Classic Banana Pudding

A classic dessert recipe for Southern Banana Pudding, a summer staple that the kids will enjoy as a favorite for years to come. This recipe is part of our Southern Kitchen Bucket List – click to learn more about the challenge.

Classic Banana Pudding

I don’t think I have ever turned down a big scoop of banana pudding and this recipe in particular has my family and me licking our bowls clean. I mean, even if you don’t love bananas, odds are you will still love this dessert. Its rich, creamy and sweet and really everything you could ever ask for in a dessert.

My husband’s aunt makes a wonderful homemade recipe and it’s become a BBQ staple dessert around their parts.

Not only is this pudding absolutely delicious, but it also makes for a beautiful, bright treat to serve during the summer time. We almost always have bananas on hand in our house so it’s nice to be able to pull ingredients I already have without making an extra trip to the store. It’s so easy to whip up for a get-together or to just make with my kids during the summer.

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Classic Banana Pudding

  • Author: Holly Parker


This classic dessert will bring back fond memories of your childhood with its sweet, tangy taste.


  • 1 box Vanilla instant pudding (5 oz)
  • Ripe Bananas
  • 2 c Milk
  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • Vanilla cookie wafers
  • Frozen whipped topping (1 container)


  1. Mix vanilla pudding mix in a bowl with milk. Then mix in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Fold in whipped topping until well incorporated. Do not over stir though, you want to maintain the integrity of the whipped-ness!
  3. In a dish, begin layering vanilla wafer cookies, banana slices, and pudding mix. Top with a few crumbled up cookies and a fresh banana slice for a beautiful look. To save for later, keep this pudding in your fridge.
  4. Enjoy!

The key to the perfect banana pudding is to find the perfect bananas— golden yellow with a few brown spots. I love topping this off with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a few extra banana slices for good measure. I also love the mix of textures in banana pudding with a sprinkling or layer of crispy, fresh Nilla Wafers – they just take me back to being young.

What memory does this classic banana pudding make you think of? Let me know in the comments below.

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