This Best Biscoff Banana Pudding with Caramel is one of those desserts that is a sure crowd-pleaser. It's made with whipped sweetened condensed milk, a deliciously smooth cookie butter vanilla pudding, and layered with organic vanilla wafers, Biscoff cookies, fresh bananas, and whipped cream. Meet your new favorite dessert! A complete sweet indulge! Pure joy!
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My Southern heart certainly thanks me for the is recipe. If you've ever known a Southener or have visited the South, then you know that banana pudding is a true staple. It's seriously one of those things that we can't be without and it's definitely our first dessert choice. That's why I had to share this newest upgrade with you, because it's THAT WORTH IT. This Best Biscoff Banana Pudding with Caramel is everything! I promise!
And if you're into the regular staple, then I recommend trying My Grandma's Baked Southern Banana Pudding, Easy Southern Peach Cobbler [with Canned Peaches], or my Classic Southern Banana Pudding ---- where I share how to make an easy instant vanilla pudding, as well as your pudding form scratch like my Grandma used to make it. Oh and I have this Delicious Peanut Butter Banana Pudding, which is a nice twist + spin for all the peanut butter lovers out there! They're seriously the best! Plus, these Bakery-Style Biscoff Cookie Butter Cookies are the perfect sweet to indulge in right after dinner or as a pick-me-up in the mornings with your favorite cup of coffee or tea or as a slam dunk in your favorite glass of milk
Any great banana pudding will have fresh bananas, vanilla wafer cookies, whipped cream, and either banana-flavored or vanilla pudding. Each element brings something interesting to the recipe. They're all layered together into one beautiful dessert that can be enjoyed in scoops. However, the addition of Biscoff cookies and cookie butter in this recipe is the perfect marriage of the traditional version and this amazing twist!
And when I’m feeling fancy, these Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bites always hit the spot.
To make The Best Biscoff Banana Pudding with Caramel entirely from scratch, you'll need to have SIX components ready:
First you'll start by making your homemade vanilla pudding over the stovetop and whisking in the butter and vanilla, and then it's on to assembling your banana pudding: starting with a layer of vanilla wafer cookies + Biscoff cookies, followed by banana slices, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream. Repeat until all ingredients are used, then add crushed cookies at the very top with additional whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Then you place plastic wrap atop everything (lightly pressing it in so that the wrap touches the top of the pudding) and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Let everything chill for at least 4 hours, but know that it always tastes even more delicious the next day---once the flavors really "set in".
In case you haven't tried these Biscoff cookies before, I wanted to go a bit more into what they are. Basically, they are the original caramelized biscuits that are crunchy and pairs perfectly with tea, coffee, and/or milk. They are made using Belgian brown sugar which gives them that "caramel-like" taste and includes a mix of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves.
Basically, Biscoff cookies give you more of a caramel flavor, which is a great addition to this recipe.
Here’s what you need to throw together this 20-minute Biscoff Banana Pudding with Caramel dessert:
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To make your own creamy and sweet caramel sauce is an all-purpose recipe to use on anything from baked desserts to smoothies to mocktails to this banana pudding.
Here’s what you need to make it:
To make your own vanilla pudding instead of buying a store-bought version, here's what you'll need:
OK, so maybe you didn't know that there are two types of banana pudding recipes. A true classic Southern traditional banana pudding is baked with a beautiful meringue and everything is married together well! And then there's a no-bake version, which is this Banana Pudding recipe that I'm sharing.
For the baked version of banana pudding, you'll make your homemade pudding per usual, layer everything, and then whip together an easy meringue using egg whites which will be fluffy and cloudy and is used as the "topping" of your banana pudding.
Then you bake everything for a few minutes until the meringue is browned and remove it, let it cool, and then serve.
For a great recipe, see Food Network's Banana Pudding recipe.
OK, so if you aren't into Nilla wafers, don't currently have them on hand, or just want to switch things up-----don't worry! They can easily be substituted with Chessman cookies or Graham crackers, if preferred. In addition, you can use: shortbread cookies, animal crackers, or ladyfingers.
One of the biggest challenges for some people is the idea that the bananas will turn brown in their banana pudding after awhile, which is often the natural process of bananas once removed from their skin and sliced. However, there is a trick that you can do to slow this process down completely----which is adding a bit of lemon juice to your banana slices prior to adding them to your banana pudding. This helps to keep the bananas fresh for at least 3-4 days. Wallah!
For this banana pudding recipe, it's always best to soften your Biscoff cookie butter to ensure that it's smooth enough to be added to your pudding, although not softening it doesn't make this recipe any less good. Haha. To best soften or melt the cookie butter, spoon the needed amount in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on low for 20-30 seconds until you're able to pour or drizzle it in. NOTE: If you're making your vanilla pudding from scratch on the stovetop, then you can easily stir in the heated cookie butter to the mix. However, if making the chilled instant vanilla pudding, be sure to let the softened cookie butter cool a bit before adding it in.
I recommend serving this Biscoff banana pudding in a glass bowl. If you have a trifle bowl with a stand, even better!
Once your pudding is made and chilled, you’re ready to assemble. Here’s how to do it:
For garnish on top, add more cookies, plain whipped cream and finally a nice drizzle of caramel sauce. Then chill the fully assembled dessert for 2 to 4 hours. For the best flavor and texture, chill the banana pudding overnight.
You'll start making this recipe by whipping up the pudding. I add sweetened condensed milk to build a thick body to the pudding. This way, the cookies melt into the pudding more slowly so you still have some nice crunchy texture when you serve the cake.
You can use homemade whipped cream or store-bought. Cool Whip will work fine, just use it at fridge temperature, not frozen.
Remember to layer the pudding in the dish or bowl you want to serve it from. You can use a big baking dish or a pretty glass trifle bowl.
If you're thinking about keeping things from scratch instead of using Cool Whip for this banana pudding, no problem! Whipping together homemade whipped cream is super easy and only requires a mixer to achieve the perfect peeks! Here's what you'll need:
In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip the heavy cream, using the whisk attachment for 4-5 minutes, until fluffy peaks begin to form. NOTE: When it begins to thicken after the first 2-3 minutes, gradually add in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt. Once fully fluffy, remove from mixer bowl and continue recipe.
Yes! If you prefer to make individual servings of dessert, you can layer the cookies, banana slices, and pudding in small glass mason jars for a cute and portable dessert.
Store leftover banana pudding in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. The cookies will continue to get softened + a bit soggy, so the texture of the entire dish will change the longer it's left in the fridge past those amount of days.
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