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Banana Pudding Recipe

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This delicious, homemade Banana Pudding Recipe is an old fashioned favorite you’ll love

I adore a good sweet treat and this Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding does the trick — it’s the ultimate Southern dessert.

Typically, I don’t love bananas — don’t hate me. However I will say: magic happens when they are in this easy, cold, creamy classic.

I can remember making this banana dessert as a little girl with my mama. It’s one of those classics that reminds me of sunshine filled afternoons and laughter with my mom.

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I loved our kitchen adventures together. I got to wear an apron with ruffles and tie my long, curly hair back in a floral bandanna.

I felt very domesticated and fancy and I.loved.it.

We would put on some music and then get to work together to whip up whatever delight we were making that day — usually in a big, double batch.

And when I say, “put on music,” I’m totally referring to the latest and greatest Amy Grant or Sandy Patty cassette tapes. We were living in the old school glory days you guys. Those were the days!

No matter what we were making, there would be lots of conversation, giggles, dancing and taste testing.

With so many good memories happening in the kitchen growing up, it’s no wonder that I love both cooking and baking — and of course eating! — now as an adult.

I loved creating and experimenting with flavors alongside my mom. I also loved being able to offer whatever our treat was that day to my dad when he got home from work and letting him enjoy it as well.

I lived for the praise of a job well done. Those oohs and ahhs over a recipe were like a love language to me.

All that said, this banana pudding recipe was always a favorite of mine to make and eat — it’s the best ever.

It’s simple to layer together and has only six ingredients. Six ingredients! You can’t go wrong.

I could eat the entire batch myself. In one sitting. With no shame. I told you, it’s delicious.

It’s one of those recipes that reminds me of childhood and makes me all nostalgic every time I eat it. Ready to get started? Good. Because I’m ready to tell you all about it.

Banana Pudding Dripping Into Bowl

Banana Pudding Ingredients

Like I said, you only need six ingredients for this soul food.

You’ll make it with sweetened condensed milk, cold water, whole milk, instant vanilla pudding mix, Nilla Wafers and bananas.

I will add these disclaimers: you could also use instant banana pudding mix to make it even more banana-y. (That’s a new word, y’all… in case you didn’t know).

My kids are obsessed with bananas. Like they want banana pudding, banana ice cream, banana smoothies. Banana everything please. So when I make it for them, it’s all about the instant banana pudding mix.

However, I prefer the vanilla pudding mix because that’s how my mama made it. And traditions, people, traditions.

Nilla Wafers for Banana Pudding Recipe

Also, you must (yes, I’m serious) MUST use Nilla Wafers. There are no substitutes. You can’t get off brand. You won’t grab just any vanilla wafer box off the shelf. You have to use Nilla Wafers. Ok? Ok.

Not only are the Nilla Wafers perfect for the recipe, I love nosing on them while making the banana pudding.

You know… layer one in the dish, pop one in my mouth, layer one in the dish, pop one in my mouth. So on and so forth.

Once you have your ingredients together, you’re ready to get started.

How to Make Banana Pudding

I love recipes like this that are so simple yet made from scratch. They’re perfect for last minute guests or at the end of a busy day when you need a treat. (Read: hide in the closet with a spoon and eat the entire pan all by yourself. No judgement here, we’ve all been there).

As proven by yours truly, this is also a great recipe to make together with your kids! They love helping with the blending and layering.

In a bowl, blend the sweetened condensed milk with the water and milk.

 

Stir in the instant vanilla pudding mix and blend well.

Chill for five minutes in fridge to set slightly.

While the pudding is chilling in the fridge, line the bottom of an 8×8 casserole dish with your Nilla Wafers.

Thinly slice your bananas before pulling the pudding out of the fridge.

Banana pudding layered with fresh bananas

How to Layer Banana Pudding

Layer the wafers, pudding and bananas with the pudding between each layer, like so: wafers, pudding, bananas, pudding, wafers, pudding, bananas, etc.

Top with a final layer of the Nilla wafers.

Let the pudding set in the fridge overnight to soften the cookies to the perfect consistency.

Banana Pudding with Whipped Cream and Nilla Wafer on Top

How to Serve Banana Pudding

My kids love having a dollop of whip cream on top of the banana pudding.

My mom has also served it with a few fresh sliced strawberries and bananas on the side as well.

I have a friend who shaves a little dark chocolate to sprinkle on top.

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these methods.

I also won’t judge you if you just sit and eat the entire pan by yourself, no garnishes needed.

Just to be safe, you might want to make one pan for your family and one pan for you. 😉

Can You Freeze Banana Pudding?

So.. I wouldn’t recommend it. As we all know, bananas turn brown when frozen. I’ve honestly never tried freezing banana pudding (because there is never any left to freeze… ha!) but I think it would drastically change the taste and consistency.

How to Keep Bananas from Turning Brown in Banana Pudding

I have a few tips here!

You’ll want to make sure you’re starting with firm, just-ripe bananas. If you get bananas that are too ripe, they’re likely to brown much quicker.

You can treat the bananas with a spritz of citrus juice. Lemon, orange or pineapple juice all prevent browning. To avoid changing the flavor, you won’t want to use a ton of citrus juice — just a quick brush to each side or spritz from a spray bottle.

Slice your bananas just before you use them. The longer they’re exposed to air, they more likely they are to turn brown. The layers of pudding also help them stay out of the air and maintain their color.

There you have it… the perfect banana pudding recipe! As promised, it’s easy to make and even better to eat.

banana pudding recipe

I encourage you to make it with your kids soon and let them fall in love with the classic flavor and perfect, creamy consistency. Enjoy!

How to Make Banana Pudding
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Banana Pudding Recipe

THIS DELICIOUS, HOMEMADE BANANA PUDDING RECIPE IS AN OLD FASHIONED FAVORITE YOU’LL LOVE!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade banana pudding
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 box nilla wafers

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, blend the sweetened condensed milk with the water and milk.
  2. Stir in the instant vanilla pudding mix and blend well.
  3. Chill for five minutes in fridge to set slightly.
  4. While the pudding is chilling in the fridge, line the bottom of an 8×8 casserole dish with your Nilla Wafers.
  5. Thinly slice your bananas before pulling the pudding out of the fridge.
  6. Layer the wafers, pudding and bananas with the pudding between each layer, like so: wafers, pudding, bananas, pudding, wafers, pudding, bananas, etc.
  7. Top with a final layer of the Nilla wafers.
  8. Let the pudding set in the fridge overnight to soften the cookies to the perfect consistency.

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Nutrition Facts
Banana Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments

  1. Hannah Griffin

    May 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    This recipe is seriously to die for!

  2. Tin Lopez

    May 21, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I fell in love with this banana dessert!

  3. Alfred

    June 26, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Please send me the recipes you have all of them please

  4. Ally

    October 5, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Hello. Just made this and didn’t have a blender. I mixed it as best as I could, but it’s not thickening at all. Any ideas? It’s been put in the freeze and didn’t know how long it usually takes….Thank you.

    • Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      October 8, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Hmmm, I’m not sure on this. What size boxes of pudding mix did you use?

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