Banana Pudding Wafer Surprise

I used to teach an after school cooking class for kids. I thought I would share this; it is a simple recipe for a child to make. This recipe can be adapted very easily. Gluten free? Use gluten free wafers and pudding. Milk allergy? Use soy or rice or coconut milk. Need more? Double the recipe. It is set up to teach kids about food, cooking and responsibility.


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10

Total Time: 30

Yield: 5



  1. The first thing you do, is to wash your preparation surface. It should be clean, and no animals in the room when you cook. Wash your hands. If you touch your face, hair, pet or dirty surface while cooking, you need to wash your hands again.
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  3. Gather your supplies. You will need all your ingredients, a cutting board, a butter knife, a measuring cup, a bowl and a container with a lid. Take all this to your prep area.
  4. Take your vanilla wafers and layer them in the bottom of your container, in a single layer.
  5. Slice your bananas with the butter knife. As you slice them, put them in the bowl and put either lemon or lime juice over them. The juice contains asorbic acid and it keeps the bananas from turning brown. Make sure it gets on each banana slice.
  6. Gently pour off the juice, so that it doesn't end up in your pudding surprise.
  7. Layer your bananas on top of the vanilla wafers.
  8. Open your pudding and put it into a bowl or jar that has a tight lid. Add 2 cups of milk and either mix if in a bowl, or if a jar, tightly put the lid on and shake until it is all mixed up, about 3 minutes.*
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  10. Pour the pudding over the bananas. Make sure each slice is covered. You need to do this quickly before the pudding sets up.
  11. Cover the pudding surprise container with its lid. Place it level in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes until it sets up good. You must store this in the refrigerator because it has milk in it, and dairy products must be kept cold.
  12. Now it is time to clean up. Put your carton of milk and lemon juice back into the refrigerator. Throw away your pudding box trash. Take the dirty knife, cutting board and bowl to the sink and wash or rinse and put into your dishwasher. Wash down your prep area. If you got any food on the floor, sweep or wipe it up. If you have a compost pile, put your banana peels in it. If you don't, wrap up your peels in a bag or newspaper before throwing away (or take to your trash outside). Banana peels attract bugs, so don't just throw them away loose. When all done, wash your hands again.
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*If an older child who uses the stove is cooking, they may need to modify this step if they are using the type of pudding that you cook. Supervise them if necessary.

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful
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My, how times have changed. When I was in junior high, there were classes in home economics. Boys did not attend and the classes were intentionally directed towards girls, only.

Boys eat, too. Therefore, they should know how to prepare food without their sexual identity being questioned. While their favorite pastime may not be spending time in the kitchen, every boy should be able to help out in a pinch.

Your recipe is pretty much the way I prepared banana pudding as a young boy and would be a good introduction to cooking for a child of either gender.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful
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Instant pudding mix will NOT thicken if made with soy milk.

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