This delicious, homemade banana pudding is an old fashioned favorite youll love. I adore a good sweet treat and this easy no-bake is perfect the ultimate Southern dessert, made from scratch in only minutes with just seven ingredients.
This banana pudding recipe was always a favorite of mine to make and eat its the best ever. Its simple to layer together and has only a few ingredients. Our banana pudding cake is a close second!
You cant go wrong with this kind of soul food. Its one of those recipes that reminds me of childhood and makes me all nostalgic every time I eat it. Ready to get started?
Ingredients Needed for this Banana Pudding:
- 2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 large 5.1-ounce boxes instant vanilla pudding
- 4-6 bananas
- 1 11-ounce box vanilla wafers
- 1 8-ounce tub Cool Whip
PRO TIP:You could also make this withinstant banana pudding mix for an even more intense banana flavor. Instant cheesecake pudding is another favorite for us!
How to Make Banana Pudding:
STEP ONE:In a medium-size bowl whisk together the sweetened condensed milk with the water and milk.Stir in the instant vanilla pudding and blend well.
STEP TWO:Line the bottom of an 88 casserole dish with one layer of vanilla wafers.
STEP THREE:Thinly slice your bananas and add a layer of bananas over the wafers.
STEP FOUR: Give your pudding a quick stir and pour a layer of pudding over the bananas.
How to Layer Banana Pudding
STEP FIVE:Repeat the layers using wafers, bananas, pudding, wafers, bananas, pudding until you have filled your dish and make the top layer be a layer of vanilla wafers.Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to allow the vanilla wafers to soften.
STEP SIX:Top with Cool Whip before serving and garnish with extra banana slices or wafers.
How to Serve Banana Pudding
My kids love having a dollop of whip cream on top of the banana pudding.
My mom has also served it with a few fresh sliced strawberries and bananas on the top as well.
You can pop a Nilla wafer on top as well.
I have a friend who shaves a little dark chocolate to sprinkle on top.
I dont think you can go wrong with any of these methods.
I also wont judge you if you just sit and eat the entire pan by yourself, no garnishes needed.
Can You Freeze Banana Pudding?
No, I wouldnt recommend it. As we all know, bananas turn brown when frozen. Ive honestly never tried freezing banana pudding (because there is never any left to freeze) but I think it would drastically change the taste and consistency.
How to Keep Bananas from Turning Brown
Youll want to make sure youre starting with firm, just-ripe bananas. If you get bananas that are too ripe, theyre likely to brown much quicker.
You can treat the bananas with a spritz of citrus juice. Lemon, orange or pineapple juice all prevent browning. To avoid changing the flavor, you wont want to use a ton of citrus juice just a quick brush to each side or spritz from a spray bottle.
Slice your bananas just before you use them. The longer theyre exposed to air, the more likely they are to turn brown. The layers of pudding also help them stay out of the air and maintain their color.
I encourage you to make it with your kids soon and let them fall in love with the classic flavor and perfect, creamy consistency of this easy banana pudding. Youll only need seven ingredients to create it from scratch and its one of my favorite old-fashioned desserts!
Banana Pudding Recipe
This old-fashioned, simple homemade banana pudding is a classic dessert that everyone loves. Layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, and creamy vanilla pudding are topped with Cool Whip in this quick and easy fluffy sweet treat!
- 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14-ounces each)
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding (5.1-ounces each)
- 4-6 bananas
- 1 box vanilla wafers (11-ounces)
- 1 tub Cool Whip (8-ounce)
- In a medium-size bowl whisk together the sweetened condensed milk with the water and milk.
- Stir in the instant vanilla pudding and blend well.
- Line the bottom of an 88 casserole dish with one layer of vanilla wafers.
- Thinly slice your bananas and add a layer of bananas over the wafers.
- Next, give your pudding a quick stir and pour a layer of pudding over the bananas.
- Repeat the layers using wafers, bananas, pudding, wafers, bananas, pudding until you have filled your dish and make the top layer be a layer of vanilla wafers.
- Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to allow the vanilla wafers to soften.
- Top with Cool Whip before serving and garnish with extra banana slices or wafers.