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Southern Style Banana Pudding Parfait

Updated on February 6, 2022

A Southern Tradition Simplified

In the South banana pudding is more than just a cup of flavored pudding. There is an expectation of a truly luscious, layered dessert that makes it worth the trip. Here banana pudding has more in common with a trifle or parfait than simple pudding.

While this layered banana pudding dessert is certainly fancier, it is just as quick and simple. A mere 6 ingredients are between you and heaven. My personal recipe also uses cream cheese as a secret ingredient that adds a creaminess and depth of flavor you won’t find in other recipes.

This is also an excellent recipe for overripe bananas when it will be eaten the same day. And now that vegan products have come a long way, you can make this vegan to fit a variety of situations.

Only 6 Ingredients Needed

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: 6-8 servings


  • 1 3.5 oz instant banana pudding mix
  • 1 8 oz container whipped topping
  • 1 8 oz box cream cheese
  • 1 11 oz box vanilla wafer cookies
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk or per your pudding instructions


  1. Cut the cream cheese into cubes. Set on the counter with the whipped topping for about 30 minutes to soften.
  2. Whisk milk, softened cream cheese and boxed pudding mix to combine.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping.
  4. Line a dessert dish with vanilla wafers. Follow by layering in the pudding mix and bananas, ending with a layer of pudding on top.
  5. Cover the whole dish with wafers and refrigerate for about 2 hours to fully set.
  6. Keeps for up to 3 days refrigerated.
Each of my layers uses a full banana.
Each of my layers uses a full banana.

Tips for Serving and Storing

Covering the final layer of bananas with pudding will prevent browning. Plastic wrap pressed into the top of the pudding also stops a skin from forming.

A glass trifle bowl is a beautiful way to present the dish for parties. You can also layer the pudding in mason jars for desserts on the go.

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