Did you ever have to bribe a fussy toddler with a promise of a sweet treat only to discover that there are no desserts or chocolates in your refrigerator? Well, it happened to me several times, prompting me to whip up something with the most non-imaginative ingredients. I have used egg, stale bread, fruit juices, jaggery, and many other things to whip up quick desserts. Only this time, I used overripe bananas! Seems uninteresting? Don't dismiss it right away, stay with me, will you?

This quick and oh-so-simple dessert can be whipped up with the most basic ingredients in your pantry. It is so easy to make that anybody can make it. If you are craving for some quick no-fuss dessert, give this a try. If you have some overripe bananas which you are planning to throw away, give this a try. If you are in a sticky situation and only something sweet can rescue you, give this a try. I mean seriously, do you need any more reason?


I decided to call this a Banana cheat pudding obviously because it has bananas and it is not really like a pudding. When you hear the word pudding what comes to your mind? Flour, eggs, butter, and sugar right? This one has none and you guessed it right it has no pudding mix either. Interesting, isn't it? Now you are talking! You need nothing but bananas and half-and-half milk to make this pudding. Unbelievable! It is great for breakfast and for pacifying a grumpy toddler at any hour of the day!


This is a 3 ingredient pudding, you will need the following:

Bananas - Choose ripe/overripe bananas for this recipe. It is a great way of putting your overripe bananas to use.

Half-n-half milk - You can find half-n-half milk in almost every grocery store. It is a simple blend of equal parts of whole milk and heavy cream. You can use evaporated milk instead of half-n-half if you prefer.

Vanilla extract - The smell of overripe bananas can be very overpowering. Vanilla extract is used to balance the flavor.

Butter - Just a small amount to grease the baking dish. You can use vegetable oil or spray too.


What is half-n-half?

It is a blend of half whole milk and half heavy cream. The texture of half-n-half is thicker and more luscious than milk, but not as rich as full cream.

Are there low-fat versions of half-n-half?

Yes, there are low-fat versions available but I have to warn you they don't taste the same. I am not a fan of the so called low-fat half-n-half because it is nothing but milk thickened with corn syrup, it lacks the luscious texture of the normal version.

What can I use as a substitute of half-n-half?

You can use evaporated milk as a substitute. A cup of evaporated milk is equivalent to a cup of half-and-half cream. You can also use skimmed milk.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free, no wheat, flour, or grains are used in this pudding.


Serve the Banana Cheat Pudding with your favorite ice cream, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, whipped cream, strawberry compote, or even fresh fruits, add whatever works for you. I served it with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and whipped cream.


Banana pudding can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Yield: 4
Author: The GradChef
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 60 MTotal time: 70 M
3 ingredient gluten-free easy to make pudding


  • 4 bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-pint half-and-half
  • 1 tsp butter for greasing the baking dish


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Line up the bananas skin-on on a greased baking dish and bake for 10 mins. Let the bananas cool
  3. Carefully peel the skin and scoop the insides. Discard the peel.
  4. In a blender whisk together the scooped bananas, half-and-half, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour into dessert cups or disposable molds. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to sit for an hour.
  6. Unmold on a dish and serve with your favorite toppings.


  • You can use spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra kick.
  • You can use milk instead of half-and-half but the result will not be as creamy.
  • There is no sugar in the recipe, the natural sweetness of ripe bananas should be enough. Feel free to add sugar if you prefer sweeter pudding. You can also add sweetened condensed milk.

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