Mama’ Keown’s Vanilla Pudding: Transformed into Bananas Foster Banana Pudding

photoAfter making a couple batches of Mama Keown’s Fluffy Banana Cake yesterday I still had 2 bananas left over. What else can you do with leftover bananas? UMMMM BANANA PUDDING…. I have always loved my Grandmothers Banana Pudding, and what makes her Banana Pudding so GOOD is she makes homemade Vanilla Pudding. There is no Jell-O instant pudding mix in this.

Years ago I asked her for her recipe for her Banana Pudding, she said it was just Bananas, Nilla Wafers, and her Mothers recipe for Vanilla Pudding.

A few days later I received a letter and a recipe in the mail. This Vanilla Pudding Recipe was the first recipe of my Great Grandmother’s, Mama’ Keown, I ever got. My Grandmother, Bessie, can sill remember her Mother making this Vanilla Pudding from the time she was a little girl. So this recipe at least dates back to the 30’s.

Another one of my Great-Grandmother’s Recipes in My Grandmothers Handwriting


Vanilla Pudding from Mama’ Keown

Directions and Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Sugar

2 Rounded Tablespoons of Flour

A Pinch of Salt

Mix together in a saucepan:

Add ¼ cup of milk and stir.

Add 1 slightly beaten egg and blend

Add 1¾ cup milk and cook until thickened

Add ½ – 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Cover the pudding with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.


My Grandmother wrote on the recipe card… “When I was very young everyone called this “Yellow Bessie”. I didn’t remember why, if I ever knew. Wanda said Mama was going on about how sweet I was and I asked if I was as sweet as “this pudding”.” My Grandmother also went on to say that Mama’ Keown had a recipe for “Chocolate Bessie” but she never got the recipe.


My husband loves banana pudding, without the bananas. I know, crazy right?!?! For him I layer Nilla Wafer’s and this Vanilla Pudding in a mason jar.


I love bananas and I’ve had this idea of combining two classic Southern Desserts in to one. Banana Pudding let me introduce you to Bananas Foster. They make a beautiful couple don’t they?


Bananas Foster Banana Pudding

­In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat add:

4 Tablespoons of Butter

½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground all spice

A pinch of salt

1/3 Cup Dark Rum

Cook over low heat until brown and bubbly. Add two sliced bananas and cook for another minute.

Turn off the heat and add 1/3 cup dark rum. Carefully ignite with a lighter and allow the alcohol to cook off. When the flames have gone out turn the heat back on and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a small mason jar add 2-3 Nilla Wafers. Next, spoon in a layer of the Vanilla Pudding, followed by a layer of the Bananas Foster. Repeat, Nilla Wafers, Vanilla Pudding, and Bananas Foster. Then grab a spoon!


I hope y’all enjoy and please let me know what you think.

Thanks Y’all!



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My name is Melody and I am the cook and blogger behind Meals With Mel. I have a love for traveling, I share a joy for gardening, and I have a passion for cooking. Although I do some baking, I don't consider myself a baker as I can't stand having to measure. When it comes to cooking my philosophy is add a bit of this, a dash of that, a splash of something doesn't hurt, never forget some type of pepper and always add at least one clove of garlic. Thanks for stopping by my Spicy Texas Kitchen and I hope to see you again!!! Melody

3 thoughts on “Mama’ Keown’s Vanilla Pudding: Transformed into Bananas Foster Banana Pudding

  1. Love the name “Yellow Bessie!” and the handwritten recipe is the best. It makes me happy to pull out old family recipes and see my mom’s or my aunt’s writing… fun post!


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