Paula Deen Banana Pudding Recipe is a rich mixture of cream cheese, pudding and more. Luscious layers are topped with Chessmen Cookies for a dessert no one can resist.

Serving of banana pudding on plate.
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There are lots of variations of Homemade Banana Pudding. This no bake dessert recipe is Not Yo Mama’s banana pudding as Paula Dean so affectionally refers to it. Chessman banana pudding is a step above, and one bite will have you hooked.

Everyone goes crazy over Southern banana pudding. It is easy to make and packed with banana flavor.

What makes this banana pudding different?

It is similar to Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe but with an extra ingredient. This recipe calls for cream cheese blended together with the sweetened condensed milk.

Also, instead of the typical nilla wafers, this recipe has Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies. They are layered on the bottom of the pan and the top for a gorgeous presentation. It’s a nice change from vanilla wafers.

You won’t find any meringue in this recipe but instead a yummy whipped topping mixture in this classic recipe.

Ingredients

Ingredients for banana pudding - sweetened condensed milk,, whipped topping, cream cheese, milk, pudding, bananas, cookies.
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Whipped Topping
  • Cream Cheese
  • Milk 
  • Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Bananas
  • Chessmen Cookies 

Find the complete ingredients for Paula Deen Banana Pudding Recipe in the recipe card at the bottom.

Step by step instructions

Cookies layered on bottom of dish.

Step 1. Place the cookies in a single layer in the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan. 

Bananas on top of cookies.

Step 2. Layer the sliced medium bananas on top of the cookies in the pan. 

Pudding and milk combined in bowl.

Step 3. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding mix and the milk.  Set aside to thicken.  

Separate bowl with cream cheese and milk.

Step 4. In a separate bowl, beat together the package cream cheese with the sweetened condensed milk until combined and smooth.  I used an electric mixer. Make sure the cream cheese has been softened at room temperature.

Whipped cream folded into bowl.

Step 5. Carefully fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until just combined.  

Cream cheese mixture in cool whip mixture.

Step 6. Next combine the cream cheese mixture into the cool whip pudding mixture until just combined. 

Mixture spread over top of dish.

Step 7. Spread this mixture in an equal amount into the pan on top of the sliced bananas. 

Layer of cookies on top of mixture.

Step 8. Then spread a layer of remaining cookies evenly on top. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Then enjoy.

Banana pudding ready to serve.

Storage

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered for up to 2-3 days.  The cookies will get mushy the longer it’s stored in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to stop bananas from turning brown?

You can coat the bananas in a little bit of lemon juice if desired. However, I normally just layer the pudding over the bananas, and it helps to prevent air from getting to it. If eaten within the day, the bananas should be fine.

How long will banana pudding last?

You can store it for 2 to 3 days. I do not recommend longer as it will get mushy and the bananas will turn brown. Can you freeze Banana Pudding?

Can you substitute sweetened condensed milk?

No, the sweetened condensed milk gives it the desired amount of sweetness and texture. Whole milk or evaporated milk will not have the same results.

Banana pudding in dish ready to serve.

More Banana Recipes

Try making not yo’ mama banana pudding today. It is fantastic. Then leave a comment and star rating so I know how it turned out.

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Paula Deen Banana Pudding

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Paula Deen Banana Pudding is a rich mixture of cream cheese, pudding and more. Luscious layers are topped with Chessmen Cookies for a dessert no one can resist.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 300

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 1 container Whipped Topping Cool Whip 12 ounces
  • 1 pkg Cream Cheese softened
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 box Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix 5 oz
  • 6-8 Bananas sliced
  • 2 Bags Chessmen Cookies

Instructions

  • Place the cookies in a single layer in the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan.
  • Layer the sliced bananas on top of the cookies in the pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and the milk.  Set aside to thicken.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese with the sweetened condensed milk until combined and smooth.
  • Gently stir in the whipped topping (Cool Whip) into the cream cheese mixture until just combined.
  • Then stir the cream cheese mixture into the pudding mixture until just combined.
  • Spread this mixture evenly into the pan on top of the sliced bananas.
  • Then spread a layer of cookies evenly on top.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered for up to 2-3 days.  Enjoy before the cookies get too mushy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 300kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 5g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 18mg, Sodium 190mg, Potassium 246mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 254IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 96mg, Iron 1mg

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