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From Scratch Banana Cream Parfaits

From Scratch Banana Cream Parfaits

Silky vanilla spiced rum pastry cream is layered with cinnamon pecan wafer cookies, freshly whipped cream and banana slices for the ultimate from scratch banana cream parfaits. Best of all, these individual banana cream parfaits are ready quickly and easily for a treat that can feed a crowd or just dessert for two! Additionally, these are a fantastic make ahead treat for brunch and holidays.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 953 kcal


Cinnamon Pecan Wafer Cookies

Vanilla Spiced Rum Pastry Cream

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • tablespoons spiced rum

Whipped Cream


Pastry Cream

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, sugar, eggs, cornstarch, and salt over medium low heat.

  2. Whisk it frequently for 6-8 minutes, until thickened. It will bubble and be smooth and thick.

  3. Remove from heat and whisk in butter until smooth. Then add extract and rum. *If you have any lumps, then use a mesh sieve for the next step.

  4. Then pour into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pushing wrap against the surface to prevent a film from forming. Chill for an hour.

Pecan Wafer Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Cream butter with sugars for 5 minutes on medium speed.

  3. Then add egg and vanilla and beat an additional 2 minutes.

  4. Combine the remaining dry ingredients. Then gradually add this to the batter while beating on low speed.

  5. Use a small cookie scoop to make cookie dough balls. Put on parchment, about 3 inches apart. I do 6 cookies per sheet.

  6. Bake 8-9 minutes, until the outer edges are golden brown. Then remove and cool before layering in parfaits.

Assembling parfaits

  1. Whip the heavy cream until stiff. Then take half and fold into pastry cream.

  2. Slice up bananas.

  3. Layer the parfaits like this: Pastry cream layer followed by banana slices. Then add cookies and layer of remaining whipped cream. Repeat. Finish by putting a couple banana slices and cookie crumbs on top of last whipped cream layer.

Recipe Notes

  • Use box vanilla cookie wafers in place of homemade cookies.
Nutrition Facts
From Scratch Banana Cream Parfaits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 953 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 292mg97%
Sodium 555mg24%
Potassium 588mg17%
Carbohydrates 94g31%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 12g24%
Calcium 270mg27%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Vitamin A 1999IU40%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.