Banana Pudding is one of my favorite desserts ever! It’s light, fluffy and flavorful! The perfect dessert for family gatherings, potlucks or even a night at home! What I love most about this recipe is that it is versatile.

Why everyone loves this recipe

  1. It’s absolutely mouth watering- No, seriously. I’ve had people go BANANAS over this banana pudding, NO pun intended! I love to bring the show stopping dessert and everyone is so impressed!
  2. It’s super easy to make- I love this recipe because it is kid friendly and fool-proof! If your a beginner in the kitchen and would love to make something- this is the recipe!
  3. It’s versatile- Use different cookies, add more bananas, play around with your different pudding mix! The options are endless

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Chessman Cookies
  • Bananas
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sweet Condensed Milk
  • Cool-Whip
  • Vanilla Extract

What is it?

Banana pudding is a classic dessert consisting of layers of vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and creamy vanilla pudding. For added richness, the banana pudding consists of instant pudding, milk, and other ingredients like cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. The layers are assembled in a dish, creating a delightful combination of creamy and crunchy textures. The famous Paula Dean “Not Your Mama’s” Banana Pudding ” inspired this particular recipe. It’s a beloved Southern dessert, often enjoyed chilled, and may be garnished with additional cookies or whipped cream for extra indulgence.

Let’s Make it together with @themoodyfoody

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Tips for Making the Perfect Pudding

  1. Ripe Bananas: Use ripe bananas that are still firm for the best taste and texture. Ripe bananas bring a natural sweetness to the pudding, and their firmness helps them stay friendly in the layers.
  2. Layering Technique: Set up the layers smartly after making the perfect mix. Start with a layer of crushed vanilla wafers or cookies at the bottom to make a solid base. Alternate layers of pudding, sliced bananas, and cookies to ensure each bite has a good mix.
  3. Pudding Consistency: Check if the pudding is thick enough and smooth before adding it to the layers. This step is essential to make sure the dessert holds together well.
  4. Chill Time: Put the banana pudding in the fridge overnight, preferably. This gives the flavors time to blend, and the dessert will be put together more and taste tastier when you serve it.
  5. Creative Garnishes: Make the presentation and flavor better by adding fun toppings. Think about putting whipped cream, extra cookie pieces, or a bit of caramel or chocolate sauce on top before serving. It’ll look good and taste even better!

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 8 hours
Course American
Servings 8


For the pudding mix

  • 2 boxes Instant pudding mix Vanilla or French Vanilla
  • 2 cups cold milk whole, oat or almond
  • 14oz sweet condensed milk
  • 8oz softened cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 2 boxes vanilla wafers
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 box chessman cookies optional


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and cold milk until smooth. Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sweet condensed milk and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Slowly fold in cool whip. Continue folding until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Gently fold the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pudding, ensuring a smooth and uniform consistency.
  • Pour a layer of the pudding mixture over the cookies, spreading it evenly.
  • Add another layer of vanilla wafer cookies, followed by another layer of the pudding mixture.
  • Repeat the layering process, alternating between the crushed vanilla wafer cookies and pudding mixture until you have three layers, ending with a layer of vanilla pudding on top.
  • After completing the layering process, cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate the banana pudding overnight. (Do not decorate until the next day) This extended refrigeration allows the flavors set.
  • Before serving, decorate your banana pudding with cookies, caramel.
Keyword Desserts, Beginner Recipes

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  1. Angela Whitney December 28, 2023 at 7:47 am

    5 stars
    Easy to make and a BIG HIT! The texture of the dessert was very light and fluffy.

  2. Mia Jarrett February 3, 2024 at 5:58 pm

    5 stars
    Me & hubs second time making it tonight….we DEMOLISHED the first one. Amazing!!!!!

  3. Angelica Wood May 27, 2024 at 5:07 pm

    5 stars
    This was delicious and I will use this recipe from now on!! I the only thing I did different was use vanilla wafers and mini chessman cookies.