Banana Pudding

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.

Banana Pudding in baking dish

BANANA PUDDING

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.

Banana Pudding prep layers in baking dish collage

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. I sometimes 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.

Banana Pudding prep layers in baking dish collage

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: 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 the Nilla wafers. 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.

Banana Pudding serving in glass bowl

VARIATIONS ON BANANA PUDDING

  • Fruit: Along with the sliced bananas, try adding other fruits into the layer like blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries. 
  • Cookies: 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 cookes.  
  • Cream cheese pudding: 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. 
  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream: For an optional topping try making Cinnamon Whipped Cream. To make Fluffy Cinnamon Cool Whip just mix 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon into your Whipped Cream or Cool Whip Recipe.

Banana Pudding in baking dish

  • Caramelized Banana Pudding: You can make delicious caramelized bananas to layer in this recipe. Combine ¼ cup butter, ½ brown sugar, and ¼ teasoon ground cinnamon with the slices of banana in a saucepan. Cook for 3 minutes until you have slightly caramelized bananas. 
  • Chocolate banana pudding: 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.

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Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding is the perfect, creamy no-bake treat with vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and banana slices all layered together.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 809IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Banana Pudding

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. My sister is a banana pudding snob and raved over this delicious dish. She actually told me she “needed” this recipe. IT. IS. DELICIOUS!

    It makes enough to feed an army. We nicknamed it “The 50 Pound Pudding” because the dish was so heavily weighted with the yumminess! Not complaining though–usually such quick and easy recipes that are so good just aren’t big enough to last more than a day.

    Thank you for another winner, Sabrina!!!

    PS Can’t wait for your cookbook to arrive!