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Warm Banana Pudding

 Warm Banana Pudding
I've enjoyed my mother's pudding for as long as I can remember. She and I revised it, using a sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients. With its meringue-like top and soft vanilla wafer layer, it's a Southern dessert at its fines.—
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 12 reduced-fat vanilla wafer

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar substitute, 1/4 cup sugar and
  • cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil,
  • stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened. Remove from the
  • heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all
  • to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and
  • stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and
  • vanilla.
  • Pour half of the pudding into an ungreased 1-qt. baking dish. Toss
  • bananas with lemon juice; layer over pudding. Arrange vanilla wafers
  • in a single layer over bananas. Pour remaining pudding over wafers.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks

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Warm Banana Pudding (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • form. Beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until
  • stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread the meringue
  • evenly over pudding. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 12-15 minutes
  • or until golden brown. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe uses both sugar and sugar substitute. It was tested with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener and Parkay Light stick margarine.
Nutritional Facts: One serving equals 239 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 116 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.