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Monday, December 5, 2016

Mom's Secret Holiday Banana Pudding #ShareTheHoliday

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Do you have any recipes that are staples in your holiday traditions? My mom and I were discussing this the other day, and for me, it's chocolate chip cookies. They are my most requested cookie for Christmas, and I've made them so much, I no longer need to look up the ingredients. I know it all by heart. For mom, it's her banana pudding. When we think of our holiday meal at mom's, banana pudding is one of the first things that comes to mind. She makes a batch for Christmas dinner each year, plus makes additional to send home with Jason and my sister because it is just such a beloved dessert.  

When you host holiday dinners, you know that there's usually leftovers. Moms always want to send their kids home with full bellies plus pack away some of the leftovers for the kids to enjoy later. I think my mom quickly learned that packing the leftovers and her gift of additional banana pudding in her every day dishware was a bad idea. When you're sending your good dishes out the door with 4 different kids, chances are, you aren't going to see those dishes again for a really long time, if ever. Her solution was to stock up on Rubbermaid TakeAlongs


Rubbermaid TakeAlongs

I honestly can't remember a Christmas that Rubbermaid hasn't been included in our festivities. I always use the rectangular food storage containers to securely house my cookies and cupcakes, and mom always chooses the round ones for her banana pudding gifts. Every time I picture mom's banana pudding, I always imagine it in colorful Rubbermaid TakeAlongs topped with a holiday bow.

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are the perfect vessel for holiday food storage and gift giving because the Quik Clik Seal™ keeps food secure and prevents spills. The soft lid grips the container tightly for a great seal, but also has a large tab that makes for easy opening. Additionally, the containers are microwavable, plus top rack dishwasher and freezer safe, making them no fuss, no muss. And, since they are so inexpensive, mom doesn't have to worry about not getting them back. I'm pretty sure my siblings have a nice collection of Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in their kitchens, courtesy of mom's cooking.

It's funny, my mom has shared every one of her recipes with me over the years, but I think it's been kind of an unspoken rule to not ask for the pudding recipe, because making that each year is just her thing. But, this weekend I did the unthinkable and did just that. I firmly believe that if I weren't mom's favorite child (we all think we are, right?) she probably wouldn't have handed it over. But, she did, and now my holiday gift to you is her secret banana pudding recipe. 

Homemade Banana Pudding

Don't EVER insult mom by asking if she makes her pudding with a box mix. Nope. It's all from scratch. You start with a base layer of vanilla wafer cookies in your Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. Top those with some banana slices. Next, add on the homemade pudding. Repeat with one additional layer. Then, you want to make it look presentable for gifting, so you top the last layer with some crushed wafers, add on a few full sized wafers and banana slices. Place the lid on the container, top with a holiday bow, and you are all set. 




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Mom's Secret Banana Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-6 bananas, sliced (not overripe)
  • 1 box vanilla wafer cookies

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, with an electric or stand up mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the milk, egg, egg yolks, flour and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla.
  2. Layer the bottom of a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs container with vanilla wafer cookies. Top with sliced bananas, then with a layer of the pudding mixture. Repeat these layers one more time.
  3. Chill banana pudding in the refrigerator. Will keep in a refrigerated, airtight container for 5 days.
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Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are available in limited edition red, green and prints for the holiday season. You can find them in stores from 10/29-12/24. I found mine on the end cap of the food storage aisle at my local Walmart.



Be sure to check out ShareTheHoliday.com to see how others are using Rubbermaid TakeAlongs for their holiday meals and snacks. Also, get inspiration on how to dress up them up with ribbons and bows for gifting to your family and friends this Christmas. 



What are the staples in your holiday meals each year? Do you like to give or receive food gifts at Christmas?




44 comments:

  1. My mom used to make Banana pudding all the time. I never much cared for it, but I'm wondering now if I should give it another try.

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    1. Robert, it took me years to grow a taste for it. It was always my sister's favorite and I'd turn my nose up to it. Then, sometime in my 20's I changed my tune and love it now!

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  2. Banana anything was sure never my favorite food. They were always too mushy for me. But rubbermaid does the trick, can transport things some slick.

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    1. You know what I don't like? Banana flavored candy. Especially taffy!

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  3. So let me see: moma does not share her recipe for decades, then she finally gives it to you and you go and publish it to the whole world? :))) You is so naughty!
    I think I'd like the pudding, minus the not cooked eggs in it!
    OMG, you look so gorgeous in that Christmas sweater photo, deary! Red looks so good on you! It is a truly gorgeous pic!

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    1. Of course I did lol. That's one of the perks of being the favorite child. I know she'll forgive me ;)
      Thank you dahlink! I have a thing for oversized ugly Christmas sweaters this time of year. They are just so cozy. That one has a quote from Home Alone on it and it's by far my favorite of my stash.

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    2. Ooh, and forgot to congratulate you on Mariah getting accepted to college! You must be so proud!

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    3. Yes, we are so happy! She actually got accepted into all 3 of the colleges she applied for, but Purdue was the one she really wanted because they have some of the best medical sciences courses in our state. Of course, it was the last acceptance letter to reach us, so we've been on pins and needles waiting (though, I knew she'd get in because she's one smart cookie!)

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    4. it is so great that they get to know it such a long time ahead. In my country you take entrance exam for a college you want to go in July, you know whether you've passed it at the end of the month, and the year begins in October. Hope she will be happy at Purdue! Is it very far away from home?

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    5. Wow! That's too quick! How do they even have time to get everything together for going to a university in such a short time frame?

      Purdue is only a little over 2 hours from here, so it's not a bad drive at all. I just wish she would get her damn license so I don't have to constantly drive back and forth for when she's going to be visiting on extended weekends and holidays. The drive is all country and is so boring!

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    6. Ain't nobody cares about kids here, or, maybe in Europe, people don't tend to go easy on them, it toughens you quickly when you're that young. I did not even know what the exam would look like :) And most kids don't even have dorms here....

      They don't have driving in high schools anymore, right? I've learned that from Jennifer Nieven's latest :)

      PS, dahlink, you've entirely missed my post on you at Facebook yesterday :( I've noticed you were up early yesterday, and wanted to cheer you up with it but you haven't seen it, I even tagged you.

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  4. I like that they have them in Christmas colors. Your mom's pudding sounds good. I haven't had banana pudding in far too long!

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    1. The Christmas colors are my favorite. It just wouldn't be the same if mom didn't plop that pudding in a red or green TakeAlong!

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  5. The Banana Pudding does sound good! Everyone likes my sugar cookies. I think it's because they look the cutest. I'm trying to branch out. I make chocolate cherry chip cookies, and chocolate mint chip cookies to have some red and green in there. Then I make Santa Kiss cookies, Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, Chocolate Malt cookies and more.

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    1. My sugar cookies are a hit too, but they never turn out pretty. They just taste good lol. I stink at decorating, but I can see where yours would be all fancy and artsy! I'd probably feel bad eating yours after all the hard work I bet you put into them!

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  6. OH we love 'nanner pudding!!!! I need to pick up these containers to transport my cookies!

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  7. One of the big staples around the holidays is actually the same as yours. We LOVE banana pudding.

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  8. Our family always switches it up on the desserts at the holidays, but two things are always there. We always have turkey AND ham. Overkill? Not for carnivores like us!

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  9. These are great. We love sharing desserts and these are a great way to do that.

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  10. I love banana pudding. This is the perfect recipe for the holidays. My daughter's teacher would appreciate this as a gift. She loves bananas!

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  11. I never really get food "gifts" except candy maybe

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  12. Banana pudding is a holiday staple around here. It's the best.

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  13. Oh man, I really want to make this now. It's so cool that you're sharing this family recipe! I don't know if I'd ever want to use box mix after making banana pudding homemade like this.

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  14. I love banana pudding. It always reminds me of childhood and simpler times.

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  15. I can't wait to try this recipe. My kids loves to eat banana.. They will love eating this pudding for sure because of the banana flavor..

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    1. My girls are big on banana too. We can call it a healthy recipe since there are bananas in it,right? ;)

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  16. I'm starting to crave on this pudding.. I will add this yummy and healthy recipe on my list. Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. Oh wow! This banana pudding is a winner! It looks SO good!

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  18. This looks like a good recipe.
    I have used bananas to prepare a pancake batter in the past.
    I am curious to try this out.

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  19. Oh my goodness, that looks so good! I love me some banana pudding. :) My mom makes my great-grandmothers cookie recipes every year - Lady Fingers, Swedish butter cookies, and sometimes Pepparkakar cookies (she says they are a pain, so doesn't do them every year) - they are sooooo good, though. My MIL always makes stained glass fruit cake balls. I don't even like fruit cake, but her fruit cake balls are awesome! She has some with coconuts, that I don't like, but everyone else raves over them. She does not like to share her recipe, since that's something only she does every year.

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    1. I have no idea what Pepparkakar cookies are, but now I want some lol. It sounds like your mom doesn't stick with the basic holiday cookies (sugar cookies, peanut butter, etc.) but really puts effort into her baking at the holiday.
      I don't like fruit cake either. I always feel I need to wash my mouth out with chocolate after eating a slice. I bet I would actually like the fruit cake balls with coconut, since I LOVE coconut. The family hates it, so I don't get it often, but each year I'll make myself some coconut macaroons that are all mine since nobody here will touch them :)

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    2. LOL - Pepparkakar is basically the Swedish version of the ginger snap cookie - not quite so tough, but really, really good. (My great grandmother was from Sweden, so my mom has all of her original recipes).

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    3. Now that sounds amazing! I've always wanted to visit Sweden. There's a Haga castle that I am itching to tour simply because my maiden name is Haga lol

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  20. I need to get some Rubbermaid TakeAlongs for the Holidays. The kids always want to take home leftovers. This pudding recipe looks so delicious and easy to make.

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  21. What a yummy looking recipe! My grandma used to make banana pudding every year at Christmas.

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  22. Yum! Not sure what I would do without rubbermaid. A lifesaver for leftovers!

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  23. i love how festive you are this year!You are definitely putting me in the spirit...I guess mom secret holiday banana pudding isnt so much a secret anymore!

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  24. YES! I love banana pudding! I have been looking for a recipe for it. I am going to make this soon! Thanks!

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  25. Oh how I miss my Mom's banana pudding. She hasn't made it in awhile.

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  26. Rubbermaid is where it's at. The best brand, in my opinion.

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  27. I am going to try your recipe. My boyfriend just asked me to make him some banana pudding.

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  28. that pudding looks super yum, Theresa! And I do love Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. They are very handy!

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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