing this dessert, I have a treat for you with this low-carb banana pudding recipe!

For starters, you should know that there are absolutely no bananas in this recipe. But that’s ok because you’ll still enjoy all the flavors without worrying about going over your keto macros.

Why are no real bananas in this recipe? Well, it’s the only way it can genuinely be called keto. And that’s important, right?

Unlike high-carb banana pudding recipes, this recipe will take a little more effort than when using boxed Nilla wafers or instant pudding.

But guess what? A homemade low-carb “banana” pudding is so worth setting time aside to make.

The first thing you’ll need is half a batch of our keto vanilla wafer recipe. Trust me, you’ll be glad you have leftovers because a serving of 4 cookies has less than 1 carb, so be sure you grab that recipe too.

Keto Banana Pudding

Keto Banana Pudding Recipe
Keto Banana Pudding Recipe

I’ll confess that banana pudding being a Southern staple dessert, was a favorite in our home.  I loved making a large homemade batch for when guests would come over.

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I have so many memories of when I would have the church youth group over for CONNECT and how they would devour the stuff. 

However, once the ketogenic diet became a lifestyle, it was a recipe I could no longer enjoy. Look, it was hard to resist seconds of a recipe that consisted of bananas, homemade pudding, and vanilla wafers.

And therein lies the reason a sugar-free banana pudding recipe had to be birthed.

This girl hasn’t tasted a banana, much less regular banana pudding, since 2013. That’s a very l-o-n-g time and an achievement I’m kinda proud of.

That’s not to say that every so often, I get a hankering for a sugar-laden dessert, but I quickly remind myself that it’s not worth going down the path of sugar addiction again.

And it’s also why I can’t even add a little real banana to this recipe because it may trigger all sorts of stuff for this girl.

Are Bananas Keto

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Are bananas high in carbs? Yes, bananas are quite high in carbs which is why they are not considered keto.

Look, bananas are not keto-friendly because they clock in at whopping 27 grams of carbs for a medium-sized banana. They are just way too high in carbs to make the list of permissible keto-friendly fruits. 

Having said this, I know some people can have a few more carbs and want to add a sliced banana to the recipe. Hey, if that’s you, by all means, feel free to.

Like I tell my family and friends, I ain’t the carb police, so you be you.

How To Make Low Carb Banana Pudding

keto banana pudding in a trifle dish and another small dish where it's served
Keto Banana Pudding Served

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Trust me when I tell you that nothing is better than a made-from-scratch recipe. No way would I ever use instant banana pudding in my recipe during my high-carb days.

And now more than ever, I would never cut corners by using a sugar-free pudding. Ugh, the stuff that comes in a box is just loaded with stuff I refuse to consume.

Plus, a homemade, creamy pudding is unmatched by anything that is store-bought. 

Come to my side, we have ketofied banana pudding!

Enjoying keto vanilla “Nilla” wafers on their own is pretty fabulous. But using them in an iconic Southern classic like this low-carb dessert, well, that’s a whole nother level of yumminess.

The following are the ingredients and equipment you’ll need. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post. Just scroll, my friends. It’s what allows me to share my recipes for free.

Is Banana Extract Keto-Friendly?

Right about you now, you may be wondering, Hilda, how on earth can you call this a banana recipe and not use any bananas?

Well, darling, that’s where using a high-quality banana extract is the only way to gain flavor without the carbs.

I promise you won’t miss the banana slices. 

A high-quality banana extract is indeed keto-friendly and can fit into your macros easily. And since a little goes a long way, it’s a great option for anyone doing a keto diet that is missing the flavor of ripe bananas.

Not all banana extracts are the same, so choose wisely. You want an extract that has a ripe banana flavor. This, of course, is my personal preference.

 OliveNation Pure Banana Extract works really well in giving that rich banana taste without it tasting fake. Your tastebuds will think you’ve cheated, but they would be wrong. 

Ingredients Needed For Keto Banana Pudding Recipe

Tools You’ll Need For A Creamy Banana Pudding

keto banana pudding in a clear bowl
keto banana pudding in a clear bowl

Best Sugar-Substitutes For Sugar-Free Banana Pudding

I have several options when it comes to which sweetener you can use in this homemade sugar-free banana pudding recipe. There’s no denying I am partial to Lakanto Monk Fruit.

Lakanto Monk Fruit is my favorite since the texture and flavor are what I have found to be the closest to real sugar and because the flavor fools your taste buds like nothing else I’ve found in the market. 

I’m also a fan of the brand Swerve which is an erythritol blend. Like Lakanto, it uses sugar alcohols and has a 0 % impact on blood sugar.

You could also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure if you prefer to use a stevia-based sweetener. I don’t like using stevia because I am sensitive to the aftertaste.

But if that’s not the case for you, you could certainly use it in this recipe. However, if you do, reduce the amount called for in the recipe by half since it’s a much sweeter option.

Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute, you can also use Splenda with success. I know not everyone would agree with me here, and I respect that, but in my book, it’s still better than regular sugar. 

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Other Sugar-Free Banana Desserts

Be sure to check out our other low-carb recipes with banana extract.

Keto Banana Nut Bread

No-Bake Banana Split Cheesecake (Low-Carb)

Healthy Banana Cookies (Sugar-Free, Keto)

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keto banana pudding

Keto Banana Pudding

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

This Keto banana pudding will bring back a classic Southern dessert. It's a delectable option for those doing keto. A mock "banana" pudding treat that is sure to fool your taste buds by using keto Nilla cookies and banana extract.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare a batch of the keto vanilla wafers and while the cookies cool on the baking rack proceed to make the pudding.
  2. To make the keto banana pudding, heat the heavy cream over low heat until hot using a medium-sized saucepan.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and banana extracts and then set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar-substitute using an electric mixer until the mixture is pale yellow.
  5. After the cream has cooled to the touch, pour one 1/4 of the heavy cream mixture into the egg mixture, xanthan gum, salt and whisk until well combined. This is to temper the egg yolks.
  6. Once the mixture has tempered add the remaining heavy cream and then pour the cream and egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat stirring continuously with a wooden spoon for about 7 minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken. You'll know it's ready when the pudding is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon without dripping.
  7. Then turn off the heat and stir in the softened butter and stir until well combined.
  8. Pour the pudding through a fine-mesh sieve into another medium-sized bowl. Place a sheet of cling wrap directly over the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
  9. Move the pudding into the refrigerator and allow it to cool for at least one hour.

Assemble The Dessert

  1. To assemble the "banana" pudding dessert layer a trifle dish with half the pudding, followed by 12 cookies.
  2. Next top with another layer of pudding and then crumble the other 12 cookies on top or just leave them whole and crumble a few.
  3. Refrigerate the dessert to allow the flavors to meld and for the cookies to soften.
  4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13.9gCholesterol: 227mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 2.9gNet Carbohydrates: 2.6gFiber: .3gSugar: .3gProtein: 2.8g

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Liz Allen

Sunday 17th of April 2022

My pudding didn’t thicken up, any suggestions? I followed recipe exactly?

Hilda Solares

Monday 18th of April 2022

Hi Liz, I'm sorry to hear this. I am wondering if you just needed to cook down the custard a little longer to allow it to reduce further.

Susan Von Thun

Friday 25th of February 2022

Are the net carbs listed in the nutritional info with or without the keto vanilla wafers? Would like to make it and not use wafers. Just curious.

Hilda Solares

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Hi Susan, the nutritional facts include the wafers.

Kathyr

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Why does the cream need to be heated up first, only to set it aside to cool?

Hilda Solares

Monday 10th of May 2021

Hi Kathyr, It's not uncommon to do this technique when making custards. It's so that it helps not curdle the custard. I hope that helps.

Michele Sellers

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Thank you soooo much Hilda. I look forward to having banana pudding again!!! I just wish my mom was still here to enjoy it with me! As I mentioned on facebook the other day, my mom used to make a large roasting pan full of homemade banana pudding about every holiday when I was growing up!!!

Hilda Solares

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Awww beautiful one I feel you on missing family favorite recipes and not being able to share it with those that introduced us to them. I pray it will still flood you with happy memories with each spoonful Michele.

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