Get a Quick Banana Pudding With This Milkshake

If there’s one thing I’m missing in my life in the south, it’s the ability to waltz into the grocery store and grab a plastic clamshell of decent banana pudding. Now, if I want a good ‘un, I have to do it myself , and that takes more anticipation than I can bear.

I’m not a big fan of delayed treat, so I decided to come up with a banana pudding recipe that could be made in minutes, if not moments. After working with instant and DIY condensed milk mixes, I decided that the best quick delivery system for these flavors is not a pudding full of labels, but a milkshake. (Spoiler alert: Condensed milk made it look more pudding.)

Not only does it scratch that itch, but it quickly chills you with icy kindness. If you’re worried that it doesn’t quite fit, I suggest making it up and enjoying yourself while you make a batch of the real deal. I guarantee that this will make the waiting a little less difficult. One important note: this cocktail is best suited for just ripe bananas, as overripe bananas are too sweet. To do it yourself, you will need:

  • 1 pint French vanilla ice cream or frozen custard
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • Nilla Waffles for garnish
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Combine everything except the waffles, extra banana chunks, and whipped cream in a blender and beat until completely smooth and frothy. Pour it into a chilled glass and top with banana slices and crumbled Nilla Wafers. You can also pour some whipped cream in there, but without them, you get a rather creamy client.


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