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Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

A semi homemade, no-bake banana pudding recipe. Layered with vanilla wafers and bananas, this rich and creamy banana pudding is sure to impress.

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These days I find myself going back and looking for dessert recipes that are tried and tested. The kind of recipes that may be you have not made in years but the memories come rushing back at ya and you can whip these up with your eyes closed (figuratively speaking). This banana pudding recipe is one of those. I have been making this for more than 15 years now and it never fails to impress. 

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What is pudding?

Well, technically speaking, a pudding is “usually” made of milk that has been thickened using a starch like corn flour or egg yolks to get a fluffy, slightly jiggly and soft but thick and creamy texture. It involves heating the milk and tempering the egg yolks with warm milk and then cooking everything together until the desired consistency and puddingness is achieved. The pudding can be flavored in many different flavors and colors. 

Southern Banana Pudding

I lived it the south guys and if you have lived there or know someone from there, you probably know banana pudding. It’s everywhere – from potlucks, to baby showers to tailgate parties and funerals. You name it. It’s literally a dessert lifestyle. The first time I had it was at a friend’s baby shower and I asked the sweet lady who had brought it for the recipe. You all know that your girl is no banana fan. But this banana pudding recipe hits different.

The long and short ways to banana pudding

That’s how that sweet lady told me – that there are two versions. The more traditional one as explained above or the one that I share here today. Which is, obviously, the easy, shorter and semi homemade one. In this banana pudding recipe we use box pudding mix and whipped topping. Does anyone remember Sandra Lee? And her show semi homemade? Or something on those lines…Yes, this recipe can be the cover of that show. A major time saver and absolute perfection every time. Now, if you cannot find the pudding mix where you live, you can definitely do it the old fashioned way.

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The details

The greatest part about this pudding is just how easy it is to throw together, layer and then chill. You can definitely mix it with a hand whisk but an electric mixer or whisk will make your life easier. You also need bananas, vanilla wafers (cookies), and milk. 

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Half this banana pudding recipe

This is  a big batch recipe that is perfect for a party or potluck or bigger gatherings. But if you want to make a smaller batch you can easily half the recipe. Since the pudding has fresh sliced bananas I would recommend consuming it within 2-3 days.

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Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

A semi homemade, no-bake banana pudding recipe. Layered with vanilla wafers and bananas, this rich and creamy banana pudding is sure to impress.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana pudding, banana pudding recipe, Dairy, Fruity Dessert, No-bake, No-cook, party, potluck recipe, pudding, semi homemade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Vaishali

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding mix see notes
  • 1 3.4 oz box of banana cream pudding mix see notes
  • 1 8 oz container of whipped topping like cool whip
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5-6 just ripe bananas
  • 1 box vanilla wafers

Instructions

  1. Take out the serving dish that you want to use. I recommend using a 9 X 13 dish.
  2. Peel and thinly slice the bananas.
  3. Empty the contents of both your pudding mix boxes into the bowl of your stand mixer or into a deep mixing bowl. Fit the stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  4. Add 3 cups milk and whisk until uniformly mixed and light and fluffy. You will have to move quickly after this since the pudding starts to “set” rather quickly.
  5. Once the pudding is mixed well, fold in the whipped topping using a rubber spatula.
  6. Put a layer or vanilla wafers on the bottom of your serving dish. Top with a layer of sliced bananas. Cover with half the whipped pudding mix. Repeat the layers of wafers and bananas and add the remaining pudding and spread over the bananas evenly. Crush 10-12 vanilla wafers in a zip top bag using a rolling pin. Sprinkle teh crushed wafers on top of the pudding. Cover and chill until ready to serve (at least 30 minutes). Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

You can use two boxes of 1 kind of pudding mix as well – either vanilla or banana cream. I like mixing the two to balance out the flavors.

If you make this Banana Pudding recipe, please leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear from you guys. And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and Facebook! I love to look through your creations!!

Love – Vaishali

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13 Comments

  1. Anna

    January 14, 2023 at 7:26 am

    5 stars
    Such a comforting recipe!

  2. Kevin Foodie

    January 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    5 stars
    Love this dessert . I have eaten banana puddings before from a restaurant, but have never made it at home before. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Vaishali

      January 18, 2023 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Kevin. This semi homemade version is so easy and restaurant quality…:P

  3. Eva Petruzziello

    January 16, 2023 at 5:06 am

    I love banana pudding. This one looks like a great recipe, I will be trying it!

  4. Catherine

    January 16, 2023 at 9:26 am

    5 stars
    Banana pudding is my favorite! Such a good recipe.

    1. Vaishali

      January 18, 2023 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Catherine. We love this recipe too

  5. nia

    January 16, 2023 at 9:47 am

    5 stars
    Yum, yum, yum!! This made me want some banana pudding! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe to make banana pudding. And I love that it’s easy, especially for an inexperienced cook like me.

    1. Vaishali

      January 18, 2023 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Nia. I am glad you liked it

  6. Lindsey

    January 16, 2023 at 10:39 am

    This brings back such good memories and looks delicious! Your pictures are helpful and make it even more of a must try! My family is excited!

    1. Vaishali

      January 18, 2023 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Lindsey. I hope you and your family enjoy it.

  7. Pedja

    January 18, 2023 at 6:11 am

    My kids and I, we eat about 4lbs of bananas every day, so any recipe with bananas is much appreciated 🙂

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