This easy recipe for Boozy Banana Pudding Parfaits makes a dessert special enough to serve at a party, and simple enough to whip up in 15 minutes.
Is there any dessert quite so southern as banana pudding?
Families have handed down their version of this dessert for generations.
Some people swear it must be made with sour cream.
Others swear by Cool Whip.
And others will only use “real” whipped cream.
No matter how you make it, this classic dessert is truly comfort food!
In fact, when my daughter had her wisdom teeth removed, classic banana pudding was the only thing she wanted to eat.
What if you give this traditional recipe a tweak or two?
Assemble it in dessert glasses or wine glasses for a pretty presentation.
Change up the cookie to a gluten free variety.
And how about my favorite: add a little salted caramel whiskey…
Well, you’ve got a whole new tasty treat!
Perfect to serve at a brunch, bridal shower, or dinner party.
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What Makes Banana Pudding Boozy?
When AnnMarie and I went to Gatlinburg in the fall, we took the requisite tasting at a local moonshine store.
Our tasting guide made all kinds of sweet combinations: the chocolate milk moonshine with the strawberry was so good!
He also made one that combined a banana pudding flavor with salted caramel whiskey.
So when I decided to make a boozy version of banana pudding, I knew exactly what I wanted to use.
If you don’t have any salted caramel whiskey, you could also try it with some rum or even plain whiskey.
And if you prefer an alcohol-free version that still has the taste, you could mix in some rum extract.
Can You Make These Parfaits in Advance?
The hallmark of a good recipe for entertaining is being able to make it before the party.
You have a few options for making these parfaits ahead.
The first option is to prepare the pudding and crush the cookies a day or two ahead, and then assemble the parfaits the day you plan to serve them.
The second option is to assemble the parfaits up to the last step and then cover and refrigerate them.
Just be sure to wait to add the whipped topping and garnishes until right before serving for the prettiest presentation.
Are These Banana Pudding Parfaits Healthy?
So healthy might be a relative term when it comes to dessert…
But it is healthier than traditional banana pudding recipes!
First, it has built-in portion control by making individual parfaits.
Next, instead of vanilla wafers that are full of sugar and processed white flour, this recipe uses tasty almond flour shortbread cookies with no added sugar.
The traditional pudding is swapped for white chocolate sugar-free pudding made with unsweetened almond milk instead of carb-heavy milk.
Finally, the number of bananas is reduced to prevent a spike in blood sugar from eating this dessert.
To make sure you don’t miss any banana flavor, a little banana extract is added to the pudding mixture.
These changes cut the total carbs in half and reduce the added sugar to 0 grams.
The natural sugar in the bananas is too much to consider this recipe low carb or keto, but it’s still a healthier version of traditional banana puddings.
Even with the whiskey!
How to Assemble a Parfait
It’s so easy to assemble parfaits!
Start with pudding for the bottom layer.
The reason you put pudding on the bottom is that it’s heavier so it would smoosh the whipped cream!
Since we’re using a smaller amount of bananas, be sure to slice them as thin as possible.
If you stand the banana slices on end so they’re visible through the glass, you make the presentation prettier and they won’t be lost by getting buried in the layers.
Using crushed cookies allows you to use fewer cookies while still getting some cookie flavor in every spoonful.
Each parfait only has 2 teaspoons of the salted caramel whiskey.
Drizzle the whiskey over the cookie layer.
Add some whipped cream or whipped topping for a dairy-free alternative.
Then repeat the pudding, crushed cookies, and whiskey.
Can You Make These Parfaits in Advance?
Whipped cream can wilt really quickly, so if you’re using whipped cream, wait to add the last layer of whipped cream and the garnish until serving time.
If you’re using non-dairy whipped topping, it holds its shape better, but it may get smooshed if you cover each parfait to keep other fridge flavors out before serving.
I like to assemble the parfaits in advance, cover them, and refrigerate them until serving time.
Then add the last dollop of whipped cream, a mini cookie, and a slice of banana for garnish.
No matter what, you and your guests are going to love these delicious, healthier banana pudding parfaits!
We bet no one will even realize you’ve made any changes.
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