Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Going Bananas

This week we had bananas on the brain.   


Bananas are a great treat for dogs and people.  They are loaded with B vitamins that help calm the central nervous system and they are said to boost brain power, so they'd make a good before before training session snack!  Bananas re also a good mood food, they contain a protein that get converted into serotonin in your body and that's the chemical that makes us feel nice and happy.

For us pups mom made Banana Oat Drop Cookies

 and they couldn't have been easier.   It took her about five minutes to mix them up, so if your 'rents are not baking inclined these are a good easy treat for them to start with.

Banana Oat Drop Cookies
  4 bananas mashed
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup coconut flour, or substitute whole wheat flour
1/2 cup apple sauce 
2 tbsp honey
1 egg beaten 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.   Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until completely combined.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and drop the dough on in heaping tablespoons.  Bake about 45 minutes but watch closely, you want the cookies to firm up and brown a little but not get to over cooked.  We like them kind of soft.

After the cookies we still had  a lot of bananas so mom made one of Dad's favorite deserts.  Banana Pudding from the famous Magnolia bakery.  This desert takes a while to make, it has to sit over night, but its very easy to mix up and you never have to turn on the oven.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cups ice cold water
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (preferably Jell-O brand)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (12-ounce) box Nabisco Nilla Wafers
  • 4 cups sliced ripe bananas (about 4-5 bananas)
Remember to start his recipe the night before  you want to eat it.  In an electric mixer beat the pudding mix, with the condensed milk, and water for one minute on medium speed.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.  The next day about 6-8 hours before you want to serve the pudding, whip the 3 cups of heavy cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form.  Fold in the pudding mixture.  Take a large serving bowl and place a layer of Nilla wafers at the bottom, about 1/3 of the box, top with 1/3 of the sliced bananas and 1/3 of the pudding.  Continue the layers finishing with a layer of pudding topped with wafers.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 6-8 hours, you need to refrigerate it so that the cookies will get soft and cake like.   

Now I can't claim the pudding is healthy, but it will put you in a good mood!


  1. My mom loves old fashioned 'nanner pudding but she won't share with me...Your 'nanner treats look really good to me

  2. I can't wait to try your treat recipe for my guys. Thanks!

  3. Yum yum it is Tasty Tuesday at yours. They both look delicious. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. My guys LOVE plantain chips...me, too! They are an easy training treat. I buy them pre-made at a local Indian food store :-)

  5. Hey Urban Hounds, Jet here. Hi Miss Kate.

    Would it be ok if Mom said she liked the K9 recipe too? She uses coconut flour as well. I'm trying to regain my buff, manly man physique right now, so, she may save this idea for the future! :)

  6. Lola & Tut think they sound yummy, but Zeus & Sophie aren't so much fans of bananas anymore... However I still manage to sneak some in here and there!

  7. Every dog I have had HATES bannanas which I wish they didnt because we always have them around and they make great kong stuffing. I love me some bannana bread - yummy!

  8. All we can say is mmmmmmmmmmm yummmmmm! Mom is going to have a baking day with some of the grandaughters, maybe they will bake some of these for us.

    Glad Weasley is OK after the incident! Us young uns can keep life interesting for sure!
    Bailey & Hazel too

  9. i've never tried coconut flour before, something i need to be on the look out for at the store. you know, i have that magnolia bakery cookbook and have seen that recipe, only thing i have made, is that apple crumble recipe (not sure of the official name). i didnt like the way it came out, and i made it twice. maybe its just me, usually the second time around though it'll work out. but, i'd like to give this recipe a try since it looks like it worked out well for you.

  10. I want some of that pudding! and the oat balls! Love the banana dog costume - sooo cute!

  11. Hahaha this banana pug looks very cute :-)
    I love bananas! This banana pudding looks yummy...mmm! I agree, it sure will put you in a good mood!

  12. Woof! Woof! LOVE LOVE Bananas. I ate a banana everyday. Happy tasty Tuesday. Golden Thanks for sharing great recipes and joining the TT blog hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  13. We don't think we can get the coconut flour here but we could substitute wholemeal flour. Dip is crazy for bananas!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  14. I love bananas but my Lily makes a funny face at them. What does banana pug pie taste like ?
    Benny & Lily

  15. D&D are salivating! The human pudding looks very similar to a version my mom makes that is to die for. Tim asks her to make it for his bday every year.

  16. I love'z nana's :) Gonna get her in door'z to make me thoze cookie'z :) xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  17. That top picture is hilarious!! I love bananas and that banana pudding looks delicious

  18. I love bananas and that first pic! LOL!

  19. YUM! I always love how your recipes have a puppy treat and a people treat. Mama thinks banana pudding sounds heavenly!