Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers THM-E / Fuel-Pull
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Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers is the ultimate comfort food and makes an easy, delicious, and high-protein THM-E meal/snack!
I’m a Southerner, and we LOVE our banana pudding! 😋 Unfortunately, most banana pudding is both high-fat and high-carb and full of sugar. And it’s usually served with “Nilla Wafers” (aka vanilla wafers), which aren’t exactly the heathiest choice. BUT now it is possible to have rich and creamy Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers that is not only on-plan (THM), but has no-added sugar, is gluten-free, high-protein, and is a solid THM-E (NOT a crossover – XO)! 🙌
Bananas are actually healthy!
Bananas often get a bad rap because of the natural sugars and carbs in them. But, when combined with good sources of protein (which prevents spikes in blood sugar), bananas can actually be very healthy!
They are great sources for Potassium, Magnesium, B-6, Vitamin C, Manganese, Fiber, and more. They are also filling so they help keep you full for longer (which means less snacking between meals).
And, since bananas are a source of healthy carbs, they help speed up the metabolism, which is essential for maintaining a healthy weight.
To read more on the health benefits of bananas, read this.
How to make Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers
Making the THM-E Banana Pudding:
The pudding is quick and easy to make. Just throw all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then pour into a sauce pan and heat and whisk until it reaches your preferred thickness. You can either eat it warm right away or put in the fridge to eat cold later. Makes one serving (but can easily be scaled to make more servings). Serve with Vanilla Wafers (recipe below), a few banana slices, and dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt or nonfat whipped cream. And, if want to get real fancy, you could even make a meringue for it! 😋
1/2 of a medium banana
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or preferred milk)
2 TBS cottage cheese (I use Daisy 2%)
2 TBS nonfat Greek yogurt
2 TBS egg whites
1 TBS defatted peanut powder (optional but gives richness and
1 – 2 tsp sweetener (I use Lakanto Golden), or to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 – 1/4 tsp sea salt (to taste)
1/8 tsp glucomannan (add with blender on so it doesn’t clump)
Other optional extracts – butter, maple, banana, caramel, to taste
One serving of this Banana Pudding (including the peanut powder) is approximately 152 calories, 15.6g net carbs, 2.4g fat, and 13.9g protein. You can have up to 4 Vanilla Wafers with one serving of Banana Pudding. One serving of the Banana Pudding with 4 Vanilla Wafers is a total of roughly 204 calories, 17.8g net carbs, 4.7g fat, and 18.6g protein.
Making the THM Fuel-Pull Vanilla Wafers:
While the Banana Pudding is THM-E, the Vanilla Wafers are actually both low-carb AND low-fat, making them THM Fuel-Pull. Therefore, they can accompany all the THM fuel settings, with the exception of Deep-S. They make a great all-purpose Fuel-Pull vanilla cookie. In fact, there’s even a way to make cut-out and snickerdoodle cookies with this recipe! (More on that later!) And they’re the closest thing I’ve had to the bad-for-you “Nilla Wafers”.
They are also easy to make. Like my other cookie recipes, you start with room temperature ingredients. Then you cream the powdered sweetener with 1 TBS of butter, add your wet ingredients, and finally mix in your dry ingredients. No need to chill this dough; just whip up the dough and it’s ready to bake!
I like to put my dough in a ziplock bag and pipe it onto my cookie sheet.
I bake them for about 10 minutes, or until the bottom edges are golden (this will vary so keep an eye on your first batch!).
However, they will not be crispy right out of the oven. But there are ways to get them crispy after they bake:
I have a food dehydrator, so I put them in there after baking. They are nice and crispy after about 30 minutes.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you could put them in the freezer. This may sound a little strange, but freezing them actually makes them taste crispy.
You could also try drying them out in the oven on low. I haven’t tried this yet, so you might want to check on them often to make sure they don’t burn.
Vanilla Wafers THM-FPRecipe by blissfullypreparedCourse: Dessert, Snack, THM-Fuel-PullCuisine: SouthernDifficulty: Easy
These Vanilla Wafers taste like the real deal, and they’re sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, low-carb, low-fat and THM Fuel-Pull!
- Cream together:
1/4 cup powdered sweetener (I grind Lakanto Golden into a fine powder in my coffee/spice mill before measuring)
1 TBS softened, room temperature butter or dairy-free fat
- Wet ingredients:
2 TBS egg whites, room temperature
4 tsp unsweetened almond milk or preferred milk
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp butter extract
- Dry ingredients:
1/4 cup or 24g whey protein isolate
3 TBS oat FLOUR (or make your own by grinding rolled oats into a fine powder before measuring)
1 TBS oat FIBER
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp xanthan gum
- Pre-heat oven to 350* and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Bring butter/fat and egg whites to room temperature before starting. I warm my egg whites by measuring them into a ramekin and submerging ramekin in hot tap water while I gather my other ingredients.
- Measure and mix dry ingredients and set aside.
- Cream together the sweetener and butter until it becomes a thick dough.
- Then whip in the wet ingredients.
- Next, stir in the dry ingredients and mix well.
- This dough is rather wet and sticky so I recommend piping it onto the cookie sheet. To do this, put the dough into a ziplock bag and cut out one of the corners so the dough can be squeezed out onto the cookie sheet. Makes 24-30 wafers.
- Bake for about 10 minutes (this will vary so keep an eye on your first batch) or until the bottom edges are golden.
- To make crispy, either put in a dehydrator or back in the oven at a low temperature (but make sure they don’t burn!), or put them in the freezer until they are frozen solid. Once crisp, store in an air-tight container, preferably in the freezer to keep fresh and crisp.
- Enjoy with banana pudding or any way you would use “Nilla Wafers”.
- Based on making 24 wafers, each wafer is approximately 13 calories, 0.6g net carbs, 0.6g fat, and 1.2g protein. You can have up to 4 Vanilla Wafers with one serving of my THM-E Banana Pudding.
- While collagen could likely be substituted for the whey protein, I don’t think the wafers would get as crispy. And I haven’t tried any possible substitutes for the oat flour or oat fiber. But please let me know if you find a substitute that works so I can make a note on the recipe for others.
24 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories13
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
- Protein 1.2g 3%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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