Is Banana Pudding Healthy for Weight Loss? It Is When You Make it From Scratch!

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Mini Banana Pudding cups with loads of flavor.

Dig into this delicious treat, guilt-free!

Is banana pudding healthy for weight loss? It can be! Satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds by making this skinny banana pudding recipe! We’ve given the classic sweet treat a skinny makeover, and your body will thank you. This mini dessert is perfectly portioned, so you can enjoy this ultra-rich treat without giving a second thought to blowing your healthy eating plan.

Forget store-bought pudding cups that overload you with gelatinous textures and overly sugary flavors! This homemade pudding is a seriously underrated treat that takes dessert to a whole new level. We absolutely love it because it delivers the perfect amount of sweetness and rich, indulgent character minus any artificial ingredients. Want to learn how to pull it off? Read on to learn how!

A Decadent Yet Healthy Dessert

This yummy pudding is the perfect way to end your day!

Each spoonful of this skinny banana pudding recipe satisfies with both flavor and texture. It starts with that creamy, melt-in-your-mouth banana goodness. Then, each pudding cup is topped with delicious chopped almonds to add crunch. It all comes together to create a healthy dessert your taste buds will love.

How is Banana Pudding Healthy for Weight Loss? Clean Ingredients

Make this dessert for your family after-dinner dessert or as a treat for a buffet spread!

How is banana pudding healthy for weight loss? Unlike traditional recipes, our Skinny Banana Pudding recipe ditches refined sugars, relying instead on coconut sugar and the natural sweetness of bananas. As a result, our recipe boasts a lower sugar and carbohydrate profile than its counterparts. That means this perfectly creamy dessert will satisfy all your post-dinner cravings without wrecking your waistline.

Each satisfying serving clocks in at just 102 calories a cup, a small fraction of the calories you’ll find with traditional desserts! If you love this skinny dessert, be sure to check out our Skinny Mini – Strawberry Cheesecake!

How To Make Skinny Banana Pudding That’s Healthy for Weight Loss

This skinny banan pudding is full of sweet flavor but low in calories.

Despite its lovely presentation, this decadent recipe doesn’t take much effort to throw together! The first part of our recipe focuses on the almonds. Roast ten whole almonds in an oven preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. When they’re toasted, remove the nuts and mince them using a knife or in a food processor.

Next, combine the cornstarch, salt, and sugar in a small saucepan. Add the egg yolk and gradually stir in the milk until the ingredients are well combined. Continuously stir the mixture until it becomes a pudding-like consistency before turning off the heat and adding the vanilla.

Now comes the fun part! Gather your banana slices and layer them with the pudding in your favorite dessert dish. Finish with the crumbled almonds as a topping, and voila: Your gorgeous sweet treats are ready!

We’re Going Bananas For Bananas!

This mini banana pudding dessert offers the perfect portion to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Anything banana-themed has our vote, and for a good reason! Research shows bananas can help stabilize blood sugar levels and boost digestion. Meanwhile, this beloved yellow fruit can also aid in weight loss! The fiber in bananas makes the superfood quite filling, which can help reduce your appetite and curb cravings. This tasty banana pudding won’t just satisfy your cravings; it’ll have you reaping all of these amazing health benefits as well!

Skinny Mini Desserts – Banana Pudding

4.36 from 34 votes

Skinny Mini Desserts – Banana Pudding

This yummy banana pudding is a mini dessert that's low in calories and tastes great.
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 3.2 ounces
Course Dessert
Cuisine Universal


  • 10 almonds whole
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • dash of Kosher or sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1 egg yolk slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk 1 or 2% is recommended, (optional canned lite coconut milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas thinly sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Roast almonds for 12 minutes and allow to cool while preparing pudding. After they have cooled, mince the almonds in a food processor or with a knife.
  • In a saucepan, combine cornstarch, salt, and sugar. Add the egg yolk to the dry ingredients. Gradually stir in milk and continue stirring until well combined. Turn to medium heat and cook while stirring constantly. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens into a pudding-like consistency.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. While still warm, alternate pudding with bananas in dessert dishes. Sprinkle minced almonds on top of the pudding. Top with whipped topping if desired. Click here for our clean-eating Whipped Topping recipe.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 3.2ounces | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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Homemade banana pudding can definitely be healthy for weight loss. It uses clean ingredients like almonds and bananas, which are free of preservatives and full of nutrients. Making your favorite treats from scratch is an excellent way to work them into a healthy lifestyle—plus, homemade snacks are delicious! What do you think—is banana pudding healthy for weight loss? 

Have you made this healthy banana pudding recipe? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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Editor’s note: This recipe was originally published on April 3, 2013.

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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  1. Just made this tonight…replaced the sugar with splenda and used 1% milk instead of 2%. Came out really good…however, 6 servings? I think not. My fiance and I split it between us and I figured it's about 226 calories for 2 servings.

    1. Bryan, The point of the Skinny Mini Desserts concept is to have a small serving, which is satisfying while allowing you to have a special treat. I made 6 servings in 3.2 oz dessert dishes (see pic). My husband ate one and asked, “What about seconds?” lol I ate one and was perfectly satisfied without feeling full. Of course, some people might eat the entire dessert! I’m trilled you and your finance enjoyed! Next, try the Mini Strawberry Cheesecake, which makes 8 servings. 😀

  2. What is Mild Honey? I can't find (or afford) coconut palm sugar and I would love to make some of your desserts. It just seems like the sugar substitutes are out of reach for me. I also live in Hawaii with limited places to find these uniqe health foods. Thanks

    1. By mild, it means a milder flavored honey. You can use any honey you want to though. Hawaii has some great ones!

  3. I am in college and new to the whole cooking and preparing food thing. Is there anyway the make all 6 servings but safe the other 5? Will it still taste the same if it is refrigerated? Thanks in advance!

    1. You could make the pudding and then only top and assemble the one you are going to eat with the sliced banana. Save the pudding for the next day and then slice the banana for that one when you want to eat it.
      Also, I would recommend heating the milk and sugar on low heat, then temper the beaten egg and beat it into the warm milk, then add the cornstarch, this method will give you a real pudding texture.

    1. You should be able to view the nutritional data, including the cholesterol under the title of the recipe. Try reloading your browser or emptying the cache, or use another browser, i.e. if you are in Internet Explorer try Google Chrome, etc.

  4. Hello,

    This looks like a yummy and light dessert recipe and I love bananas!☺ instead of coconut palm sugar can I use demerera or brown sugar because that is what I have on hand right now? Thanks.

    1. We do not recommend substituting demerera or brown sugar because the recipe would no longer be “clean”, however, the recipe will still be edible with processed sweeteners.

    1. Jessica, I just did a little research and it appears, based on one serving size, that the small amount of almonds would have zero points. So, not eating the almonds would not reduce the smartpoints.

  5. It seems that Is it possible to get the pudding too thick. At least mine got too thick and t was impossible to spread it. What can I do to thin it out?

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