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Copycat Magnolia Banana Pudding

close up shot of a small bowl of copycat magnolia banana pudding topped with a vanilla wafers
If you love all things Magnolia, you’ll really be a fan of Copycat Magnolia Banana Pudding. A heavenly dessert filled with banana and creamy layers of vanilla pudding. 
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 197 kcal


  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk very cold
  • ½ cup water very cold
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 12 ounces vanilla wafers reserve 5 to 6 wafers and crumbs from box
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring
  • 5 barely riped bananas sliced


  • Using either a hand held mixer or a stand mixer combine the sweetened condensed milk, cold water, and cold milk. Mix on low-medium for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla pudding mix and beat on medium for 2 minutes. The pudding mixture should just start to thicken.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to ensure the pudding completely sets.
  • Using either a hand held mixer or a stand mixer, combine the heavy cream and vanilla flavoring and beat until the cream is stiff.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the fully set pudding. Fold until the cream and pudding is completely combined and uniform in color, with no visible streaks.
  • For presentation, use either a large serving bowl or a compote dish. Line the bottom of the bowl with ⅓ of the vanilla wafers (about 30 wafers).
  • Evenly layer 1½ cups of the sliced bananas on top of the wafers.
  • Top banana slices with ⅓ of the pudding mixture.
  • Repeat until there are 3 layers of wafers, bananas, and pudding.
  • Crush the reserved 5 to 6 wafers.
  • Sprinkle the top of the pudding with crushed wafers. You may also use any leftover crumbs from the wafer box. Cover and keep refrigerated until serving.


TIP: Make sure you are using ice-cold water and milk in this recipe as this is what the official recipe calls for.
TIP: For presentation, use either a large serving bowl, trifle bowl or a compote dish.
TIP: If you plan to leave your dessert in the fridge for longer than 8 hours, we'd recommend brushing your banana slices with lemon juice so they don't turn brown.


Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 704IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg