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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.

I can remember making this banana dessert as a little girl with my mama.  And, 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.

Make sure you try my banana cake and my chocolate chip banana cookies as well!

banana pudding casserole

Banana Pudding Recipe:

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.

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 with this kind of soul food. 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?

banana pudding recipe

Ingredients Needed for this Banana Pudding:

To make this banana pudding recipe, you only need the following six ingredients:

  • sweetened condensed milk
  • whole milk,
  • instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Nilla Wafers
  • bananas
  • cold water

In addition, you could substitute instant banana pudding mix for vanilla pudding, 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.

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.

Banana Pudding Dripping Into Bowl

How to Make Banana Pudding:

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.

Nilla Wafers for Banana Pudding Recipe

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 layered with fresh bananas

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. 😉

Banana Pudding with Whipped Cream and Nilla Wafer on Top

Can You Freeze Banana Pudding?

No, 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…) 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.

I encourage you to make it with your kids soon and let them fall in love with the classic flavor and perfect, creamy consistency. As proven by yours truly, this is also a great recipe to make together! They love helping with the blending and layering.

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How to Make Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding Recipe

THIS DELICIOUS, HOMEMADE BANANA PUDDING RECIPE IS AN OLD FASHIONED FAVORITE YOU’LL LOVE!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade banana pudding
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 180kcal

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal
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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.

    8 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?

    5. Kristen

      October 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Girl, you are speaking my love language with this recipe. I love bananas, especially in pudding! What a great recipe.

    6. Sommer Collier

      October 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      This is pure heaven! An amazing take on a classic!!

    7. Valerie | Valerie's Kitchen

      October 29, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      This may be the most comforting dessert ever!

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