This easy and delicious Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe will be the new family favorite. All of the delicious layers of pudding, whipped cream and more make this so tasty. Plus, the layers look gorgeous in a trifle dish. 

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Banana Pudding is such a classic dessert and makes me think of Sunday lunch at Grandma’s. So many decadent layers make this so luscious. My favorite is when the vanilla wafers get soft and it is just so amazing with the pudding and bananas. Yum!

It is the perfect dessert for company but easy enough for any day of the week. It is not hard at all and the kids can even help. 

This is really so easy to make! You are going to love how simple it is and your family will love how it tastes. We also love Banana Pudding Poke Cake and Paula Deen Banana Pudding.

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What is Banana Pudding?

Banana Pudding is a dessert that has layers of sweet french vanilla custard, vanilla wafers, and slices of fresh bananas. This creamy dessert is usually served in a clear dish, so you can see the layers.

Banana Pudding is usually topped with whipped cream or meringue.

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The Best Banana Pudding Recipe from Scratch:

It is very simple and not complicated at all. We use whipped cream mixed into the pudding so it makes it so simple to make the layers.  

I know some recipes call for meringue on top but our family prefers using whipped cream. I think it is easier too. Give it a try.

If you love banana pudding, try our Banana Pudding Fluff too.

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How do you keep bananas from turning brown in banana pudding?

You can toss the banana slices in a tiny bit of lemon juice to prevent them from browning. You do not want to use much or it will alter the taste of the pudding. 

Ingredients needed - sweetened condensed milk, vanilla instant pudding mix, heavy cream, bananas, nilla wafers

Ingredients:

With just a few ingredients, you will be able to enjoy the absolute best banana pudding. It is so good and easy to make.

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How to make banana pudding recipe:

  • Beat Milk Mixture – In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined. This only takes about a minute. 
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  • Beat in Pudding Mix – Add the pudding mix and beat well with an electric mixer. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours to overnight.
  • Make sure Pudding Mix Sets – Allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don’t let it set up long enough.
  • Whip the Heavy Cream – In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
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  • Assemble the Dessert – To assemble dessert, use a trifle dish. We arrange ⅓ of the Nilla wafers on the bottom. We overlap the nilla wafers if necessary. Next, layer ⅓ of the bananas, and ½ of the pudding mixture.
  • Continue with Layering Ingredients – Repeat two more times garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer.
  • Refrigerate – Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours.
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Can I make Banana Pudding in advance?

It really is best if made a day in advance. It allows the vanilla wafers to get soft. All of the flavors blend together and it is even better the next day. I definitely would suggest making this a day ahead of when you plan to serve it. 

I served it once the same day and it was good. But not as good as the times I made it the night before.

How do you thicken Homemade Banana Pudding?

Some recipes call for you to heat the pudding mix with the milk for about 15 minutes. If you have a problem with the mixture not thickening this is an option to try. Just make sure that you do not over mix it.

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Banana Pudding Serving Options:

If you don’t have a trifle dish you can use a glass 9×13 baking dish and just do two layers. If you are taking this dish to a potluck, you can use a plastic container. I have even used a large plastic container from the dollar store before.

It is not nearly as pretty but I have used a disposable pan before. They are very convenient if you are taking this dessert to someone’s house. It is easy for them just to toss the disposable pan, and not worry about giving you back the pan.

Another idea for serving is to use clear plastic cups to make individual serving sizes. This will take a bit longer but would be fun for parties. It makes it easy to just grab and go since it is already in a cup. 

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How do you store Banana Pudding?

Store the leftover banana pudding in the refrigerator. Make sure to cover it with plastic wrap and it will last about 2-3 days.

Also see Can you freeze Banana Pudding?

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Banana Pudding Tips:

  • Let Pudding Mixture Cool – Before adding in the whipped cream, make sure your pudding mixture has cooled.
  • Refrigerate Overnight – We recommend making this banana pudding in advance. Letting all the flavors marinate together makes it so delicious and creamy.
  • Add Chocolate Chips – Toss in some chocolate chips for an added chocolate flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract – To enhance warm vanilla flavor, add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Try this Easy Semi Homemade Banana Pudding:

Delicious layers of vanilla wafers, whipped cream and bananas come together for a delicious old fashioned banana pudding recipe.

No need to make pudding from scratch with this easy recipe that makes it so simple being semi homemade. It is the best Southern banana pudding. We just love it. 

My kids do not care for the banana pudding recipes that have meringue on top. They just love all of the delicious layers of whipped cream. It is so amazing.

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Banana Desserts are a family favorite!

If you like banana pudding, you definitely want to try this Banana Pudding Poke Cake Recipe.  It has everything you love about banana pudding in a delicious cake. It is loaded with pudding, bananas and more for a tasty dessert. 

We are always trying something new and we love anything with banana pudding.

Print this banana pudding recipe below:

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Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

4.89 from 9 votes
This easy and delicious Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe will be the new family favorite. All the layers makes this the best dessert option.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 517

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cold water
  • 3.4 ounces vanilla instant pudding mix 1 box
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced ripe bananas
  • 12 ounces Nilla Wafers 1 box
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined – about 1 minute.
  • Add the pudding mix and beat well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours to overnight. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don't let it set up long enough.
  • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
  • To assemble dessert, use a trifle dish.
  • Arrange ⅓ of the Nilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3of the bananas, and ½ of the pudding mixture. Repeat two more times garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer. Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a trifle dish you can use a glaze 9×13 dish and just do two layers.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 517kcal, Carbohydrates 59g, Protein 6g, Fat 30g, Saturated Fat 17g, Cholesterol 93mg, Sodium 230mg, Potassium 370mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 40g, Vitamin A 995IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 135mg, Iron 1mg

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