I’ve missed pudding.
For whatever reason, it’s been one of the most difficult things to reproduce dairy-free. I just never got the consistency I liked.
With a little help from my FAV coconut cream, Aroyo D Coconut Cream, I can create just about any pudding, cream pie, or icing, or use it as a heavy cream replacement in other recipes.
Buying coconut cream
Not all coconut creams are alike.
I’ve tried many and found some to be seriously lacking in flavor.
In a pinch, you can purchase full fat coconut milk in the can and refrigerate it overnight. (Many recipes online use this method.) Open the can the next day and scoop out as much cream as you can. The reserve liquid is a great addition to shakes or creamy soups.
I found I got more liquid and less cream using this method – with several brands. Plus, many have additives that I really don’t want in my body.
There are other coconut creams available in the can, but I try so hard to stick with cartons, so I don’t have to worry about the chemicals used in the production of the cans.
My favorite coconut cream
You can use any type of coconut cream for this recipe. For personal taste and consistent results, I prefer Aroyo D, which has no additives or preservatives.
This stuff is ah-MAZING! It is thick, rich and I get about four cups of pure cream from each 33.8 fluid ounce box. That’s a lot more than I get for cans of coconut cream.
Plus, this stuff is pure sweetness – without added sugar. It is so rich, smaller desserts can spread to more people. You simply cannot eat a lot of it – unless you have a serious sweet tooth and a good dentist.
It’s not available in my area, so I purchase online. You can find details about it here. (This is NOT an affiliate link. I just like this product.)
This recipe is so easy, it is terrific for date night after a busy week, when time to prepare is minimal and the budget is strapped.
The recipe can be doubled to make other desserts. I will share a recipe tomorrow for a crowd-pleasing dessert for any party or get-together.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups coconut cream
- Mash the bananas.
- Add the coconut cream.
- Stir together until combined.
- For a fluffier, smooth pudding, use a blender to combine.
- Put into the refrigerator to set.
- Serve with roasted pecans, cherries or shredded chocolate.