Creamy, Mouth-Watering, Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding

Gluten and dairy free banana pudding in a crystal dish with browned meringue
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

February 12, 2024

I was so excited to find gluten free vanilla wafers in the grocery store. Creamy, mouth-watering, gluten and dairy free banana pudding is an irresistible treat. Make new memories or visit old ones!

How To Make Dairy and Gluten Free Banana Pudding Video

Buy Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers

Kinnikinnick’s Gluten Free Vanilla Wafer Cookies will make you think you are snacking on a classic Nilla Wafer from your childhood. The taste and texture are fantastic.

I also love that these wafers are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free!

If you are unable to find these wafers at your local grocery store, you can purchase them online at Kinnikinnick’s Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers.

A box of Kinnikinnick's vanilla wafers, three bananas, a bowl of pudding, and crystal bowl sitting on the countertop with a wooden cutting board.

Dairy and Gluten Free Banana Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 Box of Kinnikinnick’s Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers
  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 2/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon of Benefiber (optional, helps stablize blood sugar)
  • 2 Cups of Mixed Canned Goat and Coconut Milk (1 can of goat milk mixed with 1 can of coconut milk)
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegan Butter
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

Ingredients for Meringue

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar

Directions for making Dairy and Gluten Free Banana Pudding

Making Banana Pudding

In a large nonstick saucepan add:

  • 2/3 cup of sugar
a 1/3 cup measuring cup with sugar on a black surface
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
A container of cornstarch on a black surface with a 1 tablespoon sitting in front of it
  • 1 tablespoon of Benefiber (optional, helps stablize blood sugar)
a tablespoon of benefiber sitting in front of the container on a wooden cutting board.

Separate Egg Yolks from Egg Whites

Next, use two bowls to separate the whites from the yolks of three eggs.

two bowls on a black surface. The one on the left has egg whites and the one of the right has egg yolks.

Add 3 egg yolks to the saucepan.

Adding the egg yolks to the saucepan on the stovetop

Make A Creamy Milk Mixture

In a separate bowl or blender, mix together 1 can of canned goat milk and 1 can of canned coconut milk. If you have a milk allergy, only use canned coconut milk. If not allergic, goat milk is an A-2, non-genetically modified milk most are able to digest. Measure out 2 cups of the milk mixture.

A can of goat milk and coconut milk sitting on the countertop next to the two cup glass measuring cup
milks in a blender being blended. Person's hand is holding the lid on the blender.
2 cups of milk mixture in a glass measuring cup on the countertop

Pour 1 cup of the milk into the saucepan.

Pouring milk into eggs in the saucepan on the stovetop

Next, measure out 1/2 cup of reserved milk and add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch.

Adding a tablespoon of cornstarch to the milk left in the measuring cup.

Whisk mixture with a fork until there are no clumps.

stirring cornstarch and milk together in a glass measuring cup

Add the milk and cornstarch mixture to the saucepan.

adding milk and cornstarch mixture to the saucepan to make banana pudding mixture.

Cooking the Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding

Whisk all ingredients together until creamy. Then, cook gluten and dairy free banana pudding over medium-low heat stirring constantly with a flat edge stirrer. When pudding sticks to the bottom of the pan, it quickly burns. Thus, continuously stir to make sure no pudding sticks to the bottom of the saucepan.

While cooking and stirring the diary and gluten free banana pudding on the stovetop with a whisk.

Make sure mixture does not boil! After pudding cooks for about 8 minutes, it will begin to steam. Turn the temperature to low.

While cooking, the dairy and gluten free banana pudding begins to steam on the stovetop.

Continue to cook the gluten and dairy free banana pudding over low heat for another 2-3 minutes until it reaches a thick pudding consistency.

While cooking, gluten and dairy free banana pudding begins to thicken in the saucepan.

Turn off the burner and remove the pan from the heat. Then, whisk in 2 tablespoons of vegan butter and 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla to the saucepan.

two tablespoons of vegan butter in a white dish sitting on a black stovetop
a glass bottle of simply organic vanilla extract with a teaspoon and a half teaspoon sitting in front of it on a black stovetop.

Next, whisk until the vegan butter is completely melted into banana pudding.

Stirring vegan butter and vanilla extract into the dairy and gluten free banana pudding.

Strain Banana Pudding

Quickly use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the pudding into a bowl. Use a clean spoon to scrap pudding off the bottom of the strainer.

Straining dairy and gluten free banana pudding through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass bowl to capture small pieces of cooked egg.
scraping pudding of the bottom of the strainer with a clean spoon over the glass bowl.

The strainer catches small bits of cooked egg creating a creamier pudding.

Fine mesh strainer with bits of cooked eggs and clumps of cornstarch.

Completely Cool Banana Pudding

Stir the pudding until completely cool. While you prepare to assemble your gluten and dairy free banana pudding, set the pudding aside to continue to cool. Cooling ensure no condensation builds up watering down the pudding.

stirring the strained pudding in a glass bowl with a spoon to cool dairy and gluten free banana pudding

Assemble the Layers of the Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding

First, peel and slice 2 bananas.

slicing a peeled banana on a wooden cutting board.

Then, line the bottom of your pudding dish with gluten free vanilla wafers. Next, add a layer of sliced bananas.

layering the pudding dish with gluten free wafers.
Pudding dish with a layer of gluten free wafers and sliced bananas

Pour half of the pudding into the dish over the first layer of vanilla wafers and bananas.

Adding half of the pudding on top of the sliced bananas and wafers in the pudding dish

Lay the second layer of vanilla wafers and bananas. Pour out more banana pudding and smooth pudding out with a spoon.

Second layer of gluten free wafers on top of the dairy and gluten free banana pudding.
Second layer of sliced bananas on top of gluten free wafers
Spreading the last layer of dairy and gluten free pudding.

Make the Meringue

Add three egg whites to a mixing bowl.

three egg whites in a stainless-steel mixing bowl

Add a pinch of salt.

Adding a pinch of salt to the mixing bowl

Mix on high until peaks begin to form. If peaks fail to form, add 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tarter.

frothy egg whites in a metal mixing bowl

While mixing, slowly pour a fourth cup of sugar until mixture looks creamy.

slowly adding a fourth cup of sugar to the mixing bowl of egg whites

Once stiff peaks form, turn off the mixer.

stiff egg whites in a mixing bowl with the beater pulled up

Top Banana Pudding with Meringue

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scoop the meringue onto the top of the pudding.

Adding stiff meringue to the top of the dairy and gluten free banana pudding.

Smooth meringue to the edge of the dish and tap the top to create peaks.

Tapping the top of the meringue with a blue spatula to create peaks.

Wipe the edge of the bowl with a clean paper towel.

Wiping the edges of the bowl clean with a paper towel

Bake Meringue

Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes or until the tips have browned.

Putting dairy and gluten free banana pudding into the oven.

Allow pudding to completely cool. Before serving, refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.

Dairy and gluten free banana pudding with browned meringue sitting on a red and white hot pad on the countertop.

Printable Recipe Card

Gluten and dairy free banana pudding recipe card
Gluten and dairy free banana pudding recipe card
Dairy and gluten free banana pudding in a crystal dish with browned meringue

Enjoy!

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