One of my favorite desserts is banana bread pudding but I always forget about it. I think it’s a really Southern dessert and is much more prevalent on menus there than it is in Pittsburgh. I make a seriously decadent banana pudding, full of sugar and gluten and dairy, that used to last maybe a day or two at my house in college – and we are talking huge glass dish of banana pudding. (Once again, and I wondered why I was a size 6-8 in college… multiple banana pudding servings per day.)
I always crave a dessert with a little substance – it needs to have fruit, a sweet-ish base and lately, a crunch. My friends at Purely Elizabeth sent me a few over their granolas to try and I realized as I was eating granola with yogurt and banana that it would be the perfect substitute to vanilla wafers.
Davida is my brunette, Canadian twin for yet another reason – I, like her, cannot be trusted alone in a house with granola. I don’t want to talk about how long it took me to get through a bag of Purely Elizabeth granola because it is shameful. I took solace in the fact that I was eating all sorts of ancient grains so I was probably getting some long-lost nutrient I had forgotten about.
As soon as I was done photographing this, I was getting ready to put it away into a container to eat later and I put a little in a bow then I accidentally ate the entire thing. In about 30 seconds. Try to savor yours a little longer than I did.
- 3 bananas
- 3 tbsp Chia Seed
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp peanut-free Nuttzo
- ½ cup Purely Elizabeth Original Granola
- Place 1 banana, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla and nuttzo in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into container and put into fridge, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Layer chia seed mixture with sliced banana and top with granola.
- Repeat until container is topped.
My friends at Purely Elizabeth want you to have the chance to try their granola, too! They’re giving away a sampler including their Original Oatmeal, 6-Grain Hot Cereal, Pumpkin Fig Granola & Original Granola. You can enter now through midnight on Thursday, April 24th.
Check out my other recipe featuring Purely Elizabeth, the Superfood Smoothie Bowl.
Chat with me:
Does anyone know what’s in a vanilla wafer? What is your favorite dessert that you always forget about?