This absolutely decadent Chessmen Banana Pudding Dessert is a modern twist on traditional banana pudding that is hands down one of the best desserts you’ll ever make or eat.
Kudos to Paula Deen for dreaming up this epic dessert that truly draws raves from young and old alike. I actually remember where I was the first time I tried this modern twist on banana pudding. It was love at first bite. Not to diss banana pudding…but seriously? This dessert makes me forget any other banana pudding even exists.
How is chessmen banana pudding different from old fashioned banana pudding? First, the homemade egg custard of the old fashioned banana pudding is replaced with a much easier to make (and yummier IMO) mixture of cream cheese, instant pudding, condensed milk and cool whip.
This chessmen banana pudding is literally always a hit. I’ve never taken this anywhere that someone didn’t ask for the recipe. It can be put together in less than 15 minutes and chilled and ready to serve after several hours in the fridge.
I’ve made this the day of a party as well as a day ahead. My preference is serving the same day, as I like the cookies to be crisp and crumbly. After 24 hours, the cookies will be softer. The dessert is good either way; just choose how you like your cookie to crumble:-)
Cookies: For those who love banana pudding topped with vanilla wafers, you can make this recipe using vanilla wafers (or any other favorite cookie) as topping. During the holidays, I make this banana pudding with the holiday chessmen cookies, which start appearing on store shelves right after Thanksgiving.
A note on bananas: I buy at least 8 ripe bananas even though I don’t use all of them, as there will be too-soft spots that have to be discarded. I end up using about 4 bananas, as I slice them very thinly and end up with a large amount. For day ahead puddings, it may be best to put lemon juice on banana slices to prevent browning.
Have you had this version of banana pudding? If so, do you like it as good as the same, or better than traditional banana pudding? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please comment beneath the post. And if you want to try a guilt-free version of traditional banana pudding, click here for my friend’s recipe (which is to-die-for delicious)!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!