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

January 20, 2022

When I found gluten free vanilla wafers in the grocery store, I knew I had to make gluten and dairy free banana pudding! For the past 10 years, I had to use gluten free graham crackers. What a treat to find these gluten free vanilla wafers. They worked beautifully!

How To Make Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding Video

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Which Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers to Buy

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.

Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding Ingredients

For the Dairy Free Pudding

  • 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

For the Meringue

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar

How to Make Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding

Make the 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.

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

to 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

In a separate bowl or blender, mix together 1 can of canned goat milk and 1 can of canned coconut milk. Then, 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 and 1/2 cups of the milk into the saucepan and reserve 1/2 cup of the milk in the measuring cup.

Adding milk to a saucepan on the stovetop

Add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to the 1/2 cup of reserved milk.

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

Stir it with a fork until there are no clumps left.

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.

Cook over medium-low heat stirring constantly. Do Not Boil It.

stirring the gluten and dairy free banana pudding on the stovetop with a whisk while it is cooking

After around 8 minutes, the saucepan will begin to steam. Soon after, the pudding will begin to thicken. When it does, reduce the heat to the low and continue stirring.

Gluten and dairy free banana pudding beginning to steam on the stovetop while cooking.

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

Gluten and dairy free banana pudding beginning to thicken in the saucepan.

Turn off the burner and remove the pan. Then, add 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.

Stir until the vegan butter is completely melted.

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

Then, 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 gluten and dairy free banana pudding through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass bowl.

scraping the bottom of the strainer with a clean spoon over the glass bowl.

The strainer will catch any bits of cooked egg.

strainer with bits of cooked eggs and clumps of cornstarch.

Stir the pudding until it has completely cooled. Set it aside while you prepare to assemble your gluten and dairy free banana pudding.

stirring the strained pudding in a glass bowl with a spoon

Assemble the Layers of the Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Pudding

Peel and slice 2 bananas.

slicing a peeled banana on a wooden cutting board.

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 wafer and sliced banana

Then, add half of the pudding to the dish as the next layer and smooth it out with a spoon.

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

Add another layer of wafers, bananas, and pudding. Smooth the pudding out with a spoon.

Second layer of gluten free wafer on top of the gluten and dairy free banana pudding.

Second layer of sliced bananas on top of the wafers

Spreading the last layer of gluten free and dairy 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 & 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tarter

Adding a pinch of salt to the mixing bowl

Mix on high until peaks begin to form.

frothy egg whites

Slowly a fourth cup of sugar while the mixer is going.

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

Mix until the sugar is fully incorporated and stiff peaks form.

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

Top and Bake

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scoop the meringue onto the top of the pudding.

Adding meringue to the top of the gluten and dairy 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 at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes or until the tips have browned.

Putting gluten and dairy free banana pudding into the oven.

Allow it to cool completely and then refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Gluten and dairy 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

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

Enjoy!

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