There are three classic homemade desserts that I love SO much, I will never pass them up

  1. Lemon anything (like lemon bars)
  2. Banana Pudding (like my grandma's!)
  3. Peach Cobbler (again, like my grandma's!)
So when I come across a recipe that combines two of them (lemon and banana), I have to give it a shot.

Lemon and banana may sound like a really strange combination, but trust me, this is delicious. And light!

This recipe comes from a magazine clipping from an old issue of Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine. I always consume her magazines in the same way: skim through, go back through and clip out recipes that sound good, toss. Clippings end up in my handy dandy recipe book!

What's odd about this dessert is that it cooks in the crock pot! Not the oven, the crock pot. Weird.

But it works, so you should make it.

Banana Lemon Pudding Cake
adapted from RR
Serves 6
3 WWP+ 

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 6 oz nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 c. sugar (the recipe calls for 3/4 --- I thought that was crazy, so I only used 1/4 c and it was very sweet with that little sugar!)
  • 1/4 c. flour (I used whole wheat, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2" coins (+more bananas to top once it's done)
  • Whipped cream for serving

  • Using an electric mixer, whip egg whites until soft peaks form
  • In another bowl, combine egg yolks, yogurt, lemon juice and zest, and beat for 1 minute until light yellow and smooth

  • Add flour, sugar, and salt to the yolk mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth (2 minutes or so)
  • Working in 3-4 batches, fold in egg whites

  • Spray a 3-4 quart crock pot with nonstick spray
  • Scatter bananas at the bottom of the dish

  • Pour over batter, cover, and set on high for 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • When done, the edges will be brown and the cake will be puffed up and set
  • Remove crock pot from heating element
  • Scoop out and serve with more bananas and whipped cream

Now, if you are freaaakkkiinnnggg out about warm bananas, you could always make this recipe with another fruit like blueberries or strawberries or whatever you like. It would be excellent with blueberries.

This recipe is convenient because you can get it started before you serve dinner, then once dinner is done and dishes are finished, the cake should be ready! 

Happy Mardi Gras!

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