Peanut Butter Pudding Cups with Caramel Apples and Bananas and Vanilla Wafer Streusel

I can’t wait to tell you all about these amazing peanut butter pudding cups with caramelized apples and bananas, and vanilla wafer streusel, but first, I need to touch on Pinterest and a giveaway!

So…I caved.  I finally joined in on the Pinterest craze.  Craze is the operative word here because I’ve gone crazy pinning stuff.  This is also why I’ve labeled the photo case anyone pins it so those who see it know what it is without having to read the fine print.  It’s also there to draw your attention away from the overexposed topping..but hey, that’s artificial light for ya.

 Peanut Butter Pudding Cups (or Parfairs) with Caramel Apples and Bananas and Vanilla Wafer Streusel
Like I said...crazy..crazed.  I wake up to go to the bathroom, I end up pinning for an hour.  I pin before work..I pin after work. I get up in the middle of watching a movie or Yankee game..

“I’m going to go pin, okay?”

I can’t surf without pinning.  This is why I abstained for so long.  I knew this would happen.  Fresh air is dwindling.

Everyone says it’ll wear off soon. I seriously question that.

 Peanut Butter Pudding Cups (or Parfairs) with Caramel Apples and Bananas and Vanilla Wafer Streusel

The plus side is, I hated navigating through my thousands of bookmarks looking for specific recipes.  Now I don’t have to.  They sit in neatly categorized boards with a photo.  One click, no searching.  Relief.

I also have a great giveaway for you all. is offering one of my readers a $50.00 gift coupon code to use on their site.  When I made my strawberry panna cotta verrines back in 2011, many people commented and emailed asking where I got the ‘glasses’  I used.  Well, they aren’t glasses..they are plastic cups that look like glasses. Granted, I purchased them somewhere else, but sells them too, at a better price in bulk.

If you’re a food blogger who doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on real glassware or real silverware..or real most any tableware or server ware, for photo props, this is your place.  If you’re a person who loves to throw parties..this is your place.  If you’re a person who hates doing dishes, this is your place.

 Peanut Butter Pudding Cups (or Parfairs) with Caramel Apples and Bananas and Vanilla Wafer Streusel

All of their disposable and/or biodegradable stuff is pretty amazing because it’s all beautiful and it all looks real, from bamboo to plastic.  They also have a new line of gorgeous porcelain tableware and sever ware, which you can see HERE.

Every single thing in each photo (outside of the stuff in it – though that is disposable if you don’t like it!) in this post is disposable and/or biodegradable, graciously sent to me by  Instructions on how to enter this giveaway are below the recipe for these pudding cups.

Now..speaking of the recipe, it came to me when I had a craving for peanut butter pudding.  As I was stirring the pudding on the stove top, all of these ideas started popping into my head.  Before I knew it, what should have only taken 15 minutes, resulting in a bowl of rich, luscious peanut butter pudding I would have been already eating; turned into an hour, and a bowl of rich caramel bananas and apples, and a pan of vanilla wafer streusel sitting in front of me.

Vanilla wafer streusel? Yep, instead of oatmeal, I used crushed vanilla wafers and it’s pretty awesome.  With a vanilla bean or two..some cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and butter, this could be a snack on its own.  Try it and see for yourself!

 Peanut Butter Pudding Cups (or Parfairs) with Caramel Apples and Bananas and Vanilla Wafer StreuselWhen I alternate layers of  the peanut butter pudding and caramel apple banana mixture, I call them parfaits.  Otherwise, pudding ‘cups’ sounds better, especially to the kids!

The verdict on these pudding cups? “The caramel fruit is awesome and the pudding is crazy peanut butter silky!”, was one comment.  The empty disposable glasses was all the proof I needed to post these.  It’s not often I get it exactly how I want it the first time here they are…

Peanut Butter Pudding

with caramelized apples and bananas..

and vanilla wafer streusel.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Caramel Apples and Bananas Peanut Butter Pudding Cups with Vanilla Wafer Streusel
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: Amount depends on size glasses used
The number of servings depend on the size glasses you use and how much of each ingredient you layer into said glasses
Peanut Butter Pudding
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2¾ cups milk or 2 cups of milk plus ¾ cup half and half
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Caramel Bananas and Apples
  • 2 bananas, peeled, split vertically into thirds, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium apple, preferably tart, like a Granny Smith, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch to 1-inch chunks
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla Wafer Streusel
  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (about 20 vanilla wafers)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ⅓ cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 fat vanilla beans, split and scraped (place empty pods in your sugar canister for vanilla sugar) or two teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  1. Make the peanut butter pudding. In medium saucepan, combine the light brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Slowly stir in the milk (or milk plus half and half) until smooth, then cook over medium heat until thick and bubbling, stirring or whisking constantly. Don't worry if nothing happens for the first few minutes because once it starts to bubble it wiill thicken quickly. It's done when it coats the back of a spoon and you're able to draw a line through that coating.
  2. When thick, remove from the heat and stir in the 1 cup of peanut butter and vanilla beans or two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Let come to room temperature, then refrigerate until set and cool.
    Alternatively, you can also pour the hot pudding into the cups you are using, then cover each cup with plastic wrap, making sure it's pressed against the top of the pudding to avoid a skin from forming, then chill until set.
  3. Make the caramel bananas and apples. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Reduce the heat to medium, and sprinkle the granulated sugar evenly around the pan, then top with the dark brown sugar. When the granulated sugar starts to liquify and turn golden..start shaking the pan to distribute the heat and sugar evenly. The brown sugar won't melt as fast as the granulated sugar, but that's ok. Once the granulated sugar is melted, start stirring the brown sugar into will melt instantly. If you're worried about crystallization since this is the dry method of caramelizing sugar, stir in a little water or corn syrup with the sugars, then start heating it.
  4. Immediately stir in the butter once the sugars are melted and golden brown, then add the chopped apples. Stir for one minute, then add the chopped bananas and salt. Cook until the fruits have softened, but are not mushy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and pour caramelized fruit and syrup into a heat proof bowl or large heat proof glass like a pyrex measuring cup. Let cool completely - about 30 minutes, the amount of time it will take to prepare, make and cool the streusel.
  5. Make the Vanilla Wafer Streusel. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until crumbly, but comes together when you squeeze some with your fingers.
  6. Spread on a baking sheet, squeezing some together to make clumps, if desired. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes..stirring half way through to make sure it crisps and browns evenly.
  7. Assemble pudding cups. This is all up to you. Layer each ingredient in glasses or cups, any way you want. I made some with pudding, then streusel, then caramelized fruit, then more pudding, then more caramelized fruit and streusel - lather, rinse, repeat. I also made some with mostly pudding, a thin layer of the caramelized fruit, and a light sprinkle of streusel. I just spooned everything into the cups, but you can make these really beautiful with more refinement.
    If you pour your pudding into each cup to set, once set, top each pudding cup with several spoonfuls of the caramel bananas and apples and the vanilla wafer streusel. Enjoy!

To Enter the Giveaway, just leave a comment.  But first check out their site by clicking the photo below to see all the amazing stuff you can choose from!

For 4 bonus entries (can never leave you without bonus entries!)

1. Like on Facebook

2. Follow on Twitter

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173 Responses to Peanut Butter Pudding Cups with Caramel Apples and Bananas and Vanilla Wafer Streusel

  1. Oh my goodness that looks super yummy. Peanut butter pudding is a real new flavor to me. Book marking this one.

  2. Yummmm! What a delicious combination
    Looks yummy as hell, you talented girl

  3. Rosa Mayland says:

    A delightful dessert! Those parfaits look and sound amazing.



  4. Eric F says:

    Looks good… I just pinned it. 🙂

  5. kate says:

    Looks really good – have to try that topping!

  6. Oh my GOSH! Wow! This looks incredible, Lisa. That topping and the middle and the caramel…where do I start? Give me a spoon. Just love this. And I know-Pinterest is dangerous. I was like you in the beginning. I now know how to pace myself ;)Happy you’re in the pinning world now!! Great giveaway:)xx

  7. Jenny says:

    Awesome! So glad you came around to Pinterest! Can’t wait to look at your boards! 🙂 …that kind of sounds a little creepy…

  8. MandyM says:

    I love those disposable goodies! They look gorgeous, wouldn’t have guessed they’re not “real”.

    And HELLO peanut butter. Nom! That streusel sounds awesome, nothing weird about using wafers. I think I’d prefer that to an oats inclusive one.

    I’ve yet to join Pinterest, I already spend so much time online, not sure what I’d do if I got hooked on that too!

  9. sherri wellman says:

    I love to cook but need to find the time and talent to do it more often! 🙂

  10. Katherine says:

    These look so good and I love the different shapes of serving dishes they have

  11. Katherine says:

    LIke restaurant ware on FB kath B

  12. Katherine says:

    Follow you on twitter @mkjmc

  13. ky2here says:

    They have so many great things, I could get lost in the ramekins alone

    ky2here at msn dot com

  14. ky2here says:

    following lisa Pinterest as Ky2here

  15. ky2here says:

    following parsleynsage twitter as ky2here1

  16. ky2here says:

    following bambooware twitter as ky2here1

  17. ky2here says:

    Like Restaurantware FB as Kyhere Here

    ky2here at msn dot com

  18. You are amazing my friend, this parfait pudding combo looks so so delicious!
    And I love your giveaway it is so exciting 😀
    Liked it on Facebook and thank you do much for hosting!

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. I am currently hooked on everything peanut butter and this sounds blow-your-mind amazing!! And vanilla wafer struesel?! Yes please!

  20. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Wow! This is amazing! Looks delicious!

  21. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Follow on Facebook

  22. ELIZABETH C. says:

    oops…. Elizabeth C. Facebook- Vaca2010

  23. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Follow on Twitter

  24. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Follow you on Twitter

  25. ELIZABETH C. says:

    , Follow you on Pinterest

  26. Winnie says:

    Heavenly!! Simply heavenly dessert !

  27. rachel says:

    love the site. the dessert looks delicious

  28. Dan says:

    Once again a dessert from Lisa that makes your mouth water. Those layers and different textures I am sure are amazing in your mouth. Certainly have mastered the art of taking photos without natural light – they are beautiful.

  29. ModernAlice says:

    I am allergic to bananas so I won’t make your recipe quite as follows. But the idea of cardamom roasted apples with you vanilla wafer crumble make my mout water!

  30. candace says:

    i love parfaits and trifles but i never post them on my blog because i don’t have cute glasses and dishes to photograph them in!!

  31. candace says:

    i like Restaurantware on facebook

  32. If I won, I would get 1000 skewers. I would be set for life!

  33. I follow Restaurantware on facebook as Susan Chester.

  34. Gaye M says:

    That’s a marvelous recipe! I’ve got a lot of peanut butter lovers in this family, so that would go over great!

  35. Gaye M says:

    I follow on Facebook.

  36. ChrissieNer says:

    This looks amazing – I love all the different flavors and textures in one petite cup!

  37. ChrissieNer says:

    I’m following you on Pinterest too.

  38. ChrissieNer says:

    Following on FB.

  39. Pudding + caramel + streusel = heaven. Yum.

  40. Renata says:

    Hi Lisa! I have just joined Pinterst too and you are going to be the first one I follow! I’m addicted! For the same reasons you mentioned 🙂
    This Parfait is looking so good! Love the biodegradable tableware, heading there for a closer look.

  41. debbie says:

    That looks like a great dessert. There are so many things I would like from restauarantware.
    [email protected]

  42. Judith R. says:

    I checked out the site and love the chopstick holders.

  43. susie says:

    Seriously….2,900 pins???? You HAVE been busy!!! I am a little jealous. These look amazing, I woke up really hungry, and now I guess I am going to have to cook something since no one is making me one of these. And I followed the bonuses, how could i not be following you on Twitter? I would love some stuff for tailgating season!

  44. Ilene says:

    Great recipe. I’m going to try it this week. I just have to pick up some ingredients.

  45. intensev5 says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway

  46. Andrea says:

    Love your parfait! I also went to Restaurantware website. The Bamboo line is incredible.

  47. Kim Burnett says:

    looks great! hoping to win!

  48. Kim Burnett says:

    facebook fan!

  49. Cheri Anne says:

    Thanks for this giveaway. I browsed Restaurantware’s store, and I love the set of Mini Handled Porcelain Plates. I would definitely consider buying those.

  50. Cheri Anne says:

    I follow on Facebook.
    Name: Cheri Anne

  51. Cheri Anne says:

    I follow on Twitter.
    Handle: Cheri_Anne

  52. Cheri Anne says:

    I follow you on Twitter.
    Handle: Cheri_Anne

  53. Cheri Anne says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  54. Sara says:

    Food looks good and I would love to win the gift certificate

  55. Sara says:

    I like restaurant ware on Facebook

  56. Sara says:

    Following you on pinterest

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  59. Tia says:

    That looks so good. My kid’s would love it.

  60. Crumbs of Love says:

    Looks great Lis! Hope you are feeling better. Too bad we couldn’t hook up this time- I leave on Wednesay but I will back in December, so lets try again!!!!

  61. Crumbs of Love says:

    I also follow you (not in a stalkerish kind of way)

  62. Crumbs of Love says:

    and on pinterest (though I can be a stalker with that)

  63. Shelley C says:

    Do I get a bonus entry for being one of the reasons you joined Pinterest? LOL. That looks absolutely delicious. And hopefully signals the beginning of the end of the summer funk??? Vanilla wafers in the streussel topping is genius. I don’t think any would make it to the top of the parfait around here. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!

  64. Krista Bjorn says:

    I love anything peanut buttery, Lisa, and these look so good. 🙂 I love Pinterest too, but find that I ebb and flow with my devotion to it. 🙂 Some days it’s just the tonic I need. 🙂

  65. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I could sure eat that right now!

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  66. Stephanie says:

    Pinterest is DEFINITELY addicting. I feel for you. haha

  67. johanna says:

    ook now i’m afraid to try pinterest! lol
    AAAMAAAAZING parfait! can’t wait to ,ake-
    looking forward to your next posts-love your Blournal. 🙂

  68. Felix says:

    These parfaits are making my mouth water. I most definitely need to make them!

  69. Sophie33 says:

    Waw! Your parfaits look exetremely tasty & what glorious pictures too! It looks like a very fabulous treat! 🙂 xxx Yummy Yum!

  70. Holy cow!!! That SOUNDS like an explosion of amazing flavors! This sounds like an amazing dessert that I need to be making. And what a great giveaway too! I can always use props 😉

  71. I follow you on Pinterest … and Yes! It’s totally addictive 😉 It will wear off a bit though… eventually.

  72. caroneko says:

    Lovely site–I don’t think I’d know what to choose if I won. Thanks for the opportunity.

  73. caroneko says:

    I like Restaurantware on Facebook as Caroline Morin.

  74. caroneko says:

    I follow on Twitter as @caromorin.

  75. caroneko says:

    I follow you on Twitter as @caromorin.

  76. caroneko says:

    I follow you on Pinterest as Caroline Morin.

  77. tamarsw says:

    This sounds freakin amazing. I want to eat it now.

  78. heather says:

    Already following on Twitter (@squirrelbread).

  79. heather says:

    Tweeted the giveaway.

  80. heather says:

    Following one of your pinboards as well!

  81. Abbey Chapel says:

    Oh, this looks scrumptious!

  82. The goods newws is, after a while, you get over pinning at a frakish rate. This is just a to die for 9and heart attack) parfait. So many good things in there.

  83. Following on Twitter

  84. Wendy says:

    I’m questioning peanut butter and caramel apples together but it sure looks tasty!! I peeked at restaurantware and wow, cool stuff!

  85. Wendy says:

    I like Restaurantware on FB as Wendy R.

  86. Wendy says:

    Following @bambooware on twitter as @ArtsyChaos.

  87. Wendy says:

    I followed you on Pinterest!

  88. Wendy says:

    Already a follower of @parsleynsage.

  89. Marianne says:

    Following you on Twitter!

  90. Sarah says:

    Oh boy! I’d totally use this to get some eco disposables for my wedding!

  91. Karen says:

    I’m not here for the giveaway, I’m here to tell you that you’re a foodie genius! We made these today for dessert tonight and OH MY WOW! They are so good they are almost indescribable! You were not kidding when you called them an explosion of flavor! The vanilla wafer struesel was out of this world! My 10 year old son hugged me after finishing his!

  92. Jesse j says:

    I would love to win! Always need more restaurant ware lol

  93. Hi Lisa, I don’t know how I could have missed your amazing Caramel Apple and Banana pudding, with yummy ooey-gooey peanut butter, and vanilla wafer streusel…that I must say i can only literally eat ‘one’ sinful bite and share the rest…and throw away the disposable glass?…NO Way! that is a disposable glass?

    I’m following you on twitter, and on pinterest…my you’ve been quite busy if you just started pinterest and have 54 boards. Also I LIKED on facebook…no following option, there!

    Great giveaway, I checked out their site…love all the pretty dishes and supplies. Will have to mention this site to my son-in-law who has a chic Italian restaurant! xo

  94. don’t get me started on the Pinterest. really, i need at least 3-4 more hours in the day, just so I can pin some more hehe
    The parfait looks amazing! pinning it 😉

  95. Marianne says:

    Liked on FB!

  96. Dinavia says:

    These parfaits look beautiful! I love how you turned peanut butter and apples into an elegant dessert! OK, I have to ask, mi querida…….when are we seeing part 16?? :<)

  97. Dinavia says:

    I followed on Twitter!

  98. Dinavia says:

    I liked Restaurant.,com on FB!

  99. Dinavia says:

    I follow you on Twitter! I’m not on Pinterest. Like you, I’d never see the light of day! 😛

  100. Marianne says:

    I’m dying to try the vanilla wafer streusel!

  101. dario says:

    I love all their bamboo products

  102. Lisa, you’ve done it again. That is, you made me want to lick my screen!!! 😛

  103. Christine says:

    Looks really good

  104. Liz says:

    I’m a sucker with any dessert with caramel in the title! And this looks like a spectacular dessert! PS…I blogged about one of your chocolate chip cookie recipes today 🙂

  105. Whoa buddy, these are awesome!! I bet they would be an explosion of flavors! 🙂 And yes, you are totally addicted… 🙂

  106. Karen K says:

    I love your photographs! I need to get one of those lights!

  107. beth says:

    They have a very cool selection of products, including some stuff I’ve never heard of. Bamboo disposables? Food cones? Sign me up!
    em_swanson at yahoo dot com

  108. beth says:

    I’ve followed @bambooware on Twitter (beth_swanson).

  109. beth says:

    And I’ve followed @parsleynsage on Twitter.

  110. beth says:

    I’m now following your Beautiful Places, Animal/Pet Love, and Abandoned Houses/Buildings boards on Pinterest (I’m Pinterest user VisualBee).

  111. shawna says:

    That looks really good!

  112. Susan C says:

    YUM. That looks delicious.

  113. Susan C says:

    Like on Facebook

  114. Susan C says:

    Follow you on Pinterest

  115. Danielle D says:

    They have very cool serving boxes!

  116. jeanine says:

    how cool! i’ve never heard of this site.

  117. jeanine says:

    their fb fan

  118. jeanine says: fb fan

  119. Maegan Morin says:

    WoW what an amazing site! I really like this bamboo cone holder:

  120. Maegan Morin says:

    I like on facebook (same name)

  121. Maegan Morin says:

    I follow on twitter as @fahlinstar

  122. Maegan Morin says:

    I follow you on twitter as @fahlinstar

  123. Maegan Morin says:

    I follow you on Pinterest (same name)

  124. Suz says:

    Well that is some multi-layered deliciousness right there. Beautiful! Going to be craving peanut pudding aaaaaall day now. 🙂

  125. Derek Timm says:

    A lot of great stuff, thanks for the giveaway!

  126. Derek Timm says:

    I like Restaurantware – Derek Timm

  127. Haha, once you get on, you never get off… The Pinterest addiction does wear off somewhat 😉 Perfect! I don’t like to do dishes, don’t like drinking wine out of paper or plastic cups, and don’t like spending a lot of money on props. P.S. This parfait is totally scrumptious. Pinned!!

  128. I’m following now – already following you!

  129. Karen says:

    I love this site. Thanks fr the giveaway.

  130. Looks delicious

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  131. Brittney House says:

    I love their products and they are reasonably priced.

  132. Brittney House says:

    parsleynsage twitter fan bbrittbrat1398

  133. Mindy McCrea says:

    I would love to win this. Looks great!

  134. Trisha McKee says:

    That looks delicious! Thank you for the giveaway.

  135. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like the Amuse Bouche Shell Plate Seagreen, 100 count box

  136. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like Restaurantware on FB as Carolyn Daley

  137. Carolyn Daley says:

    I follow you on Pinterest with this profile

  138. slehan says:

    I like their Bamboo Bowl, 100 count box
    Thanks for the contest.

  139. slehan says:

    Pinterest follow you: slehan

  140. Joan Troche says:

    Love the site and love the contest!

  141. Katie Rose says:

    Gorgeous Parfait!

  142. Bunkycooks says:

    The first day I went on Pinterest, I was there for hours. I haven’t been there since because I could see another major time suck. Guess I need to do it on a limited basis. I will be sure to pin your dessert when I do! 🙂

  143. Brenda Elsner says:

    I like the bamboo bowls.

  144. Brenda Elsner says:

    I like restaurant ware on facebook.

  145. Brenda Elsner says:

    I follow you on pinterest.

  146. heather c says:

    I’ll need a whole new wing in the house for all the stuff I want!

  147. dvice12 says:

    I’d like To Enter the Giveaway

  148. dvice12 says:

    I Follow you on Pinterest

  149. Mary Self says:

    I would love to win the 6 in. Bamboo Loop Pick Skewers for my sons. They love to grill!

  150. That is decadent! Would love this for dessert, anytime!

  151. Leigha Kelsey says:

    Your dessert looks amazing!!!!

  152. Shannon C says:

    Those look like amazing products. And your parfaits look very delicious!!!

  153. Carly says:

    Looks yummy!

  154. awines1 says:

    I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!

    [email protected]

  155. spirit_kim says:

    I’d like to pick up some of the pastry rings they have.

  156. spirit_kim says:

    Liked on Facebook
    kim thompson

  157. spirit_kim says:

    Following you on pinterest,look like you have some great recipes
    kim thompson
    gabe411 at hotmail dot com

  158. Lynda says:

    You should make a YouTube page !!!!!! Your Very talented and have inspired me with your recipes

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you, Lynda! I’m actually blushing! When I can get back to blogging, not to mention blogging on a more regular basis, I might start doing video demos right on this blog. Here’s to hoping it happens sooner than later 🙂 xoxo

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