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  • Makes 4 parfaits

This creamy treat is made by layering an easy stove-top vanilla pudding with sliced bananas and crunchy vanilla-laced oats. To avoid clingy banana strings, peel bananas from the bottom up. (Pinch the black tip to get started.)

Note that the cashews should be soaked overnight for creamiest results. To soak cashews, place them in a bowl with enough hot water to cover.

Two vegan banana pudding parfaits in glass jars, showing layers of pudding and vanilla oats

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • 4 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1¾ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 3 large or 4 small bananas, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds

Instructions

  1. For pudding, place cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the maple syrup, the nutmeg, and salt. Bring just to boiling over medium, whisking constantly. Cook and whisk 2 to 3 minutes more or until mixture is thickened and no foam remains on the surface. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  2. While pudding cools, preheat oven to 350°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl stir together oats, 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup, ½ teaspoon of the vanilla, and the cinnamon. Spread mixture in a ½-inch-thick layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until oats are golden brown, stirring once.
  3. For cashew cream topping, drain cashews. In a blender combine cashews and the remaining 2 teaspoons maple syrup and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Add ¼ cup water. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy. Place in an airtight container; chill.
  4. To assemble parfaits, spoon 2 Tbsp. pudding in each of four parfait glasses. Top with one-third of the banana slices and one-third of the oat mixture. Repeat with another layer of pudding, one-third of the banana slices. and one-third of the oat mixture. Layer with the remaining banana slices and pudding. Cover and chill parfaits 1 to 8 hours.
  5. Just before serving, if desired, top with additional banana slices and the remaining oat mixture. Top each with 1 tablespoon cashew cream and additional cinnamon.
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Susan H3 months ago
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Just made this with almond milk and arrowroot powder and it came out as rubbery strings. Any ideas of what went wrong?

Rebecca4 months ago
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I think I make this almost every weekend! So nice to have a WFPB alternative to a favorite dessert of ours!

Dins4 months ago
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Bananas and 6 tablespoons of maple syrup? Could you please provide the nutritional breakdown of this dessert.

GK2 months ago
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It’s 4 2/3 tablespoons of maple syrup. And there are dozens of nutritional calculators on the web that will work this out for you.

skye5 months ago
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So creamy and amazing taste thankyou so much for this lovely recipe! the pudding part with almond milk was divine.

Lisa5 months ago
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This dessert is delicious and kid approved. I have always loved banana pudding made with cool whip, instant vanilla pudding and nilla wafers. This is the first time I’ve been able to enjoy banana pudding since becoming wfpb. Thank you so much for creating a fabulous recipe!

Donna Magas5 months ago
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What should be a good substitute for the cashews? We have a cashew allergy in the house.

Tracy4 months ago
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Hi Donna! Same here. I have heard of soaking hazelnuts as a sub. Also, since the cashews are for cream, you might want to consider making whipped cream instead, using refrigerated coconut milk and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar.

Tiffany5 months ago
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Is there a place we can obtain nutrition information for your recipes? To determine protein, carbs, calories, etc?

Diane Althaus5 months ago
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I’m curious–wouldn’t the crunchiness of the oat mixture get lost while layered with the pudding and refrigerated?

Lorna Crabtree5 months ago
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What about macadamia nuts? If you can eat them, they are as mild as the cashews and should give a creamy texture.

texmex5 months ago
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cornstarch is not exactly a nutriment to recommand, is it?

Sandy3 weeks ago
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What is a “nutriment” and what exactly are you trying to command cornstarch to do again?

Josie Talbot5 months ago
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If you don like corn starch try arrowroot powder is works just like cornstarch.

Josie

Freda5 months ago
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Fantastic 10

Kimberly Linetsky6 months ago
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Is there a substitute that would work for the cashews? I’m allergic.

Anita5 months ago
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Tigernuts, which actually aren’t nuts, but tubers. I discovered them recently, they are very tasty, sweeter than cashews, make great milk, icecream etc..

Lynn Plourde5 months ago
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I’m allergic to cashews too, so when recipes call for them, I substitute almonds.

Elena5 months ago
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Haven’t tried but white beans are used as a substitute for cashews in other recipes.

Becki Henderson6 months ago
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This is a delicious dessert. The pudding can be made using date paste instead of the maple syrup, but I did need the maple syrup for the oat mixture. I frequently make the oat mixture to keep on hand as a simple granola to use on top of FOK’s banana-berry smoothie bowls.

aram6 months ago
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this sounds delicious

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