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Written By Sania Malik

Banana pudding is a classic American dessert that is loved by many, and for a good reason! The creamy vanilla pudding, the sweet sliced bananas, and the crunchy vanilla wafers come together to create a perfect symphony of flavors and textures that make this dessert an all-time favorite.

In this article, we will show you how to make a delicious homemade banana pudding recipe that is sure to impress your friends and family. From choosing the right ingredients to layering the pudding, we will guide you step-by-step to make this crowd-pleaser dessert.

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  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box (11 oz) vanilla wafers
  • 4 medium ripe bananas, sliced
  • Additional vanilla wafers and banana slices for decoration


Before you get started, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • 13×9-inch baking dish or trifle bowl
  • Knife or mandolin slicer

Preparation Time

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4 hours

Tips for Making the Perfect Banana Pudding

1: Making the Pudding

To start, whisk together the milk and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl until well combined. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Gradually mix in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined.

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Next, add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and beat until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping until the mixture is light and fluffy.

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2: Preparing the Bananas and Vanilla Wafers

Slice the bananas into thin rounds using a knife or mandolin slicer. Place the Chessmen cookies in a plastic bag and crush them into coarse pieces using a rolling pin.

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3: Layering the Pudding

In a 13×9-inch baking dish or trifle bowl, layer the pudding, bananas, and crushed cookies in that order. Repeat the layers until you run out of ingredients, ending with a layer of pudding on top.

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4: Making the Whipped Cream

In a large mixing bowl, beat the whipped topping until it forms stiff peaks.

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5: Topping the Pudding with Whipped Cream

Spread the whipped cream over the top layer of pudding, making sure to cover it completely.

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6: Refrigerating the Pudding

Cover the pudding with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. This will give the flavors time to meld together and the cookies time to soften.


You can garnish it with extra crushed cookies, banana slices, or even a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Making a delicious homemade banana pudding is easier than you might think. By following these simple steps and tips, you can create a crowd-pleaser dessert that will impress everyone at your next gathering. Don’t be surprised if people ask you for the recipe!


Can I use regular milk instead of sweetened condensed milk?

No, you cannot substitute regular milk for sweetened condensed milk as it will change the texture and sweetness of the pudding.

Can I use frozen bananas in this recipe?

No, it is not recommended to use frozen bananas as they will become mushy and affect the texture of the pudding.

Can I make this pudding ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the pudding a day ahead of time and keep it covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Can I use a different type of cookie instead of vanilla wafers?

Yes, you can use any type of cookie that you prefer, but vanilla wafers are the traditional choice for banana pudding.

Can I add other fruits to the pudding?

Yes, you can add other fruits to the pudding, such as strawberries or blueberries, for an extra burst of flavor. Just make sure to adjust the amount of sweetener accordingly.

Banana Pudding Recipe

"Learn how to make delicious banana pudding in no time with this easy recipe! Creamy, sweet, and satisfying - perfect for any occasion."

Type: Dessert

Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Banana Pudding Recipe

Recipe Yield: 1 10-inch pan

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 45 Mins

Recipe Ingredients:

  • condensed milk, cold water, vanilla pudding mix, whipping cream, vanilla wafers, banana sliced, vanilla wafers