Easy Southern Banana Pudding Recipe Is Dessert Perfection by Donna John

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6 months ago

Easy Southern Banana Pudding Recipe Is Dessert Perfection

Banana pudding really is dessert perfection. This easy southern banana pudding recipe has become a tradition at most holidays – from July 4th to Memorial Day to Thanksgiving to Christmas. Yep, it doesn't matter if it's winter, summer, spring or fall, this banana pudding is on request.

This really is the best banana pudding I've ever eaten or made. Here is your shopping list for this creamy banana pudding: ripe bananas, vanilla wafers, instant vanilla pudding, milk, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and non-dairy whipped topping.

You can assemble the banana pudding in a trifle bowl, 13x9-inch baking dish or even make individual puddings in clear dessert cups. Serve this banana pudding for dessert any day of the week or take it to your family get-togethers. I guarantee you will be asked for the recipe (there's a print button at the top of the page!).

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 12


  • 5 - 6 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 box (11 ounces) vanilla wafers (save a few for garnish)
  • 2 small boxes (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding  
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip (see Recipe Notes if making a trifle)

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Recipe Notes

  • If using a large trifle bowl, buy a 16-ounce container of the Cool Whip so you have plenty for the top. I pile the Cool Whip on top of the assembled trifle and add three vanilla wafers and also some crushed wafers on top to make it pretty.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before making the pudding. If not, you may get flecks of cream cheese and not a smooth pudding.

Here's how you make it:

  1. In a bowl, combine the pudding, milk, softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Mix well with an electric mixer until completely combined and smooth.
  2. Fold in half of the Cool Whip (4 ounces). 
  3. Layer some Nilla Wafers on the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish or trifle bowl. 
  4. Top with some of the sliced bananas.
  5. Cover with half of the pudding mixture.
  6. Add another layer of Nilla Wafers, then bananas, then remaining pudding mixture.
  7. Top with more Cool Whip.
  8. Decorate the top with some crushed and whole Nilla Wafers.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 488

Total Fat: 16.5g

Saturated Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 41mg

Sodium: 413mg

Total Carbohydrate: 80.3g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Total Sugars: 61.5g

Protein: 8.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 221mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 449mg

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Donna John
It's turning into a real non-traditional Thanksgiving over here. Just got asked by my in-laws to bring this banana pudding Thursday. No complaining! It's good stuff. :-)
Marjorie A. Carter
I had made something when the child were small,but I will print off recipe when my lap top gets fixed i can taste it already
Elisa Schmitz
This looks absolutely delicious, Donna John ! #yum

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