Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana Pudding Recipe: A Classic Dessert for Any Occasion


Banana pudding is a classic Southern dessert that has been enjoyed by families for generations. This simple yet delicious dessert is made with layers of vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, and vanilla wafers. It is then topped off with a whipped cream topping that adds a light and fluffy texture to the pudding. If you are looking for a dessert that is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser, then this banana pudding recipe is for you.





▢½ cup granulated sugar 100 grams

▢⅓ cup cornstarch 37 grams

▢2½ cups whole milk 568 grams

▢½ teaspoon kosher salt

▢3 egg yolks 42 grams

▢2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 8 grams

▢3 tablespoons salted butter 42 grams, cold

▢4 drops yellow food coloring optional

▢11 ounces Nilla Wafers 312 grams (1 box)

▢2 large bananas thinly sliced (plus more for garnishing, optional)

▢8 ounces whipped topping 227 grams, such as cool whip






Add the sugar, cornstarch, milk, and salt to a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan) placed over medium heat.


½ cup granulated sugar,⅓ cup cornstarch,2½ cups whole milk,½ teaspoon kosher salt

Whisk frequently until the mixture begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes.


Place the egg yolks in a separate bowl.

3 egg yolks


Add about ½ cup of the thickened milk mixture to the egg yolks and whisk to temper the eggs.

Add the tempered eggs to the milk mixture and continue to whisk until thickened, about 3-5 minutes. It may look slightly thinner than pudding at this point, but it will thicken further in the refrigerator. (See notes for further explanation).


Remove from the heat then whisk in the vanilla extract, butter, and food coloring (if using) until the butter has melted.


2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract,3 tablespoons salted butter,4 drops yellow food coloring

Arrange an even layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom of an 8×8-inch baking dish.

11 ounces Nilla Wafers




Top the vanilla wafers with banana slices. Pour half of the pudding over the cookies and banana slices.

2 large bananas


Smooth the pudding in an even layer, then top with more cookies and banana slices.

Pour the remaining pudding on top in an even layer.


Let cool for 15 minutes, then cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours.


Top with whipped topping before serving. Crush any remaining cookies and use to garnish along with additional banana slices.

8 ounces whipped topping



➔ Becky’s Tips:


  • Make sure to use ripe bananas for the best flavor and texture. Ripe bananas are sweeter and softer, making them perfect for this dessert.
  • If you don’t have instant pudding mix, you can make homemade vanilla pudding instead. Just follow the instructions on the package and let it cool before using in the recipe.
  • If you want to add a little extra flavor to the pudding, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon to the pudding mixture.
  • If you don’t have a 9×13 inch dish, you can use any size dish you have on hand. Just adjust the recipe accordingly.
  • For a fancier presentation, you can layer the pudding and bananas in individual serving cups instead of a large dish.



In conclusion, banana pudding is a classic dessert that is perfect for any occasion. This easy-to-make recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. With Becky’s tips, you can make this dessert even more delicious and impressive. So, what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and start making this delicious dessert today!




That’s it, all you have to do is Enjoy !


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