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Banana Pudding Cannoli

 Banana Pudding Cannoli

 

Here we have a cannoli, or should I say THE cannoli?! As in THE BEST CANNOLI you might ever have! (just saying!) I’ve always loved to make mash up savory dishes, but I decided I’d try it out with a sweet dish this time and mannnn am I glad I did!! This dessert is the perfect mash up of a classic Southern dessert and a classic Italian dessert!

So, this was actually my first time ever having a cannoli which makes my argument that it’s the best cannoli a ‘lil biased (they’re really good tho). Honestly, because I’ve never had one that made cooking so much more fun and interesting. I loved tasting the shell for the first time and matching it with the traditional flavors of Banana Pudding!

It took me a while to find plain, large cannoli shells. Local bakeries only had shells that were already stuffed or dipped in chocolate. But, I didn’t give up! I was on a mission to find these shells. And, finally I found plain cannoli shells in a Publix bakery! Only to find out they were MINI SHELLS (seriously, who eats something that small?!?) Anyway, I was able to order the large shells and that’s my story of how I searched for cannoli lol.

These babies are so crunchy ( I really need to learn how to make these from scratch!) They’re filled with a banana cream cheese filling and dusted in powder sugar. Oh yea, can’t forget there’s also some Nilla wafers and homemade whipped cream! Are you drooling yet? Cause I am (ha!)

 

So, I’m going to stop jabbering, so that we can get COOKING! Head over to my YouTube channel to watch me make these Banana Pudding Cannoli step by step.

Banana Pudding Cannoli

Ingredients:
10 large cannoli shells
1 pack Jell-O Vanilla instant pudding
3 cups cold milk (for vanilla pudding)
1 pack Jell-O Banana Cream instant pudding
1 ¾ cup cold milk (for banana cream pudding)
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 bar of cream cheese
1-2 bananas, sliced
Mini Nilla Wafers (see note)
1/8 tsp salt

For Whipped Cream:
4 tbs powder sugar
2 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbs vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. In a bowl or mixer add 3 cups cold milk and vanilla pudding. Follow box instructions to mix until thickened. Set aside when done. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. In a bowl or mixed add 1 3/4 cup cold milk and banana cream pudding. Follow box instructions to mix until thickened. (This one will be much thicker than the vanilla pudding. Set aside when done.
  3. Mix together vanilla, cream cheese, and banana cream pudding in a bowl. Add salt and 1 tbs vanilla extract. Mix and sit in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. In a bowl or stand mixer, add heavy cream, 1 tbs vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Beat for 2-4 minutes or until mixture looks like whipped cream. Set in refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Using a piping bag, pipe the banana cream cheese filling into cannoli shells.
  6. Top with sliced banana, whipped cream, and Nilla Wafers.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Notes:

  • Nilla wafers are only for topping the cannoli. You can crunch them up or leave them whole.

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