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Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

An easy homemade Banana Pudding Recipe. Rich and creamy banana pudding between layers of vanilla wafers and fresh bananas. Best of all, this pudding is a no-bake and loved by all at potlucks and parties.

If you appreciate easy, no-bake desserts like our No-Bake Cheesecake or Chocolate Lasagna, you will love this Banana Pudding.

Simple recipe for banana pudding layered in a trifle bowl.

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Banana Pudding Recipe

It’s safe to say that whenever you think of a dessert with bananas, banana pudding instantly comes to mind. Here’s why you’ll LOVE this recipe.

  • No-bake – this dessert just has some assembly required but no cooking, which is so convenient
  • Easy to make and a novice chef may quickly whip it up
  • Beautiful – so appealing aesthetically at a potluck or party
  • Loved by all – great for adults or kids
The top of banana pudding in a trifle bowl.

Ingredients for Banana Pudding

Just a few ingredients are needed for the banana pudding and you can have the dessert ready to serve in no time!

  • Milk – You can use whatever milk you have on hand, we used whole milk.
  • Vanilla pudding – You want to be sure to use INSTANT pudding that doesn’t require cooking. We used vanilla pudding but a banana flavor will work just fine.
  • Vanilla extract – Homemade Vanilla adds the best flavor to the pudding.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – Enhances the creaminess and sweetens the pudding.
  • Vanilla wafers – we love the Nilla wafers brand, but you can use your favorite. See substitution options below.
  • Heavy whipping cream – The whipped cream adds richness to the pudding.
  • Powdered sugar – is added to sweeten the top layer of the pudding. You can leave it out completely.
  • Bananas – The fresh banana slices are what give the pudding its amazing flavor.
Ingredients needed for banana pudding recipe in ramekins.

How to make Banana Pudding

This no-bake dessert is that perfect treat when you need something to serve but don’t want to turn on the oven.

Prepare Pudding:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cold milk with vanilla and pudding until it thickens. Beat in condensed milk.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until fluffy with stiff peaks. Use a spatula to gently fold 2/3 of the whipped cream into the pudding.
  3. Add the powdered sugar into the remaining whipped cream and beat to combine, refrigerate until needed.
Step by step photos how to make pudding filling

Assemble:

  1. Add about 1/4th of the vanilla wafers into the bottom of your trifle bowl and about 1/4th of the bananas. Spread 1/4 of the pudding over the bananas/wafers. Repeat with remaining layers.
  2. Add the remaining whipped cream to the center of the pudding and decorate as desired. Cover and refrigerate for two hours then serve.
How to assemble a banana pudding dessert

Make-Ahead

For best results, Banana pudding can be made up to 24 hours ahead and leftovers should be enjoyed within 2 days of making it. If making the pudding more than two hours in advance, keep the bananas completely covered by the pudding as they will brown if you don’t. Then just add fresh slices of bananas on top when serving.

Serving Ideas

The easiest way to serve this is with a large serving spoon and just scoop out portions. You don’t have to serve the pudding in a trifle bowl. Here are some other great ideas to serve the vanilla pudding:

  • In jars or mini cups – just pipe with a bag for a cleaner look!
  • Casserole – Add to a baking dish, round, square or 3 qt rectangle will all work.
A trifle bowl with banana pudding layered and bananas on the side of the bowl.

Variations

This pudding is so versatile and may be served in so many unique ways.

  • Change the pudding: try chocolate, banana or butterscotch
  • Add berries with the bananas or substitute for bananas.
  • More layers – Instead of just having whipped cream on top of the pudding, double the amount of whipped cream and add layers over the banana pudding.
  • Drizzle caramel over the layers.
  • Add peanut butter between the layers.
No-bake banana pudding layered in a trifle bowl.

Common Questions

Can I substitute the vanilla wafers?

Graham crackers, butter cookies, or even animal crackers.

How to keep bananas from browning?

Bananas will brown quickly as they are exposed to air so keep them completely covered with the pudding. Add the bananas on top right before serving, or don’t add them on top at all.

Can I use cool whip instead of whipping cream?

Cool whip is a great substitute for whipped cream, but it will taste a little sweeter than whipped cream.

Where did Banana Pudding originate?

Banana Pudding is a popular Southern dish in America. It was originally made with homemade custard but the no-cook version has become popular with modern-day home cooks.

More No-Bake Desserts

No bakes are by far the best kind of dessert. Here are some more of our favorite desserts to try:

Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

4.9 from 29 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Banana Pudding layered in a trifle dish

The easiest recipe for a no-bake banana pudding with layers of pudding, wafers, and fresh bananas. This layered no-bake dessert is stunning to serve and so easy to make.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Keyword: banana pudding, best banana pudding recipe
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 247
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 (3.4 oz each) instant vanilla pudding packages
  • 1 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 11 oz vanilla wafers
  • 4 fresh bananas
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cold milk with vanilla extract and vanilla pudding until it thickens. Pour in the condensed milk and beat to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add about two-thirds of the whipped cream into the pudding and gently fold in with a spatula.
  3. Add the powdered sugar into the remaining one-third whipped cream and fold with a spatula to combine. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Add about 1/4th of the vanilla wafers into the bottom of your trifle bowl and about 1/4th of the bananas.

  5. Spread 1/4 of the pudding over the bananas/wafers. Repeat with remaining layers until you have four layers.
  6. Add the reserved whipped cream over top of pudding and decorate as desired. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Banana Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 0.001g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 809IU16%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Natalia
    September 18, 2022

    Good but way too sweet for me. I will try less condensed milk next time though. Wonder if I could replace it with evaporated milk?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2022

      Sounds good, I haven’t tried using evap milk but let us know how it goes if you do an experiment!

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  • Krystelle
    September 1, 2022

    I made this tonight for dessert in my new trifle bowl. OMG! What a hit! The entire family loved it. They even opened the other box of vanilla wafers and were dipping them into the pudding! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! I love all your recipes. They’re tried and true, and so easy to make!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 1, 2022

      That’s awesome! So glad it was a hit. I love how easy this is to make. 🙂

      Reply

  • Gladys
    August 29, 2022

    The sweetened condensed milk is DO unnecessary. Aside from that, the recipe is great. It’s just sickening sweet.

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  • Dana Otwell
    August 29, 2022

    Is it suppose to be super thick? Mine turned out very thick, similar to cookie dough. This could be because i used sugar free pudding and fat free sweetened condensed milk. It tastes amazing!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2022

      I haven’t tried those substitutions, so I can’t speak to that, but it’s likely. Substitutions may hinder the recipe outcome. I always suggest making a recipe as written the first time around.

      Reply

  • Shirley Camilleri
    August 28, 2022

    Can you please tell me what vanilla pudding mix is? I live in Yorkshire, England.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2022

      Hi Shirley, this would need to be confirmed, but according to Google, “In the UK, the most similar product is Angel Delight, sharing the same list of ingredients and offering the same texture and taste” I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Patricia Battersby
    August 28, 2022

    You’re my go to creator for all good recommendations. This is a great recipe. I substitute one of the puddings for chocolate. The two compliments each other well. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 28, 2022

      Thank you so much for your trust, Patricia. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Raegan
    August 25, 2022

    wow as a 10 year old baker you help me bake so much stuff your the #1 cooking blog your funny thell us the recipe clearly and let kids get involed, you inspired me to make up my own dishes! thanks a bunch!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 25, 2022

      It is my pleasure to help and share these recipes. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

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  • Freya Petersen
    August 24, 2022

    Love all your recipe’s. But why does the name Valentina Ablaev come up all the time. If I make a comment to you I have always thought that you were the one responding back. Seems strange.

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    • Natasha
      August 24, 2022

      Hi Freya, we have 2 contributors who guest post occasionally and this is one of her recipes. We are very selective about who becomes a contributor and we trust her recipes and some of them have become some of our most popular recipes on the site. I hope you love the Banana Pudding as well.

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      • Freya Petersen
        August 27, 2022

        Don’t take this the wrong way but I do think that she should have her own site. You could use her name as a contributor but I go on your site because I value everything that you post just my opinion.

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        • Mariya
          September 3, 2022

          She can have anyone contribute to her blog that she wishes. Valentina does have her own blog- it’s called https://valentinascorner.com/.

          Natasha includes the contributor’s name after the post so readers can see whose recipe it is. There are others also.

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  • Lisa
    August 24, 2022

    I’m a southern girl and grew up eating banana pudding. This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Your recipes always turn out wonderful. Keep it up girl!! You’re the best.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 24, 2022

      Thanks, Lisa. I hope it becomes your new favorite recipe!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    August 23, 2022

    Love this recipe – the filling is so thick and delicious. So easy to make and everyone loved it! Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 23, 2022

      Thanks for the awesome feedback, Melissa!

      Reply

  • Erin
    August 23, 2022

    This recipe is a classic. It never goes out of style. Thanks for reminding me how good it is…and easy to make!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 23, 2022

      It’s my pleasure, Erin. I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • wilhelmina
    August 23, 2022

    This pudding is wonderful! It’s great on it’s on or as part of a bigger dessert. Save this recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2022

      I’m so happy you loved it, Wilhelmina! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

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