Need a fun dessert that's kid and adult approved? You've got to try these Halloween Banana Pudding Parfaits! So good and so simple!
When I was a kid, I used to go to a lot of Halloween parties. Some of the parents really used to go all out with creepy food – like skeleton ribs made out of hot dogs and puff pastry witch fingers. Other parents would turn their basement into a haunted house complete with strobe lights and a fog machine. Their effort was always appreciated and we always had such a great time!
My husband and I don't have kids of our own to creep out, but I still love to get creative when it comes to the Halloween season. After all, Halloween is a holiday when you get to be a kid at heart! It's a time to be playful, no matter what age you are. It's a time that really lets my creative juices go wild!
I usually spend cool, Fall weekends cooking up a storm. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to put a spooky spin on a dessert (or snack) that kids and adults will love! Banana pudding is one of my husband's favorites and I've always been a fan of Nilla Wafers. During one weekend afternoon recently, I decided to make Halloween Banana Pudding Parfaits for us.
My original idea for this Halloween recipe was to top the banana pudding parfaits with Nilla Wafers that looked like eyeballs. I thought I would accomplish that by dipping them into white chocolate and decorating them with edible markers. Turns out, edible markers don't work so well on a glossy surface like chocolate. It was time for Plan B.
Thankfully, I seem to keep a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips on hand at all times! I used a small decorating brush to paint chocolate ghost and Jack Skellington faces on the chocolate-covered cookie sandwiches I made. These cookie sandwiches are made by pressing a banana slice in between two Nilla Wafers and dipping them in white chocolate. Seriously so good!
- 1 3 oz. box Cook & Serve vanilla pudding
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 28 Nilla Wafer cookies
- 1 8 oz. tub Extra Creamy Cool Whip
- 1 11 oz. bag white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 9 oz. clear tumbler plastic cups
- Halloween sprinkles
Prepare pudding according to package. Allow to cool and thicken.
Begin layering parfaits. Add two Nilla Wafers to the bottom of each cup.
Next, add a layer of vanilla pudding, followed by a layer of Cool Whip, and banana slices.
Repeat with another layer of vanilla pudding and pipe a layer of Cool Whip on top.
Chill parfaits in the fridge while you prepare the Halloween cookie toppers.
In a small pot, melt the white chocolate chips over low heat. Stir until melted completely.
Sandwich a banana slice between two Nilla Wafers. Gently push each cookie together to squish the banana a little bit. That will help it stick to each side of the cookie.
Then, carefully dip the cookie sandwich into the white chocolate. Use a spoon to flip the cookie sandwich in the chocolate. Once fully coated, remove and place on wax paper.
Place the chocolate-covered cookie sandwich in the fridge until hardened.
Meanwhile, melt semi-sweet chocolate over low heat. Stir until melted.
Remove chocolate-covered cookie sandwiches. With a small decorating brush, use semi-sweet chocolate to decorate the chocolate-covered cookie sandwiches with ghost and skeleton faces.
Place cookies back in the fridge to harden.
Sprinkle parfaits with Halloween sprinkles. Then, place a chocolate-covered sandwich cookie on top.
Chill in fridge until serving.
This recipe makes four parfait cups, but you'll probably have extra banana slices on hand. I definitely suggest making extra chocolate-covered cookie sandwiches. My husband enjoyed his banana pudding, but I really enjoyed those chocolate-covered cookie sandwiches! They're a fun treat all on their own, but add a special Halloween touch to this spooktacular dessert!
These Halloween Banana Pudding Parfaits would make a great Halloween afternoon treat or a fun dessert for your next Halloween party!