Banana Pudding is the perfect, creamy no-bake treat with vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and banana slices all layered together.
Homemade Banana Pudding is an easy Dessert Recipe that’s perfect for a quick weeknight treat. Unlike our Chocolate Pudding Recipe, this banana pudding is made with an instant pudding mix so you don’t even need to use your stove.
Homemade pudding is an amazing comfort food that doesn’t require lots of work. The simple ingredients like vanilla pudding, banana slices, and Nilla wafers come together in no time. This entire recipe is ready in just 10 minutes, then all you have to do is let it set in the fridge before serving.
Old fashioned Banana Pudding is also the perfect way to use up extra bananas. Unlike Banana Bread, you don’t want the bananas to be too old before you use them. Once the bananas start to have their first few brown spots, it’s the perfect time to make the pudding and get the best banana flavor.
The classic dessert is great to serve at a party in a beautiful glass bowl, or just to serve up to your family for a delicious no-bake dessert. You can even make this a few days in advance, cover it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. Then, whenever people want a sweet snack they can just get it from the fridge.
No matter when you’re serving it, the fresh bananas, wafer cookies, and creamy pudding are sure to be a hit. For even more rich flavor try adding a generous layer of a whipped topping to the traditional Banana Pudding. Stabilized Whipped Cream or Cool Whip would both taste amazing.
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TIPS FOR MAKING BANANA PUDDING
- Pudding mixture: Combine the instant pudding with milk in a large mixing bowl. You want to make sure the milk is chilled for this step. If you’re using an electric mixer, use the whisk attachment and mix it on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes. Add in the condensed milk and vanilla extract and continue mixing until smooth.
- Heavy cream: Add the heavy cream to your stand mixer and whip it together until stiff peaks form. Fold it into the pudding mixture. This will make the Banana Pudding extra fluffy and creamy.
- Assemble: Arrange a layer of cookies in the bottom of your serving dish to form a base crust. Pour the a pudding layer into your serving dish. You can use a regular baking dish, casserole dish, or trifle dish. A trifle bowl is great for a pretty representation if you’re serving it at a party. It makes it so you can see all the layers. Slice ripe bananas into ½ inch slices. Put a layer of banana over the pudding, then add Nilla wafers again. Continue adding layers of pudding, banana slices, and wafers until the banana pudding mix is all added in your dish. For extra banana flavor you can add more banana slices to the top. You can also top it with optional garnishes like Whipped Cream.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Along with the sliced bananas, try adding other fruits into the layer like blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries.
Instead of vanilla wafer cookies, you can use different kinds of crisp, buttery cookies for the layer of cookies. Try Shortbread Cookies, Vanilla Oreos, or Butter Cookies. You can also sprinkle wafer crumbs over the top of the pudding instead of just layering whole cookies.
Instead of this traditional Banana Pudding, you can add some tang with cream cheese. Combine ¾ cups softened, whipped cream cheese with the pudding mixture in place of the heavy cream. The pudding cream cheese mixture makes a delicious, thick cheesecake pudding.
You can make delicious caramelized bananas to layer in this recipe. Combine ¼ cup butter, ½ cup brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon with the slices of banana in a saucepan. Cook for 3 minutes until you have slightly caramelized bananas.
You can use a chocolate pudding mixture instead of vanilla in the recipe. To add to the chocolate banana treat, drizzle Chocolate Ganache over the top of the pudding before serving.
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HOW TO STORE BANANA PUDDING
- Serve: Don’t leave Banana Cream Pudding at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: Cover the dish in plastic wrap or put the pudding in an airtight container to store in the fridge. It will stay good for 3 days.
- Freeze: To make the pudding in advance put it in an airtight container and freeze it for 2 weeks.
- 5 ounces package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 16 ounces Nilla wafers
- 8 bananas , sliced
- In a large mixing bowl add vanilla pudding mix and milk, whisking until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Add in condensed milk and vanilla extract and whisk until creamy and smooth.
- Add heavy cream to stand mixer and whip to stiff peaks, about 3-4 minutes.
- Fold heavy cream into pudding mixture.
- Layer a serving dish with bananas, wafers, and pudding as desired, then chill for 2 hours before serving.
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