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Banana Pudding Recipe

Layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, and creamy vanilla pudding are topped with Cool Whip in this quick and easy old fashioned banana pudding!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana pudding, banana pudding recipe, old fashioned banana pudding, southern banana pudding
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 91kcal


  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk 14-ounces each
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding 5.1-ounces each
  • 4-6 bananas
  • 1 box vanilla wafers 11-ounces
  • 1 tub Cool Whip 8-ounce


  • In a medium-size bowl whisk together the sweetened condensed milk with the water and milk.
  • Stir in the instant vanilla pudding and blend well.
  • Line the bottom of an 8x8 casserole dish with one layer of vanilla wafers.
  • Thinly slice your bananas and add a layer of bananas over the wafers.
  • Next, give your pudding a quick stir and pour a layer of pudding over the bananas.
  • Repeat the layers using wafers, bananas, pudding, wafers, bananas, pudding until you have filled your dish and make the top layer be a layer of vanilla wafers.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to allow the vanilla wafers to soften.
  • Top with Cool Whip before serving and garnish with extra banana slices or wafers.


You could also make this with instant banana pudding mix for an even more intense banana flavor. Instant cheesecake pudding is another favorite for us.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg