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sugar free banana pudding with almond crumble in a parfait dish

Sugar Free Banana Pudding

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  • Author: Deb
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


These sugar free banana pudding parfaits taste like a decadent dessert.   Extract adds all the banana flavor but without the sugar in this delicious custard pudding.


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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup Swerve confectioners sugar *
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon banana extract
  • 8 thin slices banana, optional

Almond crumble

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar substitute ( I used Swerve)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon fine ground flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. To make the pudding:
  2. In a saucepan, cook the heavy cream on medium heat until it is very hot, but not to a boil. You will see that your spoon is fully coated with the cream.
  3. In a bowl, place egg yolks and whisk to combine. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the hot cream gradually into the eggs, whisking well.
  4. Pour the egg/cream mixture back into the saucepan.  Heat on low and add in the sugar substitute and xanthan gum. Stir to combine.
  5. Cook pudding on low heat for another 3-5 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds or so until thickened. (Pudding will thicken as it cools).
  6. Remove from heat, stir in extracts and set pudding aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Cover pudding with Saran wrap or Press and Seal plastic wrap to avoid the "skin" on top of pudding.
  8. When cooled at room temperature, refrigerate until ready to make parfaits.

To make almond crumble

  1. Melt butter in skillet, stir in almond flour, salt, and flaxseed meal on medium-low heat.
  2. Add  sugar substitute, cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Continue stirring until mixture combines together and begins to brown and dry into a crumbly mixture, about 3-4 minutes
  4. Remove from heat, let it cool for about 15 minute and it will harden into  crunchy delicious crumbs that you will be tempted to eat by the spoonful!!

To assemble parfaits

  1. Into 4 dessert dishes, layer pudding, almond crumble, 2 slices of banana, more pudding and top with sugar free whipped cream.
  2. Serve right away if you want to keep the almond crumble a bit crunchy.  Or it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


* Granulated sugar substitute can be used instead of the confectioners sugar for the pudding. You could also use Monkfruit instead of Swerve.  Just give it a little taste test to see if you need to add a bit more to the pudding.

*Instead of xanthan gum, you could use two tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot powder.  These ingredients will increase the carb count and calories.

** Make sure you stir the pudding well as it is cooking on the stovetop.  It can easily burn on the bottom if you don't stir enough. Do not let it get to a full boil.

***  Add the hot heavy cream gradually into the egg yolk.  This is called tempering, and it prevents the eggs from being cooked.  If you do accidentally get some cooked egg yolk in your egg/cream mixture, you can just strain it out and continue with the recipe.

****The parfaits only use 2 thin slices of banana.  If you want to leave them out to save a few carbohydrates, the pudding will still be absolutely delicious without them!