Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!
I have to admit, Mardi Gras is a holiday that I did not know much about growing up (other than seeing the New Orleans decor at Disneyland!) but now that we live in FL, and are kinda in the South, I’ve come to learn more about the origins of the celebration. From the music, food, and traditions, it’s definitely festive – and tonight, we will be attending our community’s Mardi Gras party at the neighborhood’s clubhouse.
Tonight, we’ll be enjoying Shrimp Gumbo, King Cake and Hurricanes – but, as part of our participation, we were also tasked to bring a side dish to share. Now, I did my share of Googling and found many ideas, but as a dessert fiend and wannabe baker, I went a little outside of the “traditional” side of the menu and concocted a sweet treat to enjoy alongside the other sprinkled confections of the evening: banana pudding tarts!
To create these tiny treats, I adapted a recipe for banana pudding and made a few adjustments along the way for an easy and yummy little treat, perfectly portable for celebrations. I thought I’d put together a little visual how-to to show just how easy (and fun) it was:
Single Serving Banana Pudding Tarts
(makes 12 servings, adapted from this recipe)
- One package instant vanilla pudding (5.1 oz)
- One can sweetened condensed milk – I used GOYA brand (14 oz)
- 1 1/3 cup milk (I actually used almond milk since that is what I had on hand, though the instructions for pudding advise against non-dairy milk)
- Three bananas, sliced into discs
- Two packages of mini graham cracker crusts (6 ct)
- One can of Reddi Whip
- 72 mini Nilla wafers
- Variety of sprinkles
Pre-step: mix vanilla pudding mix with milk and condensed milk, let set in fridge at least 5 minutes, then top with about 1/3 cup of Reddi Whip and mix before assembling tarts.
- Arrange three slices of banana in each mini crust
- Dollop a large scoop of vanilla pudding into each cup, smooth out with back of spoon
- Add one slice of banana to the top of each tart
- Add a generous topping of Reddi Whip to each tart
- Arrange six mini wafers to each tart, like a flower, add sprinkles to your liking
I have to admit – only 11 of these tarts will be making the trip over to the party tonight (hubs and I had to taste test one – you know, quality control and all 😉 ) but I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we make these yummy little morsels!
How are you celebrating this Fat Tuesday?