This keto sugar-free banana pudding recipe is the perfect sweet treat for anyone that has been missing bananas on low carb. With only 2 net carbs per cup, everyone will love this creamy, tasty, easy-to-make dessert!
Bananas and pudding: two things that are not typically low carb. But, with a few simple ingredient switches, this sugar-free banana pudding recipe becomes a perfect keto treat.
Technically, this is not a true pudding recipe because it contains egg yolks. It’s more of a pudding-custard. But the result is so tasty and creamy, you won’t care what it “technically” is. You’ll just know it’s delicious!
It’s also very easy to make. Everything comes together on the stove, and then the pudding chills until it's ready.
Plus, it’s much healthier than the sugar-free pudding snacks you’ll find at the store, which are made with Splenda or aspartame. They also tend to use high-carb thickeners that need to be avoided on a keto diet.
But this sugar-free banana pudding recipe uses only natural ingredients for a super yummy dessert that’s ready in just a few steps. Plus, it tastes so much better than those instant pudding mixes.
Here is a quick overview of the ingredients you'll need if you want to make my easy keto banana pudding.
Use heavy whipping cream to thicken the pudding. You can use half and half, but it won't be as thick or taste as rich.
The egg yolks bind everything together and make it even thicker.
You need some sort of thickener. My favorite one is xanthan gum, but you can use guar gum as a 1:1 replacement.
This is how you keep the pudding low in carbs - don't use real bananas. The extract infuses the pudding with banana flavor - and there are no carbs.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- To make an easy low-carb chocolate pudding instead, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa to the sweetener mixture. When you remove the pudding from heat, substitute vanilla extract for the banana extract.
- Or, if you’re craving a vanilla pudding, just use vanilla extract in place of the banana extract.
- You could even make two batches of pudding, one chocolate and one banana, and then layer them for a super tasty chocolate-banana low carb pudding!
This low-carb banana pudding comes together on the stove in just a few steps.
Remember, all the exact steps are in the printable recipe card just a little bit further below.
Heat The Cream And Water
First, heat the cream and water in a saucepan until hot but not boiling.
Prepare The Other Ingredients
Beat the egg yolks with a fork until well blended and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the sweetener, and xanthan gum. Then, set aside.
Temper The Egg Yolks
Once the cream mixture is hot, we’ll temper the egg yolks.
Simply add 1 tablespoon at a time of the cream mixture into the egg yolks, stirring quickly with a fork after each addition, until you’ve added about 4 tablespoons.
Next, pour the yolk mixture slowly back into hot cream while whisking quickly. Reduce the heat to low, then continue whisking while you sprinkle in the sweetener mixture.
Cook The Pudding
Cook for another 3-4 minutes until thickened, then remove from heat and stir in the banana extract.
Spoon the keto friendly banana pudding into 3 individual serving dishes and cover each with plastic wrap. You want the plastic wrap to lightly touch the top of the pudding to prevent skin from forming.
Finally, chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve!
️ SERVING SUGGESTIONS
This is a light dessert that is wonderful after a full meal. Enjoy it with another light dessert like keto shortbread cookies.
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make low-carb banana pudding. If you don't see your question below, please leave it in the comments.
Which is better - xanthan gum or guar gum?
Most homemade pudding recipes use cornstarch as the thickener, making them high carb. So to create this keto banana pudding recipe, I needed to find a low-carb thickener with the right texture.
I’ve found both xanthan gum and guar gum work well in this recipe. I’ve even tried mixing them together with good results. The texture may seem slightly on the “gummy” side compared to traditional pudding, but I hardly notice the difference. The pudding holds together very well.
Some people have strong opinions on whether they prefer xanthan gum or guar gum. I’ve found either (or both) to work for this recipe, so it’s entirely a matter of preference.
How many carbs are in banana pudding?
I’m happy to say that this recipe yields a very low-carb banana pudding.
You may be wondering how, since bananas are not low carb. The secret is that this keto banana pudding doesn’t use any bananas.
Instead, it uses banana extract! This is how we achieve amazing banana flavor without all the carbs and sugar.
For a full cup (which is double the size of a Snack Pack pudding cup), there are 3 grams of total carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber. This means there will be 2 net carbs per serving.
Not too bad for a satisfying, low carb, and sugar-free treat!
What keto desserts can you make with banana pudding?
This sugar-free banana pudding is delicious on its own. Personally, I like to top it with a keto-friendly whipped cream layer and dive in. It tastes just like a banana cream pie!
It’s also great to use as part of a more elaborate dessert! For example, a low-carb banana pudding trifle would make an excellent dessert for any party or family gathering.
Simply replace traditional vanilla wafers with my cream cheese cookies or keto sugar cookies. Then layer cookies, keto banana pudding, and whipped cream to complete a trifle that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Just leave out the high carb banana slices!
Another tasty idea is a low-carb banana poke cake. Start by making my yellow snack cake, but skip the frosting step. Instead, once the cake has cooled, poke holes all over the cake. Then, spread the low-carb banana pudding over the cake, so it seeps into the holes.
What a delicious, guilt-free indulgence!
Do you have any other ideas for keto dessert recipes you’d make with this low-carb banana pudding? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Looking for other easy, low-carb, sugar-free desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out these other favorites:
- Keto Peanut Butter Fudge is made with cream cheese for a smooth, creamy texture. It’s one of the best low carb and sugar free fudge recipes ever!
- Mascarpone Cream Mousse Dessert is a quick keto dessert made with only three ingredients. Serve with berries for an easy red, white, and blue treat.
- Creamy Keto Coconut Pudding is made with coconut milk and cream cheese for a pudding that is super creamy and satisfying.
- Easy Keto Strawberry Fluff whips up in a blender for a super quick and delicious low carb treat.
- Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Pie combines a flaky almond flour crust, smooth chocolate, and a sweet whipped cream topping to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth!
Keto Sugar Free Banana Pudding
- Heat cream and water until hot but not boiling. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks with a fork until well blended. Set aside. Mix sweetener and Xanthan Gum in a separate small bowl and set aside.
- When cream is hot, slowly add about 4 tablespoons to egg yolks, stirring quickly with fork after each small addition.
- Pour yolk mixture slowly into hot cream while whisking quickly. Reduce heat to low, then gently sprinkle sweetener mixture over pudding and whisk until smooth.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes or until thickened, then remove from heat. Stir in banana extract. Spoon into 3 individual serving dishes. Cover each with plastic wrap directly on pudding so skin won’t form. Chill. Serve with sugar-free whipped cream.
Notes on Nutritional Information
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Originally published: September 4, 2010... Last Updated: December 14, 2021