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Guys, I’m having a moment. Nostalgia is hitting hard! In my non-techy attempt at troubleshooting the syncing of my iTunes library between devices, I happened upon a treasure trove of playlists from when I was in college. Why, yes I would like to spend the entire afternoon reliving 2009. Immediate joy.✌
What never ceases to amaze me when diving into the music of yesteryear is just how easily those lyrics (and I'm talking word-for-word) pop back into my mind. In what part of my brain are those being stored? And why can't I remember what I ate for dinner last night? One of life's great mysteries.
In keeping with the theme, I'm throwing it back even farther with food. (Obviously, because that's where my brain goes when left to its own devices). And next up are Keebler Cookies. It's hard to pick a favorite because so many varieties are tried and true (and were favorites when I was a kid), but is there a more classic cookie than a vanilla wafer? They're just the right amount of sweet to enjoy on their own, and have a delish vanilla flavor that works itself nicely into dessert recipes. Keebler Vanilla Wafers - true utility players.
One quintessential dessert that uses vanilla wafers is banana pudding, but with the warmer weather approaching I wanted to spruce it up with a citrusy twist. Behold, lemon pudding! Instead of bananas, fresh blueberries and raspberries garnish the top, with classic Keebler Vanilla Wafers lining the sides and acting as a middle layer. Lite coconut milk (and a bit of coconut oil) are used to significantly reduce the dairy in comparison to standard homemade pudding recipes. With the addition of cornstarch, this mixture thickens together beautifully.
The pudding is a delicious balance between sweet and tart, and softens the Keebler Vanilla Wafers just like its banana inspiration. I think it's going to be a citrus-y type of summer for me - this coconut milk lemon pudding is a keeper!
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 ¼ cups lite coconut milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 ½ tablespoon lemon zest (from about 3 lemons)
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 27 Keebler Vanilla Wafers
- Blueberries and raspberries for garnishing
To make the pudding:
- Measure out sugar, cornstarch, and salt into a medium-sized saucepan and whisk to combine evenly. Pour in coconut milk and whisk until mixture is well-combined and smooth. Set saucepan over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks until combined. Pour yolks and lemon zest into saucepan with coconut milk mixture and whisk. Stir the mixture frequently as it cooks, increasing stirring as it begins to thicken (this took about 12-15 minutes for me). The pudding will be finished cooking when it can coat the back of a wooden spoon.
- Remove saucepan from heat and pour in lemon juice and coconut oil. Whisk or stir until the oil has melted and the juice is well-mixed. Let pudding sit and cool until it reaches room temperature (see tip in notes below).
- Once room temperature, pour pudding through a strainer to remove out the lemon zest. If not assembling right away, you may refrigerate pudding to thicken before continuing.
- Line the bottom and sides of a four-cup dish or bowl with Keebler Vanilla Wafers. Pour half of the pudding into the dish, and then place another layer of Keebler Vanilla Wafers over top and along the sides. Pour remaining pudding over top. Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours to chill the pudding.
- Before serving, top with blueberries and raspberries, or your favorite fruit.
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Hey Alyssa great pudding! Did you use canned or carton coconut milk?
Hi Peter, thank you! I used canned coconut milk.
Izzy @ She Likes Food says
I've been listening to all the music from my college days too and I love the nostalgia! I also love any dessert that contains fruit , pudding and vanilla cookies! It sounds amazing and I love all those delicious berries!!
Isn't it the best?? Thanks Izzy!
I have to attend a baby shower at work. And I make the pudding the night before
Hi Chichie, yes you can definitely make the pudding the night before!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
What a gorgeous dessert! Love the lemon flavor and berries!
haha yes! It always amazes me how I remember song lyrics! My friends and I do this dinner potluck thing once a month and always play a 90s station on pandora - so much fun!!
And this pudding sounds delicious!
Oh that sounds like a good one! I'll have to give that station a try. 🙂
Beautiful dish Alyssa! Perfect for summer!