Is This Recipe a Keeper? Banana-Pineapple Passion

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Date: Labor Day, September 6, 2010

Time: 3:30 PM


Me: Hello?

The Mister: We’ve been invited to a barbecue with [the bachelor artists].  I’ll be home at 5:30 to pick you up.  We really should take something.

Me: Ummm, what?  It’s not like this is a lot of notice….

The Mister: I know.  I’m sorry.  It was really last minute.  If we don’t take anything, it’s okay.

*We hang up after discussing some other logistics*

I go over to the pantry.  I spy a box of vanilla pudding.  I do an Internet search with “vanilla pudding recipes” as the key word.  Over at the Kraft website, I find a recipe calling for three ingredients: vanilla pudding, a 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks, and a banana.

I have two 8 oz. cans of pineapple chunks plus some opened pineapple juice in the fridge.  I have a banana.  And, of course, I have the vanilla pudding.

The Mister comes home and I inform him that I am a genius!  He said he already knew that I am.

Banana Pineapple Passion from

1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks, undrained
1 pkg.  (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 Bananas, sliced

ADD pineapple with liquid to dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Stir 2 min. or until well blended. (Mixture will be thick.)

Add pineapple juice to the pudding (I know the recipe says to just dump from the can into the pudding, but I wanted to mix the pudding up, first)

Add the pineapple chunks

ADD bananas; mix lightly.

Add the banana(s). I only had one banana but it was pretty big and seemed to work okay.

SERVE immediately. Or, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The finished product!

Seven servings, 1/2 cup each.


I didn’t know how many people would be at the barbecue so I didn’t make individual servings.  I just mixed and served it in one of my Pyrex bowls.

Verdict: This is a good “in a pinch” dessert or snack recipe.  The three bachelor artists and The Mister loved it.  We brought the leftovers home and The Mister had it for a late night snack again on Tuesday, although he said it was losing its flavor.  By Wednesday, though, the leftovers were runny and starting to ferment.

Is this recipe a keeper? Yes, it is.  I probably won’t add it to my rotation but it is nice to have it “just in case” I need to whip something up at the last minute to impress some bachelor artists.