Banana Pudding

This is a Southern classic.  You can’t go to any potluck, church function, PTA meeting or BBQ in the South without someone bringing a Banana Pudding or two.

Personally, I’m not a big fan, but the Hillbilly is.  He could eat ‘Nanner Pudding for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This is an easy-peasy, no-frills version of this classic.  There are other recipes that I have that you actually make your own pudding/custard/whipped topping, but remember, I’m taking baby steps into this scary dessert-making world.

Banana Pudding


  • 1 – 5 oz. package of Instant vanilla pudding mix (make sure its instant and not the kind you’re suppose to cook.)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 – 12 oz. container of frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • 1 – 16 oz. box of vanilla wafer cookies
  • 14 very ripe bananas, sliced*

In a large mixing bowl, beat the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Blend in the condensed milk and mix until smooth.  Add the vanilla.

Using a spatula, fold in the whipped topping to the pudding mixture.

In a deep bowl or baking dish, place one layer of the vanilla wafers, followed by a layer Banana Puddingof pudding mixture, then a layer of the sliced bananas.  Repeat until running out, leaving the top layer of bananas.

Chill and serve.


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*”Someone” ate half my bananas before I could get this made, so mine in the picture are spread out more.  If you have the full amount, pack the banana layers closely together for a more rich, banana-y flavor.


  1. You know, I HATE banana pudding. I used to work for an elderly minister and his wife, doing odd jobs around their house and rental house. They’d make me lunch. The first day I was there, the dessert was banana pudding. When the wife asked how I liked it, I was polite and said I did, even though I didn’t. From that day on, it was banana pudding after every lunch for an entire summer. She’d even announce it as if it were a big event: “Charles, I made your favorite…”


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