Keto “Banana” Cream Pudding –
If Banana Pudding can be made in a Keto version, then any dessert can be made as a Keto dish! Bananas ARE NOT Keto. Anyone eating Keto/low carb knows that bananas are the very antithesis of Keto.
Bananas are full of carbs! But my husband, who’s lost over 60 pounds on the Keto diet, loves Banana Pudding. No actual bananas were harmed in the making of this dessert.
After my husband had been doing Keto for about a month, I was making Nana’s Quick & Easy No-Bake Banana Pudding to take to a family gathering. Nana’s Banana Pudding is definitely not a Keto dish, but you should check it out if you aren’t counting carbs.
I didn’t want to derail my husband’s great Keto progress by tempting him with one of his favorite desserts, so I needed to come up with a Keto version of Banana Pudding.
Easy No-Bake Keto Banana Pudding
My non-Keto Banana Pudding recipe is a simple no-bake recipe. I wanted this Keto pudding to be no-bake as well. I usually make this easy dessert for outdoor cookouts, and they always take place when the weather is super hot. I avoid using the oven as much as possible when the weather is scorching.
You’ll be happy to know this Keto dessert recipe is also simple. All I had to do was make some easy adaptations to my regular, sugary Banana Pudding recipe.
Keto “Banana” Pudding Ingredients
- 2 small boxes sugar-free Banana Creme instant pudding
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- 1 8oz tub whipped topping
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 2 packets stevia/monk fruit (or your favorite Keto sweetener)
- cinnamon (optional)
Keto Banana Pudding Recipe Instructions
Empty both boxes of instant pudding mix into a mixing bowl. Add the cup of heavy cream and the cup of water. Mix for 3-5 minutes.
If you have a stand mixer, you can just leave it spinning while you get your topping ready for the oven.
Once that is thoroughly mixed and thickened, you can add the tub of whipped topping and continue to mix.
Pour about 1/4 cup of almond flour on a baking sheet. Dump 2 packets of powdered Keto sweetener on top of that. Sprinkle on some cinnamon. (I add the cinnamon mainly because it darkens the almond flour and makes it look more like the cookie crumbles I use for the non-Keto version of this simple dessert.)
Use a fork to fluff that mixture around a little bit on the baking sheet to mix the sweetener and cinnamon into the flour.
Bake for a few minutes. I used my air fryer to crisp the almond flour mixture a bit. I used the bread mode which I think is 400 degrees for 4 minutes on my air fryer.
When I was explaining this part of the recipe to my sister-in-law, I discovered that not all air fryers are like mine. My air fryer looks like a square toaster oven. I have a cylinder basket that can be inserted in the air fry to tumble fries and such. My air fryer also has slots for flat baking trays.
The air fryer I own was a gift. The brand is Ambiano, and I couldn’t find it available anywhere online. I believe it was sold at Aldi. The Instant Vortex Air Fryer by the makers of Instant Pot looks the most similar to mine and has similar features.
If your air fryer doesn’t have flat baking trays or you don’t have an air fryer, you can just use a regular baking sheet in a regular oven on 350 degrees for a few minutes.
Spread the pudding mixture into your desired dish. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the top.
Refrigerate until served.
Keto Banana Pudding Cheesecake
A Keto cheesecake variation of this low-carb dessert recipe can be achieved by adding 4-8 ounces of cream cheese.
But my husband hates cream cheese. Can you believe that?! If I were making this easy dessert strictly for myself (or any other normal person), I would definitely add the cream cheese.
Dirty Keto Versus Clean Keto Desserts
I know there are some people who only subscribe to clean Keto which means they do not consume unnatural sweeteners or products. This Keto dessert is definitely not clean Keto.
The sugar-free pudding mix includes aspartame, artificial food dyes, etc. Our diet is much cleaner on Keto than it was prior to Keto, but you have to go with a plan that works for you. I personally try to avoid aspartame, but my husband does not.
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Going off-script with dirty Keto desserts on occasion makes this a lifestyle my husband (and now two of my teens) can maintain long-term. Being able to have desserts similar to the ones enjoyed before Keto at family gatherings makes Keto doable for my family.
While we understand completely clean eating would be ideal, my husband is far healthier minus the 60+ pounds he lost on Keto. A low-carb dining plan that he could not stick with for the long haul because it is too strict would not have been helpful to him. We do admire those who can adhere to clean Keto.
I also want to note my two children chose Keto because they saw the health/athletic performance benefits it offered their dad. Although we strongly encourage regular physical activity and would like them to make wise food choices, we have never encouraged “dieting” in our children. Neither of our teens is on a very restrictive form of Keto. Most would consider them more low-carb than Keto.
Nana’s Quick and Easy No-Bake Banana Pudding
If Keto’s not your thing, you can check out our non-Keto recipe for Nana’s almost-famous Banana Pudding. It’s also shamefully simple and a real crowd-pleaser.
What’s your favorite easy dish to bring to family gatherings and cookouts?
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