I love a good pot luck party. Pot lucks are when people bring their A-game and make their signature dish to share with co-workers, friends, and family. Not only is it fun to get together with friends/family, but it’s really fun to see what people bring and eat different dishes! I have a list of go-to casseroles for pot luck party, but when it comes to dessert, I have only one pot luck go-to (because it’s that good!). My Strawberry Banana Pudding is decadent and guaranteed to impress a crowd. Layers of delicious cookies, bananas, sweetened pudding with strawberries, and topped with whipped cream. No fuss, no bake dessert perfect for any occasion. This is not a Weight Watcher recipe and is considered one of my *splurge* recipes. Sometimes I want the guilty version of a dish!
When it comes to pot luck parties and feeding a crowd, I always get so stressed about what to make… a casserole or dessert. I usually try to make a healthy dish for parties, but sometimes I want to forget counting points and make something decadent, especially when I really want to WOW a crowd. Last week was Thanksgiving so in preparation for the big day, I spent hours trying to figure out what I could make. My husband and I spent Thanksgiving week in Maryland/D.C. visiting his family. Thanksgiving dinner was scheduled to have around 60 people so I knew whatever I made had to feed a large crowd. Our visit to Maryland was also a mini vacation for us, which meant that I didn’t have a ton of time to cook something for Thanksgiving. In fact, I only had less than an hour to make something! While it might seem non-traditional to bring banana pudding to Thanksgiving, it was the perfect dessert to bring because it was no bake, easy peasy to make, and made enough to feed a large crowd.
Our visit to Maryland/DC was not only a chance for us to visit his family, but it was also my first time to go to Washington D.C. My husband was excited to show me the city that he grew up in. We only had 2 full days to explore D.C. so we made the most of it and saw as much as we could!
We saw The White House:
We saw the Washington Monument:
We saw the Lincoln Memorial:
We saw the capital:
We went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
We rented bikes and rode around the city:
And we ended a long day of walking by going to the oldest saloon in D.C.:
I still can’t believe that we went to D.C. last week and was able to see all these amazing buildings and historic places that I always dreamed of seeing once in my lifetime. The city was beautiful, easy to get around, and fun! It’s hard to believe that I was walking on the same streets where so many important figures in our history have walked. My husband kept saying “Ben Franklin used to run around these streets!” Crazy huh? The week just flew by. We spent 2 days in D.C. being tourist and the rest of our week visiting my husband’s family and childhood friends. It was a really special trip for him because he was able to see family and friends that he hasn’t seen in a while. It was a really special trip for me because I was able to MEET his family and friends that I haven’t met yet.
So when it came time to decide what to make for a Thanksgiving party of 60, I knew my Strawberry Banana Pudding would be perfect for this occasion. I didn’t have time to cook a big casserole so I needed something that was no bake and big enough to feed a bunch of people. This dessert is perfect for when you are in a time crunch and need to feed a lot of people. For Thanksgiving, I actually doubled the recipe just in case there wasn’t enough. I’m told that the dessert was a huge hit and that people were asking for the recipe after we left dinner. That makes me happy and it makes not counting Weight Watcher points for a day totally worth it! Even though this recipe might not seem traditional for Thanksgiving, it’s so good that nobody will be mad at you if you make this instead of pumpkin pie. Actually, banana pudding always makes an appearance at my family’s Christmas Eve party :).
This recipe is super easy to make and probably the best banana pudding you’ve ever had. What makes it so unique? Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies and fresh strawberries. I’ve had banana pudding a ton in my life, but this recipe is a step above the rest. The cookies really make this recipe taste better than the traditional Nilla wafers and the addition of the strawberries really adds a delicious flavor and texture. Oh, and the pudding mix has sweetened condensed milk (which makes EVERYTHING BETTER!) What makes this recipe even better is the fact that it’s no bake so you just have to assemble the dessert then it’s ready to eat.
Strawberry Banana Pudding is decadent and guaranteed to impress a crowd. Layers of delicious cookies, bananas, sweetened pudding with strawberries, and topped with whipped cream. No fuss, no bake dessert perfect for any occasion. Great for holiday parties and pot lucks!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!