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, then the pudding chills until its 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.
But this sugar free banana pudding recipe uses only natural ingredients for a super yummy dessert that’s ready in just a few steps!
How many carbs 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!
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 to make sugar free banana pudding
This low carb banana pudding comes together on the stove in just a few steps.
First, heat the cream and water in a saucepan until hot but not boiling.
Beat the egg yolks with a fork until well blended and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the erythritol, stevia, and xanthan gum, then set aside.
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.
Then, 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 erythritol mixture.
Cook for another 3-4 minutes until thickened, then remove from heat and stir in the banana extract.
Spoon the 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 a skin from forming.
Finally, chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve!
Looking for a few other pudding flavors besides banana? This recipe can easily be adapted to other flavors!
To make an easy low carb chocolate pudding instead, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa to the erythritol 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!
What keto desserts to make with banana pudding
This sugar free banana pudding is delicious on its own. Personally, I like to top it with sugar-free whipped cream and dive in.
But 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 Nilla 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.
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 desserts you’d make with this low carb banana pudding? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Other low carb dessert recipes
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 erythritol, stevia, 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 erythritol 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.
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Originally published: September 4, 2010… Last Updated: December 5, 2019