EZ Peasy Vanilla Cream Pots with Meringue

It's Foodie Friday!
When Pam on her blog The Gypsy Chef shared this dessert,
I knew I wanted to make it. And thank you to Barb at Moveable Feasts for sharing the real deal in the first place. :)
I needed a fast and easy dessert so I took some LIBERTIES by using instant pudding, instead of straight milk I used half milk and half cream (you can use half & half, I didn't have it on hand.)
You've probably noticed I usually don't use instant or boxed mixes, but I was in a hurry and this fit my schedule perfectly.
Here are the necessary ingredients:

Gee, I'm glad Mr. OUaP picked up "Reduced Fat" Nilla wafers when I told him I needed a box of vanilla wafers. (Ha! Don't be fooled this is not a low calorie recipe.)

A slice of banana in each little cup is optional, and you could easily top with whipped cream or dessert topping if you want to skip the meringue step.

Place one vanilla wafer in the bottom of each container. If you don't have little containers like these, (they hold about 2 ounces) ~ use any tiny bowls you have. (oven-proof, if you're going to top with meringue.) Espresso cups work perfectly.

Mix the pudding according to the package directions, substituting half & half for the milk (or make your own; half milk and half cream)
Spoon the pudding into the containers to within 1/3-inch of the top. (1/2-inch if you are adding a slice of banana to each one.)

Place in refrigerator to chill while you make your favorite meringue recipe. When meringue is ready, pipe or spoon over vanilla cream. Bake in 325*(F) oven for about 8 to 10 minutes until meringue is lightly browned. Alternately, top with whipped cream or creamy dessert topping.

Serve right away while still warm, or cool and refrigerate to chill before serving.

So little effort for such delicious results ~ and if you only eat one, good for you.
Feel smug! ...:D

Thank you for stopping by ~
If you try this little dessert I hope you enjoy.

And thank you to Michael at Designs by Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday.

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  1. Mari, These are beautiful! I could see so many pudding possibilities. Pudding served so beautifully elevates it to another level!

  2. Beautiful and easy - my kind of cooking! Sounds delicious too :)

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  3. I loved that recipe when I first saw it on Barbara's site, Moveable Feasts, and Gypsy Chef made it adorable with the lion pots and your recreation is beautiful, Mari!

    Is that green grass I see in the background? Oh, my color-starved eyes are so envious.

  4. That is a great tip to use half & half or cream to make pudding. The kids love those boxed pudding mixes because they can make it themselves. I love this version with all the texture of the banana, vanilla wafers and that wonderful crispy meringue. Another great one!

  5. Mari, this looks really wonderful. And the meringue! WOW! I love your little ramekins. They are so cute. Great job, and thanks for the recipe...


    Sheila :-)

  6. A great twist on a true Southern classic! So elegant! Please keep me in you prayers as I head to the Dominican/Haiti sunday!!

  7. These are awesome! I would love to try them.

  8. Mari, Thanks for such a great recipe, I am always looking for great desserts, I will certainly use this one.


  9. Oh they look wonderful..and I have those little pots!
    Mr. OUaP..LOL! If they only knew!!

  10. These are adorable! I'll simply have to try them!

  11. This looks like even I could make it. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely make this. Now I just have to find the exact dishes you have! --Delores

  12. These look so elegant - but seem like they could be done when you don't have a lot of time. Excellent combination! Like everyone else, I'd love to find your little dishes;) Such a pretty presentation!

  13. You have a wonderful knack for making even the simplest of foods look amazing. I'm in awe...

  14. Simple and delicious one...Beautiful and mouthwatering clicks...

  15. It seems like foodie bloggers are on a pudding kick. Not that I'm complaining or anything...

  16. yummm. All this food is making me hungry :)

  17. So gorgeous, Mari! I want some. Yum.

  18. so beautiful!! i wish I cld hv some. sigh

  19. Mari-I love individual desserts, especially the kind that is a lot of bang for the buck! I WILL be doing this! I have never thought about piping my meringue--thanks! Can't wait for the blue and white giveaway!

  20. I can imagine how delicious the two different textures must be like!

  21. Mari-ur a domestic goddess dear-everything about this yummyluscious delite is stunning....right from the different layers to the beautiful meringue topping .......and oh ur cream pots.....Gosh they are is taking me to shopping next week and i go directly to home stores to pick goodies....

  22. You did this justice! Lovely, lovely pics, Mary. I love the idea of low fat, too. Kudos to you and Mr. OUaP!



  23. AS you know I loved them did them so proud Mary! Just little divas all 4 of them.

  24. Right up my alley, easy peasy is my middle name! Looking forward to searching your blog for other great recipes...

  25. What beautiful little desserts Mari. Your bowls are perfect for this quick and delicious dessert. Sometimes starting with a box mix can be a life saver. Piped meringue is the crowning touch.

  26. Perfect, all of them! Oh, for a spoonful right now ... gorgeous photos!!

  27. Just delightful to the eye as well as the palate I am sure! Love this!

  28. How wonderful is that!!!! They are perfect and I bet very yummy! Your pictures tell it all. Thanks for the recipe......I will be trying it soon:)

  29. Absolutely adorable!

    PS - I have those little lion's head bowls. Soooo cute!

  30. Mari, what an elegant way to serve a simple delicious dessert! Bravo... and thanks for the idea.

  31. Mari, I love vanilla pudding and often make it for myself, as the boys prefer chocolate.
    In any case, yours look so dainty, with their little meringue toques!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  32. Mari...what a gorgeous presentation. Your pudding looks heavenly :)


  33. Those are too cute for words :)That dessert reminds me of when I was little, and my mom made the dessert from the box.

  34. I don't think there is any way I could eat just one!! They're so beautiful and look so delicious. Yum!


  35. Well, I must say that is the fanciest Banana Puddin' I've ever seen. If I made that my grandma would turn over in her grave. Bless her heart, I'm making it anyway! They always said I was the uppity one in the family. lol

  36. What adorable little desserts! *If* is a big word, isn't it? (... if you only eat one...) ;)

  37. This is one of those times to eat dessert first.

  38. These are so cute! I can tell they would also taste great!


  39. This has my name written all over it. However, I must have those little "pots" first. That's one thing I love about food--it always involves dishes, especially hunting for dishes. I love how yours exactly fit the wafer.
    PS Bandy is enjoying your blog.

  40. Gorgeous! The banana pudding I ate as a kid never looked this good! :)

  41. These look just beautiful and I bet they taste as good as they look! I love the little baking cups too!

  42. Mari, Thanks for featuring me and my pots des banana. You've taken them to new heights! Beautiful pics.
    Love instant pudding! Quick and easy!
    Always good in a pinch.


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