The Best Banana Pudding Recipe You Will Ever Find

Hey Y’all!

Today, I’m sharing the best banana pudding recipe you will ever find. This is not your mama’s banana pudding, this banana pudding is full of Southern Love. I have always been a fan of banana pudding, it’s by far one of my favorite desserts to make. There are so many reasons to love this yummy treat; it’s quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. Being southern I grew up eating banana pudding, it’s a truly classic and traditional southern dessert. Since this is a southern lifestyle blog, I had to share this amazing recipe with y’all.

There are many variations to this recipe, for example some may use different cookies such as Chessmen cookies instead of Vanilla wafers. Some may also choose to use pineapples instead of bananas. They incorporate the pineapples because they don’t like bananas.  Or they hate that the bananas turn brown so quickly.

I’m also going to share a little trick to keep your bananas from turning and ruining your beautiful banana pudding.  Banana Pudding is a layered dessert, which is another reason to love it. If you enjoy layered desserts be sure to check out my triple layer chocolate cake which can be found here.  So let’s get  started with this amazing treat, so that we can dig in,  and enjoy our banana pudding.

Banana Pudding Ingredients

As always before we begin preparing any dish, we need to make sure that we have our ingredients ready.

Ingredients for Banana Pudding Recipes

-2 Boxes of Vanilla Wafers

-2 Boxes of Vanilla of Instant Pudding

-1 Container of Cool Whip

-4 Cups of Milk

3-4 Ripe Bananas

How to Keep the Bananas from Turning Brown

How to Keep Bananas from turning brown

Often times when you begin to peel a banana, you may notice that after a few minutes it turns brown. Strangely, enough brown bananas may look unappealing  but they’re filled with tons of antioxidants. However, they have no place in a mouthwatering banana pudding recipe.

Once you start to peel and slice your bananas you can dab a little lemon or lime juice on them. Any citrus fruit juice will work, you can even use a little pineapple or orange juice if you have some handy. This trick will prolong the browning of your bananas and  keep your banana pudding fresh.

Only use a very small amount of the citric juice, because you don’t want to alter the taste of your dessert. This is just a little trick if you want your bananas to last longer. Banana pudding doesn’t last long in my house.   So I don’t have to do this, but I just wanted to share this southern tip with you.

Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana Pudding Recipe Banana Pudding Recipe

First, I combine my 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding  and 4 cups of milk in a large bowl. Which means you will use  2 cups of milk per box of pudding.  You can use a whisk or a hand mixer, whichever you prefer they’re both fairly easy.  You will want to whisk/mix until all the lumps are gone.

Banana Pudding Recipe Folding in Whipped cream in your banana pudding recipeBanana Pudding Recipe

Next, you add in 1 cup of whipped cream into your pudding mixture. You fold in the whipped cream,  do not whip or stir because you want to keep your pudding light, fluffy, and airy.

Now, you’re going to set your pudding aside. I use my trifle bowl, which is typically  is used for layered desserts. I start to  layer my vanilla wafers at the bottom of the bowl as well as around. Then, I begin to peel and slice my bananas, laying them on top of the wafers.

After layering in the wafers and bananas, add a generous amount of pudding.  You will continue this process of layering until you reach the top of the trifle bowl.

Completed Banana Pudding
Banana pudding recipe

Now that you’ve completed your banana pudding, you will need to refrigerate until chilled. Then, you can enjoy your quick, easy, and delicious Southern Banana Pudding.

I hope y’all enjoyed this post, and have a wonderful day!

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  1. Chef
    April 24, 2019 / 12:49 pm

    Love banana pudding omg😍😍

    • April 24, 2019 / 1:58 pm

      I know it’s one of my all-time favorite desserts! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day! 😃😃

  2. April 24, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    Sooooo trying it this weekend!

    • April 24, 2019 / 5:24 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! Please let us know how it turns it! Have a wonderful day! 😊😊

  3. Komal
    April 24, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    Banana bread pudding is my fiancé’s fave! I’ll have to make this for him!

    • April 25, 2019 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m sure he’ll love this recipe and the best thing it’s so quick and easy to make! Have a wonderful day! 😃

  4. April 24, 2019 / 9:56 pm

    I have never had banana pudding before. I am going to have to give your recipe a try soon!

    • April 25, 2019 / 4:43 pm

      OMG! You have to try it, it’s sooo good and it’s so easy to make! Please let us know how it turns out, thank you for stopping by! Hope you have an amazing day! 😃

  5. April 25, 2019 / 11:02 am

    This sounds amazing unfortunately you can not get these ingredients over here, I have searched cool whip loads of times. I will have to try to find alternative ingredients

    • April 25, 2019 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you’re able to find alternatives, banana pudding is such a yummy treat! Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great day! 😃

  6. April 25, 2019 / 10:24 pm

    Love the way you outlined everything.. Sending this to my sis, she Will surely want to give this a try.

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:35 pm

      Thank you so much! I wanted to make it as easy as possible to make. Thank you for stopping by and I hope your sister enjoys it! Have a great day! 😃

  7. April 25, 2019 / 11:44 pm

    Great!!!!! This recipe really looks nice and tasty will really love to try it sometime.

  8. Elizabeth O
    April 26, 2019 / 4:52 am

    Oh so now I learn how to stop a little bit of the browning. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      Yes and it really works! I’m glad this is a helpful tip for you! Thank you stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day! 😃

  9. Whitney Kutch
    April 26, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Banana pudding is SO good! I have so many childhood memories of eating it – I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      I know I love Banana Pudding and it’s soooo quick and easy to make! Let us know how this recipe works out for you! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! 😃

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