The Freshman Cook: Chocolate Banana Nilla Wafer Bowl

Welcome to Day 3 of our “Mini Week ” here at The Freshman Cook! Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for the “Just Desserts” 25 piece parfait and the “Just Mini Desserts” cookbook. Enter every day up to Sunday at 11:59 pm PST. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite mini dessert is. You can leave a comment everyday, even the same comment if you want, and for extra entries, like The Freshman Cook on facebook, and follow us. Easy to enter! Today we made a Mini Chocolate Banana Nilla Wafer Bowl. When my son was growing up he loved Nilla Wafers and Bananas in Vanilla pudding. Of course, so did I and so did my husband. It was our true comfort food.! I even make my son a Nilla Wafer Cake for his birthday every year! Comfort food for the whole family! But I wanted to dress up this favorite of ours, so I added some nutella and gave an old favorite a new look, and it tastes delicious. I hope you think so too!

Mini Chocolate Banana Nilla Wafer Bowl

Old Fashioned Vanilla Pudding

(Katie Anderson-Allrecipes)

Makes enough for 4 1/2 cup bowls

2 tablespoons Sugar

1 tablespoons Cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon Salt

1 cup 2% Milk

1 Egg Yolk, lightly beaten

1 1/2 teaspoons Butter

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Everything Else

 1/2 cup Nutella

2-3 tablespoons Milk

Mini Nilla Wafers

1 tablespoon Butter, melted

1 medium Banana

Place the mini nilla wafers in a zip lock bag. 

Roll over them with a rolling pin and crush.

Mix in your melted butter and stir.

Distribute the crushed wafers between the four bowls.

Push the crumbs on the bottom of the bowl 

and up the sides just slightly.

Set aside.

Place the nutella in a saucepan double boiler setup,

and melt it slowly. Add the milk to the melted nutella

and stir until it is smooth and a bit thinner than it was

originally. Let the nutella sit on low 

while you make the pudding.

In a saucepan, combine your sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Gradually stir in your milk.

 Cook and stir over medium heat….

until thickened and bubbly. Reduce the heat, and stir 2

 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

Stir a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg mix.

This is tempering your egg. The egg will get used to the

heat a little at a time, and will not curdle or cook.

Return all of the hot milk mixture and the 

egg and milk mix into the saucepan. 

 Stirring constantly, bring the mix to a gentle boil.

Cook and stir for 1 minute.

Gently stir in vanilla and butter.

Cool for 15 minutes.

While the pudding is cooling, dip half of some mini nilla

wafers into the nutella. Place on a plate with wax paper

on it and put in the fridge to set.

Stir the pudding occasionally during the 15 minutes

that the pudding is cooling.

Place a tablespoon of nutella sauce in each bowl.

If you have any extra, distribute it evenly.

Slice a thin piece of banana for each bowl,

and place it in the center of the bowl over the nutella.

Place pudding over the banana.

Place the bowls in the refrigerator for an hour minimum.

Once the pudding is chilled, garnish your bowls.

Slice 4 more pieces of banana. 

Place a slice of banana on top of the bowl

and place a nutella covered mini nilla wafer

next to it.


Thanks for joining me today!

 Don’t forget about our giveaway, and stop by

tomorrow for some more mini dessert!

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