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Twinkie Banana Pudding

Twinkie Banana Pudding is made from sliced twinkies, bananas, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and a few vanilla wafers, all layered together in a trifle bowl. This twist on banana pudding is perfect for your next potluck or picnic.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Servings 10
Author Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 2 (3.4-ounce) boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 box vanilla wafers, you will only use about 1/3 of the box
  • 4 bananas, thinly sliced (don't slice them until right before you are ready to assemble or they will turn brown)
  • 1 box Twinkies, each one cut into thirds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  • Use an electric mixer to beat pudding mix and milk until smooth.
  • Cover the bottom of a trifle dish or glass bowl with vanilla wafers.
  • Layer banana slices on top of the Vanilla wafers.
  • Arrange Twinkie slices in a circle around the edge of the bowl so that they press against the glass with the cut side toward the glass. Fill in the middle with Twnkie slices.
  • Pour half the pudding mix on top and use a rubber spatula to smooth it out and work it down into the cracks.
  • Repeat with another layer of Vanilla wafers and banana slices.
  • Pour remaining pudding on top and smooth it out.
  • Arrange twinkie slices around the perimeter, with the cut sides up, pressing them down some into the pudding.
  • Whip the cream gradually adding sugar as you whip it. Stop when it forms stiff peaks.
  • Spread whipped cream in the middle, up to and around the Twinkies, but not on top of them.
  • Place 1 Twinkie slice in the very middle and arrange a circle of Vanilla Wafers around it. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving.

Notes

Instead of using fresh whipped cream, you can use a 8-ounce container of Cool Whip.
The cream will whip much more easily if it is very cold. It also helps to place the mixing bowl and beaters in the fridge for a few minutes.