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treat yourself {guilt-free banana pudding}

Yes, I’m in the process of loosing weight BUT one thing that I refuse to do is deprive myself of enjoying things that I love and one of those things is GOOD FOOD ~ heck I’m a foodie!!

I love and adore fine dining and I absolutely enjoy partaking in good meals at random eateries. I am not much of a “chain” girl, as I prefer the homegrown mom and pop restaurants – the “savory hidden gems.”

As I am going through my weight loss journey, I knew that I had to find ways to enjoy what I love by altering recipes to fit my goals.
My husband is a sweet eater, I’m not! I can honestly do without sweets and since my husband is partaking in this “journey to a healthier me” with me, I thought I would treat him to a good dessert.
I found this recipe on YouTube from one of my fitness inspirations, GetBodiedbyJ. I decided to try it out and add a little twist to it- I call it my “Guilt-Free Banana Pudding.”
What you will need…
  • 8oz Light Cool whip
    **If you are watching your sugar intake then get the Sugar Free Cool whip
  • 8oz Reduced Fat/Fat Free/Light Sour Cream
  • 2 – boxes of Sugar Free -Fat Free Jello-O Banana Cream Pudding
  • 1 – box of Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers
  • 2 cups of unsweetened rice milk OR coconut milk {unsweetened almond milk is good as well}
  • 2-3 bananas
  • 1/4 tbsp of pecans or nuts of your choice {optional}
  • 1 tbsp of wheat germ {optional}
  • Mix cool whip, sour cream, a pack and a half of the banana cream pudding mix {both packs if you really want that banana taste} and milk in a bowl
  • Beat on low with a hand mixer for 5 minutes until fluffy
    {you can also get a little workout in and whip it with your good ole’ hands}
  • In a dish size of your choice (I did a 5 by 7 inch dish) add mix to dish and spread evenly to cover the bottom
  • Add Nilla Wafers and bananas {see picture below}
  • Add second layer of mix
  • Add wafers and bananas on top of second layer
  • Garnish with nuts and wheatgerm {optional}
Enjoy my loves and have a FAB weekend!!!