So lately, I’m having a slight obsession.
I mean, besides my obsession with bubblegum-colored jeans, music I listened to in the 8th grade, and Hunger Games.
I’m having an obsession with… raccoons.
Yeah, the striped animals that dwell in sewers and eat the poop in your garbage. Raccoons.
I don’t know why I have this new-found infatuation with this mammals, but I do. I can’t get enough.
(So I’ve heard) we have raccoons in our neighborhood that spring out from the storm-drains late at night and hunt in the neighboring wetlands preserve across the street and (presumably) our garbage cans.
But like prostitutes and mermaids, I have never seen one and therefore question their existence.
The only raccoon I’ve seen was at the San Diego Zoo, and it was on a leash and eating beetles from an overturned log. Therefore, it doesn’t really count.
They’re just so magical and alluring to me. Their teeny, tiny hands with perfect little jointed fingers–NOT having opposable thumbs (I looked it up), their little bandit masks, and their striped tails… and their beady little eyeballs.
Like unicorns. Only they live where poop lives.
Okay, so I’m sure I’ll get some flack for this and people claiming they hate raccoons because they’re pests and yada yada yada. But you wouldn’t say that about a hooker, would you? Or a mermaid? Or a leprechaun? If your child told you they BELIEVE in the tooth fairy, you’d go along with it, right? If your child told you they had faith that one day, they’d see a glorious creature that rhymed with “shmacccoon”, you wouldn’t deny them that right to want to love and witness the greatness that is a raccoon, would you? WOULD YOU?!
And by the way, I have zero recollection of when this raccoon infatuation began, but I’m assuming it was when, one night, I was positively sick of seeing the same five pictures of brownies from some blog on Pinterest’s Food & Drink and I googled “baby raccoons”, & proceeded to look at said pictures for no less than thirty-five minutes, admiring their clever wit and quirky adorableness.
Like four-legged convicts, stealing your cat food.
Anyway, I have been trying to stage a coonavention where I will sneak up on the raccoons while they’re exiting their drains to witness their beauty but I have not yet been successful. Apparently they’re swift and intelligent and probably sense my burning desires to see one in person so they’re hiding to add yet another layer of mystery and intrigue.
Aren’t they sofreakingcuteyoucan’tstandit?!!?!
Anyone who thinks I’m crazy, I have two words for you: PET SNAKES.
End of story.
Can you believe these Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Parfaits have TWO things in common with raccoons?!
I made them on the night I Google-searched raccoons for a half an hour; and they’re striped like raccoons. Thankfully, those are the only (barely) similarities, so I apologize for getting your hopes up if you thought there was something else.
Anyway, these parfaits are super good and easy to make–in less than 10 minutes, you can be eating one. So basically, you can make ’em and race outside to capture raccoons in less than 10 minutes!
And uh, I may or may not have done that…but we won’t worry about what I did and didn’t do.
Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Parfaits (also, apologies for the awkward pictures. It’s terribly difficult to make blobs of pudding look attractive. They were like, “I won’t look hot unless I get paid $10,000 a day and have a raccoon for a pet” and I was like “join the club!” and the photographed them against their ugly will and then ate them.)
1 box sugar free/fat free banana instant pudding mix
2 cups cold milk
1 tub fat-free Cool Whip, thawed
About 2 medium bananas, sliced
1 cup Nutter Butter minis, gently crushed
1. In a medium bowl (preferably with a spout), whisk together the pudding mix and milk for about one minute; you don’t want it to be too thick yet, still slightly on the thinner side.
2. Pour about 2 Tbsp of pudding into the bottom of a parfait glass. Top with a couple banana slices and a sprinkling of crushed Nutter Butters. Top with a dollop (about 2 Tbsp) Cool Whip.
3. Repeat the layers, about 3-4 layers per parfait glass. This should make about two large parfaits or three smaller parfaits.
4. Refrigerate about 5 minutes to allow pudding to thicken before serving. Best served the same day.
It’s been getting increasingly hotter here in California, so these parfaits were a nice, chilly treat after a particularly scorching spring day. I love the combination of peanut butter and banana–Elvis would be proud.
You know, after the parfaits.
Have a wonderful day!!