vanilla banana trifle

We hardly ever have real desserts sitting around the house. Sure, I bake the occasional cookie or cupcake. But, to me, those are more snacks than anything else… perhaps a “lunch dessert”. Real desserts? Those are the pies, the layer cakes… anything along those lines. A trifle? Somewhere in the middle I suppose. Halfway between a lunch dessert and a dinner dessert. A late-lunch, early-dinner dessert.

I went to a family reunion a week or so ago; my aunt made a banana pudding-type dessert that was sooo good. She told me she had put whipped cream into the pudding. So, I decided to try and make that into a trifle, and man, did it turn out yummy. Definitely a blast from the past.

So, here it is, the vanilla banana trifle.

Vanilla Banana Trifle

Makes 10 Servings

Ingredients:

1 11-oz. box vanilla wafers
1 12-oz. container frozen whipped topping, like Cool Whip, thawed
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
5 bananas, peeled and sliced
3 cups cold milk

In a large bowl, add pudding mix and cold milk. Whisk together for three minutes. Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping. Set aside.

In the bottom of a trifle dish, make two layers of vanilla wafers. Pour 1/3 of pudding mixture on top. Smooth with a rubber spatula. Make 2 layers of bananas on top (one banana made one layer for me). Add ½ of remaining whipped topping. Smooth with a rubber spatula.

Repeat with two more layers of vanilla wafers, another 1/3rd of pudding mixture, two layers of bananas, and remaining whipped topping. Add another two layers of vanilla wafers and the remaining pudding mixture on top.

Feel free to make whatever design you want on top. I put the extra banana slice around the outside, a ring of remaining vanilla wafers inside of that, and a dollop of whipped topping in the center.

Cool in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, or until ready to serve (don’t wait too long or your bananas will turn colors).

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