Roasted Banana Pudding Milkshake


Aaaannnd just like that I signed a lease! The craigslist ad had two sentences, “NO PETS!” (as one of the two sentences) and no pictures, but I went to look at it anyway. It was perfect great. I talked the landlord into fixing a few things, got him to approve my future dog and even got him to drop the rent by a few bucks. Aaaaand just like that I signed a lease, wrote a check and got my keys.

While I’m so stoked to have a new place that’s bigger and better, in a neighborhood I’m really excited about, part of me is a little sad to be leaving my old apartment.

I’ve lived here for almost four years, and so much has happened and changed in that time. It was in this apartment I thought to start a blog–and in its tiny kitchen is where I cooked up and shot my very first blog post (found it! also: embarrassing). I moved into this apartment with my then boyfriend…and after six years of dating, it’s the apartment we broke up in. In this apartment I experienced my worst heartbreak…and subsequently learned what the term “pick yourself up and dust yourself off” really feels like. So many memories, good and bad. I’m excited to move on and leave them behind. In celebration of signing on the dotted line, I ate two (crazy/amazing) burgers in less than 24 hours…and then made myself a milkshake.

A few months ago it was pouring down rain, totally freezing and I drove myself to Chick-fil-A to try their banana pudding milkshake. I was obsessed to see what the deal was. Didn’t disappoint.

I figured the only way to really improve on it was to make it taste more like banana.

Roasting the bananas is the way to go. Brown sugar and butter and then in the oven.

One thing I’ve never used on this blog (and honestly in my real life, too) are mixes of any kind. I don’t really see the point to cake mixes, pudding mixes, etc. It’s usually just easier and cheaper for me to make them from scratch. But for this milkshake I really thought it was a bit much to make pudding, have it cool, etc., just to throw it in a milkshake.

And honestly, this pudding mix isn’t terrible. It’s actually pretty good. The second ingredient is pure bourbon vanilla extract! Whoa. Would I serve it on its own? Meh, probably not, but it does an awesome job in a milkshake.

Slightly softened ice cream, Nila Wafers, pudding and a little bit of milk, all mixed up in a blender.

Let’s celebrate it’s Thursday!

Roasted Banana Pudding Milkshake

Print this recipe!

2 bananas
2 teaspoons (light or dark) brown sugar
2 teaspoons butter, diced
1 cup pudding*
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup whole milk
8-10 Nila Wafers
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Make a slit down both of the bananas; transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle each banana with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar; dot each banana with the diced butter. Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside and allow to come to room temperature.

2. Slice the banana into medallions and add to a blender, along with the pudding, vanilla ice cream and whole milk. Break the Nila Wafers, using your hands, into the blender. Pulse for 5-10 seconds and until just combined. Transfer to glasses and top with whipped cream and maybe a cherry.

*If you’re using the Trader Joe’s Instant Pudding Mix, combine 1 cup milk with 4 tablespoons pudding mix. Whisk with a fork for about 2 minutes, until the mixture thickens.

Yields 2 milkshakes

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  • Reply Nuria June 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

    This looks soo good! Definitely gonna try this!

  • Reply Margherita June 7, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Banana pudding with Nila Wafers is one of the best things in the world (my fav is Magnolia’s Bakery one) but I have the feeling this is going to top it…
    It really really looks unbelievable…I’m gonna make it fist thing tonight when I get back from work!

  • Reply Monsterscircus June 7, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Congrats the the lease! I’m happy too see, you are better after the heartbreak!!! And what a Milkshake, very Nice way the roast the bananas, you made my Day so much better! Have a wonderfull day!

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Thank you, miss! xo

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 7, 2012 at 4:29 am

    This sounds delightful! I love everything in this!!

  • Reply DessertForTwo June 7, 2012 at 4:53 am

    It made me smile to hear you say you picked yourself up and dusted yourself off. You’re doin’ good & livin’ right.

    Much love,

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Fo’ sho’! It’s awesome. Thanks, Christina!

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 7, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Congrats on the new place!! I’m moving too in a few months! So, here’s to fresh starts!! πŸ˜€

    Love this recipe!! It’s such a unique idea for a milkshake!

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, Liz! Fresh starts are awesome!

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Congratulations!! Plus a lovely dessert!

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, Villy!

  • Reply Christin June 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I have one thing to say about this dessert: stop it!

    Congrats on the new place! So exciting πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      HA! Thanks, Christin.

  • Reply Allyn June 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Oh, I feel you on the heartbreak. I remember moving out of one house I rented, thinking the whole time that I had originally planned on moving out of it and into a new home for myself and my now ex. Instead, I move into an apartment in another town with a roommate. Oh, the pain.
    In great news, I am now married to a guy who’s like a million billion times better than anything I could have dreamed! It all happens for a reason.
    Not that I need any reason to make this milkshake. I’m a southern girl. I was raised on banana pudding.

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Allyn, Your comment is so awesome. Thanks so much for it. You’re awesome. Thanks for sharing. xo

  • Reply Abbie June 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    mmmmm. Banana pudding is one of my “sister” foods, aka good comfort food to split when we both really need some quality cheering up. Congrats on the new place! What neighborhood are you moving to?

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Echo Park! I’m excited. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Abbie June 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Fun!!!! Good luck with the dog search too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks June 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Congrats on your new pad! And I never knew you could roast bananas in the oven with the skins on. Not sure why…but that’s a great little trick; self-contained messes!

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you, Averie. Yes, my baking sheet was totally clean after the roasting, too. A plus!

  • Reply Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables June 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

    congrats on the new apartment! change is good πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Change is awesome. TY!

  • Reply Kelsey @aslolife June 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    It’s amazing what you can get landlords to do once they meet you and like you! And I’ve never roasted a banana in my life, but this makes me so want to start!

  • Reply Cat Davis - Food Family Finds June 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Congrats on your new apartment!

    That is such a creative milkshake.

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      TY, Cat!

  • Reply Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

    This sounds amazing! Love how you roast the bananas!

  • Reply Nicole June 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

    this looks AMAZING!
    Treasure TrompΒ 

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Uhhhhhh those bananas (+brown sugar and butter) look so heavenly. I can only imagine how amazing the “after” picture looked!!

  • Reply Migdalia June 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This weekend I will remake these as healthy as I possibly can haha. And I’ll just imagine that they taste just as rich and amazing as the ones above.

    BTW- You Rock <3

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I think you can make it kind of healthy, actually. Skip the brown sugar and butter. Roasting the bananas plain should be just fine. Swap out the ice cream and milk for frozen yogurt and almond milk. Will it taste the same? No way. Will it be awesome? I can’t imagine it not being delicious! x

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator June 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    awww just went back and read your first post. Your photography has gotten so much better since then πŸ™‚ Congrats on the new apartment and cheers to moving forward in life!

  • Reply Living The Sweet Life June 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS on your new place !! That’s such great news … it sounds bitter sweet. But just think, new memories are to be made πŸ˜‰

    I thinik I just fell in love with this milkshake … lol, you’re making me hungry!

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet June 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    congrats on the new place! i’ve lived in the same place ever since moving to LA and sometimes i think a new neighborhoood would be very exciting.

  • Reply Jen @ Savory Simple June 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations on your new home! Moving is always so daunting but I love new beginnings. Oh yes, and this milkshake looks amazing.

  • Reply Susan June 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I bet a few splashed of BOURBON or RUM wouldn’t hurt. Just sayin.

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Rum? Yes. Bourbon? Double YES!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau June 8, 2012 at 5:14 am

    THIS. Just THIS. Comfort in a glass, with a cherry on top. Yes.

  • Reply Alison June 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I’m drooling over this milkshake…

  • Reply Allie@sweetpotatobites June 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

    this looks delicious! love the idea of roasting the bananas first!

  • Reply Becca Blue June 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Hi. I am so in love with this. (And your blog…it just makes me happy….) Mister Rogers (here’s a throwback- are you too young for Mister Rogers?) used to make a trifle with bananas, Nila wafers and whipped cream- he would freeze it and eat it. I always wanted to make one, but never did. Here some (ahem) many years later, I’m going to make MY children and myself -and my husband if he’s good one to drink. Its perfect. Thank you on so many levels.

    • Reply Adrianna June 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Definitely not too young for Mister Rodgers, though I don’t remember the trifle. πŸ™ Wish I did! So awesome. Hope everyone enjoys it! xo

      • Reply Becca June 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

        We made them for father’s day…they were a hit, perfect for the hot day…so yummy (I almost swore as an adjective, it just didn’t seem appropriate in print….) Really yum. My husband says thanks. Pudding makes a huge difference! So does butter/brown sugar roasted bananas! Ahhhh, maybe a repeat performance tonight?

  • Reply Holly Henderson June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I read the “embarrassing” very first blog post out of curiousity and it’s great to see how your writing and photographs have evolved over time. You really have grown into your talent on both accounts!

    • Reply Adrianna June 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Haha. Thanks, Holly. I had no idea what I was doing. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah June 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Oh my that sounds delightful and looks just as delightful as it sounds. Thank you for posting this recipe, I’m going to try to get to the store today so I can make one for myself. Yum!

    I’m Sarah, I just started following your delicious blog. I’ll be back here often, I just need to remember to eat first or have a snack close by.

    Well, have a wonderful weekend!


    • Reply Adrianna June 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

      SARAH! Yay, so glad you’re here. I actually really enjoy reading food blogs when I’m hungry. It like amps me up for meals. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tasha @Tashasdish June 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Congratulations on your move! I recently did the same thing and although it was a little bittersweet at first, now that we are settled into our new place we couldn’t be happier! The milkshake looks so yum. I like the idea of roasting the banana.

    • Reply Adrianna June 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Tasha! x

  • Reply Natasha McEachron June 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    This looks soooo good! It’s now on my list of desserts to make this summer but I’ll use soy milk instead of regular milk (can’t stand the stuff). Roasting the bananas is very clever, its like a better version of bananas foster without the hard caramel.

    I always thought milkshakes were just blended ice cream with maybe a bit of milk. Out of curiosity, what’s the role of the pudding? Is it meant to make the milkshake smoother and/or thicker?

    • Reply Adrianna June 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      The role of the pudding is to give the milkshake the flavor of pudding. It definitely makes it a tad bit thicker but it’s more for flavor.

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake June 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    i’m sad i missed that oinkster burger! i should make myself a shake as a consolation prize πŸ˜‰ can’t wait to see your new place!

  • Reply Evi June 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Congrats on the new place! Just look forward to making more amazing memories in the new home! =)

  • Reply danielle June 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    i’m so jealous – have you been hoarding that vanilla pudding? Trader Joe’s told me they discontinued that awhile back when I couldn’t find it. when I saw your post, I thought maybe they brought it back? but today they still told me it was discontinued a year ago. where are you getting those boxes of easy deliciousness? your Trader Joe’s must be far superior to mine here in Philadelphia (no surprise). =) and of course, this milkshake looks amazing! roasted banana – genius.

  • Reply Mrs. Roper June 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

    On to bigger and better things. You have inspired me — not to mention your taste in milk shakes is spot on!

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  • Reply Kelly May 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I love banana milkshakes so this is on my must make list. It looks so good!
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