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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, August 14, 2008

CrockPot Banana Pudding

Day 227.

This pudding is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!


sorry. I totally couldn't help myself.


We needed a quick dessert for some company and I needed to use the
crockpot. And that's pretty much how this dessert was invented.

I opened the cabinet, saw some sweetened condensed milk, and we all know HOW GOOD THAT IS when cooked in the crockpot (except for you shouldn't do it for safety and legal reasons or something like that) and we had a bunch of bananas.

So I mixed the two.

The end.


The Ingredients.

--2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
--4 bananas

The Directions.

I used a 1.5 quart mini crockpot for this dessert.

Put the peeled bananas into a zippered freezer bag and let your kids squish the bananas until they get bored or the bag springs a hole and banana goobers fall to the floor. The freshly-mopped-and-ready-for-company floor.

The bananas will still have some chunk in them. If this isn't okay with you, you'll need to use a food processor.


Open the cans of sweetened condensed milk. Dump them into the crock. Mix in the bananas.

Take your time walking to the backyard recycling bin so you can lick the cans.


gosh that stuff is good.

Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, or on high for 1-2 hours.


Give it a quick stir. Pour into serving dishes and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

The Verdict.


This is sweet. So sweet, one of my kids declared it
too sweet. I happily ate her portion.
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47 comments:

Molly said...

I read a great name for cooked sweetened condensed milk (in the can) - "Danger Pudding."

It's so good, you don't worry about the danger. :D Looks delish!!

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Steph!
I like the idea of this recipe, but would like to bulk it up somehow. Do you think this could be done with rice? You know, kind of a banana rice pudding? It may cut down on the sweetness (not that I have any problem with that). Soo...what do you think? How much, how long, do you think it would work?

Love your site! Great work!

Jen

Veronica said...

Gee, I wonder how well strawberries would do? Too sweet, eh? NEVER!!!!

loveburrito said...

yummy!

Fuschia said...

Oh, my lands that sounds DELICIOUS!!

I gave you an award today :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hey there. I have been checking your blog lately & love the whole concept. I just started commiting to using my crockpot once a week for my crockpot chronicles so I might just have to try one of yours sometime!!

joanna said...

Now I can't stop singing that Gwen Stefani song in my head. haha Thanks a lot!

Bananas are my favorite fruit and this looks soo good. I've never had a dessert that is too sweet, mainly because I don't think one exists.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie,
Love your ideas.
Just thought you'd like one of mine.
Trying to heed the safety warnings about cooking sweetened cond. milk in the cans...I pour mine into a canning jar and follow the same directions. That is what the jars are made for, aren't they?
Keep up the good work!
Char

Patty said...

This sounds like my kind of dish..... SWEET! I cannot wait to try this. Does the sweetened condensed milk cook up and have the same sort of taste as it would cooking it by itself? Thanks for all of your great recipes. I made the Crockpot Pizza Soup last night....OMG...it was SO good, my husband and son had two bowls each. I have the Crockpot Salsa Chicken in the crockpot now for dinner tonight. I am definitely getting addicted to the crockpot.

Anonymous said...

now you've done it...i'm not up to licking the tins, but banana pudding is coming up tonight. squirt a little whipped cream on top and sprinkle with a bit of shredded coconut, then top w/ a red cherry right out of the jar....wow!

Anonymous said...

hi, I've been cooking the sweetened condensed milk for years. But what I do differently is, put it into a small canning jar and proceed as if I were canning it. Comes out great, and you don't have to worry about cutting your finger as you lick out the can!

Stephanie said...

I would layer this up with vanilla wafer cookies and whipped cream in a trifle dish. YUM

Holly said...

AWESOME!!!!

zakary said...

I am making the smoked BBQ tonight. I'm so excited!

Gina made me a new header and it looks great! I'm so glad you posted about her. Come look. I'm having a giveaway too!

~Z

Sheila said...

I have been reading your blog off and on for a while and I love it. I know that you do not use anything containing gluten in your cooking and I wanted to share a website with you that I came across today.
http://www.heavenlylowcarb.com/index.shtml
It's an online store and has a section with gluten & wheat free foods.

Betsy said...

I love banana pudding, but this is a new one for me! :)

Looks yummy!

Beth~mom to 15 blessings said...

Oh my goodness, I just love your blog.
I hope you dont mind but I just had to put a link to your site from mine.
Blessings, Beth

Erika said...

I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who, ahem, cleans out the condensed milk. :-)

I don't know that I've commented before on your blog, but I wanted to commend your persistance! You really inspire me to want to try the crock-pot more. I have been so disappointed in the past with everything tasting like a crock-pot. I'll have to dig around on your blog to find out which crock-pots you are using. Perhaps that's part of my problem.

califmom said...

Okay, yum! And so easy! I love it. I also love your blog. We met briefly at BlogHer on the first morning. I'm sure you remember. ;-)

I have an award for you and your blog. Just swing by my blog when you get a chance to pick it up and pass the love along to your favorite blog/bloggers.

Debi said...

I can't get enough of your website. I've just put a link to yours on my website and recommended it to my readers. I eat gluten-free, and I can't wait to try out a bunch of your recipes. Keep up the good work!

Beth said...

I just wanted to say I just discovered your site and needless to say I read every post in one setting. Is that sad? I don't think so. Anyway, my husband saw this and wants me to make it this weekend. I can't wait to try it. He has a sweet tooth like no one I have ever meet. Keep up the good work.

Vanessa said...

Just found your site and can't wait to check out all your recipes! I will add a small crock pot to my wish list so I can try this yummy pudding. Question - (except for you shouldn't do it for safety and legal reasons or something like that) - why?

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I have never cooked condensed milk in the can, I have however put it into a small can and cooked it until it become cajeta or dulce de leche or caramel,it's easy. I could see doing it in the crockpot, but I would probably put it into another bowl first. I have this fear of lead from tin cans. Plus less and less here is available in cans, it's mostly in boxes, which is kinda cool.
regards,
Theresa

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Banana goobers and licking lids on the way to the recycle. This is why I love your blog. That and I love any reason to use sweetened condensed milk.

Kathi said...

I think this one might be too much fun for my boys!! I have a feeling I would have to do a lot of cleaning up if they realized they could make the bananas ooze out of the bags!!

Canadian Saver said...

Wow, very different!!! My sister would really enjoy this :-)

snarflemarfle said...

Oh my little pony! (see, it's catching on!) I think I'm going into sugar shock just reading this post.

How deliciously simple...

Kellie said...

I have several frozen bananas that I eventually get around to using for banana bread but this sounds waaaaayyy more yummy to me...do you think that the thawed bananas would work well for this?

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Jen, I think if you're going to use rice, I'd stick to already-cooked rice.

kellie, yup. the thawed bananas would work okay, but might be a bit off-putting in color. It would still taste great, though.
xox
steph

Vickie said...

I haven't tried this yet, but love your description. That alone is worth it!

Just another SAHM said...

B-a-n-a...now I'm doing it!

Hmmm, it must be kismet because I just happen to have 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk in my pantry that I've been eyeing up with the thought of "why the heck did I buy those????". Don't ya just hate when you buy ingredients & then realize you've lost/forgotten the recipe!? Argh...
Enough about me....love the sound of this & I'm think I might just have to try it.
Mmmm, adding cooked rice sounds yummy.

Jen T. said...

OK, so my banana pudding came out a little chunky and nasty looking...not sure if it's b/c I didn't smush the bananas...any thoughts?

Thanks!

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Jen,

hmmm. did you squish them at all? Ours were pretty liquidy when we put them in the pot, and they still had some chunk in them when cooked. That's probably your problem.
BUT! did it taste good?
xox
steph

Deb said...

I added a big scoop of peanut butter to a half batch of this. So far so good but it isn't even ready yet :)

Deb said...

I added a big scoop of peanut butter to a half batch of this. So far so good but it isn't even ready yet :)

JP said...

I tried this with sweetened condensed milk and I thought it was too sweet. And all the banana floated to the top and turned brown (like Creme Brulee effect). That part was good. I will try it with regular condensed milk and see how it turns out.

amyvw said...

I have this cooking now. I'm going to be stalking the crock until time is up.

And, uh...I must admit I licked out the cans. It's dairy...so it's good for me, right? ;)

Anonymous said...

I made this with four bananas and one can of sweetened condensed milk.

Put it all in the blender, then poured it into the crockpot.

All four kids loved it--not too sweet at all.

Mary Smith said...

This was really good! My picky husband didn't really like it-I think it was the texture of it. Great Job

Amy said...

I am so sad...i love all things bannana....I looked foward to this alll day.....It has to be the ultimate worse thing I have ever made......i tested a bite after it had been in the fridge awhile.....and that will be only one....awful......i was so sad

Susan said...

I have no idea what I did wrong here - but I actually curdled sweetened condensed milk. And I was watching it the entire time! *sigh*

Anonymous said...

You are SOOOOOOO funny, keep up doing that, It helps & keeps people reading these recipes that can get monotenous!!!
:) Maggie

Bill said...

Tried this with both bananas and strawberries... I'm not sure what the consistency will be like when it's cooled, but hot it has the consistency of... cream of wheat? Which is odd. But I somehow lucked into the right balance of banana and strawberry, and it's absolutely delicious. So... texture be damned, I call it a success. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

OK, here I go again: in Brazil we cook sweetened condensed milk all the time in pressure cookers (yes, pressure!) and I have never heard of anybody getting heart or anything. You Americans need to lighten up a bit. Now, put enough water in the pressure and cook it for, say, 1 hour. The more you cook, the harder it gets and the more delicious!

Anonymous said...

I bought a 1.5-qt. slow cooker today, just for this occasion! I added a teaspoon of vanilla because in my mind, anything that is sweet needs some vanilla. I used non-fat sweetened condensed milk. While the taste was great this was very runny.

Next time (and OH YES there will be a next time!) I'm going to try it with 1 can of non-fat sweetened condensed milk and 1 can of plain condensed milk.

Has anyone tried to add a thickener? I added 3 Tbsp. of cornstarch mixed with water after the fact; waiting to see if that helps the consistency.

Thanks so much for all the great recipes! My all time fave so far is the cheesy Buffalo chicken soup. YUM!!

Frenchie said...

Tried this a couple months back. Texture was good, flavor was good, but it was a little too sweet for my taste. When it was cooled, I folded in some whipped cream. Made it incredibly fluffy and creamy and a little less sweet and...well, just downright delicious! Thanks!

Karen Shamblin said...

Stir in some milk chocolate chips after cooling before you refrigerate - yum !!!

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