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How to Make the Best Banana Pudding in Minutes

Updated on September 3, 2014

Now if you are not a fan of bananas then you probably will not like this dessert but you can look for banana substitutes. I happen to love bananas especially when they get really ripe and mushy.

  • So for starters you will need to get some really ripe bananas.
  • Then you will need to get some banana pudding (homemade or store bought which ever you prefer)
  • A big bowl or casserole glass dish
  • Some vanilla wafers, generic no name kind will work just as well.
  • Cool Whip

Have you ever seen banana pudding served in restaurant, only banana cream pie. Some of my friends say that their mom did not make it for them growing up.

Now that I am older I make it every once in a while and each time it brings back happy memories.

I think the best part of banana pudding is the cookies, yes the vanilla wafers, round circular toasted cookies with a nice crispy taste.

How to Make the Best Banana Pudding

Layering is the key to getting the pudding nice and high in the pan.

Start with the wafers, cover the pan at the bottom with the wafers laying them side by side until the whole bottom is covered, then pour in a layer of pudding make sure all the cookies are covered, then slice the bananas so you have all these circular shapes then place them on top of the pudding, the repeat the process again until you are all out of pudding, bananas and wafers.

Then take the dish and put it in the refridgerator, what really makes banana pudding taste good is when the wafers get soft from sitting in the pudding. Leave in the refridgerator long enough for this to happen. Then take it out of the fridge and top it with Cool Whip, whip cream and scoup out and enjoy. Simply the best.

Best Part of banana Pudding is....

Now I think the best part of banana pudding is the cookies, yes the vanilla wafers, round circular toasted cookies with a nice crispy taste.

You can find other variations such as banana pudding cake, banana cream pie recipe pudding, banana split dessert, Nabisco banana pudding recipe, easy banana pudding recipe, magnolia banana pudding recipe, banana pudding recipe from scratch and jello banana pudding recipe.

The great thing about this banana pudding recipe contains graham cracker crumbs, milk, eggs, and bananas.

Scroll down the page for more banana pudding recipes and other banana desserts.

You can make the changes necessary for your exact taste.

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Some Ingredients:

2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups milk
2 or 3 sliced bananas
15 graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar

Banana Pudding Photos

If you would like to see more photos of banana pudding recipes then you will enjoy these on this site: Food Network

Homemade Banana Pudding
Homemade Banana Pudding

Preparation ideas include:

Beat egg yolks. Add 2/3 cup sugar and cornstarch; mix thoroughly.

Add milk and cook over low heat or in top of double boiler until creamy, stirring constantly.

Then remove from heat and add vanilla extract. In a lightly buttered baking dish, place alternating layers of graham crackers and sliced bananas.

as you add the vanilla custard.

Again beat egg whites until stiff; add 1/4 cup of sugar. Spread meringue over the custard and bake at 350° for about 10 minutes, until nicely browned.

Banana Pudding Dessert

It has been reported that banana pudding is a dessert generally consisting of repeated layers of sweet vanilla custard, cookies as you are aware it usually Vanilla Wafers or ladyfingers and sliced fresh bananas placed in a dish and served, topped with whipped cream or meringue. The best part is that the wafers absorb the custard.

I was surprised to find that it is commonly associated with Southern U.S. cuisine, but it can be found around the country.Such as in the case of it closely resembling an English Trifle in that it is assembled in layers and includes custard, fruit, sponge cake, and whipped cream.

Some tips are that it can be prepared using a baked or refrigerated method, with the latter being the more popular, particularly among home cooks. Moreover, many recipes have been adapting using vanilla pudding instead of a true custard.

Also some other recipes omit the wafers. As in the case of early Banana Pudding recipe was published in The Kentucky Receipt Book, by Mary Harris Frazer, in 1903.

As you may have noticed that even this recipe does not include wafers.So the great ingredient the Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce.

Types of Bananas

Also bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red. In popular culture and commerce, banana usually refers to soft, sweet dessert bananas.

As in the case of Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called plantains. Many varieties of bananas are perennial. Refer to the Musa article for a list of the varieties of bananas and plantains.

How it works is that they are native to tropical Southeast Asia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea.

Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics so when they are grown in at least 107 countries,it primarily is for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber and as ornamental plants.

Although fruit of wild species have large, hard seeds, virtually all culinary bananas have only tiny seeds. Bananas are classified either as dessert bananas meaning they are yellow and fully ripe when eaten or as green cooking bananas.

In the rare occasion almost all export bananas are of the dessert types; however, only about ten to fifteen percent of production is for export. Such as in the United States and European Union are the dominant importers

Still one of my favorite dishes to make at home because it is so quick and easy.

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  • cgreen7090 profile image


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    True Southern banana pudding is cooked custard over bananas and NILLA wafers with MERINGUE topping baked to a lightly brown perfection. Served best warm...but many like it cold.

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    8 years ago

    wow strawberries in banana pudding is unique.

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    8 years ago


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    Humaira Yusuf 

    8 years ago

    Wow I lyk it....

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    Larry Fine 

    8 years ago

    I couldn't eat it now after seeing that creame cheese dropped onto the countertop, then put back into the bowl. Eww!

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    8 years ago

    i love banana pudding but this article on how to make like makes me feels like im dum its just detailed for a dummie so rename it for dummies lol but im gonna try it this way and give some feed back but theres some editing that wasnt done!!!!

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    9 years ago

    how much condensed milk an how much vanilla flavoring??

  • elayne001 profile image


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Looks delicious! You made me hungry and it is time to go to bed. Oh no!

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    9 years ago

    Hey heather thanks for the comment, the only banana pudding I have ever tasted was with nilla wafers as you mentioned, and it is so good a day later once everything sets and the wafers are nice and soft.

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    9 years ago

    Actually Harley I am from the South where we make banana pudding all of the time, and it is even a very common dessert item in restaurants. I can assure you that this definitely is banana pudding NOT pie. The only way to make banana pudding is with Nilla Wafers. If you came down here and tried to serve someone banana pudding without vanilla wafers people would think that you made a mistake and forgot an ingredient.

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    9 years ago

    Be healthy by eating banana

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    9 years ago

    Thanks for bringing up the point because it is good to know the difference between banana pudding and banana pie, if anyone has a recipe, please leave a comment, Thanks!

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    9 years ago

    This is not banana pudding, it's banana pie. I want to know how to

    make banana pudding. Pudding doesn't have waffers in it,

    banana pie does.

  • JPSO138 profile image


    9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    I will certainly check try this out. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  • magnoliazz profile image


    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    Thank you, I will check these out! I wish Hub Pages could list all the hubs an author writes on each hub page. There is certainly enough room in the right margins.

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    magnoliazz - I was looking at my hubs and I actually have written a few on food here they are:

    Raw Food Recipe Eat Healthy without cooking Is Eating Raw Food the Key to better Health? The Best Energy Packed Garden Green Salad ever made Fast and Easy lunches to take to work Do it yourself Daniel Boulud Truffle Burger Recipe Creative Vegetarian Recipes for a Healthier Life The Macrobiotic Diet for better Health

  • magnoliazz profile image


    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm!! That banana puddding is all I can think about now! I have 20 pounds to lose, so I have to try to stay away from this kind of thing, however, because it is all I can think about, I may have to break down and make some!

    I see you have 175 hubs...WOW...are there some other recipes in there?

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    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    magnoliazz - I love it when you share your experiences, I do enjoy reading them, I just made some banana pudding a few weeks ago and it sure went fast, it is one of the favorite deserts at the house, I had bought the vanilla pudding on sale ten for a dollar and the bananas always sell for a good price, added loads of wafer cookies and let it sit and chill in the fridge, its so nice when the cookies get soft and the bananas and pudding are all creamy, only thing is that its really sweet to the taste. Fun to make and yummy to eat.

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    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    Oh My, you certainly are passing down some great recipes! I am just wondering, is that a meriunge on the picture of the pudding?? I love it that way too, if I have the time to do it. I would love any other recipes you might have, I really enjoy all of your hubs.

    My mother in law told me a way to make this banana pudding that is very rich, same as your pudding but with probably a million extra calories. If you really want to impress someone with this dish- and calories do not matter- you can step it up by using buttercream frosting instead of cool whip. My neighbor lady loved it so much she almost passed out from pleasure,,,I am not making it up either! LOL. It's not that much extra work either.

    To replace the cool whip take a small package of banana instant pudding and mix it up with just one cup of cold milk. Let it step up and stir in a half cup of powered sugar, and then fold in cool whip OR 2 cups heavy whipping cream( already whipped). This can now be spread over the bananas, the cookies and the banana cooked puddding.

    You can also make this into a banana cream pie. Because this recipe is soooo rich I only make it once a year. Other times, I make it with the lite cool whip instead of heavy whipping cream....its good that way too, and not as bad for you. That little bit of powerdered sugar just makes everything else taste so rich. OH, and I almost forgot, stir in a teaspoon of good vanilla extract into the whipping cream!

    You can also use any kind of pudding that you like, lots of people like the white chocolate instand pudding. This is a really good recipe for the beginner cook, because it is easy and people rave about it. I started my neice out with this recipe and she was so encouraged that she loves to cook now, when before she felt she couldn't to anything right in the kitchen.

    Move over martha, you have competition now!

  • megasuite profile image


    10 years ago from Illinois

    It's one of my favorite desserts. Do you have a good peach cobbler recipe you can share?

  • Pamvhv profile image


    10 years ago from London UK but American girl

    I prefer Vanilla Pudding with the banana's coolwhip and wafers.

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    Ohh yummie that sounds so good Dottie.

  • Dottie1 profile image


    11 years ago from MA, USA

    Just finished up my banana pudding today. It was yummy and so quick and easy to make. I threw a few walnuts on top to give myself that extra dose of Omega-3. Thank you.

  • Rudra profile image


    11 years ago

    My fav fruit. Love anything to do with bananas. Divine.

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    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    I do like bananas so will have to try this.


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